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Beringer Private Reserve Cab 2008

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94 points Robert Parker: The 2008 Chardonnay Private Reserve continues the success Beringer has enjoyed with this program. Notes of brioche, hazelnut, marmalade, honeyed tropical fruits, buttered citrus, and a gentle touch of smoke are found in this full-bodied, concen- trated wine with impressive purity, depth, and length. It should drink well for 4-5 years.

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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 Private Reserve Cab

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Snooth User: EMark
8478046,139
4.00 5
07/22/2011

Last night we went to the Hollywood Bowl. The the al fresco environment pretty much defeated the nose for me. However, the first sip was pay dirt. Very rich and fruit forward--citrus as much as anything--nice acid that made it a very good food wine. The Bowl's real raison d' etre is, of course, to give provide a terrific picnic environment. Last night we had tomato/goat cheese tart, chilled grilled salmon, broccoli slaw, bacon laced potato salad, assorted cheeses and this was our white wine. I look forward to my next bottle. $26.99 about a year ago. BTW, the concert was great--L.A. Phil conducted by the Dude with Zuckerman doing the Bruch G Minor concerto.


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,195
5.00 5
06/30/2012

Noble, elegant, richly textured and delicious! 97 pts. -Wine Spectator Grand Tour 2012


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,195
5.00 5
06/30/2012

Noble, elegant, richly textured and delicious! 97 pts. -Wine Spectator Grand Tour 5/5/12


2.50 5
03/03/2010

Quaffing wine - with fish, pork or a late Spring Saturday afternoon. This is certainly NOT a tradtional French thing and that's just fine - it's bright, a little acidic, balanced and refreshing. I plan to make three or four really big cork board one day!


Snooth User: ralaspech
67839538
5.00 5
12/25/2010

A beautiful California style chardonnay--I do not think there are any better at this price. Some may not find this much oak attractive, but there is ample fruit to balance it and lend complexity on the nose and palate.


Snooth User: EEddleman
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0.50 5
09/10/2010

Ok so I have never really had much wines but I'm trying them out. Although this wine I didn't like, and we never finished the bottle. Maybe I'll try it again after I try more kinds.


External Reviews for Beringer Private Reserve Cab

External Review
05/19/2010

To impart highlights of vanilla, caramel and nutmeg, Ron barrel fermented and aged 70 percent of the Chardonnay in French and American oak barrels (20 percent new) for eight months. Fermenting the remainder in stainless steel maintained a bright, fresh fruit balance. The resulting wine has ripe pear and pineapple, and mango flavors highlighted by citrus, Granny Smith apple and hints of baking spices.


External Review
05/19/2011

Lovely and intense, with toast and nut nuances swirling around a core of pear, apple, spice and lemon flavors, with a hint of sweet cream. Drink now through 2006.


External Review
05/19/2011

Tangy, with straightforward pear, fig, orange and lemon flavors.


External Review
09/27/2011

Serve this clean and simple Chardonnay as an apèritif, chilled to focus the mild, buttery oak and green, lemony fruit flavors.


External Review
05/19/2011

Your basic inexpensive California Chard: fruity, creamy and light, with pleasant peach, pineapple and apricot flavors finished with a touch of spicy oak.


External Review
05/23/2011

Bright tropical fruit and citrus aromas lead to mouth-filling flavors of apples and pears. Malolactic fermentation and barrel aging contribute to a soft creaminess and long finish that complements grilled fish and linguine with garlic-basil pesto.


External Review
05/19/2011

Appealing for its supple and easygoing flavors and tasty sweet pear and spicy tropical fruit. Drink now.


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94 points Robert Parker: The 2008 Chardonnay Private Reserve continues the success Beringer has enjoyed with this program. Notes of brioche, hazelnut, marmalade, honeyed tropical fruits, buttered citrus, and a gentle touch of smoke are found in this full-bodied, concen- trated wine with impressive purity, depth, and length. It should drink well for 4-5 years.

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