2008 Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinot Noir

Fruit 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.

 

 

TASTING NOTES:

Brick red color. Scents of cherry, pomegranate, blueberry, cranberry and currants are balanced carefully with notes of anise, cloves, vanilla bean and black pepper. The flavor profile displays rich cherry, creme brulee, vanilla bean and butterscotch. With rich mid-palate concentration, crisp acidity and fine grain tannins, this Pinot Noir ends with a lingering finish. Drink now through 2017 - Bill Brosseau, Wine Director