Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay 1999
-Ed Sbragia, Winemaster
As in past vintages, Ed Sbragia chose to barrel ferment and age the individual vineyard lots for the 1999 Private Reserve separately, matching each vineyard lot to new French Nevers oak barrels. Ed stirred the lees weekly during ten months of aging to encourage a smoky, nutty, toasty character and he put the wine through 100 percent malolactic fermentation to add a creamy, rich mouthfeel. As with his Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Ed believes that blending from a variety of vineyards layers aroma, flavor and textural characteristics into the wine, resulting in the best Chardonnay he can make from each vintage. This held true with the 1999 Private Reserve Chardonnay, as the blend combines the citrus and butter aromas and flavors from the Yountville-area blocks with pineapple, apple and pear from the vineyards further south and into Carneros.
No winery or vineyard more thoroughly embodies the timeless appeal and seductive flavor of Napa Valley than Beringer Vineyards, Napa's benchmark producer since the establishment of the vineyard in 1876.
Now in its third century of crafting classic wines from Napa's finest appellations and vineyards, Beringer today is guided by the inspired partnership of celebrated Winemaster Emeritus Ed Sbragia and Winemaker Laurie Hook. Together, they craft Napa Valley wines that speak eloquently of the rich heritage of the Beringer Vineyard, while offering cutting-edge quality and contemporary elegance. The exquisite wines crafted at the Beringer Vineyards display a single minded dedication and pursuit of excellence instilled by its founder, Jacob Beringer.