About Beringer 2014 Chardonnay, Private Reserve, Napa Valley
Always one of the best white wines for the money out of California, Beringer Private Reserve Chard is a big, lush wine that showcases the best of Napa Valley terroir and the vintage. Often a single-vineyard Chardonnay sourced from the Gamble Ranch, located near the town of Yountville, in the Oakville AVA, this wine highlights the richness and complexity of this varietal and has been a benchmark Chardonnay since its first vintage in 1978. Each Chardonnay lot was kept separate throughout the aging process. After sending the fruit directly to press, the juice fermented 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, the most expressive lots were chosen and blended to create a richly layered wine with aromas of crme brulee and rich citrus and fruit flavors. Wine Spectator scored this 92 points saying "The fruit is ripe and juicy, seemingly sweet and shaded by spicy, toasty oak, allowing tiers of flavors to unfold in a graceful, elegant and understated manner."