(2020) A big and bountiful Californian red blend of 80% Zinfandel, with 10% Syrah, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petite Sirah, blended and matured for 16 months in American oak. Creamy, spicy and voluptuous on the nose, there's tons of blueberry and plum fruit, before the palate that is sweet-fruited and Christmas-cake spiced, rich and full, but with a fairly firm tannin background and cherry-pit acidity giving more spice and savouriness on the finish. A juicy steak or anything from the chargrill with this one.
(2019) From Lodi in the northern central valley, between San Francisco and Los Angeles, the blend is 79% Zinfandel, 20% Petite Sirah and 1% of the red-fleshed Alicante Bouschet. Matured for 18 months in French oak, it comes from vineyards first planted 100 years ago, and is a big fruitcake-rich style of wine, overflowing with plum, spice and plump Agen prune, the palate delivering a bucketload of fruit, all given an edge by a keen raspberry acidity, the alcohol big and powerful and the finish coated with a sheen of oak.
(2017) From Lodi in northern Californian, just inland from San Francisco, comes this fragrant and fruit-filled old vines Zinfandel, which would make an interesting Christmas day alternative to classic Bordeaux or Burgundy wines. It has a really arresting fragrance, high and floral notes, incense-like with raspberry and sasparilla, moving through to a fleshy plum sweetness of fruit, silky-smooth tannins and a nice acid balance that give it the edge to be food-friendly and not at all overblown. Watch the video for more information and food-matching suggestions.
(2017) Rather a nice and unusual Pinot, the fruit being sourced from three different California appellations, mostly from Monterey, just south of San Francisco, and also from San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara tracking south towards Los Angeles. Lots of aromatics here, Chinese dried plums, clove and tobacco, touches of floral character and quite bright cherry too. In the mouth the tobacco warmth of oak adds depth but the silky, supple palate continues to please and impress, smooth, spicy tannins and plum-skin acidity giving a rounded, mellow and most enjoyable finish.
(2013) Though Beringer is based in Napa, there is no Napa designation on this bottle so I presume fruit has come from various Californian regions. It has a pleasant, berry and blackcurrant nose with a layer of sweet vanilla and a touch of spice. Smooth and ripe fruit seems to drive this. On the palate it is much the same picture: there is a juiciness and dark berry-skins richness to this, a hint of spice and some creamy, toasty oak. The finish is a little harsh, perhaps the acidity and tannins just a touch rough compared to the suave sophistication of the Luke Donald wine.