Ancien Wines

Owner(s) Ken Bernards
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Owner/winemaker Ken Bernards has produced reliably excellent Pinot Noirs under this label since 1992. He has consulted on a number of other labels including Donum Estate and Matetic in Chile. He produces 3,500 cases of wine from purchased grapes. The winery is at 4047 E Third Ave, Napa. The phone is 707-255-3908. The wines are sold through a mailing list, a tasting room and limited retail distribution.

Reviewed Wines

2018 Ancien Carmel Valley River Ranch Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., 97 cases, $60. Aged 11 months in French oak barrels with a single racking carried this wine gently to bottle. · Dark garnet color in the glass. Ripely fruited aromas of plum, cassis and boysenberry lead to a mid-weight plus styled wine replete with layers of purple and black fruits backed by modest toasty oak. Rich, but not too rich, and velvety in mouthfeel, with easygoing, silken tannins and some finishing length. There is a slight sense of alcohol on the palate. Score: 92. Reviewed September 3, 2020 ARTICLE »

2017 Ancien Coombsville - Haynes Old Block Napa Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc.,61 cases, $68. Sourced from the most flavorful and healthiest old vines from the original planting. No smoke damage in this vintage. An encomium to Duncan Haynes. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. A knockout from the get-go. Large-scale aromas of black cherry, rose petal, ground savoury spice and wine cave persist over time in the glass. Very comforting in the mouth in a mid-weight style, featuring an unctuous core of cherry fruit accented with a touch of spice and complimentary barrel presence. Softly textured, with polished tannins, welcome acidity and good length on the lip-smacking finish. Score: 95. Reviewed August 27, 2020 ARTICLE »

2007 Ancien Haynes Vineyard Dijon 115

Similar aromas as Haynes, but more restrained. Darker in color, darker fruit profile, more linear, more tannic. Reviewed March 23, 2008 ARTICLE »

2007 Ancien Haynes Vineyard Martini Clone

Fragrant, confected cherry nose. Very attractive pure cherry fruit with a Jolly Rancher quality. Quite vibrant. Reviewed March 23, 2008 ARTICLE »

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