Ingrid's Chardonnay 2005
2005 was a cool year but with clear, sunny weather throughout the critical autumn season. The grapes enjoyed extended "hang time" which produces beautiful wines of intense fruitiness. The aromas exude a multitude of fresh tropical and citrus fruits with discreet notes of toasty oak. A very "French" style of Chardonnay, our 2005 exhibits a focused beam of intense, ripe fruits (peach, lime, nectarine ) with notes of honey and brioche, and a round, rich texture. This wine is ready to be enjoyed now, but will age beautifully under proper cellar conditions, for the next few years. All Bernardus Chardonnays are fermented in small lots using several different yeast strains, including a portion of native yeasts. This gives us a variety of style from which to make the final blends. We also hand stir each barrel (battonage) every three weeks to build mouthfeel and increase complexity. Appellation: Carmel Valley Cooperage: 100% French oak, 35% of which is new Coopers: Francois Freres, Cadus, Sirugue and Dargaud & Jaegle Case Production: 448
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.