2011 was another beautiful year for growing high quality grapes on the Central Coast. Moderate sunny weather throughout the summer and beautifully warm, dry conditions during September and October provided us with an array of superb wines for this vintage.
Our Monterey Chardonnay is assembled from specially selected growers primarily in the Arroyo Seco and Santa Lucia Highlands appellations. Each of these contributes unique aromas and flavors, which compliment each other to create a Chardonnay of extraordinary character and finesse.
At harvest, all our grapes are hand picked after careful evaluation for ripeness. The grapes are then very gently pressed in order to obtain the highest quality juice. This is then transferred to small French oak barrels for fermentation. All barrels undergo a malo-lactic fermentation and are hand-stirred every two weeks until shortly before blending and bottling.
Our 2011 Monterey Chardonnay exhibits all the characteristics that make Bernardus Chardonnay such a perennial favorite. Complex aromas of ripe apple and pear are accented by notes of vanilla and subtle toasty oak. On the palate, the texture is rich and full-bodied, exhibiting intense flavors of citrus, fig and mineral. The soft rich texture is beautifully balanced by a note of crisp acidity which is the hallmark of excellent Chardonnay from Monterey County.
Arroyo Seco: Griva, Cedar Lane, Ventana, San Saba.
Santa Lucia Highlands: Rosella’s, Paraiso, Tondr.
Monterey: Olson, Wildhorse.
Coopers: Sirugue, Cadus, Dargaud & Jaegle, Vernou, Damy and Billon.
Production: 22,233 cs. (750 mls.), 199 cs. (375 mls.), 196 cs. (1.5 liters)
Retail price: $24.00