Beringer Chardonnay Luminus Oak Knoll 2012
Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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Wine Style Guide
Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.3%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
The 2012 Luminus has a striking purity of fruit, and showcases bright citrus characteristics and a beautiful minerality. It has a robust acidity, notes of lemon pith, almond extract, and a silky, elegant texture.
"A 100% barrel-fermented, relatively new offering is the 2012 Chardonnay Luminus, which is made from Dijon clones from the Oak Knoll appellation. A brilliant example of Chardonnay, it comes across as a first-growth Chassagne-Montrachet or Meursault. Aromas of honeysuckle, hazelnut and buttered citrus are followed by a medium-bodied white with admirable fruit intensity, decent acidity and nicely integrated wood. This cuvee is put through partial rather than full malolactic, and that appears to preserve a lot of vibrancy and freshness. "
The Wine Advocate
"The 2012 Chardonnay Luminus, from Big Ranch Vineyard in Oak Knoll, is drop-dead gorgeous. A wine that impresses for its impeccable balance, the 2012 brings together expressive varietal notes in the classic Beringer style that emphasizes freshness. A sweet perfumed finish laced with honey, Chamomile and nectarines rounds things out nicely. The 2012 was fermented in oak, but the malos were partly blocked to preserve acidity and cut. Winemaker Laurie Hook has done a fabulous job with her debut effort from this site, which sits in one of the sweet spots for Chardonnay in Napa Valley."
Vinous / Antonio Galloni
"Beringer reaches into the cool, southerly Oak Knoll district of Napa Valley for this dry Chardonnay, which shows tart flavors of lemons, apples, limes and minerals. It’s an elegant Chard, light but complex, with beautiful acidity and just a touch of oak. Dungeness crab with buttered sourdough bread would be a perfect pairing."
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White Wine's Queen Bee
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