Bernardus Winery Chardonnay 2011
"2011 was another beautiful year for growing high quality grapes on the Central Coast. Moderate sunny weather throughout the summer and beautifully warm, dry conditions during September and October provided us with an array of superb wines for this vintage. Our Monterey Chardonnay is assembled from specially selected growers primarily in the Arroyo Seco and Santa Lucia Highlands appellations. Each of these contributes unique aromas and flavors, which compliment each other to create a Chardonnay of extraordinary character and finesse. At harvest, all our grapes are hand picked after careful evaluation for ripeness. The grapes are then very gently pressed in order to obtain the highest quality juice. This is then transferred to small French oak barrels for fermentation. All barrels undergo a malo-lactic fermentation and are hand-stirred every two weeks until shortly before blending and bottling. Our 2011 Monterey Chardonnay exhibits all the characteristics that make Bernardus Chardonnay such a perennial favorite. Complex aromas of ripe apple and pear are accented by notes of vanilla and subtle toasty oak. On the palate, the texture is rich and full-bodied, exhibiting intense flavors of citrus, fig and mineral. The soft rich texture is beautifully balanced by a note of crisp acidity which is the hallmark of excellent Chardonnay from Monterey County." -Winery
The focus of Bernardus is to create wines that flatter the palate and stimulate the imagination. Our Marinus Estate Bordeaux-style red wine is the centerpiece of Ben Pon's dream. It is complemented by Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc from cool coastal climate vineyards. We also offer limited bottlings of small production and vineyard designate wines, which are available exclusively through the tasting room and wine club...taste a dream.
Editorial Reviews for Bernardus Winery Chardonnay
Big and ripe on the nose with dripping pineapple fruit paired with toasty apricot tart and plenty of vanilla and ginger cream. Not as big as one might expect from the nose but certainly ripe with tropical fruit flavors redolent of mango and papaya along with over-ripe pineapple and creme brulee flavors. Theres plenty of acidity here so this is fine textural but it will only appeal to those who prefer very ripe fruit driven styles of Chardonnay. The oak is very well covered by the fruit here, just peeking out with spice and a hint of tannin on the moderately long finish, which show a hint of heat. 87pts