Bernardus Winery Chardonnay Arroyo Seco Griva Vineyard 2005
Planted specifically for Bernardus, the Griva vineyard is located in the Arroyo Seco appellation, renowned for it's exceptionally sandy, rocky soils and sunny yet cool, windy climate. This combination of factors produces full-bodied wines of intense fruititness and varietal character. The 2005 vintage was cooler than normal, but the dry, sunny weather in the critical months of September and October allowed the fruit extended hang-time. This enhanced the flavor intensity, crisp acidity, and pronounced minerality. The aromas are classic Arroyo Seco Chardonnay. Apple and citrus fruits accented by mineral notes, as well as hints of crême brulée in the nose. The palate is full and rich, but balanced by it's crisp texture. The lush finish exudes flavors of baked apple and pear. Appellation: Arroyo Seo Cooperage: 100% French oak, 50% of which is new Coopers: Sirugue, Cadus, François Frères, Dargaud & Jaegle Varietal: 100% Chardonnay Fermentation: We barrel fermented this lot using several different yeast strains. The wine was aged in barrel for 9 months and stired every two to four weeks (battonage) to enhance mouthfeel and complexity. Harvest date: October 20, 2005
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.