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!
Santa Maria Valley
Press & Reviews
Revealing aromas of forest floor, black raspberries and peony, the 2016 Pinot Noir Bien Nacido N Block is a delicate, medium-bodied wine with an ample mid-palate, velvety tannins and a pure, fragrant finish. Of all Willett's Pinot Noirs, this is among the more reserved today, and while its polished structural elements and mouthwatering juiciness make it attractive today, I suspect the real interest will come with a few years of bottle ago.
The 2016 Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Vineyard - N Block is powerful, dense and explosive. Closed and reticent, like all of these wines are, the N Block nevertheless possesses tremendous fruit density and textural resonance, both of which will emerge more clearly with a few years in bottle. The N Block is one of the more brooding wines in this range.