2012 Bien Nacido Pinot Noir

Hand harvested at night, and fermented with native yeast and malolactic fermentations. Then aged for 16 months in French oak; 30% new. This wine was bottled unfiltered.

Spicy dark fruit aromas jump out of the glass with cardamom, cinnamon, and pepper. The palate has more tannin, and richness than the 2011. This yields to veiled complexity with an elegant finish.

Vineyard Sites

Bien Nacido Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley. 600 ft to 900 ft elevation, this site is 16 miles from the Pacific Ocean.

Varietal

Pinot Noir. Clones: Pommard, Mt Eden, Swan, 114, 667, 777

Vine Age

Planted in 1973

Yield

2.6 tons/acre

Alcohol

13.7%

Cases

413

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91 Points Wine Advocate
Issue 208
August 29, 2013

Soils

Elder, and Chamise shaly loams with Pleasanton sandy loam. The vineyard has a great diversity of soils containing limestone, shales, uplifted marine volcanics, and loam.