Beringer Vineyards Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend Knights Valley Alluvium Blanc 2004
The 2004 Alluvium has a lush, intense-cherry/blackberry core of 74% Merlot layered with 23% Cabernet Sauvignon to support the structure and add depth to the dark fruit aromas and flavors. Small amounts of Malbec and Cabernet Franc were added for more complexity and layers of juicy fruit and floral nuances. "The proprietary Alluvium name pays homage to the alluvial soils of Knights Valley and, as a blend enables us to select the best red Bordeaux varietals from vintage to vintage. For the 2004, bright red fruit, chocolate covered cherries, tea, flint and smoky oak aromas lead into a mouthful bursting with blackberry and spice with hints of violets and orange rind. This wine has fleshy tannins giving an overall impression of richness and depth to the wine. I like to refer to it as a Maurice Sendak wine, as there’s a touch of "where the wild things are" about this wine." — Laurie Hook, Winemaker "This shows wonderfully layered, complex flavors, in addition to great structure. Thoroughly dry, with rich, fine tannins, it flatters with red and black currant, red cherry, milk chocolate, licorice, root beer, vanilla, dusty spice and smoky oak flavors. Luscious now and through 2010." -Wine Enthusiast
Right out of the bottle, I thought this one smelled pretty good. The first taste was only kind of "blah", but by the third I'd warmed to it already. This one was really smooth--with almost no "alcohol burn" or acidity.
Very full, smooth and silky on palate with low tannins. Drank immediately after opening without any aeration. Cherries and vanilla galore.
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