Surprisingly plush and creamy, aromas and flavors of tart citrus lead with hints of white pear, delicious apple and a bit of lemon meringue and toasted almonds. Balanced, with moderate acidity, the brightness of the Chardonnay fruit shines through.
Beringer’s Chardonnay vineyards span several sub-appellations in southern Napa Valley, where fog from the San Pablo Bay works its way north most afternoons during the growing season, cooling the vineyards and allowing for a longer maturation period. The majority of the 2016 blend comes from our Gamble Ranch in Oakville, as well as Big Ranch and Los Carneros Stanly vineyards. These vineyards produce Chardonnays with layers of fine fruit flavors and crisp natural acidity.
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.
Chardonnay was harvested late night and early morning at the coolest part of the day, quickly to gentle pressing. A portion of the wine was fermented in stainless, with 25% in tank and 75% in French oak (20% new) for six months prior to bottling. Some 80% of the wine was allowed to undergo secondary malolactic fermentation to find the right balance, allowing a solid acid backbone to be balanced with a creamy mouthfeel and lush texture.