Santa Maria Valley, California
*“La Bauge au Dessus” translates colloquially as “the wild Burgundian party upstairs.”
This wine is 100% Pinot Noir sourced majority from Bien Nacido Vineyard and backed by the winery’s own Le Bon Climat Vineyard both located in the Santa Maria Valley. Both are at an elevation of about 500-600 feet, with a south-west facing orientation and with clay loam soils. The Bien Nacido is a mix of clones 115, 777, 113 and 114, and the Le Bon Climat is a small amount of Mt. Eden clone and a majority 667.
This wine is fermented in 5 ton open top fermenters, which are manually punched down once or twice a day. The wine is pressed to complete dryness and goes to barrel with moderate lees, and is aged in 50% new Francois Frere French oak barrels. In the spring, the wine was carefully racked and then aged another 20 months (24 months total). The wine was fined lightly with egg whites and then bottled unfiltered.
93 points – Wine Enthusiast
90 points – Antonio Galloni’s Vinous