2016 Bien Nacido Estate "The Captain" Pinot Noir
Hand harvested at night, fermented with native yeast, and malolactic fermentations. Aged for 18 months in French oak; 38% new. This wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered.
This wine is very nuanced with toasty cloves, pipe tobacco, and bright strawberries. The palate is fine but firm with understated elegance and has plenty to reveal if given enough time.
Monterey shaly loams with dolomitic limestone. This vineyard is at our highest elevation and is in pummeled constantly by strong onshore winds.
95 Points - Wine Enthusiast
93 Points - Vinous
92+ Points - Wine Advocate