Beringer is one of the most iconic names in American winemaking. They have a family history and tradition of excellence that no one else can trace as far back, the winery being established in the late 1870’s with a state of the art, revolutionary facility and its own wine cave (the 2nd in the U.S. to have one after Schramsberg).
While they have certainly turned themselves into a household name with their Cabernets, the Beringer family is far from a one trick pony. They also make knockout Oak Knoll Chardonnay – and the past decade with Ed Sbragia and Laurie Hook at the helm, those Chardonnays are the best they’ve ever been and the critic’s reviews reflect that.
Their Luminus Chardonnay is a ringer and surprisingly one of the best wines Beringer makes, period. Take the 2020 Luminus Chardonnay that we’re offering up today – the wine is fantastic and even outpointed the more expensive Private Reserve by a decent margin.
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95 Points, James Suckling
Dried apple and peach with some flowers. Cooked apple, too. Full-bodied with a solid core of fruit and a compact, focused structure. Tight at the end. Shows intensity. One for the cellar. Drink or hold.