Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay 2019 - Bottle Shop of Spring Lake
Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay 2019
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Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay 2019

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750ml
$44.99

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Category White Wine
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Region California, Napa Valley
Brand Beringer
Alcohol/vol 15.6%

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 founder Jacob Beringer's great, great grandson Mark Beringer is Chief Winemaker, while 20+ year winemaker Laurie Hook transitioned to Beringer's Winemaker Emeritus. 

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, the juice is fermented 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 9-10 months aging, the most expressive lots are blended to create a richly layered wine with aromas of crème brulee and rich citrus and fruit flavors.

Wine Advocate on the 2017 vintage : 'The 2017 Chardonnay Private Reserve aged for ten months in 100% new French oak. It opens with beautiful crème brûlée and candied ginger notes over a core of pineapple and green mango with a waft of brioche. Medium-bodied, satiny and with fantastic freshness, it delivers loads of tropical layers and great length. 8,100 cases produced, to be released in March 2019.'

Jeb Dunnuck
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The 2019 Chardonnay Private Reserve is certainly the richest and most opulent of the whites here, although it shows a fresher, less oaky, toasty character than older vintages (which I think is what they're looking for). Impressive stone fruits, white flowers, orange blossom, toasted almond, and a touch of minerality all define the bouquet, and this beauty builds nicely, offering full-bodied richness, a layered, opulent texture, terrific balance, and a great finish. It should keep nicely for 3-4 years, if not longer.

January 27, 2021
Vinous
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The 2019 Chardonnay Private Reserve, all from Gamble Ranch, balances the natural richness of this Oakville site with the fresher style favored by Beringer today. All of that yields a wonderfully expressive, creamy Chardonnay long on class and personality. Light tropical and pastry notes linger.

Antonio Galloni, January 2021
Wine Spectator
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Elegantly fruity and spicy, with pear and apple tart flavors that are supported by lithe acidity, with minerally notes midpalate. The rich finish shows buttery and toasty accents. Drink now through 2024. 13,990 cases made.

Kim Marcus, July 31, 2021

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