Vintage 2016
Wine Type White
Varietal Chardonnay
Region Napa Valley
Winemaker Mark Beringer
Chief Winemaker Mark Beringer makes our Winery Exclusive wines to honor his iconic familial heritage as well as highlight his own explorations. Each of the wines in this collection is made in limited production, and showcases a vineyard, varietal, blend or region that Mark feels merits its own bottling. Crafted to be enjoyed upon release, our winery exclusive wines are unique offerings with each vintage and reflect the quality, history and winemaking expertise that Beringer has been known for since 1876.

Vintage Notes

2016 was another brilliant growing season for most of California, although prolonged drought conditions continued resulting in lower yields in the vineyards. The conditions throughout the growing season were consistent, even and warm with few unbearable, damaging heat spikes. California did experience a wet October, but most grapes were already picked and safely in the winery before the rains began. Overall, the quality and fruit characteristics in this vintage were very good with well-developed flavor profiles and excellent fruit development.

Winemaker's Notes

A new style of Chardonnay is emerging in California, and this wine, intended to show what Carneros represents, is crafted with that in mind. Fruit is picked early to showcase a bright vibrancy. The wine is 100% barrel fermented and undergoes secondary malolactic fermentation prior to nine months aging in once-used French oak barrels from cooper Hermitage. To achieve a creamy mouthfeel the lees are stirred every two weeks.