Bernardus Rosella's Vineyard Chardonnay 2011
Chardonnay from Central Coast, California
This gently sloping vineyard located in the heart of the Santa Lucia Highlands was planted by the renowned grower Gary Franscioni. A fourth generation farmer, Gary and his lovely wife Rosella have planted one of the finest vineyards in the area. Gary's passion for growing only the finest fruit on his home vineyard has resulted in a huge following for bottlings of Rosella's Pinot Noir. Less widely known is his small block of excellent Dijon clone Chardonnay which produces some of the finest grapes in the Highlands.
2011 was another beautiful vintage on the Central Coast: mild, sunny summer weather with warm, dry conditions throughout harvest and low yields. This provided us with superb grapes in 2011.
Our 2011 Rosella's Chardonnay exhibits classic aromas of candied citrus peel along with mineral and spice notes. The palate is intense and well-focused with flavors of baked apple, cinnamon, clove and nutmeg, accented with notes of mineral and toasty oak. Our 2011 Rosella's Chard has excellent structure to age for several years in a good cellar.
The Wine Advocate - "An off-the-hook Chardonnay that got a big "Wow" in my notes, the 2011 Chardonnay Rosella's Vineyard leads off with gorgeous aromas of white peach, apple, toast, brioche and classic minerality on the nose. Lively, beautifully fresh and seamless, with building, understated richness, this totally gorgeous wine should not be missed! Drink now-2016."
Wine Enthusiast - "Fermentation and aging in French oak barrels with battonage have given this extraordinarily ripe Chardonnay a creamy, leesy mouthfeel. It's the perfect accompaniment to lush tropical fruit, citrus, apricot and baking spice flavors."
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. View all Bernardus Wines
About Central CoastView a map of Central Coast wineries
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 FactsGrape varieties range from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. Some Central Coast wine is generic, bulk wine that contributes to the high production numbers of the area. But many winemakers and wineries, particular in some of the smaller AVAs, are small production artisans, creating unique and high-quality wine. The great thing about the Central Coast is its diversity - you're able to find a number of grape varieties and styles at a number of different price points.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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1 rating, 1 with reviewRon Blachman - Berkeley, CA39/12/2014Nice cork. Pretty straw-gold color, medium body, legs form slowly and are fine (suggesting a high extract-to-polyols ratio). The wine has almost no nose; if I cover the top of the glass and agitate I can find a bit of apple, some spice but even as it warms and aerates there's not much scent short of extraordinary techniques. The flavors and balance are wonderful; sappy, mouth filling, good tartness with fruit to carry it a bit of a nice finish, really nice and I think it could age a while. If it had a scent this could be a 4 or possibly 5 star wine but it just plain isn't - inexcusable in a $40 wine. "Professional" reviewers please note your delectation of the specific notes in scent is of no use if the amplitude is vanishingly small. The Wine Advocate, for example must have been drinking some other wine to go off about "gorgeous aromas". Bad guidance - don't waste my time and money!Related Products
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
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