Costing $14 25 years ago, the 1994 Bernardus Chardonnay from Monterey County, California, had 13.3 % alcohol, very specific for back then, was still drinkable last night, but fading fast, and it scored 15 points on the 20-point Dionysian scale.
The cool coastal climate help edthe grapes. They used different yeasts, and also different types of oak to add complexity. I kept this bottle to test its ageability.
Bernardus Winery is in Carmel Valley where cooler ocean air helps the grapes mature slowly.
This is a wine I’d suggest to get, taste and age a few bottles for a decade.
In Vino Veritas.