A tank sample, the 2016 Chardonnay Private Reserve opens with peaches and cream notes and suggestions of cedar box, pink grapefruit and green mango with a touch of nutmeg. Medium to full-bodied with an appealingly oily texture, it delivers mouth-filling tropical fruit and oak flavors, finishing with great persistence.- Lisa Perrotti-Brown
The 2016 Chardonnay Private Reserve, from Gamble Ranch in Oakville, shows the more overt, voluptuous side of Chardonnay. Apricot, tangerine, lemon confit, almonds, new oak and butter fill out the wine's ample, generous frame. Beringer's flagship Chardonnay is done in a plush, voluptuous style that offers tons of near and medium term appeal.