LINDQUIST FAMILY 2021 “Bien Nacido Vineyard” Chardonnay
“Bien Nacido Vineyard”, Santa Maria Valley, California
This wine is 100% Chardonnay from the Bien Nacido Vineyard in the Santa Maria Valley. In 2021 the grapes came entirely from Block L, one of the oldest Chardonnay blocks, planted in 1973.
As always, the grapes were whole cluster pressed, chilled in tank overnight, and then transferred to Francois Fréres French oak Burgundy barrels for fermentation. The barrels used were all French oak made by Francois Freres – 25% new, 25% once-used, 25% twice-used, and the balance neutral barrels. The wine went through complete malo, and was aged on the lees for 9 months before blending and bottling in July 2022.
94 points – Wine Enthusiast