Beringer Vineyards Chardonnay Carneros Stanly Ranch 2005
WINEMAKER'S NOTES "For years Ed and I have been using Chardonnay from Stanly Ranch as complexity-enhancing component of our Napa Valley Chardonnay. Having experimented with various lots from this vineyard, we decided to bottle a Stanly Ranch vineyard-designated Chardonnay focusing on specific Burgundian clones planted on Stanly Ranch because the fruit had a discernible personality that I love to capture." --Laurie Hook, Winemaker THE VINEYARDS The "Los Carneros" growing area, which borders on San Pablo Bay at the southern end of Napa Valley, was recognized as a separate American Viticultural Area (AVA) in 1983. Because of its shallow, well-drained soils and marine-influenced climate, it is considered one of Napa Valley's best growing areas for the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay varietals. Even at the height of summer, nights are cool and the vineyards are wrapped in fog in the mornings, so the grapes' natural acids are preserved as a balance to the ripe fruit flavors that develop during sunny afternoons. Beringer's Stanly Ranch is on the northeastern side of Carneros, just north of the Napa River delta. WINEMAKING Winemaker Laurie Hook sent a portion of the fruit directly to the press, bypassing the stemmer-crusher to protect the Chardonnay's more delicate, fresh aromas and flavors. After pressing, 85 percent of the wine was fermented in stainless steel tanks. Fifteen percent of the wine was barrel fermented in French oak barrels and then aged for ten months. Laurie chose not to put the wine through malolactic fermentation to further show the bright fruit characteristics. As a result this Chardonnay features aromas of fig, honeydew, citrus and orange blossom leading into concentrated flavors of melon, tart green apples, stone fruit and lemon zest. Nutmeg and mineral undertones are framed by a juicy, tangerine-like acidity that leads into a bright, rich finish. ACCOLADES 2005 Stanly Ranch Chardonnay RATED 87 - Wine Advocate "... a Chablis-d, fresh, lively, medium-bodied white exhibiting loads of tart lemons, fresh white currants, and a hint of spring flowers." (Robert Parker Jr.) Dec. 26, 2006 ALCOHOL: 14.1% RES. SUGAR: .28 ACIDITY: 0.72 g/100ml pH: 3.18
A very oaky and buttery nose, followed by lots of oak and spice in the mouth. This is really a big oaky California chard. Where's the fruit? Slightly bitter, spicy finish...
Called an Oak Monster by Gary V, but something you can appreciate. Maybe mom would like this.
Light fresh buttery texture. Hints of apricot, lemon, pear, and ginger. Light oak and body. lingers of limestone and spices of nutmeg. Best time to drink is now, could hold for 1 more year
Fresh and oakey with underlying fruity flavors. A good wine for the price.
Two and a half glasses
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Beringer has set a standard for California Chardonnay style. The wonderfully exotic flavors in this wine are a terrific match for food.
Goldgelbe Farbe, Aromen von Ananas, Mango und Zitrusfrüchten mit Noten die an Karamellbonbons erinnern. Am Gaumen körperreich, trocken mit lebendiger Säure, fruchtig, ausgewogen und anhaltend, sortentypisch und prägnant.
A big offering, the full-bodied 2005 Chardonnay Private Reserve reveals notions of hazelnuts intermixed with honeyed pineapple, poached pears, and toasty oak. Well-made with good acidity, beautiful richness, and a vibrant, long finish, it should drink well for 4-5 years.
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