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Carmel Valley - Monterey

Bernardus

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11:00 am - 5:00 pm

5 West Carmel Valley Road
Carmel Valley, CA 93924
United States

800.223.2533

www.bernardus.com

French style wines have emerged in the Carmel Valley with the wines of Bernardus.  Dean De Korth, an American, is a French winemaker.  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. With this old-world sense of taste,  Dean seeks to make wines that flatter the palate.

 

Ben Pon’s dream is to make a Carmel Valley red wine equal to the finest from Bordeaux. It is a dream based on the foundation of tradition. Born and raised in Amersfoort Holland, Ben inherited a European appreciation of wine. Ben’s passion for excellence is evident in the wines produced at Bernardus.

Dean De Korth

 

​Dean De Korth, Winemaker

French-style wines have emerged in Carmel Valley with the wines of Bernardus. Dean De Korth an American, is a French winemaker. 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. With this old-world sense of taste, Dean seeks to make wines that flatter the palate.

 

No one has ever heard Dean describe his wines in terms of numbers. He strives for something well beyond chemistry. He strives to create wines that express the noblest characters inherent in each grape variety; wines that balance both power and finesse. Dean studied the French language in France for two years at the Faculty of Letters at the University of Nantes, a city in the Loire Valley.

 

He and his wife then moved to Burgundy where Dean earned degrees in Viticulure and Enology at the Lycee in Beaune and the University of Burgundy in Dijon. After working a summer for Jean-Marc Pavelot in Savigny-les-Beaune, he completed his apprenticeship at Domaine des Comtes Lafon in Meursault, and began honing his cellar skills working for Olivier Leflaive in Puligny Montrachet. Dean worked for Olivier for three years before being offered the position of Cellar master with Pierre Morey in Meursault.

 

Nearly ten years had past before Dean and his wife decided to return to his native Monterey Bay area, to be closer to his family. For the next twelve years Dean worked as the winemaker for several of the Central Coast's most prestigious wineries, including Morgan, Talbott, and David Bruce. "I feel like the years of hard work and dedication have brought me to this place, to the terroir of the Carmel Valley, to share in Ben Pon's dream of creating the world's best wines in this most beautiful place on earth."

 

The appellation of Carmel Valley, with its unique microclimate and stunning beauty, has already proven consistent with the vision of Ben Pon. Winemaker Dean De Korth feels he is ideally suited to continue the Bernardus philosophy of implementing Old World winemaking techniques in our New World setting.

 

A viticulturalist, enologist, scholar, craftsman, and artist, Dean De Korth brings to his winemaking a time-honored knowledge of wine and an endless passion - a passion labeled Bernardus.

 

“I feel like the years of hard work and dedication have brought me to this place, to the terroir of the Carmel Valley, to share in Ben Pou’s dream of creating the world’s best wines in this most beautiful place on earth.”

—   Dean De Korth

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Bernardus

Wines

2004 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Marinus Vineyard, Ocean Block

Our Marinus Vineyard is divided into a number of small blocks planted to the five red Bordeaux varietals according to soil type and exposure. Each block is picked individually following strict ripeness parameters and fermented separately. In some years, certain of these small lots may shine above the rest, exhibiting unique characters of this special terroir.

 

2004 Parrot Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon

Parrot Ranch is a new addition to the Bernardus family. This newly released selection is named for the road that is our winery address in Carmel Valley. The site is planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. As this vineyard is more youthful as compared to Marinus it produces an elegant Cabernet Sauvignon that is approachable in its youth while providing the consumer with an exceptional value.

2004 Estate Merlot, Marinus Vineyard, Swan Block

Our Marinus Vineyard is divided into a number of small blocks planted to the five red Bordeaux varietals according to soil type and exposure. Each block is picked individually following to strict ripeness parameters and fermented separately. In some years, certain of these small lots may shine above the rest, exhibiting unique characters of this special terroir.

2008 Estate Pinot Noir, Ingrid's Vineyard

Our tiny (3.5 acres) Ingrid’s Vineyard Pinot Noir, planted at the entrance toBernardus Lodge in Carmel Valley, is typical of the newest trend in terms of climate and location of the highest quality Pinot Noir vineyards in California. Only ten miles from the ocean, our vineyard enjoys sunny weather with cool ocean breezes throughout the summer fall seasons. This produces a Pinot of great intensity and well-defined fruit expression.

 

2008 Monterey County Pinot Noir

2008 is proving to be a superb vintage. The Bernardus Monterey Pinot Noir is sourced from vineyards in two growing areas. This gives our winemaker a variety of styles from which to create a perfectly balanced blend. About 75% of these grapes come from the Salinas Valley, mostly from the Arroyo Seco appellation. The soils are predominantly well-drained gravel, which is an important factor in growing high quality Pinot Noir. The warm, sunny climate is moderated brisk afternoon winds providing excellent ripeness while preserving varietal character. The remaining portion of our grapes comes from the world famous Santa Lucia Highlands. This cooler appellation provides intensely flavored Pinot highlighted by bright red fruit flavors and a crisp acidity.

 

2010 Saignée de Pinot Noir

Our Saignée de Pinot Noir is a true rosé made from our freshly pressed Pinot Noir grapes. It is the result of a classic Burgundian technique developed to produce highly-concentrated Pinot Noirs.

 

2008 Vineyard Designate Pinor Noir, Pisoni Vineyard

This is our inaugural bottling from the highly celebrated Pisoni Vineyard. Gary Pisoni is the iconic grower whose Pisoni Vineyard Pinot Noir has brought worldwide attention to the Santa Lucia Highlands. Planted with renowned “Pisoni clone”, this unique vineyard produces amazing Pinots which can rival the best red Burgundies. We are particularly honored to be among the select few to receive fruit from Gary Pisoni. 2008 is a fitting vintage to launch our bottling of Pisoni Pinot Noir. The mild summer and warm, dry autumn, along with low yields, are producing excellent wines across the Central Coast.

2009 Chardonnay, Ingrid's Vineyard

Ingrid’s Vineyard Chardonnay is planted directly in front of Bernardus Lodge in the beautiful Carmel Valley with two Dijon clones: 76 and 95. In early 2007 we grafted 2 ½ acres of our Ingrid’s Chardonnay to Pinot Noir, in order to have equal amounts of these two wonderful wines. This site has proven to be superb for both of these Burgundian varietals because of its deep, well-drained soils and its sunny, yet cool climate.

 

2009 Monterey County Chardonnay

2009 presented us with very cool summer weather so that by the end of August, grapes were about three weeks behind normal. Fortunately our typical Central Coast Indian Summer arrived for a warm, beautiful September bringing perfect ripeness to our vineyards.

 

2009 Vineyard Designate Chardonnay, Rosella's Vineyard

This gently sloping vineyard in the heart of the Santa Lucia Highlands has been planted by Gary Franscioni, a fourth generation grower, with two Chardonnay clones selected at the Dijon research station in France. Rosella’s has become known as one of California’s premier Pinot Noir vineyards, but Gary has preserved this block for his Chardonnay, which is also producing excellent results.

2010 Monterey County Sauvignon Blanc

2010 was a typical growing year on the Central Coast. Moderate summer temperatures, beautifully warm weather in the fall, along with low yields brought our grapes to perfect ripeness while protecting their bright fruit flavors and natural acidities.

 

2010 Vineyard Designate Sauvignon Blanc, Griva Vineyard

Michael Griva planted this special vineyard for Bernardus in the Arroyo Seco appellation which sits next to the renowned Santa Lucia Highlands in the Salinas Valley. The soils are very sandy and rocky which, along with the sunny, breezy climate, produce exceptional grapes with pronounced varietal character accented by a note of minerality. The Griva Sauvignon Blanc vineyard is planted exclusively with the Musqué clone of Sauvignon Blanc which is highly prized for its intense aromatic and flavor expression. We are now very happy to be able to include a small Semillon component coming from our recent planting at the Griva vineyard. Although only 5% of the blend, we feel that this adds an extra note of richness and complexity to the finished wine

2008 Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc

This is our third bottling of this superb dessert wine modeled after the great sweet wines of Sauternes, France. Each year Michael Griva leaves a corner of his Sauvignon Blanc vineyard unpicked and allows the development of a special type of Botrytis known as “noble rot”. Under the right conditions this unique fungus grows within the grape piercing tiny holes in the skins which permits the juice to concentrate in sugar and flavor. We monitor the vineyard closely throughout the month of November and into December until we judge the time is right to begin picking. Selection of the individual clusters is draconian at this stage as pickers make several successive sweeps through the vineyard over a period of several weeks.