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)
Appellation: Santa Maria Valley
Vineyard(s): Bien Nacido
Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Aging: 16 months in 40% new French Oak
pH / T.A.: 3.35 / 6.8g/L
Production: 555 cases