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Date Printed: 4/19/2014
Beringer Knights Valley Alluvium Blanc 2009
Beringer Knights Valley Alluvium Blanc 2009
(search item no. 109327)

PRICE ON 4/19/2014: $21.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 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 2009 Alluvium Blanc is predominantly Sauvignon Blanc (48%) and Semillon (48%) with small amounts of Chardonnay (3%) and Viognier (1%). Laurie barrel fermented the blend for 9 months in French Nevers oak, almost half of which were new. The nutty, toasty aromas and flavors lent by the oak give a lush backdrop for its bright, refreshing citrus flavors. The majority of the blend underwent malolactic fermentation (96%), lending a creaminess to the overall blend that balances the crisp acidity of the Sauvignon Blanc.

Knights Valley is a vineyard that Beringer has a rich history with, and one that consistently rewards me with wonderful fruit to work with. The flavors you get in the first Sauvignon Blanc grapes on the vine highlight the fresh, rustic elegance that sets this vineyard apart. Elegant floral and vanilla bean aromas give way to flavors of citrus zest and warm brioche. The 2009 Blanc strikes a wonderful balance between rich body and bright, enticing flavors.

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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.