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J. Wilkes Pinot Blanc Santa Maria Valley Bien Nacido Vineyard 2007

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

This is quite intensely aromatic with a faintly sweet base of grapefruit over which there lay light leesy note, a dusting of mineral and some fine bay leaf and lime leaf notes. Bright acid up front with a hint of dusty tannins, then loads of green apple skins with a slightly creamy undertone. the acidity grows a bit on the back end supporting the weight on the palate quite well. The finish is a bit lean, certainly dusty with a nice bit of acid but the fruit is fairly shy. This is succulent and pure and perfect for sipping on a warm autumn afternoon. Would love this with grilled seafood. 90pts

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J. Wilkes Wines:
The roots of our new beginning actually took hold in 1984. I had just accepted a position with Bien Nacido Vineyards to help market the grapes produced there during one of the largest grape gluts in California history. I was reviewing the wines produced from the vineyard and tasted the only red wine produced from Bien Nacido-grown Pinot Noir. Most of the Bien Nacido Pinot Noir was made into spa... Read more
The roots of our new beginning actually took hold in 1984. I had just accepted a position with Bien Nacido Vineyards to help market the grapes produced there during one of the largest grape gluts in California history. I was reviewing the wines produced from the vineyard and tasted the only red wine produced from Bien Nacido-grown Pinot Noir. Most of the Bien Nacido Pinot Noir was made into sparkling wine at that time. However, the 1982 Austin Cellars Bien Nacido Pinot Noir had just been released and not only did I feel that Pinot Noir was the future for Bien Nacido but I knew this was my future. During my 18 years at BNV, my goal was to make Bien Nacido recognized as one of the premier Pinot Noir vineyards in the country. Along with the marketing and sales of the grapes, I focused on improving farming techniques and upgrading the trellises. I spent a lot of time on the road visiting other vineyards throughout the state. I looked at what other vineyards were doing, tasted the resulting wines and then brought this research back so that we could take advantage of the best techniques around. During this time, I tasted the best Pinot's from Bien Nacido, as well as from all over California and France. Because I was spending untold hours visiting wineries and talking with winemakers, I developed a real sense of how I wanted to produce wine. In 2001, I decided to venture out with the goal of making world class wines. Initially, I limited my production to Pinot Noir from Bien Nacido but I always had the goal of working with the finest vineyards along California's coast. In 2003, we expanded our horizons a bit and added Pinot Noir from Solomon Hills Vineyards in the Santa Maria Valley and Vall-Foss Vineyards in Napa Valley. I also wanted to produce a white wine so I added a Pinot Blanc from Bien Nacido in 2004. My promise to you is that J. Wilkes will always produce small, handcrafted lots of the finest grapes into wines of distinction. By sourcing grapes from carefully selected sites and then using a combination of modern and traditional winemaking techniques, J. Wilkes wines will continue to show the best characteristics of traditional Pinot Noir and Pinot Blanc. Read less
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Editorial Reviews for J. Wilkes Pinot Blanc Santa Maria Valley Bien Nacido Vineyard

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065212,765
4.00 5
08/15/2011

This is quite intensely aromatic with a faintly sweet base of grapefruit over which there lay light leesy note, a dusting of mineral and some fine bay leaf and lime leaf notes. Bright acid up front with a hint of dusty tannins, then loads of green apple skins with a slightly creamy undertone. the acidity grows a bit on the back end supporting the weight on the palate quite well. The finish is a bit lean, certainly dusty with a nice bit of acid but the fruit is fairly shy. This is succulent and pure and perfect for sipping on a warm autumn afternoon. Would love this with grilled seafood. 90pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065212,765
4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 08/15/2011

Lots of pear fruit on the nose with nice framing notes of citrus oils a hint of green herb and some dusty mineral notes. Rich in the mouth with a touch of raw nut meat, dried flower, and some fine mineral tones accenting the core of orchard fruit which shows flashes of sweet tropical fruit on the mid-palate. This is fairly rich, with some fleshiness but the finish shows more focus on the moderately long finish. Nicely expressive with a fine combination of fruit, spice and mineral. 89pts


Member Reviews for J. Wilkes Pinot Blanc Santa Maria Valley Bien Nacido Vineyard

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Snooth User: Kyle Graynor
4557977,445
4.00 5
08/15/2011

Very strong lime and green apple aroma. Definite apple taste as well. Citrusy yet smooth, with a great finish that continues with slightly spicy tones. Very refreshing, yet hearty and a little creamy.


Snooth User: Sherri Boland
115316630
4.00 5
01/18/2013

Being I'm not a white drinker by choice, I was pleasantly surprised by this beauty. Fresh, crisp, fruity and light. I served a very spicy white cream pasta--it complemented this J Wilkes Pinot Blanc --which held its own with a lusheous creamy fruit finish. Wine Enthusiast gave it a 92.


Snooth User: Lolita Rojo
88970220
3.00 5
Vintage: 2006 09/26/2011

On the nose, very fragrant with tones of citrus, a bit of honey dew melon, and flowers. On the palate, grapefruity a bit acidic and strong minerality. I would definitely buy this wine again if I see it. I recommend paring with oysters and lemon pepper fish.


Snooth User: drdebs
6497900
3.50 5
Vintage: 2005 07/15/2008

Not like most pinot blancs. Pale straw in color. If you serve it too cold, all you get is herbaceous aromas and flavors. When it's warmer, aromas of pineapple an cream echoed on the palate. Abrupt, herbal finish that turns slightly rubbery.


Snooth User: SDWineLover13
32231316
3.50 5
Vintage: 2005 06/15/2007

Pale straw yellow in color. A subtle hint of straw on the nose. This wine is bigger than a Sauvignon Blanc without all the fruit, but not as heavy as a Chardonnay. Flavors of pineapple with a hint of green apple and a slight hint of cream. Very refreshing when chilled.


Snooth User: cruane
292118230
4.00 5
Vintage: 2005 11/11/2009

Four glasses


External Reviews for J. Wilkes Pinot Blanc Santa Maria Valley Bien Nacido Vineyard

External Review
Vintage: 2006 05/28/2009

This wine spends 8 to 9 months on the lees, giving it creamy complexity and weight on the palate. The nose is full of fresh orchard fruit and pretty, powdery aromas, while the palate is balanced and elegant. A minuscule amount of this wine is made: just 360 cases!


External Review
Vintage: 2006 05/13/2009

This juice spends 8-9 months on the lees, giving it creamy complexity and weight on the palate. The nose is full of fresh orchard fruit and pretty, powdery aromas, while the palate is balanced and elegant. The production is tiny: 360 cases!


External Review
Vintage: 2006 07/20/2010

J. Wilkes 2006 Pinot Blanc Grape source: Bien Nacido Vineyard, Block D Appellation: Santa Maria Valley, Santa Barbara County Varietal: 100% Pinot Blanc (true Pinot Blanc) Soil: well-drained, sandy loam soils Aging Program: aged on sur lies in stainless steel for 6 months Malolactic Fermentation: inhibited, 0% complete Yields: 4.3 tons per acre Alcohol: 14.2% Production Figures: 1,492 12-pack cases


External Review
Vintage: 2004 10/16/2008

For almost two decades, beginning in 1984, Jeff Wilkes worked for the Miller family, marketing and selling their grapes grown at Bien Nacido Vineyard. If anyone knows about Bien Nacido grapes, it’s Jeff Wilkes. So it seemed only natural, after all this time talking and tasting (as well as growing grapes) with other vintners and seeing how they do things, that he and his wife, Kimberly, would take the plunge and make wines under his own moniker. Wilkes is a Pinot Noir specialist but he wanted to have a least one white wine on board and Pinot Blanc from Bien Nacido was the obvious choice. Also quite obvious is that this is a flat out fun wine, from the first sniff and swallow. The nose comes on strong with minerals and stone fruits. In the mouth, the fruit is very bright with a fine minerality and scintillating acidity. Though the ripe flavors of honeysuckle, lemon cream and apple blossom are apparent, the wine was fermented to dryness (and with no oak, nor malolactic). It retains its freshness, fruitiness and clean cut of minerality all the way though to the persistent finish. Frankly, this Pinot Blanc is so refreshing that it should be a "go to" wine by glass on restaurant wine lists. <HR>Purchase this wine as part of the Bien Nacido Vineyards Collector’s Case, a unique offering of 12 vineyard designated wines from 12 different winemakers. <HR>




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