The 2011 Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Vineyard Block 8 is beautifully layered from start to finish. Dark red fruits meld into sweet floral and balsamic notes as the wine opens up in the glass. Medium in body and beautifully textured on the palate, the 2011 is all about polish. This is another terrific showing. Best of all, the 2011 will offer tremendous pleasure right out of the gate. Drinking window: 2014 - 2021
More structured and broad, with a big frame that should fill in with another year or three in the cellar, the 2011 Pinot Noir Block 8 – Bien Nacido Vineyard has the crushed rock-like minerality that's a hallmark for the vineyard as well as notions of white pepper, dried underbrush and spice-laced red fruits. Medium-bodied, firm and tight, it should have a graceful evolution through 2023. Drink 2016-2023+.
*Cellar Selection* There’s a severity of acids and tannins that limits this Pinot’s immediate enjoyment. It feels tight and hard, despite a core of black and red cherries and the sweetness of toasty oak. All indications point to the cellar. Give it 6-7 years, and it could be going strong well after 2020.
(75% new French oak): Bright ruby. Powerful, heady aromas of dark berry preserves, vanilla, mocha and woodsmoke. Opulent and emphatically fruity, offering black raspberry and vanilla bean flavors that coat the palate. What this pinot lacks in delicacy it makes up for with heft and decadent fruit. Finishes sweet, smoky and long, with a strong echo of vanilla. Fans of large-scaled pinot will go nuts for this one, while those in the proverbial pursuit of balance will no doubt demur; I suspect that both camps will disagree with my score.
Offers ripe, juicy plum, strawberry and wild berry notes in a medium-weight style. The tannins show a touch of earthiness on the firm finish. (Web-2013)
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