2011 Migration Santa Maria Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Vineyards
Defined by the idea of movement, Migration is dedicated to exploring Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the finest cool-climate winegrowing regions to create wines that highlight lush fruit, bright acidity and impeccably balance oak. Established in 1973, Bien Nacido has earned a reputation as one of California’s premier vineyards. Planted in the low-vigor soils of the Santa Maria Valley, the vines face the full force of the wine and fog off the Pacific. The result is a Pinot Noir that balances richness and elegance with blackberry and ripe strawberry flavors underscored by enlivening acidity and notes of green tea and spice.
Varietal Content: 100% Pinot Noir; Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 60% New Oak, 40% Second Vintage
With its concentrated black currant, huckleberry, black pepper, graphite and incense aromatics, Bien Nacido offers a deep and nuanced expression of Pinot Noir. On the palate, it is long and supple with layers of richness and acidity that will only get even more complex and interesting with age.
The 2011 growing season was one of the coolest in memory. To counteract uneven vine growth due to unusual spring weather, we did meticulous green thinning. We also gently opened up the canopy to expose the fruit, were judicious in our picking schedule, and sorted meticulously both in the vineyards and winery. The majority of our Pinot Noir came in before the October rains. The resulting wines are bright and elegant with slightly lower alcohols, lovely aromatics, natural acidity and pure fruit flavors.