Sierra Mar is a superb new vineyard planted by the renowned grower Gary Franscioni on a dramatic hilltop location at the southern end of the Santa Lucia Highlands. We at Bernardus are honored to be among the few to receive both Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from this up-and-coming super star.
We have chosen two from among the several clones of Pinot Noir planted here: the celebrated "Pisoni Clone" and Dijon clone 828. At Bernardus, we use only hand-picked and hand-sorted grapes for our wines.
The robe is a beautiful crimson. Intense scents of dark berries and ripe plums fill the glass. There are very focused of ripe red fruits and subtle spicy oak notes on a long silky finish. This superb, well-structured Pinot will age gracefully for many years to come.
"Brisk acidity, like a squeeze of lime juice, highlights the intense cherry, cola and spicy oak notes in this single-vineyard Pinot Noir. Widely likeable yet complex, it's a beautiful steak wine now, and should evolve positively for at least six years."
"Upfront, supple and beautifully textured, the 2011 Pinot Noir Sierra Mar Vineyard has an overall soft and early drinking feel. Possessing notions of strawberry, dried cranberries, flowers, leather and spice, it hits the palate with juicy acidity, sweet fruit and outstanding length. Enjoy it over the coming 3-4 years. Drink now-2017."
The Wine Advocate
Earth & Spicy
Perhaps the most elegant of the 2011 Bernardus Pinot Noirs, the Sierra Mar offers pretty red fruit that stay persistent from start to finish. Bright in the finish.