Beringer Vineyards Chardonnay Napa Valley 2008
89 points Robert Parker: A sleeper of the vintage as well as a stunning value, the 2008 Chardonnay Napa ranks alongside some of the great bargains in California Chardonnay such as Kendall-Jackson's Vintner's Reserve. Orange blossom, lemon oil, peach, and pineapple notes are restrained, but noticeable in this medium-bodied, fruit-driven effort. A subtle note of oak provides structure and delineation. This, too, will drink well for several years. (Dec 2009)
External Reviews for Beringer Vineyards Chardonnay Napa Valley
Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the October 2010 issue. Never a shrinking violet, Beringer's Private Reserve Chardonnay is once again a rich, fully expressed big-bodied offering with early smells of honey and ripe apples and underlying suggestions of pastry crust, Meyer lemons and sweet cream. Somewhat soft at entry and viscous to the point of being just a bit heavy, this one never lacks for personality, and while it could use a touch more acidity to go with many dishes, it has all the depth and range to accompany blackened salmon or a lightly curried seafood stew. It needs no age but will not fade soon.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Drinkable now. Unlikely to improve with further aging.
Rating: 87/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the September 2010 issue. Nicely crafted, medium-full-bodied, balanced and mannerly, this wine features ripe apple fruitiness as its central theme from first sniff through to mid-volume finish. It starts out as a touch round on the palate and then finds plenty of firming in the latter going, and, if it is somewhat direct in style with modest touches of the complexity that might adorn pricier bottlings, it is not without those as well. It is a happy choice for an everyday Chardonnay.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Drinkable now. Unlikely to improve with further aging.
Another remarkable bargain is the 45,000-case cuveacute;e of 2007 Chardonnay Napa. It exhibits crisp notes of pineapples and oranges, zesty acidity, little oak, and a fresh, medium-bodied finish. Readers looking for more smoke and roasted nut characteristics in a bigger, fuller-bodied style should seek out the 2007 Chardonnay Private Reserve and 2007 Chardonnay Sbragia Limited Release.
Tart apple and honeyed apricot flavors combine the firm with the luscious. Itrsquo;s a gentle, warm, minerally chardonnay to serve with any roast white meats, particularly pork stuffed with fruit.
The 2004 Chardonnay, which has already been bottled, is typical of the vintage mdash; forward, fruity, with loads of popcorn and pineapple fruit in a luscious yet surprisingly elegant style. This wine should drink well for another 1ndash;2 years.
Pale, bright yellow. Very pure, fruity, cool aromas of apple, pear, lime and minerals are complemented by a toasty nuance. Then sweet, ripe and fresh in the mouth, with attractive floral lift and nice persistence. This is one of Beringerrsquo;s largest bottlings, along with the Knights Valley cabernet, and an excellent chardonnay value in 2007.
One of the best buys in the Chardonnay marketplace remains Beringerrsquo;s 2009 Chardonnay Napa. In fact, I would rank it right up there with Kendall-Jacksonrsquo;s 2009 Vintnerrsquo;s Reserve. Beringerrsquo;s offering shows elegant white peach and honeysuckle notes in a crisp, medium-bodied style. What is surprising is how much flavor and intensity they have been able to build into this wine, which probably can be found discounted to $12 a bottle.