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Beringer Napa Chardonnay California Subregion Napa Valley Napa Valley 2006

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Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar Review Flowers and oak spices on the nose. Rounder than the Stanly Ranch bottling but less precise, with more wood influence showing. Finishes with modest persistence. Most of the barrel-fermented portion of this wine (53%) went through malolactic fermentation. Wine Tasting Notes The number one Napa Valley Chardonnay, the Chardonnay is a combination of lemon zest, apple blossom, nutmeg, vanilla bean, butterscotch and slightly mineral aromas that lead into mouth coating citrus and apple flavors and a long citrus finish.

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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

Member Reviews for Beringer Napa Chardonnay California Subregion Napa Valley Napa Valley

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Snooth User: aronowm2
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5.00 5
01/28/2008

One of the best white wines i have ever had. Great creaminess with a nice finish for a white. My first Semillion.


Snooth User: John Andrews
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3.00 5
03/25/2010

Medium body bordeaux type blend. Not as full bodied as I was expecting and is more bordeaux like than California. Soft tannins with sour cherry and smokiness. Needs time to open up.


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
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4.00 5
04/11/2010

Tasted at UNLVino 4/10/10


Snooth User: WineGent
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3.50 5
08/04/2008

The Alluvium pours beautifully....rich almost viscous. The honeysuckle aroma from the Viognier wafts from the glass followed by pear, and citrus. Swirling the glass, the wine clings to the bowl forshadowing the viscocity and lush mouth feel. Peach and stone fruit, pear, vanilla; all linger with a long finish. Fabulous for a $15.00 wine.

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  • Snooth User: Black Mamba
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    4.00 5
    09/13/2008

    This is a very nice California Bordeaux blend, including semillon (and even a little chardonnay!) which adds so much to the ubiquitous sauvignon blanc. Racy, somewhat light up front, it morphs into a delicious buttery finish which lasts up to 30 seconds. This is more flavorful and more complex than any of the actual Bordeaux whites in it's price range- a great value. Great with New England clam chowder.


    Snooth User: syh
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    4.00 5
    09/30/2010

    light

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    Snooth User: RenoWino
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    4.00 5
    12/22/2009

    Four glasses


    External Reviews for Beringer Napa Chardonnay California Subregion Napa Valley Napa Valley

    External Review
    05/22/2011

    Plush and generous, with fine richness and depth to candied fig, melon, beeswax and dried hay flavors. Tangy quince and marshmallow-scented oak lingers on the finish. Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Viognier. Drink now.


    External Review
    05/22/2011

    A bracing acidity and tart citrus, orange peel and peach flavors are pleasantly balanced with spice and campfire smoke nuances on a sleek frame, with a long finish. Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon, Chardonnay and Viognier. Drink now through 2013.


    External Review
    05/22/2011

    Beringer's twist on white Bordeaux, this Semillon and Sauvignon blend adds small amounts of Chard and Viognier to produce a tremendously invigorating white wine. Barrel fermented and aged on the lees, it's rich and exotic in custardy pineapple, fig, peach, apple, wildflower and vanilla spice flavors that finish with great length. Crisp and dry.


    External Review
    05/22/2011

    A wine that mimics a top white Graves is Beringer's 2005 Alluvium Blanc, a barrel-fermented blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon that represents terrific value. This honeyed effort possesses crisp acidity as well as loads of melon, fig and waxy lanolin characteristics. It can be enjoyed over the next year.


    External Review
    05/22/2011

    The excellent 2007 Alluvium Blanc, their white Bordeaux-like blend, is a superb value. Steely, honeyed citrus (grapefruit and lemon) notes as well as admirable fruit, medium body, and good minerality are present in this fresh, crisp white. This would be a sensational accompaniment to an assortment of cuisines, including the spiciest, most torrid Asian cooking. Beringer continues to turn out an impressive array of wines, proving that a gigantic global operation can be focused on quality and character.


    External Review
    05/22/2011

    The 2002 Alluvium Proprietary White, a white Bordeaux-like blend of 46% Semillon, 43% Sauvignon Blanc, and small quantities of both Chardonnay and Viognier, is outstanding. Aged on its lees, this ripe, medium to full-bodied, fleshy 2002 exhibits aromas of honeyed tropical fruit, candle wax, grapefruit, and limes in its beautifully scented, rich, medium-bodied, textured, generous personality. A serious, food-friendly white that sells for a song, it is best consumed over the next 1-2 years.


    External Review
    05/22/2011

    Offers wonderful purity of fruit, with a rich, vibrant beam of tangerine, nectarine and subtle pear shadings. Finishes with a long, clean aftertaste, which shows a hint of sage. Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Viognier. Drink now through 2011.


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    Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar Review Flowers and oak spices on the nose. Rounder than the Stanly Ranch bottling but less precise, with more wood influence showing. Finishes with modest persistence. Most of the barrel-fermented portion of this wine (53%) went through malolactic fermentation. Wine Tasting Notes The number one Napa Valley Chardonnay, the Chardonnay is a combination of lemon zest, apple blossom, nutmeg, vanilla bean, butterscotch and slightly mineral aromas that lead into mouth coating citrus and apple flavors and a long citrus finish.

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