Bernardus Rosella’s Vineyard Chardonnay 2016 | Rich, Structured & Opulent!
From the maestro of Burgundy-style California Chardonnay comes this golden-hued delicious beauty. While boasting ripe yellow apple and peach aromas tinged with sweet oak and caramel. Yet rich and broad on the palate with a round embrace of toasty oak, revealing layers of apricot, citrus peel, and creme brulée. Drink this Bernardus Rosella’s Vineyard Chardonnay 2016 now – 2022.
92WS | Bernardus Rosella’s Vineyard Chardonnay 2016 displays intense green apple, citrus and pear flavors. Well-structured, accented by fresh-crushed green herbal notes. While the long, minerally finish offers notes of honey and touches of tarragon. Drink now through 2022
Rosella’s Vineyard | Meursault-like quality
Winemaker Dean DeKorth brings Meursault-like quality and richness to his native Monterey. While showing off his skill with this tremendous 2016 effort, which boasts gorgeous depth, citrus, and toasted notes. Sourced from Santa Lucia Highlands’ legendary Rosella’s Vineyard—a “first-rate site” according to Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate,
Rosella’s Vineyard is on the west side of the Salinas River Valley. Here the cooling and cleansing breezes blow across the benchlands of the Santa Lucia Mountain Range from Monterey Bay. The morning fog blankets the vines which burn off by the late morning.
So these conditions, along with the poor, sandy loam soils and Franscioni’s farming protocol combine to create what Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate calls a “first-rate site” of Santa Lucia Highlands. Most of all one that supplies with fruit for what De Korth called “rich, well-structured and opulent” Chardonnay.
Winemaker Dean De Korth
While Bernardus winemaker Dean De Korth carries a lot of credibility with our clients. But it’s not just his the pedigree — his stints at Leflaive, Lafon, and Morey in Burgundy. Rather for his performance and track record of producing stellar Burgundy-style wines on the California coast. Our clients know the terrific quality-to-price value from every Bernardus bottle.
So the Bernardus Rosella’s Vineyard Chardonnay 2016 is a case in point. De Korth scores fruit from superstar grower Gary Franscioni’s meticulously-tended Rosella’s Vineyard every vintage. But sometimes there’s not enough to go around. This marks the first time since the 2009 vintage that we have had the privilege of offering a De Korth-crafted, vineyard-designate Chardonnay from this stellar plot.