Beringer Vineyards

Private Reserve Napa Valley Chardonnay

8.961 ratings
8.95 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Chardonnay
Duck, Shellfish, Goose, Mushrooms, Manchego & Parmesan, Game, Pork, Squash & Root Vegetables, Chicken, Turkey, Cheddar & Gruyere, Meaty & Oily Fish, White Fish, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Cream Sauces
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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
Isaac Pirolo

I couldn't help but pit this against my recent tastings of Chateau Montelena's 2013. Stylistically, they are worlds apart. The Montelena is less imposing, and even coy by comparison, but it's piercing acidity shocks the palate, firing the flavors everywhere, but with a linear feel.

The Beringer begins with rich aromatics of tropical fruit, coconut, cream brûlée, and meringue, with a dash of dill. Everything translates through to the palate, which flaunts its round figure. The lack of acidity releases the wine on the palate to pursue its less-than-subtle seduction. I will admit, I was no match for this temptress Chardonnay. That said, by comparison to the Montelena, the Beringer feels like it has been cosmetically enhanced. Fortunately, it was in just the right places.

I couldn't help but pit this against my recent tastings of Chateau Montelena's 2013. Stylistically, they are worlds apart. The Montelena is less imposing, and even coy by comparison, but it's piercing acidity shocks the palate, firing the flavors everywhere, but with a linear feel.

The Beringer begins with rich aromatics of tropical fruit, coconut, cream brûlée, and meringue, with a dash of dill. Everything translates through to the palate, which flaunts its round figure. The lack of acidity releases the wine on the palate to pursue its less-than-subtle seduction. I will admit, I was no match for this temptress Chardonnay. That said, by comparison to the Montelena, the Beringer feels like it has been cosmetically enhanced. Fortunately, it was in just the right places.

Feb 22nd, 2017
Hanibal

one of those purchases you end up regretting !

one of those purchases you end up regretting !

Jun 15th, 2019
Steve Parker

So glad I enjoyed this lovely bottle before reading some of the reviews. Beautiful, soft, creamy. Very restrained/ balanced oak.

So glad I enjoyed this lovely bottle before reading some of the reviews. Beautiful, soft, creamy. Very restrained/ balanced oak.

Feb 15th, 2018
Satoshi Fukuroe

甘くはないけど美味しい

甘くはないけど美味しい

Feb 4th, 2018
antonia dorans

the best chardonnay your hawaiian costco can provide, purchased by your mom as a treat. lugged it back to vancouver to discover it was "too big". this wine carries the sound of my mom prattling on as i watch a beautiful sunset. could be great, but ends up frustrating.

the best chardonnay your hawaiian costco can provide, purchased by your mom as a treat. lugged it back to vancouver to discover it was "too big". this wine carries the sound of my mom prattling on as i watch a beautiful sunset. could be great, but ends up frustrating.

Dec 4th, 2017
Miles Perry

An excellent vintage of Berlinger Private Reserve Chardonnay. Fruity, well balanced, and a great finish.

An excellent vintage of Berlinger Private Reserve Chardonnay. Fruity, well balanced, and a great finish.

Nov 1st, 2017
bill fumerola

creamy. soul less.

creamy. soul less.

Sep 6th, 2017
Tito Elias

Soft,butter,tropical fruits, a classic napa chardonnay!

Soft,butter,tropical fruits, a classic napa chardonnay!

Sep 1st, 2017
Payton Stiewe

Big oak, little to heavy for a luncheon! But otherwise a delicious wine. Needs to age.

Big oak, little to heavy for a luncheon! But otherwise a delicious wine. Needs to age.

Aug 25th, 2017