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Date Printed: 4/18/2014
Beringer Knights Valley Alluvium Blanc 2006
Beringer Knights Valley Alluvium Blanc 2006
(search item no. 92497)
Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 4/18/2014: $15.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2006 Alluvium Blanc is predominantly Semillion (47%) and Sauvignon Blanc (43%) with small amounts of Chardonnay (8%) and Viognier (2%). All of the Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon lots were barrel fermented in French Nevers oak and stirred on the lees twice a month during barrel aging because Laurie wanted a round, lush mouthfeel in the wine and vanilla, nutty-toasty oak aromas and flavors.

Nearly all of the wine was aged in new and once used French oak (1/3 new) for eight months in an effort to create a good balance between the fruit flavors and oak nuances. The wines underwent malolactic fermentation (90%) to bring a creaminess that balances the crisp acidity of the Sauvignon Blanc. After nine months aging, Laurie blended in the Chardonnay to add structure and lushness, along with Viognier to enhance the honeysuckle aromas.

"The proprietary Alluvium name pays homage to the alluvial soils of Knights Valley. We select the best blend of white varietals from vintage to vintage. For the 2006 Alluvium Blanc, bright citrus, nectarine and melon aromas lead into a mouthcoating creaminess balanced by bright fruit characteristics with hints of toasty oak, honey and lemon zest. This wine reminds me of a fig tart with just a touch of sweetness."
—Laurie Hook, Winemaker

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About Beringer Vineyards:

No winery or vineyard more thoroughly embodies the timeless appeal and seductive flavor of Napa Valley than Beringer Vineyards, Napa's benchmark producer since the establishment of the vineyard in 1876.

Now in its third century of crafting classic wines from Napa's finest appellations and vineyards, Beringer today is guided by the inspired partnership of celebrated Winemaster Emeritus Ed Sbragia and Winemaker Laurie Hook. Together, they craft Napa Valley wines that speak eloquently of the rich heritage of the Beringer Vineyard, while offering cutting-edge quality and contemporary elegance. The exquisite wines crafted at the Beringer Vineyards display a single minded dedication and pursuit of excellence instilled by its founder, Jacob Beringer.