Bien Nacido Chardonnay

Running along the easternmost bench of our estate, W Block is our oldest block of Chardonnay. Planted on the original Wente clone, on their own roots back in 1973, this block is one of the windiest in all of the region. Very distinct Pleasanton Shale can be seen throughout W Block, with some limestone outcroppings visible throughout. Much like in Burgundy, we harvest the oldest vines here exclusively for our Estate Chardonnay. Bien Nacido Estate Chardonnay always carries a more tropical tone of fresh pineapple, bright acidity and a notable spice from our limited use of oak. The Estate Chardonnay is always whole-cluster pressed, native fermented and aged in 20% new Damy barrels produced in Meursault. Because the wines have great acidity, our Chardonnay always goes 100% through malolactic conversion, and are aged for a total of 16 months in both wood and steel.

Vineyard Sites

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

Varietal

Chardonnay, clone 4

Vine Age

Planted in 1973

Yield

2.4 tons/acre

Alcohol

13.0%

Cases

251

Points

93+ Points Antonio Galloni

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Soils

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