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Professional Ratings: 89 International Wine Cellar, 88 The Wine Advocate
Region: Napa Valley, California
Style: Rich & Creamy
Alcohol By Volume: 14.1%
Item no. 107238
Bright lemon zest, apple, pineapple, star fruit and mineral aromas and mouth-filling lemon curd, apple and butterscotch flavors.
Pale bright yellow. Pure aromas of musky nectarine, grapefruit and pineapple. Boasts good thickness and richness for a chardonnay in this price range; the dominant characteristic is lively stone fruit flavors. Finishes with good length. Only 35% of this wine went through malolactic fermentation, and the wine got only 25% new oak aging.
One of the best buys in the Chardonnay marketplace remains Beringer’s 2009 Chardonnay Napa. In fact, I would rank it right up there with Kendall-Jackson’s 2009 Vintner’s Reserve. Beringer’s offering shows elegant white peach and honeysuckle notes in a crisp, medium-bodied style. What is surprising is how much flavor and intensity they have been able to build into this wine, which probably can be found discounted to $12 a bottle.