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Beringer Chardonnay Napa 2014

Winemaker's Notes:

"The style of Chardonnay at Beringer seems to have backed off the overt oakiness that was favored for so many years. The new breed of Chardonnay from Beringer is much crisper, with restrained oak and more citrus than butter. For example, the 2014 Chardonnay Napa is fermented in both stainless steel and barrel, has good, lofty alcohol at 14.5%, but shows plenty of lemon zest, honeyed grapefruit, tangerine and white currants. It is crisp, elegant, medium-bodied and best drunk over the next several years." (87 pts) -RobertParker.com

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Beringer Vineyards:
  It is impossible to take Beringer’s long history lightly. With their 215 acre plot of land purchased in 1875 and the winery founded in 1876, Jacob and Frederick Beringer’s winery is the oldest continually operating winery in Napa Valley. In 2001, it was named a historic district in the National Register for Historic Places. Current winemaker Laurie Hook and winemaster Ed ... Read more
  It is impossible to take Beringer’s long history lightly. With their 215 acre plot of land purchased in 1875 and the winery founded in 1876, Jacob and Frederick Beringer’s winery is the oldest continually operating winery in Napa Valley. In 2001, it was named a historic district in the National Register for Historic Places. Current winemaker Laurie Hook and winemaster Ed Sbragia continue to draw from over a dozen vineyards to create world-class wines from varying soil compositions and climates. The winery managed to survive, and even thrive, during Prohibition by selling sacramental wines with a federal license. Since the wine was being made for religious purposes, it was legal! A unique aspect of Beringer is the tunnel system that was carved into the side of Spring Mountain around 1880. Chinese immigrant workers, the same workers that helped build the Trans-Continental Railroad, spent years hand-chiseling the 1,200 feet of tunnels. To this day, the tunnels act as a natural insulator, keeping the temperature between 58 and 60 degrees year-round, ideal for storing wine. Read less

"The style of Chardonnay at Beringer seems to have backed off the overt oakiness that was favored for so many years. The new breed of Chardonnay from Beringer is much crisper, with restrained oak and more citrus than butter. For example, the 2014 Chardonnay Napa is fermented in both stainless steel and barrel, has good, lofty alcohol at 14.5%, but shows plenty of lemon zest, honeyed grapefruit, tangerine and white currants. It is crisp, elegant, medium-bodied and best drunk over the next several years." (87 pts) -RobertParker.com

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