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2017 Bernardus Rosella's Vineyard Pinot Noir

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May 26, 2024 - $16



91Vinous / IWC

Ripe, mineral-accented red and blue fruit, floral and vanilla qualities on the perfumed nose, along with subtle spice and succulent herb nuances. Palate-staining black raspberry, cherry cola and spicecake flavors are given spine by a core of juicy acidity. Shows solid dark fruit thrust and floral-driven persistence on the finish, which is given shape by gentle, slow-building tannins.

91Wine Enthusiast

Rich aromas of cherry, red currant and pomegranate sauce show on the nose of this bottling. The palate also plays in the lighter red-fruit zone, picking up layers of thyme and oregano as well as a sprinkling of rose petals by the finish.

90Wine Spectator

Delicate, with flavors of red berry and cherry that lengthen out nicely, backed by fresh acidity. Violet and raspberry tart flavors emerge on the lithe, light and refreshing finish, with touches of cinnamon.



Bernardus is named for its founder, Bernardus Marinus Pon. Born and raised in Holland, Pon was a professional race car driver for Porsche and an Olympic skeet shooter before establishing his estate in the Carmel Valley in 1989. Pons is an admirer of Bordeaux wines, and his dream was to establish a Carmel Valley estate that would equal the quality of great Bordeaux estates. Pon now owns 43 vineyard acres in Carmel Valley planted to Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Bernardus makes several dozen wines including the signature Marinus Estate Blend. Dean De Korth, who apprenticed in Burgundy before working at some of Carmel Valley’s most renowned producers, has been winemaker since 2005. Matthew Shea is vineyard manager. Bernardus wines typically earn ratings in the low to mid-90s.


United States, California, Central Coast, Monterey

Monterey AVA is in Monterey County, south of San Francisco. The long, narrow appellation is a 100-mile ribbon of land that extends from north Monterey County south to the edge of Paso Robles. Most of the AVA is considerably inland from the Pacific Coast, and to the east of the Santa Lucia mountain range. About 40,000 vineyard acres are inside the AVA, making it one of California’s larger appellations. Monterey County, in fact, produces almost as much wine as Napa County because the floor of the valley is taken up by large industrial vineyards producing grapes for bulk wine. However, there are also many premier wine estates within Monterey AVA and its numerous sub-appellations. Monterey AVA includes four recognized micro climates, ranging from a cool, maritime climate at the north end to what is known in California as a Region 4 climate in the south, meaning relatively hot and dry. Monterey AVA includes parts of Carmel Valley and Salinas Valley. More than 50% of the grapes grown in the Monterey AVA are Chardonnay, though the many terroirs and micro climates mean that numerous grapes grow well. Merlot, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Zinfandel and Pinot Blanc are widely planted.


Red Wine, Pinot Noir

This red wine is relatively light and can pair with a wide variety of foods. The grape prefers cooler climates and the wine is most often associated with Burgundy, Champagne and the U.S. west coast. Regional differences make it nearly as fickle as it is flexible.