2017 Bernardus Chardonnay

Year: 2017
Appellation: Monterey County
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 87
Vinous Media: 88
Connoisseurs' Guide: 87
Wine Enthusiast: 91
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.2%
Price :


"Shows a savory edge to the fresh-cut apple and Asian pear flavors. Accents of wet stone and dried sage emerge on the finish, with some buttery hints. Drink now. 23,000 cases made. -KM" (WS)

"Limpid gold. Aromas and flavors of ripe peach and pear, along with hints of anise and honey. In an ample, open-knit style, showing good clarity and a refreshingly bitter touch of lemon pith on the nicely persistent finish." (VM)

"An unabashed member of the full, rounded, fleshy style adopted by its pricier siblings above, this widely available wine shares its mates' easy-on-the-palate personalities and their invitation to drinking up sooner than later. And, like the other Bernardus Chardonnays, it is certain to find a welcome mealtime place alongside ham croquettes and various poultry dishes that employ creamy sauces. Reviewed: June 2019" (CG)

"This twist-top county blend is a solid deal, starting with fresh and crisp aromas of lime balm, jasmine and a touch of chalk. Chalky tension grips the palate and then carries through broad gardenia, plump white peach and cherimoya flavors. -Matt Kettmann" (WE)

Winery Notes:
Our Monterey County Chardonnay is assembled from specially selected vineyards, primarily in the Arroyo Seco and Santa Lucia Highlands appellations. Each selected vineyard contributes unique aromas and flavors creating a Chardonnay of extraordinary character and finesse.

At Bernardus we follow traditional Burgundian methods to create a Chardonnay of the highest quality. At harvest, all our grapes are hand picked after careful evaluation for ripeness. The grapes are then very gently pressed in order to obtain the highest quality juice. This is then transferred to small oak barrels for fermentation. All barrels undergo a malo-lactic fermentation and are hand-stirred every two weeks until shortly before blending and bottling.