Pinot Noir - 2011 Sierra Mar Vineyard
Sierra Mar is a superb new vineyard planted by the renowned grower Gary Franscioni on a dramatic hilltop location at the southern end of the Santa Lucia Highlands. We at Bernardus are honored to be among the few to receive both Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from this up-and-coming super star.
We have chosen two from among the several clones of Pinot Noir planted here: the celebrated “Pisoni Clone” and Dijon clone 828. At Bernardus, we use only hand-picked and hand-sorted grapes for our wines. The robe is a beautiful crimson. Intense scents of dark berries and ripe plums fill the glass. There are very focused of ripe red fruits and subtle spicy oak notes on a long silky finish. This superb, well-structured Pinot will age gracefully for many years to come.
Appellation: Sierra Mar Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands
Fermentation: All our Pinots are destemmed and gently pumped into small fermenters retaining a maximum of whole berries. Each vat is inoculated with specially selected yeasts and hand punched or pumped over twice daily throughout fermentation. Once primary fermentation is complete, we gently press the solids and add this to the free run wine. It is then barrel aged for 10 months before the final blend is made for bottling.
Cooperage: 100% Burgundian: Sirugue, Damy, Billon, Cadus; about 40% new
Case Production: 336 cases (750 ml)