Bien Nacido Chardonnay

Hand harvested at night and whole cluster pressed. It was then barrel fermented with native yeast and malolactic fermentations. Aging was sur lie for 16 months in French oak; 20% new. This wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Hailing from the historic W Block in Bien Nacido in 1973 on their own roots, this must be the most floral vintage of these vines in many years. Honeysuckle, fresh apple blossoms and chamomile blend into a more demure lemon oil and citrus peel palate. We think this wine will hit its peak in about 2028.

Vineyard Sites

Estate: Bien Nacido Vineyard
Appellation: Santa Maria Valley
County: Santa Barbara
Vyd Area: 600-900 Ft. Elevation. 16 Miles From The Pacific Ocean

Varietal

CHARDONNAY - SELECTION 4

Vine Age

Planted in 1973

Yield

2.2 Tons Per Acre

Alcohol

12.6%

Cases

923

Points

ONE OF THE YEAR’S BEST CA CHARDONNAYS - Wine & Spirits
93 Points - Tasting Panel Magazine
92 Points - Jeb Dunnuck
91 Points - Vinous
91 Points - Wine & Spirits

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ONE OF THE YEAR’S BEST CA CHARDONNAYS - Wine & Spirits
93 Points - Tasting Panel Magazine
92 Points - Jeb Dunnuck
91 Points - Vinous
91 Points - Wine & Spirits

Soils

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