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2008 Ojai "Bien Nacido Vineyard" Santa Maria Pinot Noir

SKU #1083926 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Vivid red. Nuanced, spice-accented nose offers red and black fruits and a whiff of licorice. Sweet and intense, with excellent focus and purity to the black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors. Shows impressive energy and finishes with building but sweet and harmonious tannins. I really like this wine's balance. Inner quote mark (11/2010)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Shows the balance of a fine Bien Nacido Pinot Noir, and also the density and spiciness of the Santa Maria Valley. Strikes a middle zone between light elegance and heavy full-bodiedness, with rich flavors of black cherry, Dr. Pepper, clove and black pepper flavors. Lovely now, and it should develop bottle complexity through 2016. Inner quote mark (8/2012)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2008 Pinot Noir Bien Nacido presents sweet red cherries, licorice and flowers, all of which come together gracefully on a delicate, mid-weight frame. This shows gorgeous inner perfume and sweetness through to the striking finish. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2020. (AG) Inner quote mark (8/2011)

89 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

Outer quote mark A pretty, layered and discreetly spicy nose of red and blue pinot fruit leads to rich, generous and admirably full-bodied flavors that deliver fine length on the somber and mouth coating finish that evidences hints of chocolate. This isn't especially typical yet it works. Inner quote mark (10/2011)

K&L Notes

From the winery: "This wine is all about perfume and nuance. Its dramatic and alluring aroma is followed by gentle, savory flavors that have you coming back for glass after glass. Illustrative of our efforts to catch the fascinating and elusive character of pinot noir in perfect balance, we harvested the grapes for this wine fully ripe, but not over-ripe. Much like our 2007 version, this one gave us a wine with less alcohol and more aroma. Although it will certainly age well, this Bien Nacido pinot is open and delicious today."

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