Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay 2016

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Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay 2016
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$40.49

SKU 13301

750ml

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In 1870 Jacob Beringer arrived in California from his homeland in Germany to pursue his dream of making fine wine to rival the best wines of Europe. Today the winery is the oldest continuously operating winery in the Napa Valley and the winemaking program is managed by California-veteran winemaker Ed Sbragia and California-native winemaker Laurie Hook.

Beringer's northernmost Chardonnay vineyard and the primary source of Private Reserve Chardonnay, Gamble Ranch, is located near the town of Yountville where daytime temperatures slowly climb as the cooling morning fog recedes south to San Pablo Bay. This significant diurnal shift allows the grapes to maintain their acidity, which is essential to balancing the ripe, rich flavors they develop during warm afternoons. Each Chardonnay lot was kept separate throughout the aging process. After sending the fruit directly to press, winemaker Laurie Hook fermented the juice in French oak barrels (76% new) to enhance the natural richness in the wine. Weekly lees stirring enhanced the toasty notes, and integrated the oak flavors for an overall balance. All of the wines were put through malolactic fermentation to encourage a lush creaminess. After 9 months aging, Laurie chose the most expressive lots and blended them to create a richly layered wine with aromas of crème brulee and rich citrus and fruit flavors.
Category White Wine
Varietal
Region California, Napa Valley
Brand Beringer
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Wine SpectatorVoluptuous and seductive for the mix of baked apple, pear and white peach flavors that are lavishly spiced. The buttery finish completes the package. Drink now through 2022. 8,000 cases made.

Kim Marcus, October 15, 2018
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Wine AdvocateA tank sample, the 2016 Chardonnay Private Reserve opens with peaches and cream notes and suggestions of cedar box, pink grapefruit and green mango with a touch of nutmeg. Medium to full-bodied with an appealingly oily texture, it delivers mouth-filling tropical fruit and oak flavors, finishing with great persistence.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown, October 31, 2017

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