Beringer 2005 Sbragia Limited Release Chardonnay (Napa Valley)

The only criticism I have is excessive new oak. In this case, it's 100%, and the sweet char, smoky vanilla and brûléed butterscotch flavors completely dominate. Good as Beringer's top Chards are, they're not Montrachet, and the wine simply cannot shoulder that burden of wood. Having said that, it's still an elegant wine, and oak devotees will love it.

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