Beringer Vineyards

Private Reserve Napa Valley Chardonnay

9.0502 ratings
8.859 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Chardonnay
Top Notes For
Jonathan Wall

The first Wine Spectator I ever bought had the Beringer Private Reserve Chard on it’s cover as wine of the year. 25 years later the price hasn’t actually changed much making this a good value ($30ish on sale). ‘17 starts out neon gold. Tight and malo. Needed a few hours to open up, and performed better cool and not chilled.

The first Wine Spectator I ever bought had the Beringer Private Reserve Chard on it’s cover as wine of the year. 25 years later the price hasn’t actually changed much making this a good value ($30ish on sale). ‘17 starts out neon gold. Tight and malo. Needed a few hours to open up, and performed better cool and not chilled.

Jun 12th, 2020
Alex Lallos

Owner No Limit Fine Wines, Private Wine Consultant

8.9

Lots of oak and marshmallow. Rich and buttery

Lots of oak and marshmallow. Rich and buttery

Dec 26th, 2019
Boris Mathiszik

Solid chard. Not too much oak.

Solid chard. Not too much oak.

Sep 7th, 2018
Sipping Fine Wine

Had another ‘14 in my cellar. A Napa producer since 1876, established by Jacob Beringer & continues in its 3rd century. In a word, a “BIG” Chardonnay. Pale with stone and tropical fruit aromas and complex spice. Sitting on 80% new French oak, the palate shows ripe apple, apricot, pear & lemon flavors with sweet vanilla spice. Nice buttery mouthfeel, creamy, balanced with lively acidity and toasty oak adding an ending of minerality. Aging well!

Had another ‘14 in my cellar. A Napa producer since 1876, established by Jacob Beringer & continues in its 3rd century. In a word, a “BIG” Chardonnay. Pale with stone and tropical fruit aromas and complex spice. Sitting on 80% new French oak, the palate shows ripe apple, apricot, pear & lemon flavors with sweet vanilla spice. Nice buttery mouthfeel, creamy, balanced with lively acidity and toasty oak adding an ending of minerality. Aging well!

Aug 31st, 2018
Sipping Fine Wine

Established in 1876 by Jacob Beringer & continues in its 3rd century of crafting wines from Napa. This is a "Big" Chardonnay. Developed aromas of ripe stone fruit with tropical notes and hints of baking spices. On the palate ripe apple, pear and pineapple, very creamy with a buttery texture, grilled almond and vanilla flavors well integrated. A full body Chardonnay, on a lingering finish, that almost doesn't end, ending with a big nutty, buttery finish. Just tasted '13, some age added finesse to this wine.

Established in 1876 by Jacob Beringer & continues in its 3rd century of crafting wines from Napa. This is a "Big" Chardonnay. Developed aromas of ripe stone fruit with tropical notes and hints of baking spices. On the palate ripe apple, pear and pineapple, very creamy with a buttery texture, grilled almond and vanilla flavors well integrated. A full body Chardonnay, on a lingering finish, that almost doesn't end, ending with a big nutty, buttery finish. Just tasted '13, some age added finesse to this wine.

Jul 17th, 2017
Nikolay Dimitrov

Typical Napa Chard, but done very well. It is very big, but still in balance. A lot of pare, mango, pineapple, very tropical with vanilla and butterscotch all the way. A li of oak also.

Typical Napa Chard, but done very well. It is very big, but still in balance. A lot of pare, mango, pineapple, very tropical with vanilla and butterscotch all the way. A li of oak also.

4 people found it helpfulJul 30th, 2014
Corey Zamora, CSW

Always a great blind taste, big, buttery, classic Napa Chardonnay.

Always a great blind taste, big, buttery, classic Napa Chardonnay.

4 people found it helpfulMay 20th, 2014
Ashley Brooks

Very complex and it all works together brilliantly. Tastes expensive ;)

Very complex and it all works together brilliantly. Tastes expensive ;)

2 people found it helpfulApr 22nd, 2014
Majella Anson-Cartwright

Majella had this 10 months ago

Majella had this 10 months ago

1 person found it helpfulAug 26th, 2019
Dr. Owen Bargreen

The 2016 ‘Private Reserve’ Chardonnay by Beringer is a stunning wine by superstar winemaker Mark Beringer. Sourced from the Gamble Ranch Vineyard in the Oakville AVA, this wine starts off with beautiful aromas of apricot creme brulee, vanilla cream and kumquat with macadamia nut. The palate is plush and shows a seductive mouthfeel as the wine unveils vanilla cream, buttered popcorn, white peach, butterscotch and roasted pineapple flavors. Seductive and rich, yet beautifully balanced and layered, this is a complete wine by Beringer that will cellar marvelously for the next fifteen years. Drink 2019-2033- 94

The 2016 ‘Private Reserve’ Chardonnay by Beringer is a stunning wine by superstar winemaker Mark Beringer. Sourced from the Gamble Ranch Vineyard in the Oakville AVA, this wine starts off with beautiful aromas of apricot creme brulee, vanilla cream and kumquat with macadamia nut. The palate is plush and shows a seductive mouthfeel as the wine unveils vanilla cream, buttered popcorn, white peach, butterscotch and roasted pineapple flavors. Seductive and rich, yet beautifully balanced and layered, this is a complete wine by Beringer that will cellar marvelously for the next fifteen years. Drink 2019-2033- 94

1 person found it helpfulApr 11th, 2019