Pinot Noir - 2011 Soberanes Vineyard
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.
Picking date: September 23rd & October 4th, 2011
Appellation: Soberanes Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands
Fermentation: All our grapes are hand picked, then hand sorted at the winery. Our Pinots are destemmed and gently pumped to small fermenters retaining as many whole berries as possible. Each fermenter is hand punched or pumped over twice daily until fermentation is complete. Then the solids are gently pressed and the wine aged in barrel for 10 months before final blending and bottling.
Cooperage: 100% French: Sirugue, Damy, Billon and Cadus; about 40% new.
Case Production: 312 cases (750 ml)