Bien Nacido Vineyard 2021
Santa Maria Valley experienced a prolonged growing season due to cooler weather. The combination of variable weather and strong winds in the spring slowed development and affected bloom and set. However, the lower yields, cooler temperatures, and longer growing season produced grapes with pronounced acidity and excellent concentration picked on October 7th.
Grapes were whole cluster pressed before being barrel fermented in 25% new French oak. In 2021, full malolactic fermentation was a key part in creating this wine's rich, full character aged 11 months in 30% new French oak.
Nose: Youthful aromas of melon, peach, and golden delicious apple with notes of brioche, yogurt, and honeysuckle.
Palate: Medium full-bodied, broad, rich flavors of pineapple, lemon, fuji apple, and minerals with underlying acidity and a long finish.