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.
“Orange blossom, nectarines, daffodils and clementine's. Medium to full body, a really attractive, oily texture and a textured, succulent finish. Drink now.” – James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, May 2019
“The 2017 Chardonnay (Napa Valley) is a very pretty wine from Beringer. Citrus, floral and lightly tropical notes are very nicely delineated. The blend of three sites works well here. Although the 2017 is already quite open, it also has a good bit of freshness and structure from vinification in a mix of oak and steel along with partially blocked malolactic fermentation.” – Antonio Galloni, Vinous, December 2018
Plush and creamy, aromas and flavors of tart citrus lead with hints of white pear, delicious apple and a bit of lemon meringue, caramel and toasted almonds. Balanced, with moderate acidity, the brightness of the Chardonnay fruit shines through.
The 2017 vintage provided high quality thanks to lower than average yields. The year began with abundant rainfall. Spring weather was mild, resulting in extended flowering in some areas with little shatter. Vines were vigorous thanks to the winter rains. A freak hail storm passed through quickly in June causing isolated damage. Three heat events, including one over Labor Day weekend, kicked harvest into high gear. Cool weather arrived immediately afterward, allowing sugar levels to return to normal. Grapes for the 2017 Napa Valley Chardonnay were harvested between September 6th and September 29th.
Beringer's Chardonnay vineyards span a pair of 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 2017 blend comes from our Big Ranch in Oak Knoll, balanced in equal measure from the Gamble Ranch in Oakville. These vineyards produce Chardonnays with layers of fine fruit flavors and crisp natural acidity.
Chardonnay was harvested late night and early morning at the coolest part of the day, then quickly brought to gentle pressing. A portion of the wine was fermented in stainless, with 25% in tank and 75% in French Oak (39% new) for eight months prior to bottling. Some 45% 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, with lees stirring twice monthly.
Mark Beringer, great-great-grandson of Beringer Vineyards' founding brother Jacob Beringer, was immersed in wine from the moment he was born in the heart of the Napa Valley. As the direct descendant to Beringer's first winemaker and one of the most iconic family names in Napa Valley wine history, he knew from a young age that he would follow in the footsteps of his ancestors. As a young man he spent many hours working in his family's wine store in Saint Helena, expanding his knowledge of wine as well as gaining an appreciation for wines outside of the famous region he has always called home.
|Oak Treatment||Malolactic fermentation on 45% of blend. Fermented in stainless steel (25%) and French oak (75%).Aged 8 months in oak (39% new)|