2016 Beringer Chardonnay Private Reserve

Year: 2016
Appellation: Napa Valley
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 91
Wine Advocate: 90-92
Vinous Media: 91
Connoisseurs' Guide: 89
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.9%
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"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. 8,000 cases made. -KM " (WS)

"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." (WA)

"The 2016 Chardonnay Private Reserve, from Gamble Ranch in Oakville, shows the more overt, voluptuous side of Chardonnay. Apricot, tangerine, lemon confit, almonds, new oak and butter fill out the wine's ample, generous frame. Beringer's flagship Chardonnay is done in a plush, voluptuous style that offers tons of near and medium term appeal." (VM)

"Agreeably more complex than Beringer's Luminous above, this wine starts off with a mix of ripe fruit and toasty oak in its first aromas and picks up notes of stones and lemons as it opens in the glass. It is round and somewhat viscous on entry with plenty of richness on the positive side of the ledger but then drops off somewhat in the late going. Time may be curative here, and the risk that the wine will not open up seems slight, but the need for patience is all too evident. Reviewed: July 2018" (CG)

Winery Notes:
Aromas of grilled stone fruits and toasted hazelnuts are complemented by flavors of ripe tropical fruit and notes of lemon and lime. A generous, creamy mouthfeel is rounded out by balanced acidity and a lengthy, elegant finish.

Each Chardonnay lot was kept separate throughout the aging process. After sending the fruit directly to press, winemaker Laurie Hook fermented the juice in French oak barrels (88 percent 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 wine was put through malolactic fermentation to encourage a lush creaminess. After 9 months aging, Laurie chose the most expressive lots and blended them to create a richly layered wine with aromas of crème brulee and rich citrus and fruit flavors.

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