2019 Bien Nacido Pinot Noir
"...a dense, brooding wine. Black cherry, lavender, spice, menthol and licorice are all explosive from the glass. This deep, potent Pinot packs a huge punch. I would give it a few years to settle down. Sadly, this is the last vintage for a while as the G block older vines were torn out." ~ Antonio Galloni's Vinous
"Dark cherry and light herb aromas are surrounded by delicate oak spices on the nose of this bottling. Sandalwood and oak are prominent on the sip, where a pure expression of dark-red fruit rises in the midpalate before waves of wild thyme, oregano and dark spices push into the bold finish." ~ Wine Enthusiast
"Classic iodine-laced red and black fruits, black tea, orange blossom, and subtle oak all emerge from the 2019 Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Vineyard, which is medium-bodied and has a nicely textured, sweetly fruited mouthfeel and solid balance. This classic Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir will shine for 4-5 years at a minimum." ~ Jeb Dunnuck
This wine is a quintessential example of the high pedigree of fruit from the fabled Bien Nacido vineyard in the Santa Maria Valley.
Big, rich and velvety on the palate with loads of forward cherry & strawberry fruit framed in with complex spice, cola and toast characteristics. This wine is eminently drinkable today but also has a great track record of aging for 8-10 years. Cheers!