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 ... Read more
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 ... Read more
Very strong lime and green apple aroma. Definite apple taste as well. Citrusy yet smooth, with a great finish that continues with slightly spicy to... Read more
Food Pairings for J. Wilkes Pinot Blanc Santa Maria Valley Bien Nacido Vineyard
Editorial Reviews for J. Wilkes Pinot Blanc Santa Maria Valley Bien Nacido Vineyard
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
External Reviews for J. Wilkes Pinot Blanc Santa Maria Valley Bien Nacido Vineyard
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
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!
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!
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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