Sierra Mar is a superb 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 SLH 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 hand-sorted grapes for our wines.
Our 2016 Sierra Mar Pinot is showing its usual elegant style. In the aromas we find scents of spicy red fruits with a hint of toasty oak. On the palate we find soft, lush flavors of ripe red cherry and cranberry along with subtle hints of oak spice. This Pinot is perfect to enjoy now or can be aged for several years to come.
Fermentation: All our Pinots are hand-picked, hand-sorted and destemmed. We then gently pump the grapes 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: Sierra Mar Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands. 100% Pinot Noir.
Cooperage: 100% French: Sirugue and Billon, about 40% new.
Bottling: August, 2017.
812 - 6/packs (750 mls.)