2010 Beringer "Blanc" Knights Valley White Blend

SKU #1156103 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Light yellow. Hint of resiny oak on the high-toned nose. Supple and round on the palate, with lively acidity and a hint of minerality perking up the hazelnut flavor. Still a bit youthfully raw on the back end: I'd wait 6 to 12 months before serving this.  (5/ 2012)

Wine & Spirits

 This wine’s tart lemon flavors integrate with richness from oak aging (14 percent of the blend, which also includes a bit of Semillon and Viognier). The combination provides a lemon curd flavor, firmly structured; a wine to serve with lobster or langoustines in lemon butter.  (6/ 2012)

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Other White Wines

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Alexander Valley/Russian River

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