2012 Bien Nacido Pinot NoirHand 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 SitesBien Nacido Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley. 600 ft to 900 ft elevation, this site is 16 miles from the Pacific Ocean.
VarietalPinot Noir. Clones: Pommard, Mt Eden, Swan, 114, 667, 777
Vine AgePlanted in 1973
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91 Points Wine Advocate
August 29, 2013