Bernardus Winery Red Bordeaux Blend Carmel Valley Marinus 2003
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.
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Wine Tasting NotesThe color we see in the glass is deep crimson and nearly opaque. Aromas are redolent with ripe black plums and cherries accented by notes of spice and smoke with a hint of earth. The flavors of ripe red fruits and spice notes fill the palate. The texture is very full and rich with firm supporting tannins. The finish is very long with flavors that linger on and on. Drink now, but over the next ten years this wine will become more smooth and more complex.
When Bernardus Marinus “Ben” Pon, a Dutchman who is a former race car driver, founded his eponymous winery in Carmel Valley, his aim was to make a red wine to rival the finest wines of Bordeaux. Although the winery has branched out to wines such as Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, the flagship wine is still a Bordeaux-style red blend called Marinus. The blend varies with the vintage, but Cabernet Sauvignon always dominates. The 2003 blend is made up of about three-quarters Cab, about 20 percent Merlot, and small amounts of Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. The fruit comes from an estate vineyard in the upper Carmel Valley, an area known as the Cachagua Valley. Winemaker Dean DeKorth’s wines tend to favor elegance over sheer power, and that’s certainly the case with the 2003 Marinus. It displays bright black cherry and plum flavors, accented by some subtle herbal notes. Firm tannic structure leads to a very long finish. The wine is aged in French oak barrels, half of them new, and the oak adds some complexity without lending overt oak flavors. In this era of $200 Cabernets, it’s refreshing to find a wine of this quality for $40. You could cellar the 2003 Marinus for a decade (maybe longer), but it’s also lovely to drink now with a grilled steak or braised short ribs.