A very nice #oldworld style of #melondborgogne The nose had nice intensity and restraint showing flowers, lemon, apples, and biscuit. The palate was ripe and rich but balanced well with refreshing acidity. Med complexity with wet stone, flowers, yellow pear and Meyer lemon. Yum! #lieuxdit #santabarbara #biennacido #california #loirevalley #muscadet #ctbucklinwine — a year ago
2013 - Easily one of the worst Cali Pinots I've had in a while. Which is surprising considering it's predominantly from Bien Nacido and from a good vintage - 2013. Almost no aromatics, zero acidity, flat, and boring. Truly awful stuff. #pinotnoir #biennacido #santamariavalley #wine #awful — 3 years ago
Had a tour of California Pinot Noirs that I picked up from Total Wine last weekend. This was the only one I felt compelled to share. The Bien Nacido vineyard consistently produces excellent harvests of Pinot Noir due to it being a maritime influenced desert. It has such a reputation that wine using grapes grown and/or sourced there often label their bottles with the Bien Nacido "brand". ~$45 (~26 at Total Wine) | #biennacido #santamariavalley #pinotnoir #summerland
On the eyes: Rusty, Bright Ruby, Med Opacity, Med Stain, Legs, No Gas/Floc.
On the nose: Strawberry and Unripe Cherry, Vinuous with a Hint of Forest Floor, Med Alcohol
On the tongue: Med Acid, Med Tannin, Med Alcohol, Light-Med Body. Cranberry, Unripe Strawberry with Hints of Oak and Chocolate. — 3 years ago
Another Total Wine pick-up, as I root for my LA Clippers on game 2 of the playoffs. Bien Nacido Vineyards is a cool-climate vineyard on the central coast of California. The word Qupé (pronounced kyoo-pay') is the Chumash Indian word for California poppy. Qupé wines focus on Rhône style wines, most notably their Syrah. This one still drinks young, shelf it for the next 7-10 years. Love this brand - next time you are in Los Olivos, taste their wines! ~$24 | #qupe #biennacido #syrah
On the eyes: Rusty Red-Garnet, Med Opacity, Bright, Med Stain/Tears, No Gas/Floc.
On the nose: Med Alcohol, Blackberry/Blueberry, Vinous/ Herbal notes.
On the tongue: Med Acid, Med Alcohol, Med Tannin, Jammy Black fruit, Blackberry-Blueberry, with Smokey Pressed Meats, Long Finish with Good Structure and Med Complexity. — 3 years ago