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Date Printed: 9/16/2014
Bernardus Monterey County Chardonnay 2010
Bernardus Monterey County Chardonnay 2010
(search item no. 116591)
Tasting Panel rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/16/2014: $21.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2007 The Wine News rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine News rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 95 points
2004 The Wine News rating: 88 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2003 The Wine News rating: 89 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2010 is the perfect expression of Monterey Chardonnay showing complex aromas of ripe apple and pear accented by notes of crème brûlée. On the palate, the texture is rich and full-bodied, exhibiting intense flavors which mirror the aromas along with notes of citrus, fig and mineral, supported by a long, crisp finish.
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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.