Our Marinus vineyard in upper Carmel Valley is planted with the five traditional Bordeaux varietals. The vineyard is divided into small blocks according to soil type and exposure. Each block has its own terroir and is farmed and hand harvested individually in order to ensure its perfect expression.
For the 2007 vintage we enjoyed a long, mild growing season and low yields in the vineyard. The beautiful weather through autumn allowed us to pick each block at the peak of ripeness, producing a Marinus of exceptional character.
At Bernardus we follow traditional Bordeaux vinification methods. All grapes are de-stemmed and fermented in small fermenters. Each one is pumped over by hand twice daily throughout its fourteen day fermentation. Each fermenter is then pressed individually after a tasting evaluation for tannin extraction and lodged in small Bordeaux cooperage for ageing. The wines are kept in their individual lots until a few months before bottling, when the final blend is made.
Our 2007 Marinus exhibits a vivid deep crimson color and appears nearly opaque. Aromas express beautifully ripened red fruits accented by notes of dried spices and cedar with hints of toasted oak. Intense, spicy flavors of plum and black cherry fill the mouth and linger beautifully through a long and silky finish. This is certainly one of our finest Marinus vintages and though drinking beautifully now, will age wonderfully for many years to come.
The final blend is:
Cabernet Sauvignon 69%
Cabernet Franc 6%
Petite Verdot 5%
Cooperage: 100% French, 50% new
Coopers:Vicard, Sylvain, Bordelaise, Cadus, Bernard, Bel Air.
Case Production: 6,387 (6 pack cases)