90 points -Wine Enthusiast
92 points- Wine Spectator "Big and rich-tasting, featuring concentrated baked apple, dired pear and luscious tropicl fruit flavors. Creamy midpalate, with a spicy finish that offers veeswas and minerally notes. Drink now through 2022"
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.
Our 2017 Soberanes Chard shows complex aromas of ripe white fruits and baking spice. Typical of this fine vineyard, the palate is extremely rich and concentrated. The flavors are also very complex with ripe peach, baked apple and ginger cookie nuances, lingering on the very long, crisp finish.
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. Our Soberanes Chardonnay undergoes a complete malo-lactic fermentation which, along with hand stirring every two weeks, enhances the richness, complexity and ageability of the wine.
Picking date: September 22nd, 2017.
Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands.
Cooperage: 100% French oak, 40% new: Sirugue, Billon and Dargaud & Jaegle.
September 5th, 2018.
322 cs. (750 mls.)