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Bernardus, Rosella’s Vineyard Pinot Noir, Sta. Lucia Highlands, California, 2019

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Overview of the Wine
Widely traveled and endowed with impeccable taste, Founder Bernardus (Ben) Pon could have chosen anywhere in the world to establish his namesake Bernardus Winery, with the intention of cultivating premier class wines. He selected Carmel Valley, with its west-facing orientation, hot days and chilly nights, and stunning beauty, confident his vineyards there could produce wines to rival the greatest on the globe. More than a quarter-century later, he accomplished that not only with his estate Bordeaux blend, called Marinus (after his middle name), but with a powerhouse portfolio of single-vineyard-designated Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. 

Fortunately for wine lovers and fans of Bernardus, Mr. Pon also had the foresight nearly 20 years ago to open the first tasting room in Carmel Valley Village, purchasing and converting the former Bank of America building into a venue for sipping and learning. Today, the Village is home to more than 20 tasting rooms. The Bernardus Tasting Room not only offers wines for tasting and purchase, but a beautiful and sunny outdoor patio, a private room suitable for wine dinners, and a comfortable lounge.

Grape / Blend
100% Pinot Noir 

Santa Lucia Highlands, California

Winemaker's Tasting Notes
The Santa Lucia Highlands are known as one of the premier Pinot Noir appellations of the world. One reason for this lofty reputation is Rosella’s Vineyard, one of the finest Pinot and Chardonnay vineyards in California. Gary Franscioni planted his home ranch, named for his lovely wife, in the heart of the Highlands. His home vineyard is planted with a selection of the best available Pinot Noir clones and farmed with unparalleled passion and attention to detail. We at Bernardus are fortunate to have access to three small blocks: 2 planted with clone 777, and the third with the celebrated Pisoni clone.

Our 2019 Rosella’s Pinot displays beautiful aromas of ripe red fruits and cola notes. The delicious palate is very smooth with ripe red cherry and cranberry flavors accented by subtle baking spices ending on a long, silky finish.

91 Points - Wine Enthusiast 
Dark-cherry aromas meet with a hint of cotton candy and mesquite-flavored barbecue sauce on the nose of this bottling. The smoky tones extend to the sip, where red-fruit and brown-spice flavors linger amidst the woody elements. 

Product size: 750ml

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