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Bernardus 2008 Vineyard Designate Pinot Noir, Tondré Vineyard

You Taste One Steel Tank, You Tasted ‘Em All

So stainless steel tanks are all the rage in France? Bernardus just says “More oak for the rest of us.”

Right now, winemakers all across France are throwing out their old seasoned oak barrels in favor of stainless steel tanks. That’s fashion for you.

But Bernardus owner, Ben Pon, is keeping la foi. Bernardus mixes and matches custom-crafted oak barrels from various coopers in Burgundy, blending their different flavor influences into the Bernardus 2008 Vineyard Designate Pinot Noir, Tondré Vineyard. Yeah, that’s how carefully they think about this stuff: right down to the flavor profile of each barrel.

Burgundy is also the ancestral homeland of the Tondré Vineyard clones hand-harvested for this Vineyard Designate Pinot. Their deep ruby color, aromatic red fruits and spices, and rich flavors of cherry and plum would be right at home in Dijon or Auxerre.

But if you notice something else at play, something that you haven’t noticed in French wines much lately, well… let’s put it this way: it sure ain’t stainless steel.

2008 Vineyard Designate Pinot Noir, Tondré Vineyard

  • Harvest dates: September 19th, October 2nd.
  • Cooperage: Cadus, Sirugue, Billon and François Frerès; 40% new oak; all Burgundian.
  • Bottled: August 25th, 2009
  • Produced: 190 cases (750 mls.)
  • pH: 3.74
  • T.A.: 5.0 g/l
  • Alcohol: 14.2%

The 2008 vintage is proving to be superb. You can see this in the beautifully deep ruby color of this fine Pinot. A perfume of ripe red fruits and spices fills the glass along with hints of toasty oak. The flavors of cherries and red plums are very rich and the lush texture is beautifully balanced with a crisp acidity. This is beautiful Pinot will age gracefully for several years to come.

 

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