VOLUME 9, ISSUE 38
February 22, 2014
ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:
Williams Selyem Estate Vineyard: A Description & Vertical Tasting Tasting Aged Williams Selyem Pinot Noir: Bottled Surprises Pinot Noir “Clone 95”: Dick Erath Revives an Old Treasure Failla Wines Sips of Recently Tasted Wines Hearty Burgundy Celebrates 50 Years Tasting Rooms Threatening to Overtax Healdsburg and Sonoma Pinot Briefs
Bernardus Vineyards & Winery
The story of Bernardus Winery dates to the 1970s when Ben (Bernardus) Pon used to travel from his home in Holland to visit Carmel Valley and taste its wines. In 1989 he planted a vineyard and started his winery in Carmel Valley. Bernardus soon became well-known.
The vineyards span 50 acres and are overseen by vineyard manager Matthew Shea. Annual production is 50,000 cases of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc Cabernet/Merlot blend (Marinus) and Pinot Noir. Both a Monterey County and Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir are offered, as well as vineyard-designate Pinot Noirs from top Santa Lucia Highlands vineyards, and an estate Ingrid's Vineyard Pinot Noir.
There is also an associated deluxe 57-room inn and spa, Bernardus Inn, with the outstanding Marinus Restaurant two miles to the west of the tasting room at 5 W Carmel Valley Rd open daily 11-5.
Articles About Bernardus Vineyards & Winery
2005 Bernardus Bien Nacido Vineyards Pinot Noir
14.1% alc., 99 cases, $25. Sourced from two different blocks containing Pommard and 2A clone. Aged in 60% new oak. · Very nice garnet color. Heady aromatics of cherries, cola and spice. Nicely balanced with racy red fruits, supple tannins and palatecleaning acidity. My favorite wine in this Pinot Noir lineup. Reviewed August 24, 2007 ARTICLE »
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