The 2013 Chardonnay Bien Nacido Vineyard is terrific. Added time in bottle prior to release has helped the wine come together very nicely. Exquisite, layered and super-expressive, the Bien Nacido shows all the pedigree and nuance of this Santa Maria site. A long, understated finish only adds to the wine's personality and character. In a word: superb. (AG)
Jim Clendenen's winery has sat in the middle of Bien Nacido for decades, so it is no wonder he nails the vineyard's expression with this bottling, beginning with flinty and woody aromas that accent an orange custard creaminess on the nose. The palate also shows cedar-like oak, followed by waves of brioche, preserved lemon and orange marmalade flavors. (MK)
The 2013 Chardonnay Bien Nacido Vineyard has gorgeous honeyed apricots, pineapple and buttered popcorn notes with hints of marzipan and ginger. Medium-bodied, elegantly fruited and refreshing in the mouth, the palate is understated and savory with a spicy kick to the finish. (LPB)
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