2013 Beringer "Private Reserve" Napa Valley Chardonnay

SKU #1219697 94 points Vinous

 Beringer's 2013 Chardonnay Private Reserve emerges from Gamble Ranch in Oakville. Classy, polished and restrained, the 2013 is absolutely superb. Above all else, the 2013 is a wine of finesse. Hints of pastry, baked apple and spices are woven into the super-expressive, oily finish. This was my first tasting at Beringer following Laurie Hook's move into the role of Winemaker Emeritus. Mark Beringer, the great-great grandson of founder Jacob Beringer, is the newly arrived Chief Winemaker. These are all Laurie Hook's wines, though. Needless to say, it will be fascinating to see what Beringer does with this extensive range. One of the first developments has been the introduction of wood fermentation vats for the 2015 harvest. (AG)  (10/2015)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Complex and layered, exhibiting a mix of ripe peach, pear, honeydew and citrus flavors, shaded by a light toasty oak presence and ending with a slightly raw, pithy finish. (JL)  (7/2015)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Even the 2013 Chardonnay Private Reserve has a much more restrained hand with the oak. Aged nine months in 80% new French oak, the wine is much more subtle, offering notes of lemon meringue pie, tropical pineapple, citrus oil and apple blossom. It is medium to full-bodied, refreshing and delicately oaked, which may be a first. (RP)  (3/2016)

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By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/24/2015 | Send Email
Most everyone at K&L knows I tend to love White Burgundy and am not a fan of big, fat California Chardonnays. Alex brought me a glass this week and said for me to try it.“Wow I said- seems like a fine White Burgundy-maybe meursault 1st cru? “ It was this beringer PR Chardonnay. Lovely intruging aromas of apples and earth with nuances of toasty oak. Full and semi rich on the palate, but finely balanced. Not like some of those overblown older Beringer PRs. This one is so well-balanced I would buy some for Kay. She loves Ramonet whites and she will like this—at a price much below Ramonet.
Top Value! Drink from 2015 to 2020

By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/23/2015 | Send Email
A wonderfully quintessentially California Chardonnay, the 2013 Beringer “Private Reserve” Napa Valley Chardonnay is loaded with aromas of lemon oil, baked apples and hazelnuts. Full and rich, this layered Chardonnay is packed with buttery notes, crushed rocks, surprisingly good acidity and a balanced, long finish. This is the epitome of a great Chardonnay from Napa Valley for less than $30 and should be snatched up by the case!
Top Value! Drink from 2015 to 2020

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.7