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Bernardus Winery Red Bordeaux Blend Carmel Valley Marinus 2009

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

This is intensely aromatic with notes of pencil shavings, dried rosemary and pressed flowers all swirling around a core of black currant, prune and juniper. Big and smooth in the mouth, it is packed with rosemary-tinged black currant, black plum skin and spicy berry fruit. This is smooth and approachable though it has an innate firmness. On the back end, some subtle but attractive herb notes emerge with air and drift off on the almost raspberry scented finish. This is a big wine, intense and assertive yet it manages to remain fairly fresh and certainly appealing. Lacks a bit of length and shows a touch of heat but this should be a crowd-pleaser. 91pts

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Bernardus Winery & Vineyard:
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 Red Bordeaux Blend Carmel Valley Marinus

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,748
4.50 5
04/16/2012

This is intensely aromatic with notes of pencil shavings, dried rosemary and pressed flowers all swirling around a core of black currant, prune and juniper. Big and smooth in the mouth, it is packed with rosemary-tinged black currant, black plum skin and spicy berry fruit. This is smooth and approachable though it has an innate firmness. On the back end, some subtle but attractive herb notes emerge with air and drift off on the almost raspberry scented finish. This is a big wine, intense and assertive yet it manages to remain fairly fresh and certainly appealing. Lacks a bit of length and shows a touch of heat but this should be a crowd-pleaser. 91pts


Member Reviews for Bernardus Winery Red Bordeaux Blend Carmel Valley Marinus

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Snooth User: Mr Dolce
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4.00 5
09/17/2013

Four glasses


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 02/05/2012

Rich blackberry and creme de cassis liquer on the nose. On the palate, blackberry, cassis, cedar. RIch, concentrated and bold. Tons of ripe blackberry fruit on this wine! Tasty and nice. 2/4/12


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,203
4.00 5
Vintage: 2004 06/21/2009

You don't hear much of wineries in Carmel, but they have a very rich and tasty wine in this one.


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2004 04/11/2010

Tasted at UNLVino 4/10/10


Snooth User: winelover420
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5.00 5
Vintage: 2004 10/08/2010

Five glasses


Snooth User: chad1616
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2003 08/09/2009

Solid bordeaux blend - went well with steak - Not amazing but good.


Snooth User: jnuger
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4.50 5
Vintage: 2003 03/06/2009

Four and a half glasses


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External Reviews for Bernardus Winery Red Bordeaux Blend Carmel Valley Marinus

External Review
Vintage: 2003 10/16/2008

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.


External Review
Vintage: 2003 01/17/2009

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.


External Review
Vintage: 2003 03/16/2010

Banardus Marinus 2003 and all other wine from Banardus are readily available to ship at discount prices. We carry many premium wine from across the world.



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