2014 Bien Nacido Pinot Noir

Hand harvested at night and fermented with native yeast and malolactic fermentation. Then aged for 18 months in French oak; 33% new. This wine was bottled unfiltered.

The classic spicy black teas, iron, and dark fruit aromas jump out of the glass with cardamom and pepper. The palate has bright acid, with moderate tannins that balance out the richness very nicely.

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

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.