Before retiring after a long day tasting wine all across the Carmel Valley, I want to take a moment to highlight a couple standouts. During the course of a great lunch at the Bernardus Lodge, we started off with the cool, juicy and refreshing 2013 Bernardus rosé saignée of Pinot Noir $ 19.99. With flavors and aromas of fresh strawberry, cherry, watermelon, mixed berries and a touch of spice, this was a perfect warm weather refresher. This was definitely one of the best domestic rosés I've had in recent memory.
Completely different and even better was the outstanding 2009 Bernardus "Marinus" Carmel Valley Bordeaux Blend, which we drank toward the end of our meal. This serious wine blended blackberry fruit flavors, hints of oak, spice and savory herb in a smooth, elegant and richly balanced package. Look for this big, powerful but approachable wine as well as the refreshing and thirst quenching rosé in our domestic section soon.