Chardonnay-2016 Soberanes Vineyard
2016 Soberanes Chardonnay
Santa Lucia Highlands’ two most renowned growers, Gary Pisoni and Gary Franscioni, have joined forces on an exciting 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 star of the Santa Lucia Highlands appellation.
We have chosen a block planted with the highly-regarded Wente clone of Chardonnay which is known for its small clusters of tiny grapes. This clone, along with the highest quality farming practices, provides us with a very intense wine exhibiting the finest quality aromas and flavors.
The aromas of our 2016 Soberanes Chard exhibit fresh, ripe white fruits along with subtle toasty oak notes. Typical of this fine vineyard, the palate is very intense, with bright ripe fruit flavors supported by a rich, crisp finish.
Picking date: September 27th, 2016.
Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands.
Fermentation: All our Chardonnays are fermented and aged in the Burgundian tradition. Our Soberanes Vineyard Chardonnay grapes were hand picked and sorted for quality before being gently whole-cluster pressed and barrel fermented using a variety of specially selected yeasts. All our Chardonnays undergo a complete malo-lactic fermentation which, along with hand stirring every two weeks, enhances the richness, complexity and ageability of the wine.
Cooperage: 100% French oak, 40% new: Sirugue, Billon, Cadus and Dargaud & Jaegle.
August 14th, 2017.
323 cs. (750 mls.)