“Bien Nacido Vineyard”
Santa Maria Valley, California
*This cuvee is named in homage to Jim Clendenen’s deceased, amazing Border Collie “Pip”, former winery mascot.
Sourced from a 2 acre site planted to Nebbiolo at Bien Nacido Vineyard in 1994 under Jim Clendenen’s direction. The site is cool, breezy, and on a hillside where the soil is gravelly and shallow—all contributing to the intensity of the fruit. These plantings were originally part of an Italian varietal project that Jim had called Il Podere.
“The Pip” Nebbiolo was introduced for declassified vintages of the “Bricco Buon Natale” Nebbiolo. Vintages that do not achieve quite the intensity of structure or age worthiness that Jim demands in his “Bricco Buon Natale” Nebbiolo program. The 2012 vintage of “Pip” Nebbiolo was aged 5 years in 500L Hungarian oak puncheons.