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2012 Bonaccorsi "Neilson Vineyard" Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir (Previously $50.00)

SKU #1341395 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Bright ruby-red. Fresh dark berries and cherry on the pungent nose, with sexy Asian spice and floral elements adding nuance. Deep and sweet but energetic as well, boasting real vibrancy to its black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors. Silky tannins build on a long, pliant finish that leaves a smoky mineral note behind. (JR) Inner quote mark (12/2014)

91 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Bonaccorsi's 2012 Pinot Noir Nielson Vineyard is absolutely gorgeous. Expressive floral notes meld into a core of beautifully delineated fruit in a delicate, mid-weight Pinot endowed with class and personality. The Nielson finishes with just a hint of tension that serves to balance some of the more overt qualities that are present. (AG) Inner quote mark (8/2015)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark A plump, fruit-driven beauty, the 2012 Pinot Noir Nielson Vineyard comes from the Santa Maria Valley and spent 20 months in 25% new French oak. Like all of the releases here, it was completely destemmed. Giving up lots of raspberry, black cherry, wild herbs and licorice, it's rounded, supple and elegant, with light tannin and an almost chugable style. Drink it over the coming 3-4 years. (JD) Inner quote mark (8/2015)

K&L Notes

Winery notes: Bonaccorsi Wine Company produces high quality Pinot Noir, Syrah and Chardonnay. We source our grapes from highly acclaimed vineyards located in the cool and rich terrains of Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties in California’s Central Coast. Our winemaking practices build on and highlight the careful work of our growers and are environmentally sound and socially equitable.

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By: Kaj Stromer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/21/2021 | Send Email
I was extremely delighted to come across this back vintage of single-vineyard Pinot Noir. The pedigree couldn't be better. The Neilson Vineyard in Santa Maria is one of the oldest and most revered in the area. Planted over 50 years ago, this is one of the defining vineyards of California's central coast along with the Bien Nacido vineyard. This is a great example of why you should age your better bottles of Pinot Noir. In this case, the winery did the work for us. Wine legend and Master Sommelier Michael Bonaccorsi founded the winery and set it on an upward trajectory. Tragically, Michael passed away much too young, but his wife Jenne continued his legacy. At nearly ten years of age, the wine is silky smooth and elegant. The wine has found that place where properly aged Pinot's hit their peak. There's a cool red cherry aromatic on the nose framed by wood spice and floral components. The wine is long and savory on the palate delivering up a mix of red and black cherries framed by silky smooth tannins. This is one sexy wine. Best of all, we're able to offer it at 50% the original release price.

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