Estate The Captain Pinot Noir

This is our highest portion of Bien Nacido, which we planted in 2006. Thanks to advancements in farm equipment, we use a special tractor armed with tank tracks, in order to work this portion. Block 40 has the highest density of vines, nearing 10,000 vines per acre, and contains each of the clones found on our property. Block 40 is considered a Monopole, and will always be one of the Pillars of Bien Nacido. We were honored with having the highest scoring Pinot Noir ever in the Central Coast, and the elements are easy to recognize. The Captain is always effortlessly balanced. With lifted hibiscus, Bing cherry and bright cranberry, but seamlessly shows the pipe tobacco, black cherry and clove. The fermentations are always done separately and with native yeasts. The aging tends to see a higher percentage of French oak, topping 50% in most vintages with 18 months spent in barrel. As is noted for all of the Estate wines, The Captain is never fined or filtered.

Vineyard Sites

1100 ft. elevation. 16 miles from the Pacific Ocean.

Varietal

Pinot Noir

Vine Age

Planted in 2006

Yield

2.3 tons/acre

Alcohol

13.2%

Cases

105

Points

97 Points Antonio Galloni
93+ Points Robert Parker

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97 Points Antonio Galloni
93+ Points Robert Parker

Soils

Monterey shaly loams with dolomitic limestone. This vineyard is at our highest elevation and is pummeled constantly by strong onshore winds.