Estate Pinot Noir Old Vines

1973 was the year Bien Nacido was planted. We honor the occasion by bottling a small selection of these old-vines on their own. Hailing from Blocks G, N and Q, our Pinot Noir are some of the most elderly vines still found in California. Because Bien Nacido was planted in such a remote location, the vines were planted without need for rootstock. Thanks to cautious vineyard management and dedication to exceptional farming, our old-vines still survive, despite nearly 50 years of threats. The oldest sections are Martini, Swan and Calera clones of Pinot Noir and were the historic “Suitcase” clones brought from the famous plantings in Burgundy. We consider these our Grand Cru wines, and represent one of our three Pillars. The fermentations are always done separately and with native yeasts. The aging tends to see a higher percentage of French oak, topping 40% in most vintages, with 18 months of total aging. The more intense soy and oyster sauces along with Asian spices balance the density of black cherry and ripe currant fruit which comes from these vines. Rarely more than 120 Cases of wines are produced off of these portions of Bien Nacido.

Vineyard Sites

600 ft. elevation. 16 miles from the Pacific Ocean.

Varietal

Pinot Noir

Vine Age

Planted in 1973

Yield

2.5 tons/acre

Alcohol

13.2%

Cases

90

Points

95 Points Antonio Galloni
94+ Points Robert Parker
94 Points Wine Advocate
92 Points Jeb Dennuck

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95 Points Antonio Galloni
94+ Points Robert Parker
94 Points Wine Advocate
92 Points Jeb Dennuck

Soils

Monterey shaly loams. This comes from the own rooted original planting in 1973.