Santa Lucia Highlands' two most renowned growers, Gary Pisoni and Gary Franscioni, have joined forces on an exciting new vineyard located just south of the celebrated Garys' Vineyard in the heart of the Santa Lucia Highlands. It is called Soberanes Vineyard. We at Bernardus are honored to be among the few wineries to receive both Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from this exciting new star of the Santa Lucia Highlands appellation.
We have chosen a block planted with two selections of the highly-regarded Wente clone of Chardonnay which is known for its small clusters of tiny grapes. This clone, along with the highest quality farming practices, provides us with a very intense wine exhibiting the finest quality of flavors and aromas.
On the nose we find scents are of ripe peach and baked green apple, accented by notes of crème brulée. The palate is highly focused with concentrated flavors of candied citrus fruits, caramel, toasty oak and hints of mineral supported by a crisp, refreshing acidity.
"Another remarkable effort, the 2011 Chardonnay Soberanes Vineyard starts out quite rich and fleshy, yet gains focus and purity in the glass. Offering notes of baked apples, spice, buttered toast and hints of citrus, it is laser- focused on the palate, with building richness and fantastic energy on the finish. Enjoy it over the coming 3-4 years. Drink now - 2017."
The Wine Advocate
"This is a fine Chardonnay marked by rich, ripe pear, peach and tropical fruit flavors, but also a bright acidity that highlights all the fruit. Notes of buttered toast add richness. It’s delicious on its own, but would also be an ideal accompaniment for tapas."