Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay 2008
Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
Wine Style Guide
Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.9%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
'A good portion of the 2008 blend is from Gamble Ranch, a vineyard that has consistently delivered such rich, ripe fruit flavors. There's a richness in this wine that is wonderfully balanced by a bright citrus note. A sweet oak note weaves together the many layers of aroma and flavor, carrying through to the finish. This wine is always a pleasure to make and equally pleasurable to drink!' - Laurie Hook, Beringer Vineyards Winemaker
"The 2008 Chardonnay Private Reserve continues the success Beringer has enjoyed with this program. Notes of brioche, hazelnut, marmalade, honeyed tropical fruits, buttered citrus, and a gentle touch of smoke are found in this full-bodied, concentrated wine with impressive purity, depth, and length. It should drink well for 4-5 years.
The Wine Advocate
"Big, ripe and complex, with full-bodied apple, melon, pear and citrus notes that gain depth and turn creamy in texture, picking up a dash of anise and cedar on the finish. Drink now through 2014. 22,119 cases made."
"Bright yellow. Grape and pineapple fruit aromas are enlivened by floral lift and solid minerality. Broad, dense, ripe and sweet, with a chewy, saline quality and some smoky oak notes contributing to this wine's impressively tactile mouth feel. Finishes long, ripe and sweet, with stone and citrus fruit flavors and solid underlying structure."
International Wine Cellar
Rich & Creamy
Beautiful light gold color; Full bodied and floral on the nose and palate; Buttery, pineapple, pear, lemon and mild vanilla; The oak is there but it isn't overpowering; Good balance and a lingering finish; Still a bit young, but thoroughly enjoyed it with BBQ chicken and roasted veggies.
This complex and full bodied wine offers both fruity and floral notes of pineapple, honeysuckle, melon, citrus and apple. Creamy, buttery texture with a floral and butterscotch bouquet. It is slightly over oaked but should mellow with time. Very clean finish.
Bought two bottles. Can't imagine what they're drinking. Ordinary Chard, worth about fifteen bucks.
This wine has promise. Too young to drink now, but should be great after some aging.
I agree with another reviewer, I don't know what these other people are drinking but it certainly does not have essences of pineapple, honeysuckle, or blah blah blah. It is a bold wine that is very smokey and laden with strong currents of oak. Matter of fact, the smokiness is apparent on the first sip and lingers indefinetly on the palate with stron tinges of alcohol. Perhaps the other reviewers may claim that my taste is unrefined, but I've had better chardonnay. This was a disappoinment.
A balanced, modestly oaked Chardonnay. I would not rate it as high as Parker; maybe 91. Enjoyable.
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White Wine's Queen Bee
Sauvignon, Chardonnay can grow just about anywhere. It adapts well to different
soils and different climates. While frequently paired with
its native home lies in the vineyards of Burgundy,
France. The only major white grape of the region, Chardonnay is at its best on the rolling...
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