Bernardus Soberanes Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014 | Stunning classic
Bernardus Soberanes Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014 exudes a deep ruby color with light staining to the legs. Forward fruits on the nose, black cherry, wild strawberry, and lingonberry. In addition, with complimentary notes of kola nut, oakmoss, violets, and pie spice. Also a ripe attack of preserved fruits on the palate, with silken tannins and rich mouthfeel for a medium-bodied wine. Persistent and fruity finish. Drink now-2027.
This stunning Bernardus Soberanes Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014 is compliments of superstar winemaker Dean De Korth. The grapes hail from their newest vineyard, Soberanes. Notably described by Wine Enthusiast as “one of the appellation’s most esteemed properties. We consider it a Grand Cru of the AVA. This Bernardus Soberanes Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014 offers a distinct snapshot of the vintage. While delivering vibrancy and freshness characteristic of the region, and of this single-vineyard site. As a result, we’re calling it a new classic and one of De Korth’s great efforts.
Santa Lucia Highlands | Soberanes Vineyard
Gary Pisoni and Gary Franscioni are living legends in the Santa Lucia Highlands. Raised in farming families, their names are synonymous with a meticulousness in growing practices that verges on the compulsive. In 1997, they teamed up to plant Garys’ Vineyard, a 50-acre site exposed to cool Pacific breezes in Monterey County that has come to be known as a California Grand Cru. Wine Enthusiast would call it one of the top five Pinot Noir vineyards in the country.
In 2006, the notorious duo planted a new vineyard, Soberanes, named after the 18th-century family that pioneered the first expedition into California territory. Lying just a stone’s throw from their iconic Garys’ Vineyard, Soberanes’ rocky soil and an astounding collection of heritage clonal selections have attracted the coast’s best wineries, including Kosta Browne, Siduri, Lucia, Testarossa, and Bernardus.
Winemaker Dean De Korth
Bernardus visionary Dean De Korth knows Burgundian varieties intimately—earlier in his career. Since then, he returned to California from Burgundy armed with a resume that included stints with Comtes Lafon and Olivier Leflaive. Rather a classicist, his wines are studies in textural richness, angularity, and mineral cut, and he has succeeded as few others have at bringing the Côte de Nuits to the Santa Lucia Highlands. Hence, from the moment he laid eyes on the 27 acres at Soberanes, he was all in.
So, Dean De Korth, an American is a French winemaker. While all of his early impressions about wine came from his education and apprenticeship in France. A very important part of Dean’s Burgundian training was focused on distinguishing aromas and flavor qualities, as well as textural elements in the wine.