VINEYARD: With a rich history that extends back to 1837 as a Spanish land grant, Bien Nacido Vineyard is one of the most prestigious sites in the Santa Maria appellation, with a well-deserved reputation for truly exceptional Pinot Noir. We have sourced fruit from this historic vineyard for more than 20 years. For this release, we are one of the fortunate few to source some of the Pommard selection, 100% from the legendary Q Block – considered the most prestigious Pinot Noir block on this famous site.
TASTING NOTES: The wines from the Bien Nacido vineyard consistently display a spectacular range of exotic aromas and complex flavors, and the 2015 offering has certainly followed suit. Eucalyptus, mint, and sage quickly emerge from the glass and are joined by layers of dried mushrooms, fresh tea leaves, and an array baking spices. Sweet cherry and wild strawberries entice the palate and perfectly integrate with the savory character of this special wine.
Bien Nacido Vineyard
DISTANCE FROM WINERY
2000 acres total: more than 700 acres planted
Miller Family, Owners
Chris Hammell, Vineyard Manager
VARIETALS SOURCED HERE
Pinot Noir: Pommard, planted on its own roots in 1973
Elder shaly loam (EnD2)
Established in 1973, the Bien Nacido Vineyard sits on a sloping bench above Santa Maria River. We have sourced fruit from this historic vineyard for more than twenty years. The Pinot Noir is sourced primarily from Q block, one of the oldest blocks on the property. With a rich history, beginning in 1837 as a Spanish land grant, Bien Nacido Vineyard has now become one of the most prestigious and best known vineyards in the Santa Maria appellation – a region thatearned much of its reputation as a producer of world-class Pinot Noir.
6 x 6 spacing with
Ave. yield ~ 3 tons/acre
Pinot Noir: Red fruit, spicy, clove and anise, soft tannins