US-TYL-45-17

Pinot Noir 'Bien Nacido Vineyard - N Block', Tyler

Pinot Noir 'Bien Nacido Vineyard - N Block', Tyler

It’s confusing, I know. Basically, I have these three blocks of old vines at Bien Nacido and ‘N Block’ is one of them. It is the most complete of the three parcels I work with, the one I’ve worked with the longest, and routinely my favorite. In years of exceptional quality, I have decided to bottle a few barrels of this wine separately, and 2016 is certainly one of those years. It is deep, vibrant and full of energy. Fresh raspberry and blackberry fruit give way to a meaty, smoky, tobacco leaf composition. Elevated and persistent, the wine carries great weight and texture with an underlying tannin profile making this a powerful wine of wonderful structure and complexity. It will definitely reward patience, but certainly fun to drink now!

Producer:
Vintage:
2017
Country:
United States
Region:
California
Appellation:
Santa Maria Valley
Variety:
Pinot Noir
Color:
Red
Farming Practice:
Sustainable

Press & Reviews

Wine Advocate

Score:
92
Date:
2019-09-12

Vinous Media

Score:
92
Date:
2019-09-25
Review:
The 2017 Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Vineyard - N Block is one of the more reticent wines in this lineup today. Dark cherry, game, smoke, licorice, dried herbs and menthol give the N Block terrific aromatic presence. There is plenty of depth, but I don’t see the pedigree of the very best editions. Even so, the 2017 is perfumed, gracious and light on its feet, with lovely aromatic complexity and nuance. The N Block was done with fully destemmed fruit.