2020 Beringer Chardonnay Private Reserve

Chardonnay - 750ML
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JS 93 WA 93 WS 92 VN 91
JS 93

jamessuckling.com, February 2022

Aromas of sliced red apple with heather, lilac, and dried pineapple, as well as peach skin. Full-bodied with a rich, layered palate and lots of dried fruit. Its flavorful and delicious now. Hints of pralines, light toffee...
WA 93

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, May 2022

Although not labeled as such, Beringer's Private Reserve Chardonnay has been sourced for decades from the Gamble Ranch in Oakville. Planted around 1976 to Clone 4, the grapes are picked ripe and barrel fermented at...
WS 92

Wine Spectator, July 2022

Peach, apricot and mango flavors are juicy and fleshy at the core of this white, with honeyed overtones. Salted butter, spice and toasted pastry notes emerge on the finish, as does a touch of dried ginger. Drink now...
VN 91

Vinous, January 2022

The 2020 Chardonnay Private Reserve is creamy, open-knit and expressive. Lemon confit, spice, vanillin and light tropical notes all grace the 2020. As always, the Private Reserve is done in a richer, creamier style than...


Color & Type White
Varietal Chardonnay
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Appellation Napa
Vintage 2020
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 14.9%
Closure Cork

The 2020 Beringer Chardonnay Private Reserve is a remarkable white wine hailing from the esteemed Napa appellation in California. With its enticing golden hue, this wine immediately captivates the senses and promises a truly exceptional tasting experience.

On the nose, aromas of sliced red apple mingle harmoniously with delicate hints of heather, lilac, and dried pineapple. The intoxicating bouquet is further enhanced by the presence of peach skin, adding a touch of sophistication.

As one indulges in a sip, the full-bodied nature of this Chardonnay becomes evident, enveloping the palate with its rich and layered texture. Dried fruit flavors dominate the forefront, delivering a symphony of flavors that tantalize the taste buds. Notes of pralines, light toffee, and cream add depth and complexity to the wine, showcasing the artistry and skill of Beringer's winemaking.

Renowned wine critic James Suckling awarded this vintage an impressive score of 93, praising its flavorful and delicious character. He recommends enjoying it now, although it also has the potential for further development with age. The wine's opulent profile is further celebrated by Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, who highlights its mango, guava, and pineapple scents. Despite being barrel fermented and aged in new French oak, the wine strikes a perfect balance, avoiding an overbearing oaky influence. The reviewer commends its full-bodied and slightly buttery nature, complemented by a long, satisfying finish.

The 2020 Chardonnay Private Reserve is also highly regarded by Vinous, where it received a score of 91. Antonio Galloni, the esteemed wine critic, notes its creamy and expressive nature, with flavors of lemon confit, spice, and subtle tropical notes. This vintage showcases Beringer's commitment to producing a richer, creamier style of Chardonnay.

Wine Spectator also joins in the chorus of praise, awarding it a score of 92. The publication highlights the juicy and fleshy nature of the peach, apricot, and mango flavors at the wine's core. Honeyed overtones add a touch of sweetness, while salted butter, spice, and toasted pastry notes emerge on the finish, accompanied by a hint of dried ginger.

With only 8,714 cases made, this limited-production wine is a true gem that should not be missed. Whether enjoyed now or carefully cellared, the 2020 Beringer Chardonnay Private Reserve promises an extraordinary journey through the world of California's finest white wines.