Rich, vibrant, creamy and expressive, this well-balanced, luscious Chardonnay is classically Californian with aromas of citrus blossom, lemon curd, honeysuckle and crème brûlée, supported by flavors of tropical fruits, like pineapple, mango and tangerine. A delicate touch of well-integrated oak shows notes of brioche and apple pie spice, leading to a pleasing, mouth-watering lengthy finish.
Critic Ratings and Tasting Notes:
JD 94Jeb Dunnuck
The 2019 Chardonnay Private Reserve is certainly the richest and most opulent of the whites here, although it shows a fresher, less oaky, toasty character than older vintages (which I think is what they’re looking for). Impressive stone fruits, white flowers, orange blossom, toasted almond, and a touch of minerality all define the bouquet, and this beauty builds nicely, offering full-bodied richness, a layered, opulent texture, terrific balance, and a great finish.
91 Wine & Spirits
This wine grows at Beringer’s Gamble Ranch in Yountville. In 2019, the fruit came in with the summery ripeness of white peaches and Rainier cherries, fleshy and gentle, yet firm. The wine developed its creaminess and some toasted–corn rye notes from its time in French oak barrels; still, it’s focused on the clean feel of the fruit.