2015 Longoria Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Vineyard Block N

Year: 2015
Appellation: Santa Maria Valley
Country: USA-California
Wine Advocate: 92+
Vinous Media: 91
Wine Enthusiast: 94
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.7%
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"The 2015 Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Vineyard Block N has a pale to medium ruby-purple color and fragrant nose of violets, wild thyme and rose petals over a core of black cherries and raspberries plus a waft of fertile loam. Medium-bodied with great intensity, it features perfumed red berries framed by fine-grained tannins in the mouth, finishing long and refreshing." (WA)

"The 2015 Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Vineyard is totally seamless and caressing on the palate. There is quite a bit of flamboyance to the fruit, but all the other elements are very nicely balanced in this forward, racy Pinot." (VM)

"There's an epic play between ripe fruit and earthy elements in this block-designated bottling from a block planted in the 1970s, showing candied cherry and raspberry on the nose along with crushed mint, moist creek bed soils and a hint of game. Black raspberry and black plum make for a hearty start to the sip, which is leveled by cherrywood smoke, spicy bay leaf and sagebrush." (WE)

Winery Notes:
The History:
For over 30 years I have sourced our grapes from Block N, which was planted in the early 1970s to the heritage Martini clone. It has become one of the most coveted blocks of Pinot Noir at this iconic vineyard.

The Harvest:
For the second year in a row, we experienced warmer than normal temperatures during the 2015 growing season. This, in combination with a light crop, resulted in the earliest harvest of Bien Nacido fruit on August 18th. The sugar content was 24.0 Brix with excellent acidity.

The grapes were 100% destemmed and crushed into open top fermenters. After four days of cold soaking, the must was inoculated with a yeast culture. After 20 days of fermentation and skin contact, the wine was pressed off into a tank for settling, then racked to French oak barrels, of which 37% were new. The wine aged for 15 months before being bottled in January 2017, without fining but withlight filtration.

The Wine:
The wine has a medium dark ruby garnet color. Its complex aromas are an array of plums, oriental spices, forest leaves and a hint of oak vanillin. On the palate the wine is medium bodied with lush flavors similar to the aromas accented with mild tannins and subtle toasted oak in the finish.

Food Pairing:
Enjoy this wine with rich, hearty recipes featuring pork, stews and prime cuts of beef.