2010 Migration Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Vineyard
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 45% New Oak, 55% Second Vintage
There is a wildness, depth and complexity to this wine that immediately sets it apart. Dark and compelling, it displays concentrated black fruit and cassis elements with underlying layers of chocolate, leather, tobacco leaf, white pepper and a hint of mushroom. Though smooth and velvety, a beam of acidity supports this wine’s power and richness, adding poise and definition.
Though the beginning of the growing season was cold and wet, we had a successful bloom and set. Because the cool weather continued into summer, we applied extensive canopy management and vineyard floor cultivation, with little-to-no irrigation. After heat spikes in late August and early September, the end of the season was nice and temperate, and we were able to harvest ripe, high-quality fruit before any rain events. Despite its challenges, 2010 proved excellent for cool-climate winegrowing, delivering elegant wines with depth of flavor and superb balance at relatively low Brix.