Ancien Wines

Selection Massale
2011 Pinot Noir
Napa Valley

2012 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 16 | Lot No. 132
Vintage

2011

Ancien Wines

Selection Massale

Pinot Noir
Napa Valley

5 cases produced

Three Napa Valley vineyards, three heirloom selections, one historical Pinot Noir. Pinot Noir is one of the oldest varietals of wine grapes cultivated, and over the centuries, certain heirloom strains of it have been recognized for producing superior wines. They are often passed from vintner to vintner, invoking a shared skill and passion for producing Pinot Noir. Three particularly famous selections of California Pinot Noir are Martini, Swan and Pisoni, named after the same highly regarded vintners. Ancien oversees production of these three selections, each in a Napa Valley vineyard chosen for its particular terroir. As homage to those who have cultivated these rare selections, we blended the three for our Premiere offering. Together, they produce a wine full of aromas, textures and flavors not found elsewhere in the enological world.


Aging Process

French oak barrels.

Wine Facts

  • pH: 3.65
  • Sustainably produced

Tasting Chart

bone dry very sweet
light body very full bodied
soft, gentle very crisp
no tannins heavy tannins

Ken Bernards

Winemaker, Ancien

Winemaker, Ken Bernards

Rich experience, scientific outlook, artistic insight and continued growth.

In every field and craft, there are practitioners, those who follow the lead of others, and visionaries, those who always seek to push their craft and knowledge to the next horizon. Winemaking is no different, and in this field, Ken Bernards is widely acknowledged to be one of California's visionaries. Since his first harvest in 1986, Ken has remained on the leading edge of winemaking technique in California, using scientific experimentation in the vineyards and in the winery, while at the same time adhering to traditional, small-scale methods of winemaking, always seeking to allow the vineyard's character to speak through the wines. This exemplifies his winemaking philosophy: a delicate and ever-changing balancing act between traditional wisdom, scientific assessment, and artistic insight.

From the start, Ken demonstrated a tenacity for empirical analysis and scientific methods of questioning. During his first harvest (at Domaine Chandon), Ken focused on tracking grape maturity, and later published a paper outlining methods for harvest date forecasting. Upon completing his degree, Ken accepted a position with Domaine Chandon as a research enologist, or experimental winemaker. He was able to design and perform his own experiments in every area of viticulture and enology. During these years, Ken honed his scientific reasoning, learning to isolate cause and effect in the vineyard, in the winery, and, ultimately, in the glass.

Ultimately, though, Ken's passion called for more than just experimentation. He had come to value the importance of being scientific about decisions in the vineyard and in the winery, but a visit to Burgundy spoke to his artistic side, awaking a desire to make his own finished wines full of mystery and nuance, wines that express the individuality of each vineyard. In 1992, Ken made his first five barrels of Ancien Carneros Pinot Noir, marking the beginning an ongoing quest for great Pinot Noirs. He pursued his desire to work on a smaller scale, hand-crafting single-vineyard wines as the winemaker for Truchard Vineyards from 1993-1997.

From 1998 on, Ken has been making his own wines under the Ancien label. At Ancien he works exclusively with Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, and Pinot Noir. This search for great Pinot Noir vineyards has led him to work with fruit from Oregon to Santa Rita Hills, and even from Morey-St-Denis, in the Burgundy region of France.

This same insatiable curiosity continues to lead him to seek out new and challenging opportunities, beyond those presented in his own winery. He has been a pioneer in the Coombsville/Mt. George area in the southeast corner of the greater Napa Valley AVA, and continues to be involved with winemaking, winery design and vineyard planning in regions as diverse as Oregon, California, North Carolina and Chile. All part of his ongoing quest to discover more and more about the science and art of making timeless and expressive wines.

Country born: United States

Years in the wine industry: 20-30 years

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