Beringer Vineyards Founders Estate Pinot Noir 2014 – A good nose let down by a flabby body

Beringer Pinot Noir Rating

Price: $7.99 at Total Wine 

Style: The “Anna” (Medium body with fairly simple and straight-forward fruit flavors.)

Rating: “Ok”

Recommendation: “Have a glass or two”


Started off really well with a nice medium nose led by candied cherries. Unfortunately, the palate couldn’t back it up. It came across as a bit thin and flabby with no discernible tannin or meaningful acidity. Just kind of all-around blah in the mouth.

Winemaker’s Notes:

Beringer Founder’s Estate Pinot Noir is from select vineyards throughout Central California and the North Coast. The vineyards are bathed in sunshine during the day and cooled by the marine layer in the evening, ensuring even and steady ripening of the grapes.

It is bright ruby colored and displays ripe currant flavors rounded out by aromas of cedar and spice. This wine has immediate fruit-forward flavors that balance well with the toasty smokiness of the oak. It would pair perfectly with a red wine risotto and grilled salmon.

More Info:

Beringer History
Beringer brothers – 1875         Credit:

Beringer is California’s oldest continuously operating winery, founded in 1876.  Established by the Beringer brothers from Mainz, Germany, they have produced by exceptional quality wines and exceptional value wines over the years.  Notably, they are the only winery ever to have both a red and a white wine which have achieved Wine Spectator’s #1 of the year rating.

Their Founder’s Estate series is near the bottom of their many bottlings, offering moderate quality at a low price from a variety of regions across central and northern California. 



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