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Date Printed: 10/24/2014
Bernardus Monterey County Pinot Noir 2011
Bernardus Monterey County Pinot Noir 2011
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The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/24/2014: $21.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 85 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Our Monterey Pinot Noir grapes are from the Griva vineyard in the Arroyo Seco appellation.

Our 2011 Monterey Pinot Noir shows a bright, ruby red color with excellent clarity. In the nose we find beautiful aromas of ripe, red cherries and boysenberries. On the palate, flavors of bright ripe fruits along with subtle spicy notes fill the mouth and linger on a long, crisp finish. We feel this wine is an excellent match with a wide variety of dishes.

At Bernardus, all our Pinot Noir grapes are hand picked block by block according to ripeness levels, hand sorted and fermented in small batches using specially selected yeasts. Each fermenter is pumped over twice daily in order to maximize extraction of flavor and structure.

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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.