Bernardus Soberanes Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011

Pinot Noir from Central Coast, California

$55.00 $43.99
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Item No. 131980
  • red wine
  • boutique wine
  • RP91
  • WE90
Style: Smooth & Supple

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 14.2%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most 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%.
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2010
  • RP91

Winemaker's Notes

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 "crown jewel" of the Santa Lucia Highlands appellation.

We have chosen two Pinot clones: the celebrated "Pisoni clone" and Dijon clone 667, from this wonderful new vineyard.

The 2011 Soberanes is deeply color with an exuberant nose of brambles and wild berries. The palate is very intense and full-bodied, exhibiting flavors of black cherry, boysenberry and spice, and a long solid finish. The structure of this superb wine insures its ageability for many years to come.

Critical Acclaim

"A Burgundian effort with its forest floor, crushed berries, spice and dried flower profile, the 2011 Pinot Noir Soberanes Vineyard is classy all around with juicy acidity, good mid-palate depth and a great finish. Elegance and seamlessness are the buzzwords here. Drink 2014-2021."
91 Points

"The Soberanes Vineyard is the source to well-regarded wines from Bruliam, Siduri and Bernardus. Lucia's 2011 is a good followup to their 2010, showing fresh, jammy cherry and persimmon flavors, brightened with zippy acidity and finished with sweet oak. Will benefit from a few years in the cellar."
90 Points

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Rating:
(9/4/2014)
Style: Earth & Spicy
Pair with: grilled lamb chops
Firm and expressive, the 2011 Bernardus Soberanes Pinot Noir serves up red and black fruit aromas and flavors; tempered with chalk and fine earth, this one simply screams out its name Pinot Noir.
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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 Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir(PEE-noh nwahr) Pinot Noir is a finicky grape. It only grows in the right climate, with the right soils and the right care. Perhaps because it is so difficult is why it is so loved. Pinot Noir hails from Burgundy, a region known for crafting the most collectible and sought-after wines from this varietal. Not only does Pinot reign in Burgundy, it is also...

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