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Bien Nacido Vineyards Chardonnay

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Tasting Notes

Bien Nacido is best known as a historic vineyard that has played an important role in the development of America wine by supplying ambitious winemakers with top-notch fruit since the 1970s. But Bien Nacido also makes wines under its own label. Today, they are among the finest in California.

Bien Nacido Chardonnay is sources from a late 1970’s planting of Clone 4 Chardonnay. This vineyard site in Santa Maria Valley¬†is at 600feet elevation and only 16 miles form the Pacific Ocean. The vineyard has a great diversity of soils containing limestone, shales, uplifted marine volcanics and loam.

The wine has aromas of key lime, almonds and lemon custard. the palate is precise and focused with nice richness on the mid-palate that leads to a deep and long finish.

2010 Vintage rated 93 points by Wine Enthusiast

2012 Vintage rated 96 points by Vinous (Antonio Galloni) and 94 points by Wine Enthusiast


Bien Nacido Vineyards




100% Chardonnay, clone 4

Location of Vineyards

Santa Maria Valley, Santa Barbara County


600 feet


Elder, and Chamise shaly loams


Hand harvested and barrel fermented with native yeast and malolactic fermentation


Aged sur lie for 16 months in French oak

Alcohol Content


Total Production

125 cases annually