Winemaker's Notes 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. Critical Acclaim RP93 The Wine Advocate - "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. " V92 Vinous / Antonio Galloni - "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."