Optik Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinot Noir 2020
|Region||California, Central Coast, Santa Maria Valley|
This light ruby Pinot Noir has overt and concentrated aromatics of rich red candied fruits, red apple, and dried carnations flowers. A few more glass swirls will release earthy tones of Chinese five-spice, sweet hickory, and fall hay. Flavors of bright cherry, with spice character of star anise, mace, and Anisette, are layered nicely in this Pinot Noir. In addition, it offers some earthy tones of moist soils and eucalyptus with a long smokey finish.
Aromas of crushed stone, flint, baked raspberry, bright pomegranate and spicy clove make for a layered nose on this bottling. The palate offers hints of light herb, sandalwood and flashes of raspberry.
A light, piercing and slightly high-toned version, with tobacco leaf and tarragon accents that are quickly caught from behind by bitter cherry, pomegranate seed and blood orange flavors. Very racy, taut acidity lines the finish. Best from 2023 through 2028. 480 cases made.