The BenchHand harvested at night and fermented with native yeast and malolactic fermentations. Aged 4 months in French oak; 0% new.
Rarely do the two superheroes of the wine world come together to save th day. Pinot Noir and Syrah in equal parts are greater than the sum of their parts. Sweet cherry pie filling, smoked almonds, olive brine and carnations. A grilled flank steak over mesquite charcoal and a red wine reduction sauce makes a perfect match with this intense offering. This wine has the potential to age for years but it is ready right now for your next barbecue or roast.
Vineyard SitesEstate: Bien Nacido Vineyard
Appellation: Santa Maria Valley
County: Santa Barbara County
Vyd Area: 600-900 Ft. Elevation, 16 Miles From The Pacific Ocean.
Varietal50% Pinot Noir, Pommard, 115, 828, Mt. Eden 50% Syrah, Syrah Estrella
Vine AgePlanted in 2020
Yield2.1 Tons Per Acre
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SoilsElder, and Chamise shaly loams with Pleasanton sandy loam. The vineyard has a great diversity of soil containing loam, shales, uplifted marine volcanics, and limestone.
Starting as a unique blend of 50% Pinot Noir and 50% Syrah, The Bench was always meant to represent the variety and quality of fruit from our most important part of the vineyard. Pinot Noir brings the crunchy fruits of cranberry, Bing cherry and pomegranate and contrasts those beautifully with blueberry, blackberry, and black pepper. The play off each other in a fresh and singular look at the breadth of Bien Nacido Vineyard when multiple varietals are blended. To preserve the purity of the fruit blend, we always showcase this blend in neutral oak.