Bernardus Winery Chardonnay Monterey County 2005
The resulting wine is a perfect expression of Monterey Chardonnay, with bright citrus and tropical fruit aromas married with mineral notes and subtle toasty oak nuances. The lush, opulent palate is intense and focused with complex flavors of ripe pineapple, lime, mineral notes, and crème brulèe lingering on a long, creamy finish. Vintage and production The beautiful weather throughout the critical months of September and October of 2005 provided us with ripe and perfectly balanced fruit. We harvested our Chardonnay from ten distinct vineyards from September 23rd through November 3rd. We select these vineyards for the differences in their microclimates and terroirs. These microclimates range from very cool climate from the north end of the Santa Lucia Highlands, to the warmer climate of the Arroyo Seco appellation in the Salinas Valley. These grapes offer a broad palate of fruit styles and acidity levels to choose from in preparing our final blend. At Bernardus, all our grapes our hand picked and very gently pressed in order to retain their best characteristics. We barrel ferment 90% of our Chardonnay in French oak barrels, 33% of which are new, and allow 80% to undergo a malo-lactic fermentation for richness and complexity. In addition, we stir each barrel on the lees every two weeks to enhance texture and build extra structure. The remaining 10% is fermented in stainless-steel tanks at cool temperatures in order to add a note of crisp, fruity flavors to the overall blend.
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.
I love this wine but have a lot of trouble finding it. Some days I think I taste pineapple, other days I decide it's caramel. Go figure. Either way I love, love, love it.
This is being offered at the Wine & Cheese Cellar in Tehachapi, but they are also offering the Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay, which far overshadows this modest wine.
Four and a half glasses
External Reviews for Bernardus Winery Chardonnay Monterey County
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The Wine News ReviewBright yellow hue. Shy scents of peach, brown butter and dusty gravel. Rich, quite ripe, though very taut, flavors of buttery banana lime and oak spice. Very long close positively gushes with stone fruit and apple notes.Wine Enthusiast ReviewRated 90As is usually the case, Bernarduss regular Monterey Chard offers lots of bang for the buck. Dry and crisp in citrusy acids, it has complex flavors of pineapple, grapefruit, kiwi, lime and spicy coconut macaroon, with delicious oak influence.Wine Tasting NotesThe resulting wine is a perfect expression of Monterey Chardonnay, with bright citrus and tropical fruit aromas married with mineral notes and subtle toasty oak nuances. The lush, opulent palate is intense and focused with complex flavors of ripe pineapple, lime, mineral notes, and crme brulee lingering on a long, creamy finish.