2006 Beringer Chardonnay Private Reserve
Napa Valley, California
WB Rating: 89

Alcohol by volume: 14.8%
Price at time of purchase: $25.59 (Costco)
Type: Chardonnay
Principal varietal(s): Chardonnay

French-like in feel, and less oak-influenced than I remember in previous vintages, the 2006 Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay displays nice spiced apple and lime-like citrus notes, a crisp level of acidity, and good balance and focus. It probably went through a full malolactic fermentation, but has the bracing acid of a non-malolactic Chardonnay. At less than $30/bottle, this is a good buy in premium California Chardonnays. - HK 2008-09-12


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