2021 Ann Chard - Bien Nacido
Cait Ann Johnson and Eric Albert Johnson (winemaker for Talley Vineyards) met in 2012 at a wine tasting event — bonding over their love of wine and soon after, each other. They began their life together and decided to create Ann Albert Wines to share their expression of Chardonnay and Gamay with the community. Bien Nacido is ground zero of California's Santa Maria Valley—it is the vineyard against which all of Santa Maria is measured. It's the benchmark, crown jewel of the region. Bien Nacido's size is just about exactly 3,000 acres, of which roughly 600 acres are actually planted to vineyard land. While the site is home to several grape varieties, it's Pinot Noir and Chardonnay that thrive in the site's undulating hills and varying slopes and aspects, which are treated to Pacific Ocean breezes funneling up through the uniquely west-east oriented Santa Ynez Mountains. The resulting wines enjoy a pronounced acidity.
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