With its concentrated black currant, huckleberry, black pepper, graphite and incense aromatics, Bien Nacido offers a deep and nuanced expression of Pinot Noir. On the palate, it is long and supple with layers of richness and acidity that will only get even more complex and interesting with age.
The 2011 growing season was one of the coolest in memory. To counteract uneven vine growth due to unusual spring weather, we did meticulous green thinning. We also gently opened up the canopy to expose the fruit, were judicious in our picking schedule, and sorted meticulously both in the vineyards and winery. The majority of our Pinot Noir came in before the October rains. The resulting wines are bright and elegant with slightly lower alcohols, lovely aromatics, natural acidity and pure fruit flavors.