Villa Maria

Lutum

Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014

Shay A
9.2

Not had wine from this producer before, but I adore this vineyard, and at a close out price, I wanted to give it a try.

As expected for Bien Nacido, there was a savory note on the nose with some smoked meat and iron, wrapped around rhubarb tart and candied black cherries. On the palate, it was quite light and semi acidic, with hardly any finish. I’m assuming there was a small use of whole cluster here due to the spice and lifted profile, but aside from that, it was fairly easy going with potpourri, bing cherries, and some cedar.
— 15 days ago

Hugh, Arden and 39 others liked this
Scott Rose

Scott Rose

They make nice stuff. Hard to find.
Patrick Derdeyn

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It’s actually weightier than the la rinconada vineyard but not as much as the sanford and benedict. A nice showcase of vineyards in the lineup

Villa Maria

Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2018

🙈 tasting 5th wine
at wset level 2 course (3rd meeting)

pale gold 👀

guava, lychee, grass and some 🍯 👃

high acidity.
medium body.

citrus and tropics 👄

long 🎯

it was easily understood that this is the typical outstanding kiwi sb.

i loved it.
— 12 days ago

David, Neil and 1 other liked this

Villa Maria

Reserve Marlborough Pinot Noir 2017

🙈 tasting 3rd wine
at wset level 2 course (2nd meeting)

we were told it's pinot, just tried to figure out where it's from. was bold enough to guess new world, but to be specific i need to try a few more.

strong 👃, floral and red fruity (raspberry and strawberry) with some vanilla, clove and hints of earth.

👄 was ripe red fruit.
long 🎯

not too bad , but the next one was the ⭐
— 20 days ago

Neil, Sharon and 2 others liked this

Scar of the Sea

Bien Nacido Vineyard Block Q Old Vine Pinot Noir 2016

Really enjoyed this. Earthy, savory with sage. 100 percent old world. Yet somehow it isn't. — 4 days ago

Brian, Mike and 18 others liked this

Solomon Hills

Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir 2014

Beautiful deep garnet color with hints of red plum, pomegranate, cranberry, cinnamon and some smoke on the nose. Elegant tastes of red and blue fruit enhanced with a nice element of white pepper giving the wine a great spicy boost. Perfectly balanced with a great long and spicy finish. — 18 days ago

Lisa Mayer
with Lisa
Lisa, Tom and 6 others liked this

Herman Story

Bien Nacido Vineyard Syrah 2013

My last one👍🏼
I prefer this over the Nuts & Bolts
— 13 days ago

Tom, Eli and 30 others liked this
Kimberly Anderson

Kimberly Anderson

Bien Nacido is awesome. Check out Folkway Wines Bien Nacido merlot

Villa Maria

Private Bin Marlborough Pinot Noir 2013

Ripe cherry on the nose. Balanced fruit on the palette, along with a subtle spice and enough earthiness to keep it grounded. (Keep in mind, we have no idea what we are talking about 😛) — 5 days ago

Clendenen Family Vineyards

Le Bon Climat Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir 2013

13’Clendenen Family Vineyards. Le Bon Climat Pinot Noir.
Color - Pale Ruby
Palate- Fresh picked strawberries, a splash of spices & tobacco. Perfect amount of acidity, tannins are soft & approachable. Certainly one of the best PN’s I’ve had out of California in the last 12 mo. 
Sensational bottle of wine. Recommended highly.
— 19 days ago

David, Tom and 47 others liked this
David L

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Absolutely agree.
Scott Rose

Scott Rose

A hallmark of the Clendenen-made wines. Rarely electric guitar. Almost exclusively violin. You must sift through and analyze vs being punched in the face. Waay too many people apparently are lost on subtlety and prefer being punched in the face. Pity.
David L

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Nicely done.
Oh -natural… No make up.

Lieu Dit

Santa Maria Valley Gamay 2016

This is a fantastic CA gamay. Some domestic gamay just leans heavily toward being very Pinot Esque, others are fruit bombs, etc. this was super different. Not Beaujolais, not Cali Pinot. Seek this stuff out. — 2 days ago

Riverbench Vineyard & Winery

Mesa Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir

2016 vintage is showing real nice, love Mesa! Cherry and cedar while also herbaceous! Noms! — 13 days ago

Natasha Bray
with Natasha