Ingrid’s Vineyard Chardonnay is planted directly in front of Bernardus Lodge in the beautiful Carmel Valley with two Dijon clones: 76 and 95. In early 2007 we grafted 2 ½ acres of our Ingrid’s Chardonnay to Pinot Noir, in order to have equal amounts of these two wonderful wines. This site has proven to be superb for both of these Burgundian varietals because of its deep, well-drained soils and its sunny, yet cool climate.
In 2009 we enjoyed a growing season with beautiful summer weather and a warm, sunny September.
At Bernardus, we ferment and age our Chardonnays in the Burgundian tradition. The grapes are hand picked and very gently whole cluster pressed, then fermented in small French oak barrels. We hand stir each barrel every two weeks to increase texture and complexity, as the wine ages for ten months.
The Ingrid’s 2009 Chardonnay exhibits aromas of apple and pear with notes of vanilla and ginger spice. On the palate we find beautifully focused flavors of ripe peach, apple and flan, along with a crisp acidity and subtle mineral notes typical of this excellent vineyard.
Cooperage: 100% French, 40% new
Coopers: Dargaud & Jaegle, Francois Freres, Cadus and Sirugue.
Harvest: October 12th, 2009; 26.0 Brix at harvest.
August 19th, 2009.
297 cases 750 mls.
357 cases 375 mls.