Sierra Mar is a superb new vineyard planted by the renowned grower Gary Franscioni on a dramatic hilltop location at the southern end of the Santa Lucia Highlands. We at Bernardus are honored to be among the few to receive both Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from this up-and-coming super star.
We have chosen two from among the several clones of Pinot Noir planted here: the celebrated “Pisoni Clone” and Dijon clone 828. At Bernardus, we use only hand-picked and sorted grapes for our wines. 2010 is our first vintage of Pinot Noir from this exciting young vineyard.
The robe is very dark crimson. The fabulous aromas leap from the glass with scents red berries and plum. The palate is full and silky with flavors of juicy red fruits and subtle spicy oak notes. This delicious Pinot will age gracefully for many years to come.
Fermentation: All our Pinots are destemmed and gently pumped into small fermenters retaining a maximum of whole berries. Each vat is inoculated with specially selected yeasts and hand punched or pumped over twice daily throughout fermentation. Once primary fermentation is complete, we gently press the solids and add this to the free run wine. It is then barrel aged for 10 months before the final blend is made for bottling.
Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands
Cooperage: 100% French: Sirugue, Damy, Billon, Cadus; about 40% new.
Production: 244 cases (750 ml)
Retail Price: $55.00