Thursday, June 18, 2009

2006 J.Wilkes Pinot Blanc Bien Nacido Vineyards Santa Barbara California USA

2006 J.Wilkes Pinot Blanc Bien Nacido Vineyards Santa Barbara California USA
Suggested retail price (unclear depending of the retail) $31-$34
Distributed by Rad Grapes in NYC

Bien Nacido Vineyards is a cool-climate vineyard on the central coast of California, in Santa Barbara. Located midway up the Santa Maria Valley, it is known for growing Burgundian and Rhone grape varieties, like Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Syrah and Merlot. Since the mid-90s, other grapes such as Pinot Gris, Barbera, Roussanne, Nebbiolo and Viognier have been planted. Bien Nacido is also known to be one of California's viticultural nurseries, specializing in growing certified budwood and clones for wineries.

J.Wilkes sources is Pinot Blanc grapes from the Bien Nacido vineyards, block D. This wine is made with 100% Pinot Blanc planted on well drained, sandy loam soils. The wine is made in stainless steel tanks to preserve the fruit quality and flavors, and aged on its lees for 6 months in tanks to add volume, complexity and texture, before last filtration and bottling.

Pale, bright, yellow color in the glass, this Pinot Blanc offers a clean, fresh and mineral nose with white blossom, citrus and white fruit aromas. Great juicy attack with lovely acidity and fruit, almost Alsatian in style, yet with riper, more tropical fruit. Really balanced and well rounded, almost creamy with good acidity. Overall, nice, clean, easy drinking. Lovely.


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