2006 Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay
I know, I know, a wine everybody has already found as a Find from the Vine. But the latest vintage of the Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay, the 2006, is special. This wine is always nice, and Beringer makes a decent amount of it so it is readily available. But the 2006 is better than ever, a big chardonnay with rich toasty and smoky oak, spiced pear and a Meyer lemon streak not always noticeable in past years. The big, smoky oak nose blows off after a few minutes, leaving flint and nutmeg flavors and a big and rich body. The finish is long and silky, with just enough acidity to balance all the components a heck of a wine for just over $30.Jacob and Frederick Beringer founded the winery in 1876. Ed Sbragia has been the head winemaker at Beringer for 20 years, and oversaw the 2006 vintage. He recently left Beringer, and his long-time assistant and day-to-day winemaker, Laurie Hook, took the reins. The high Beringer quality should continue without a hitch. The 2006 Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay is a big white wine, so serve it with grilled lobster, grilled tuna steaks, grilled chicken or roast duck, or use it as your I only drink whites wine for a steak or other beef dishes. Also try it with Brie for a pleasant surprise.