Chardonnay ‘Bien Nacido Vineyard – W Block’, Tyler
These 45-year-old vines from W Block, planted at the extreme eastern edge on the most shale laden gravel soils of the Bien Nacido Vineyard, produce a powerful chardonnay each year with a distinctive textural presence. These well drained, mineral soils always produce the most powerful bottling of chardonnay in the range. That said, the 2016 is more lithe than previous years. The wine is juicy with stone fruit and Meyer lemon characteristics with notes of green tea and spice. The finish is powerful and long providing great balance with its mouthwatering acidity. An impressively complete and enjoyable chardonnay.
Santa Maria Valley
Press & Reviews
The 2016 Chardonnay Bien Nacido Vineyard Block W is the most exotic of Justin Willett's Chardonnays this year, offering up a honeyed bouquet of musky peach and orchard fruit, suggesting there may have been a touch of botrytis in the vineyard this year. On the palate, it's medium-bodied, ample and saline, with an expansive attack but a bright, tensile core that wins out on the crisp, precise finish. This is another wine that I'd love to see again after a couple of years in bottle.