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Date Printed: 9/30/2014
Bernardus Marinus Estate 2007
Bernardus Marinus Estate 2007
(search item no. 119143)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/30/2014: $27.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2007 Marinus exhibits a vivid deep crimson color and appears nearly opaque. Aromas express beautifully ripened red fruits accented by notes of dried spices and cedar with hints of toasted oak. Intense, spicy flavors of plum and black cherry fill the mouth and linger beautifully through a long and silky finish. Bernardus thinks this is certainly one of their finest Marinus vintages and though drinking beautifully now, will age wonderfully for many years to come.

Blend: 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petite Verdot

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About Bernardus:

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 owner 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.

Pon appreciates wine as an art-- a form of art that transcends the ordinary. His dream with Bernardus is to make a red wine equal to the finest from Bordeaux. To achieve this purpose, Ben, a Dutchman who could have planted vineyards anywhere in the world, has chosen the Carmel Valley for his estate vineyards and winery. Since the early 1970's, there has been a growing awareness of the outstanding potential for Bordeaux varieties from this new viticultural appellation. The Bernardus estate vineyards of Marinus and Featherbow Ranch are located in the Cachagua region of the Carmel Valley. We have been told that Cachagua is the Spanish word Native Americans used for deep or hidden water. It has been said that Native Americans believed that all things in nature were sacred and interrelated. Their respect for balance in nature is carried on in the vineyards of Bernardus. More than 300 live oaks have been preserved to thrive among carefully planted vines.