Friday, January 20, 2023

Beringer Chardonnay

Two Great Beringer Chardonnays!
2019 Beringer Chardonnay Napa Valley Estate Grown...$14.99
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Lemon curd, baked apple, nutmeg and crushed hazelnut on the nose. Some vanilla, too. It’s full-bodied with a smooth, creamy texture. Layered and delicious. Drink or hold.
Rated 92/100 James Suckling

2020 Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay...$39.99

Although not labeled as such, Beringer's Private Reserve Chardonnay has been sourced for decades from the Gamble Ranch in Oakville. Planted around 1976 to Clone 4, the grapes are picked ripe and barrel fermented at relatively warm temperatures to build mouthfeel. The 2020 Chardonnay Private Reserve (along with all the other white varieties) was picked prior to any risk of smoke taint. Marked by scents of mango, guava and pineapple, it doesn't come across as that oaky, despite being barrel fermented and aged in approximately 80% new French oak. It's full-bodied and slightly buttery, with an appealing custardy richness and a long finish.
Rated 93/100 The Wine Advocate
Rated 93/100 James Suckling
Rated 92/100 The Wine Spectator

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