91 points Wine & Spirits: "[$45 list] This wine feels blunt at first pass, with a lactic presence and toffee’d oak notes. But it feels bright and weightless after a day open, the caramel and lemon-lime flavors working into a layered weave with crisp pear and citrus, and a tart, mouthwatering finish. 923 cases. (Oct 2020)"
Producer notes: "Hand harvested at night and whole cluster pressed. It was then barrel fermented with native yeast and malolactic fermentations. Aging was sur lie for 16 months in French oak; 20% new. This wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered. Hailing from the historic W Block in Bien Nacido in 1973 on their own roots, this must be the most floral vintage of these vines in many years. Honeysuckle, fresh apple blossoms and chamomile blend into a more demure lemon oil and citrus peel palate. We think this wine will hit its peak in about 2028. Alcohol 12.6%."
|Producer||Bien Nacido Estate|
|Appellation||Santa Maria Valley|