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VINTAGE & VINEYARDS

The extended drought was beginning to cause real concern as the 2016 growing season kicked off, but some welcomed winter rain hinted at the relief to come. After a relatively dry January, we enjoyed significant rainfall in February along with mild temperatures. Bud break was early but was slowed by heavy April showers. While still early by historical standards, picking began about a week later than 2015 and continued at a leisurely pace, allowing the grapes to reach full flavor maturity. A traditionally sized harvest followed the lighter showing of 2015, and the extended season helped to balance the acids and add complexity to the layers of flavors. Warm temperatures arrived as harvest began, but ultimately, everything came together in the best possible way.

Gamble Ranch, the source for Private Reserve, is Beringer’s northernmost Chardonnay vineyard. The vineyard, located near the town of Yountville, in the Oakville AVA, sees daytime temperatures slowly climb as the cooling morning fog recedes south to San Pablo Bay. This significant diurnal shift allows the grapes to maintain their acidity, which is essential to balancing the ripe, rich flavors as they develop during the warm afternoons.

WINEMAKING

Each Chardonnay lot is kept separate throughout the aging process for this flagship wine. After sending the fruit directly to press, the juice is fermented in French oak barrels (40 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. The wine is barrel fermented, and all the wine was put through malolactic fermentation to encourage a lush creaminess. After eight months aging, the most expressive lots are chosen and blended to create a richly layered wine with aromas of crème brulée and rich citrus and fruit flavors.

TASTING NOTES

The Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay opens with classic notes of stone fruit, citrus and tropical pineapple, with a luscious peaches and cream character with notes of toasted almonds and nutmeg. Rich and full, well balanced with generous acidity, the wine lingers with a memorable, lasting finish.

92 Points

–Lisa Perotti-Brown, WINE ADVOCATE, October 2017

VINTAGE & VINEYARDS

The 2015 growing season in the Napa Valley was a beautiful one marked by pleasant weather with no real issues from heat spikes or rain. A dry winter followed by a dry and early spring meant an early bud break. Weather was warm throughout late spring and summer which allowed for great development in the grapes. Harvest began in August, and the overall quality and depth of flavor of the fruit was outstanding for the vintage. The only downside of the season was the light crop load due to continued drought conditions. Grapes for the 2015 Private Reserve Chardonnay were harvested between August 28th and September 11th.

Beringer’s northernmost Chardonnay vineyard and the source of the 2015 Private Reserve Chardonnay, Gamble Ranch is located near the town of Yountville, in the Oakville AVA, where daytime temperatures slowly climb as the cooling morning fog recedes south to San Pablo Bay. This significant diurnal shift allows the grapes to maintain their acidity, which is essential to balancing the ripe, rich flavors they develop during warm afternoons.

WINEMAKING

Each Chardonnay lot was kept separate throughout the aging process. After sending the fruit directly to press, the juice is fermented in French oak barrels (66 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 nine months aging, the most expressive lots are chosen and blended to create a richly layered wine with aromas of crème brûlée and rich citrus and fruit flavors.

TASTING NOTES

The Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay opens with inviting aromas of stone fruit, pineapple, lemon citrus and toasted almonds. The aromas ring true on the palate with tropical fruit and rich creme brulée flavors. The mouthfeel is rich and generous, rounded out by balanced acidity and a lengthy, flavorful finish.

96 Points

–James Suckling, JAMESSUCKLING.COM, March 2017

96 Points

–Robert Parker, WINE ADVOCATE, December 2016

VINTAGE & VINEYARDS

The 2014 winter was one of the driest on record in California. Fortunately, heavy rains in early Spring gave the vines some important moisture right before budbreak. A warm spring followed, and Harvest began in early August. Though the drought year brought quite a few challenges, the fruit was largely deemed to be of excellent quality and structure. Grapes for the 2014 Private Reserve Chardonnay were harvested between September 9th and 16th.

Beringer’s northernmost Chardonnay vineyard and the primary source of the 2014 Private Reserve Chardonnay, Gamble Ranch is located near the town of Yountville, in the Oakville AVA, where daytime temperatures slowly climb as the cooling morning fog recedes south to San Pablo Bay. This significant diurnal shift allows the grapes to maintain their acidity, which is essential to balancing the ripe, rich flavors they develop during warm afternoons.

WINEMAKING

Each Chardonnay lot was kept separate throughout the aging process. After sending the fruit directly to press, the juice is fermented in French oak barrels (66 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 nine months aging, the most expressive lots are chosen and blended to create a richly layered wine with aromas of crème brûlée and rich citrus and fruit flavors.

TASTING NOTES

The Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay opens with inviting aromas of stone fruit, pineapple, lemon citrus and toasted almonds. The aromas ring true on the palate with tropical fruit and rich creme brulée flavors. The mouthfeel is rich and generous, rounded out by balanced acidity and a lengthy, flavorful finish.

95 Points

–James Suckling, JAMESSUCKLING.COM, January 2017

VINTAGE & VINEYARDS

The 2013 vintage began with a warm, dry spring and relatively early bud break. Summer was notably consistent with even, warm temperatures throughout. Harvest began quite early in August, and by September the majority of whites and lighter reds were completely off the vines. Overall, it was a high quality crop that was above average in quantity. Grapes for the 2013 Private Reserve Chardonnay were harvested between September 11th and 24th.

Beringer’s northernmost Chardonnay vineyard and the primary source of the 2014 Private Reserve Chardonnay, Gamble Ranch is located near the town of Yountville, in the Oakville AVA, where daytime temperatures slowly climb as the cooling morning fog recedes south to San Pablo Bay. This significant diurnal shift allows the grapes to maintain their acidity, which is essential to balancing the ripe, rich flavors they develop during warm afternoons.

WINEMAKING

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 (80 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 creme brulee and rich citrus and fruit flavors.

TASTING NOTES

Aromas of grilled pineapple, ripe pear, lemon oil, hazelnut and toasted brioche. A bright fruit core is accentuated by a silky texture and flavors of yellow apple, Asian pear, meyer lemon and a lush, continuous finish.

94 Points

–Antonio Galloni, VINOUS, October 2015

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