According to Wine Advocate - A wine that comprises almost half of the Chardonnay production of the estate, their 2012 Chardonnay Monterey County is a serious value that has classic Chardonnay melon, apple, leafy herbs and tinges of minerality to go with a medium-bodied, fresh and lively feel on the palate. Barrel fermented and aged 9 months in 30% new French oak, it's a classy white to drink over the coming couple of years.
According to Wine Spectator - Rich, full-bodied and well-oaked, with ripe pear, fig, honeydew melon and spice notes, ending with a smoky, toasty aftertaste. Drink now through 2019.
According to Wine Enthusiast - This coastal Chardonnay is ripe and forward in apricots, orange and mangoes, bright in acidity and strong in oaky flavors of buttered toast.
Tasting Notes - Our 2012 Monterey Chardonnay exhibits all the characteristics that make Bernardus Chardonnay such a perennial favorite. Complex aromas of ripe peach and tropical fruits are accented by notes of vanilla and subtle toasty oak. On the palate, the texture is very rich and full-bodied, exhibiting intense flavors of baked apple, fig and mineral notes. The soft, smooth texture is beautifully balanced by a note of crisp acidity which is the hallmark of excellent Chardonnay from Monterey County. 14.1% ABV.