Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinot Noir forward rich cherry fruit, layers of complexity, spiciness and a special minerality are all unique characteristics of this wine from 30+ year old vines. Very old shaley-loam Elder Series soils underlie Testarossa’s individually selected vineyard blocks giving this unmistakably rich New World Pinot Noir a complimentary Old World minerality.The Bien Nacido Vineyard, planted in 1973, sits in one of the most ideal locations in Santa Barbara County’s cool ocean facing Santa Maria Valley which gives the grapes exceptionally long hang time. Underlying the eastern edge of the vineyard is an old crumbly shaley-loam stratum of soil called Elder Series, which adds extra mineral flavors to the wines.
Medium red hue. Scents of red cherry, blueberry, and cranberry are paired with hints of black pepper, anise, and vanilla bean. Cherry, black pepper, anise carry through into the flavor profile of this bright, well structured Pinot Noir. Fine tannins lead into a lingering and austere fi nish. Drink now through 2015 - Bill Brosseau, Wine Director