The Miller family planted Pinot Noir on their new property almost50 years ago. They called it Bien Nacido, which translates to "well born." It didn't take long for people to take notice and, heaven forbid,there were wineries from Napa and Sonoma coming here for theirPinot Noir grapes.
Bien Nacido is in Santa Maria, one of the coolest areas in California. The soil and climate work harmoniously here, much to the benefit of the Pinot Noir grape. It is one of the few coastal areas in the Western Hemisphere that is bordered on the north and south by mountain ranges. This unique situation allows the cool ocean breezes from the West to have a greater effect on the vines.
The Millers learned early on that not all Pinot Noir grapes are the same. There are a myriad of different clones, each one producing a slightly different profile in the finished wine. So, they planted several of them and let the winemakers decide which worked best for them. It worked all around.
Though Bien Nacido became the capitol of Pinot Noir, the Millers looked for other venues for the grapes and found one just further up the road in Monterey. It was almost like someone had clonedBien Nacido and moved it North. Here is the same extraction, presence and sensuality one gets from great Pinot Noir. The dark cherry, mint and spice is just waiting for a lamb rack roasted with fresh herbs and garlic.