A great Beringer, different vintage, different price, better taste

Monday, February 1, 2010

Brand NameBeringer
Other Wines Reviewed
Wine NameNapa Valley Chardonnay
Vintage (Year)2007
AVANapa Valley
CountryUnited States
Wine ClassWhite
Wine TypeChardonnay
Wine GroupsLadykillers
Heaven in a Bottle
Gorgeous Blancs
Alcohol %14.1%
Bottle Size750ml
Price$10 - $20
Site Rating9 (on a scale of 1-10)

I have loved Beringer Napa Valley for the past two years, but I have wondered why the price per bottle has increased by about two dollars.

However, this time around, I noticed a very different taste. It was more smoky and decadent. I then had to look back and see my past reviews to see that this wine was two vintages past the old wine. In fact, this wine reminds me of a Beringer that is the Private Reserve Chardonnay, which is about $26 a bottle, if not $30.

The most heavy aspect of the flavor is the oak, but thankfully, it's not buttery. The next is the spice component, but I honestly would think Allspice versus anything else. I can't taste the fruits, but the back of the bottle says pear, apple and citrus; actually, the oak and spice overwhelm me in a good way.


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