We’ve been eagerly awaiting this new release from an iconic house since even before Dunnuck’s glowing review went to print. The Private Reserve is always the pinnacle of the portfolio and this lovely Chardonnay does not disappoint in opulence, while keeping everything nice and fresh to the finish. Stone fruits, white flowers, and a touch of minerality make for a very inviting bouquet, while the full-bodied richness on the palate is sure to satisfy your craving.
Over the past 141 years, Beringer has built its name on quality and consistency. The oldest continuously operating winery in Napa Valley (they used a federal license during Prohibition that allowed them to make wine for religious purposes), they’ve been instrumental in both the development of Napa’s international reputation while simultaneously serving as a critical link to its past.
The 2019 Chardonnay Private Reserve is certainly the richest and most opulent of the whites here, although it shows a fresher, less oaky, toasty character than older vintages (which I think is what they’re looking for). Impressive stone fruits, white flowers, orange blossom, toasted almond, and a touch of minerality all define the bouquet, and this beauty builds nicely, offering full-bodied richness, a layered, opulent texture, terrific balance, and a great finish. It should keep nicely for 3-4 years, if not longer.