Bien Nacido Pinot Noir

Our selection of vines for Bien Nacido Vineyard is limited to only 2% of the entire Pinot Noir planted at the Estate, in an effort to show that our Estate Pinot Noir has a distinct “soul.” These selections come from 5 different blocks. Block 1, is one of the shadiest, and windiest blocks. This block always bears the savory notes for which we are known. Often described as “sauvage or animalistic.” Block G, from the younger vines which are planted on heavier clay soils, brings the weight to the mid palate. Block Q, which is our oldest plantings of Bien Nacido, brings out the noted spiciness of Santa Maria Valley. Block 40, which is our only Monopole block, is planted on the highest hillsides of Bien Nacido, and has the closest planting density. This always brings in the higher-toned floral notes. Last, San Vicente, is directly behind the winery and often is the first block to ripen and dictates when harvest will likely commence. This gives us the black fruit character that can be found, even in cooler vintages.

Fermentation always happens naturally, and we never fine or filter. The amount of whole cluster varies depending on vintage, but generally around 30%. We age the wines for around 18 months in 30% new French oak. When blended for the final cuvee, the true nature of Bien Nacido Estate’s complexity is reflected in the glass.

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, and 115

Vine Age

Planted in 1973, 1996, and 2006

Yield

2.6 tons/acre

Alcohol

13.5%

Cases

484

Points

95 Points Antonio Galloni
92 Points Wine Advocate
92 Points Wine Enthusiast

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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.