Bernardus Monterey County Chardonnay 2005

Chardonnay from Central Coast, California

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Item No. 91207
  • white wine
  • WN95
Style: Fruity & Smooth

Wine Style Guide

Light & Crisp

Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.

Fruity & Smooth

Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.

Rich & Creamy

Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.

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Winemaker's Notes

Number 24 on the 100 of 2007!

One of the best values in California Chardonnay that we've seen in a long time.

"Bright yellow hue. Shy scents of peach, brown butter and dusty gravel. Rich, quite ripe, though very taut, flavors of buttery banana, lime and oak spice. Very long close positively gushes with stone fruit and apple notes."
-The Wine News 95 Points

The beautiful weather throughout the critical months of September and October of 2005 provided us with ripe and perfectly balanced fruit. At Bernardus, all our grapes our hand picked and very gently pressed in order to retain their best characteristics.

The resulting wine is a perfect expression of Monterey Chardonnay, with bright citrus and tropical fruit aromas married with mineral notes and subtle toasty oak nuances. The lush, opulent palate is intense and focused with complex flavors of ripe pineapple, lime, mineral notes, and crème brulèe lingering on a long, creamy finish.

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Ben - Marina Del Rey, CA (read all my reviews)

A snifter of this fine nectar will send even the most refined palate on a taste extravaganza!
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Christopher Voigt - San Francisco, CA (read all my reviews)

nothing special here. This tasted like an ordinary california chardonney to me. Very little (or no) oak, which is a plus. I found it overrated.
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This Bernardus Chardonnay is so good. Value for money, we can't go pass this one. It is our go to on most nights and we are constantly impressed with how good it is.
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This is an excellent wine. Very well balanced and appealing. Our guests, who drink Chardonnay quite frequently, thought this wine was superb.
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this wine was OK but nothing great. i was disappointed. Tasted "flat", not very complex or rich. Not perfect, yet not bad either.
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LT - Princeton, TX (read all my reviews)

Deserves it's high ratings. Very complex nose and flavor.
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Great wine. Bone dry with flint.
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Jeff Smith - Saint Louis, MO (read all my reviews)

Oak and butter and compexity. This has become my "house" Chard. Not a fan of unoaked chards, so you gotta love butter. If you do, go for a bottle or two. It won't rock your world, but you'd be hard pressed to gather the muster to spit this one out at a tasting.
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John Sp - Braintree, MA (read all my reviews)

Very good oaky Chard for the price
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TLW - Medford, OR (read all my reviews)

Vanilla nose with a hint of citrus, golden colored but not fruity. Dry taste with acidic fine finish. Excellent paring for cheese and a light pasta in a butter and wine sauce. Brought out the flavor of seafood as well as cheese, chocolate, and pasta. Best chardonnay of the year for me so far.
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Christine Tremblay - Woodland Hills, CA (read all my reviews)

Not spectacular but nice house wine if on sale
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Very disappointing. For a mid- priced chardonnay it was singularly unimpressive. No depth or complexity, and no finish whatsoever.
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Reneckl - Dayton, OH (read all my reviews)

expected much ... didn't deliver.
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Learn About Bernardus Map ItMap It

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...

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Learn About Central Coast

The largest of California's wine growing regions, the Central Coast produces the majority of California's wine. The district sprawls out, covering most of the vineyard land between San Francisco and Santa Barbara. Smaller sub-AVAs of the Central Coast include Monterey Bay, Paso Robles, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Cruz Mountains and many others. Notable Facts...

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Learn About Chardonnay

Chardonnay (shar-dawn-AY) White Wine's Queen Bee Like Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay can grow just about anywhere. It adapts well to different soils and different climates. While frequently paired with California, its native home lies in the vineyards of Burgundy, France. The only major white grape of the region, Chardonnay is at its best on the rolling...

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