Bien Nacido Estate Pinot Noir 2013
The classic spicy black teas, iron, and dark fruit aromas jump out of the glass with cardamom and pepper. The palate has bright acid, with moderate tannins that balance out the richness very nicely.
93 Points - Wine Enthusiast The spicy and earthy nose on this sprightly bottling from the iconic vineyard is superb: pressed mulberry, beet and rhubarb aromas lifted by thyme, star anise and bay leaf. The palate is slightly mellower, with rounded pomegranate and cherry notes cut by pine needle-like spice.
91 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate Leading off the reds, the 2013 Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Vineyard offers lots of mushroom, smoked meats, earthy, forest floor characteristics on the nose, but shows a lot more fruit and richness on the palate. Medium-bodied, deeply colored and nicely textured, this rock solid Pinot Noir was fermented with 20% whole clusters and spent 18 months in 33% new French oak. Drink bottles through 2023.