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 shaleyloam stratum of soil called Elder Series, which adds extra mineral flavors to the wines.
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.
TASTING NOTES: Deep rich purple color. This Bien Nacido Pinot goes to show that Santa Maria Valley is a world-class growing region. There is a complex array of black pepper, ripe cherry, anise, vanilla bean, and cloves in the aroma. Layers of cherry and spice amplify in the palate, wrapped by expansive tannins and crisp acidity. Richness in the aromas and palate make this a superstar Pinot Noir. Enjoy now through 2013.