Bernardus Garys' Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011
Pinot Noir from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
The famous Garys' Vineyard was planted with the celebrated "Pisoni clone" by the two iconic growers of the Santa Lucia Highlands: Gary Pisoni and Gary Franscioni. Together they have brought worldwide attention to this unique appellation for the exceptional quality of its Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays. We at Bernardus are thrilled to be among the few who have access to these superb Pinot grapes.
At Bernardus all the grapes are hand-picked and sorted at the winery to maximize quality. The Pinot grapes are then destemmed and gently pumped into small fermenters where they are hand punched twice daily. Once fermentation is complete, the finished wine is aged in French oak for 10 months before final blending and bottling.
The 2011 Garys' Pinot Noir exhibits a medium red robe, with classic aromas of red fruits and earthy notes reminiscent of fine Burgundies. The palate is rich and full-bodied with flavors of candied red fruits and oak spice supported by a velvety finish. This fine wine will age for several years to come.
RegionCalifornia > Central Coast > Monterey > Santa Lucia Highlands
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com - "Simply pinpoint from start to finish, the savory 2011 Bernardus Garys' Vineyard Pinot Noir plays in the Old World camp and does not fall prey to the so-called modern style of the extracted, super ripe versions in the marketplace. Yes, this is the real deal and made for true wine and food lovers. I am so happy when producers stay true to the varietal and this exactly what Bernardus has done with this one. Medium garnet color; intense, rich savory aroma, some brown stems and wild red fruits, excellent persistence; medium bodied, firm and well built on the palate; dry, nice acidity, well balanced; red fruit flavors, some chalkiness; medium finish, wild, savory aftertaste. Drinking supremely at the moment, I pair the one with a lightly spice yet savory lamb stew. (Tasted: September 4, 2014, San Francisco, CA)"
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
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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.
Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review4.54.4 out of 5 stars
12 ratings, 1 with reviewWilfred Wong (of Wine.com) - San Francisco, CA49/4/2014
Garys' is always intense and so the 2011 follows suit. Rich, with black fruit and chalk, the wine is serious and lasting.seaph10 - Mount Juliet, TN52/23/2017BDranz - Milwaukee, WI31/22/2017LVN LRG - Green Bay, WI511/10/2016Anonymous - Le Roy, KS310/13/2016gibmd - Doylestown, PA410/10/2016rolltide1010 - Gadsden, AL56/16/2016J2YAY - San Francisco, CA45/17/2016ccrowe522 - Broomfield, CO55/13/2016Anonymous - Sacramento, CA54/20/2016Cardinal92 - Palo Alto, CA44/3/2016Mike - Thermal, CA53/1/2016
- Big & Bold
- Pair With
- grilled lamp chops