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2013 Bien Nacido Pinot Noir
Wine Specs
Pinot Noir
Santa Maria Valley
Harvest Date
11 months in French oak
100% destemmed
Bottling Date

2013 Bien Nacido Pinot Noir

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When the 2013 Sandler Bien Nacido Pinot Noir was fermenting in early October 2013, it reminded me of the 1999 version we made from this old vine block when I was at Testarossa.  2013 and 1999 could not have been more different types of growing years, but they had two things in common with regards to the resulting wines:  concentration with aromatics.  Usually, you end up with one of those two attributes, but you sacrifice the other.  Rarely do they appear together in the same year. 

You can expect a long evolution out of the 2013 Bien Nacido Pinot, and it should hit its stride sometime in late 2015.  But if you'd like to try one sooner, decant a bottle several hours in advance to allow it to open up.  Given the track record of the '99 which I check in on at least once a year, the 2013 should evolve into the late 2020s and hopefully beyond.