Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay 2012
Everything one could expect from a Napa Valley Chardonnay. Full bodied, buttery, oak and round.
Consistent, clear yellow color. Fairly big oaky nose—melon, vanilla. First taste sensation on the tip of the tongue is butterscotch. Then some melon. “Spritziness” towards the back of the tongue/palate. Butter bomb, to me. Needs acid.
Four and a half glasses
This wine was very enjoyable. I am recording it after the fact, so I forget the details. I recall it being amazingly smooth and luscious but not overpowering in any way.
External Reviews for Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay
Bright, light yellow. Tight nose offers scents of lemon oil, white peach and stone; higher-pitched and less obviously oaky than the Luminis bottling. At once thick and vibrant on the palate, offering a lovely balance of sweetness and acidity. Richer, deeper and more complete than the Luminis, filling the mouth with citrus and stone fruit flavor without coming off as heavy. Long on the finish.
Shows off seductive notes of smoky, toasty oak and cream, with fresh, rich, vibrant fruit to match. The flavors of poached pear, fig, honeydew melon, spice and black licorice all fold together on a long, pure, persistent finish. Drink now through 2020.
The Chardonnay Private Reserve became famous under the helmsmanship of chief winemaker Ed Sbragia, and Laurie Hook has refined it ever so slightly by somewhat backing off the oak, and maintaining the depth and richness, but with more precision and refinement. The full-bodied 2012 Chardonnay Private Reserve exhibits wonderful orange blossom, white peach and pineapple fruit, a subtle touch of vanillin and toast, and a nicely layered, pure style with terrific fruit intensity. It is a great value, especially if you compare its quality to just about any premier cru or grand cru white Burgundy selling for 2–10 times as much. Drink now.
Food Pairings for Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay
Aromas of grilled stone fruits and toasted hazelnuts are complemented by flavors of ripe tropical fruit and notes of lemon and lime. A generous, creamy mouthfeel is rounded out by balanced acidity and a lengthy, elegant finish.