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

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

Varietal

Pommard, Mt. Eden, Swan, Calera, 114, 115, 667, 777 & 828

Vine Age

Planted in 1973, 1996, 2006

Yield

2.4 Tons Per Acre

Alcohol

13%

Cases

570

Points

98 Points - Tasting Panel Magazine
95 Points - Jeb Dunnuck

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98 Points - Tasting Panel Magazine
95 Points - Jeb Dunnuck

Soils

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