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Beringer Vineyards Chardonnay Napa Valley Limited Release 2005

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The Sbragia Limited Release Chardonnay represents the selection of the selection. The vineyards Ed Sbragia customarily chooses to use in his Private Reserve Chardonnay are located around the town of Yountville where daytime temperatures slowly climb as the cooling morning fog recedes south to the San Pablo Bay. This significant diurnal shift allows the grapes to maintain their acidity, which is essential to balancing the ripe, rich flavors they develop during warm afternoons. One of these vineyards, Gamble Ranch, consistently provides flavors that Winemaster Ed Sbragia calls unctuous, and in 2005, he decided that this fruit would be ideal for his 2005 Sbragia Limited Release Chardonnay.After the grapes were gently destemmed and crushed, Ed aged each lot separately for nine months in 100% new French oak, pairing subtleties he wanted to highlight in them with characteristics he has learned to expect in the different barrels. Malolactic fermentation and weekly lees stirring encouraged the creamy richness already evident in the juice and helped the oak aromas and flavors to be well integrated. The wine has a pretty yellow gemstone color, luscious aromas of brown spice, lemon peel, tarte tatin, butterscotch and brown spice that lead into a rich and creamy mouthfeel showcasing grilled pineapple, brown spice, crisp apples and citrus peel flavors.Wine Advocate | Robert Parker Jr. | December 26, 2006More restrained than normal, it offers copious quantities of honeyed fruit, full body, a rich, heady mouthfeel, but not the unctuousness normally found in this cuvee. Additionally, the oak is more restrained. There is abundant richness, but the vintage's acidity provides plenty of vibrancy and precision. It should drink nicely for 3-4 years.

Region: USA » California » Napa

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Color: White
Varietal: Chardonnay
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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

The Sbragia Limited Release Chardonnay represents the selection of the selection. The vineyards Ed Sbragia customarily chooses to use in his Private Reserve Chardonnay are located around the town of Yountville where daytime temperatures slowly climb as the cooling morning fog recedes south to the San Pablo Bay. This significant diurnal shift allows the grapes to maintain their acidity, which is essential to balancing the ripe, rich flavors they develop during warm afternoons. One of these vineyards, Gamble Ranch, consistently provides flavors that Winemaster Ed Sbragia calls unctuous, and in 2005, he decided that this fruit would be ideal for his 2005 Sbragia Limited Release Chardonnay.After the grapes were gently destemmed and crushed, Ed aged each lot separately for nine months in 100% new French oak, pairing subtleties he wanted to highlight in them with characteristics he has learned to expect in the different barrels. Malolactic fermentation and weekly lees stirring encouraged the creamy richness already evident in the juice and helped the oak aromas and flavors to be well integrated. The wine has a pretty yellow gemstone color, luscious aromas of brown spice, lemon peel, tarte tatin, butterscotch and brown spice that lead into a rich and creamy mouthfeel showcasing grilled pineapple, brown spice, crisp apples and citrus peel flavors.Wine Advocate | Robert Parker Jr. | December 26, 2006More restrained than normal, it offers copious quantities of honeyed fruit, full body, a rich, heady mouthfeel, but not the unctuousness normally found in this cuvee. Additionally, the oak is more restrained. There is abundant richness, but the vintage's acidity provides plenty of vibrancy and precision. It should drink nicely for 3-4 years.

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