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Bien Nacido Estate Pinot Noir 2016

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  • TP96
  • RP92
  • W&S90
750ML / 13% ABV
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750ML / 13% ABV

Winemaker Notes

The classic spicy black teas, iron, and dark fruit aromas jump out of the glass with cardamom and pepper. The palate has bright acid, with moderate tannins that balance out the richness very nicely.

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WE 96
Wine Enthusiast
Intense cranberry and raspberry aromas meet with sultry baking spices, dried ginger, exotic wood and game on the nose of this bottling. The palate is intense in the same red fruits but layered in wild sagebrush and roasted quail, with bright acidity that is strong yet balanced. Drink now–2036.
Cellar Selection
JD 96
Jeb Dunnuck
Moving to the reds, the 2016 Pinot Noir Bien Nacido is brilliant, with a rare sense of purity and class. Black raspberries, forest floor, spice, and ample salinity and minerality all give way to a vibrant, medium-bodied, pure, incredibly elegant Pinot Noir that does everything right. This cuvée was fermented entirely with native yeast and spent 16 months in one-third new French oak.
TP 96
Tasting Panel
First planted in 1973, these vines - and the vineyard - have become one of the most renowned in the world. The wines remain small production and continues to keep Santa Maria AVA on the map. The vineyard’s diversity in soil (shale, loams, uplifted marine volcanics and limestone) and its low 1.8 per-acre yield add to its dynamic complexity and intensity. Aged for 16 months in French oak. Aromas of rhubarb and earthy, peppered blackberry are significantly gratifying. Brilliant acidity to its core, lifted notes of cherry-cinnamon, black tea tannins and orange rind lead to a dry finish, stark and exciting.
RP 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2016 Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Vineyard has a pale to medium ruby color and broody—but pretty—nose with tar, wild blackberries, red fruit sparks, turned earth and wet leaves with notions of spice in the background. Medium-bodied, it has a good core of earthy fruits with juicy freshness and grainy tannins, finishing long. This needs more time in bottle! And definitely a decant if you open it soon.
W&S 90
Wine & Spirits

This brooding wine starts out dark, with reductive scents of tobacco and spice. With air, a soaring, juicy cherry note releases the wine from its structured underpinnings. The texture has the feel of suede; for duck confit. 

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Bien Nacido Estate, California
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In 1969, brothers Bob & Steve Miller, the fourth generation of a Central Coast California farming family, found a piece of land they instantly knew had vineyard potential. Formerly used for grazing, it was part of one of the earliest Spanish land grants. However, the shale soil and unique climate from the transverse mountain range provided a lens into its potential.    

The vineyard was planted in 1973. Bob and Steve called it Bien Nacido, meaning “well born” in Spanish, because of the passion and commitment they shared in bringing it to life.   

All the wines are naturally fermented, with no sulfur additions until after malolactic has completed. The wines are never filtered or fined, and only the selections which represent the best expressions make it into the bottles.

 The original adobe on the property remains as one of the few privately maintained adobes in California.  


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Santa Maria Valley Wine

Central Coast, California

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A lesser-known but elite AVA within the larger Santa Barbara district, the Santa Maria Valley AVA runs precisely west to east starting near the coast. The valley funnels cool, Pacific Ocean air to the vineyards more inland, allowing grapes a longer hang time to ripen evenly and achieve their full potential by harvest time. Combined with minimal rainfall, consistent warm sunshine, and well-drained soils, it is an ideal environment for grape growing.

Many of the wineries here are small and highly respected, having established a reputation in the 1970s and 80s for producing excellent Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. More recently, Syrah has also proven quite successful in the region. Many vineyards are owned by growers who sell their grapes to other wineries, so it is common to see the same vineyard name on bottlings from different wineries. Bien Nacido Vineyard is perhaps the best-known and most prestigious.

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