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 superstar 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.
Fermentation: All our Chardonnays are fermented and aged in the Burgundian tradition. As with all our grapes, our Soberanes Vineyard Chardonnay grapes are hand-picked 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 of the wine.
Our 2021 Soberanes Chardonnay exhibits aromas of ripe white fruits, floral notes with hints of vanilla. The palate exhibits its hallmark richness and intensity showing ripe peach and yellow cherry flavors accented by subtle baking spices. The full, soft finish is long and lingering.
Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands.
Cooperage: 100% French oak, 33% new: Sirugue and Billon cooperage.
Picking date: October 9th, 2021.
June 17th, 2022.
627 6-packs (750 mls.)