Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay 2016 Front Label
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Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay 2016

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750ML / 14.9% ABV
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750ML / 14.9% ABV

Winemaker Notes

The Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay is crafted with generations of winemaking expertise to create an expressive wine representative of the illustrious Napa Valley. Each lot is fermented separately in French oak barrels and then aged to elevate the complexity in the wine. The lees are stirred weekly to heighten the toast notes and full malolactic fermentation adds layered richness to the final blend. The luscious mouthfeel and elegant fruit core make this a true Private Reserve wine.

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WW 93
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
COMMENTARY: My notebooks are filled with plenty of impressions of the Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay over the years, and there is a reason why this wine is so successful. While the 2016 vintage shows the evolution of the wine, the Private Reserve Chardonnay has always been at the top of its game, no matter what vintage is in play. TASTING NOTES: This wine is luxurious. Its aromas and flavors of ripe apples and peaches, couple with an enticing creaminess stay long and generous on the palate. Pair it with shellfish in a rich cream sauce. (Tasted: March 25, 2019, San Francisco, CA)
RP 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A 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.
Range: 90-92
WS 91
Wine Spectator
Voluptuous 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. Tasted twice, with consistent notes.
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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.

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One of the world's most highly regarded regions for wine production as well as tourism, the Napa Valley was responsible for bringing worldwide recognition to California winemaking. In the 1960s, a few key wine families settled the area and hedged their bets on the valley's world-class winemaking potential—and they were right.

The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980s, when producers scooped up vineyard lands and planted vines throughout the county. A number of wineries emerged, and today Napa is home to hundreds of producers ranging from boutique to corporate. Cabernet Sauvignon is definitely the grape of choice here, with many winemakers also focusing on Bordeaux blends. Napa whites are usually Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

Within the Napa Valley lie many smaller sub-AVAs that claim specific characteristics based on situation, slope and soil. Farthest south and coolest from the influence of the San Pablo Bay is Carneros, followed by Coombsville to its northeast and then Yountville, Oakville and Rutherford. Above those are the warm St. Helena and the valley's newest and hottest AVA, Calistoga. These areas follow the valley floor and are known generally for creating rich, dense, complex and smooth reds with good aging potential. The mountain sub appellations, nestled on the slopes overlooking the valley AVAs, include Stags Leap District, Atlas Peak, Chiles Valley (farther east), Howell Mountain, Mt. Veeder, Spring Mountain District and Diamond Mountain District. Wines from the mountain regions are often more structured and firm, benefiting from a lot of time in the bottle to evolve and soften.

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One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it is grown and how it is made. While it tends to flourish in most environments, Chardonnay from its Burgundian homeland produces some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. California produces both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines. Somm Secret—The Burgundian subregion of Chablis, while typically using older oak barrels, produces a bright style similar to the unoaked style. Anyone who doesn't like oaky Chardonnay would likely enjoy Chablis.

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