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Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay 2008 (Napa Valley, California) - [RP 94] [WS 92] [ST 92]
Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay 2008 (Napa Valley, California) - Robert Parker [94 pts] - Wine Spectator [92 pts] - Stephen Tanzer [92 pts]


 
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Winery: Beringer
Varietal: Chardonnay
Region: Napa Valley, California
Vintage: 2008
Bottle Size: 750 ml

Product Code: BERINGERRESERVECHARD08-W

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Notes from the Winemaker:

To retain the brightness of the flavors, each Chardonnay lot was kept separate throughout the aging process. After sending the fruit directly to press, winemaker Laurie Hook fermented the juice in French oak barrels (62 percent new) to enhance the natural richness in the wine. Weekly lees stirring enhanced the toasty notes, and integrated the oak flavors for an overall balance. All of the wines were put through malolactic fermentation to encourage a lush creaminess. After 9 months aging, Winemaker Laurie chose the most expressive lots and blended them to create a richly layered wine featuring flavors of citrus, baked pear, hints of minerality and a creamy mouthfeel. 


Ratings & Reviews

94 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"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, concentrated wine with impressive purity, depth, and length. It should drink well for 4-5 years.

As I have written in the past, Beringer offers between 200-250 cases of each of their single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignons that go into their Private Reserve program. Interestingly, as good as the single vineyard cuvees tend to be, and they’re all very different, the Private Reserve blend is as good or better than the finest single vineyard, demonstrating that the blending process is essential and important." -Robert Parker, December 2009

92 Points - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar:
"Bright yellow. Grape and pineapple fruit aromas are enlivened by floral lift and solid minerality. Broad, dense, ripe and sweet, with a chewy, saline quality and some smoky oak notes contributing to this wine's impressively tactile mouth feel. Finishes long, ripe and sweet, with stone and citrus fruit flavors and solid underlying structure." -Stephen Tanzer, June 2010

92 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"Big, ripe and complex, with full-bodied apple, melon, pear and citrus notes that gain depth and turn creamy in texture, picking up a dash of anise and cedar on the finish. Drink now through 2014. 22,119 cases made." –JL, June 2010



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