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.
"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."
The Wine Advocate
"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."
Earth & Spicy
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.