With a lurid magenta and ruby color, this wine opens with lively aromas of ripe red berries, lavender and allspice, complemented by subtle mineral and earth nuances. Silky, gently sweet and focused on the palate, it offers nervy red currant and raspberry flavors braced by a spine of zesty acidity and sharpened by herbal notes. This Pinot Noir shows good depth but comes off lithe, finishing with very good clarity and barely detectable tannins.
Planted in 2006, Block 42a consists of Pinot Noir Clones 115 and 8, with vines growing 3 feet apart from one another. Consisting of shale and gravelly loam, this block is located on one of the slopes of Bien Nacido Vineyard.