2015 Bien Bien Chardonnay
Santa Maria Valley
Made entirely from old-vine chardonnay from the legendary Bien Nacido vineyard. This continues to be our only single-vineyard offering. 2015 was our 3rd year producing this wine and both the 2013 & 2014 set the bar pretty high. We're happy to report the 2015 is just as stunning and built both for near term pleasure as well as a trusty cellar gem. A very limited production again, less than 200 cases were made.
Wine Advocate - 94+ points "The 2015 Bien Bien Chardonnay delivers opulent brioche, cashews and ginger notes over a core of ripe apricots and spiced pears. Medium-bodied, with wonderful tension and beautiful poise, the youthful stunner offers satisfying intensity and depth with a lovely layered finish." - The Wine Advocate, Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Sept 2017)
Antonio Galloni - 92 points "The 2015 Chardonnay Bien Bien, from the famed Bien Nacido, is a rich, ample and creamy wine endowed with real depth. Shades of apricot, chamomile and floral-infused honey add intrigue throughout. The Bien Bien is tightly wound today, but it holds plenty of promise for readers who can cellar it for another year or two." Santa Barbara: Better Than Ever (Sept 2017)
Jeb Dunnuck - 91 points "The 2015 Chardonnay Bien Bien (all from Bien Nacido and aged in 30% new French oak) offers more spice, toasted bread and orchard fruits, with lots of minerality, medium to full-bodied richness and a clean finish. It will have a decade of longevity." - Santa Barbara County: The Classic 2014's and Variable 2015's (Aug 2017)