Tuesday, June 16, 2009
BERINGER ALLUVIUM BLANC 2007
The Grade: OUTSTANDING. The Mojo: The Beringer Alluvium Blanc 2007 is a wine I don't often get to, sadly I must admit it is simply due to the name. Everyone in this business has a jaded outlook on the Beringer White Zinfandel, though, despite all the protesting one can do in this industry, it is far-and-away one of the main reasons why we are all still in business. Yet because of the White Zin, I most certainly am guilty of overlooking the amazing wines they can make thanks to the success of their White Zin. Case-in-point, the Alluvium Blanc is a delicious blend of predominately Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon (with 9% Chardonnay and 1% Viognier) that delivers a light- to medium-bodied white wine with some barrel fermentation for depth and density, displaying an overall character of creamy lemon, apple, toast and nut aromas and flavors that lead into a crisp, dry finish. It's a wonderful wine for anytime, but the summertime is ideal for it's clean, refreshing style.