Wine Spectator 90 points – A seamless effort, this is clean and pure, focused on plum and black cherry flavors, with a light oak spiciness and a long, lingering aftertaste. Drink now. 4,773 cases made. -JL.February/2017
Wine Enthusiast 91 points – Clean and classic aromas of dark-red fruit, from cherry to bramble, meet with candied rose petal and clove aromas on the nose of this appellation blend. The palate is led by allspice and dried mint, all packaged in a medium-bodied format…Matt Kettmann, March/2017
Vinous 90 points – Bright ruby. Highly perfumed scents of ripe red and dark berries, peppery spices, vanilla and woodsmoke. Coats the palate with appealingly sweet raspberry liqueur and cherry cola flavors that become spicier with aeration. Deepens and expands on a long, floral-tinged finish that features silky tannins and an echoing cola note..Josh Raynolds, October/2016
Grapes for Bernardus wines are hand picked, whether from the estate vineyards or from the vines in partner vineyards, during multiple passes throughout the harvest season, in order to capture the balance of sugars and tannins that yield superlative wines. Harvest spans a wide timeframe, considering the vineyards’ climate differences, beginning in late August or early September and running through Thanksgiving.
The Bernardus team’s attention to detail, high standards and passion for making stellar wine ensure every bottle of Marinus, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir or Sauvignon Blanc offers the chance to “Taste a Dream,” as Mr. Pon envisioned decades ago – and still does today.