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.JS95
Aromas of cooked apple, mango, lemon curd, praline and toffee. It’s full-bodied with crisp acidity and a dense, creamy texture. Flavorful with a solid core of ripe fruit and toasted nuts. Rich and generous. Solid structure.VN92
The 2019 Chardonnay Private Reserve, all from Gamble Ranch, balances the natural richness of this Oakville site with the fresher style favored by Beringer today. All of that yields a wonderfully expressive, creamy Chardonnay long on class and personality. Light tropical and pastry notes linger.WS91
Elegantly fruity and spicy, with pear and apple tart flavors that are supported by lithe acidity, with minerally notes midpalate. The rich finish shows buttery and toasty accents.