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2013 Beringer "Private Reserve" Napa Valley Chardonnay

SKU #1219697 94 points Vinous

Outer quote mark 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) Inner quote mark (10/2015)

90 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark 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) Inner quote mark (7/2015)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark 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) Inner quote mark (3/2016)

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By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/24/2015 | Send Email
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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
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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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