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Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay 2014

Winemaker's Notes:

To enhance the natural richness of our Chardonnay we fermented the juice in predominately new French oak barrels. Weekly lees stirring enhanced the toasty notes, and integrated the oak flavors for an overall balance, while complete malolactic fermentation encouraged lush creaminess. After 9 months aging, our winemaker chose the most expressive lots and blended them to create a richly layered wine with aromas of crème brulee and rich citrus and fruit flavors.

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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

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Snooth User: EMark
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3.50 5
01/03/2018

Not surprisingly, pretty heavily oaked. So there is the buttery, caramel thing going on here. However, there is refreshing citrus--grapefuit-- and tropical fruit--pineapple, kiwi--that provide an excellent counterpoint. Super acidity lasts throughout a quite lengthy finish.



To enhance the natural richness of our Chardonnay we fermented the juice in predominately new French oak barrels. Weekly lees stirring enhanced the toasty notes, and integrated the oak flavors for an overall balance, while complete malolactic fermentation encouraged lush creaminess. After 9 months aging, our winemaker chose the most expressive lots and blended them to create a richly layered wine with aromas of crème brulee and rich citrus and fruit flavors.

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