Vineyard: Terra Neuma

OwnerBenziger Family
AppellationSonoma Coast
StoryVery cool Freestone-Occidental site, Demeter Certified Biodynamic®. A single-vineyard Pinot Noir is produced under the de Coelo label.
VarietiesPinot Noir
ManagersBenziger Family

Wineries sourcing from this vineyard

Reviewed wines produced from this vineyard

2010 de Coelo Tierra Neuma Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., pH 3.48, TA 0.63, 177 cases, $75. Demeter Certified Biodynamic┬« vineyard. 25% whole clusters. Fermented with natural yeast, unfiltered. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. Aromas of oak-infused cherries, espresso and Christmas spices. Driven by fresh and uplifting acidity, this wine features dark red fruits that have an earthy underpinning. A little more body, tannins and finish than Quintus, with more oak topcoat. More appealing the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Very good. Reviewed December 8, 2012 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2008 de Coelo Terra Neuma Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., pH 3.38, 24 barrels, $69. 25% whole clusters. · Initially: Lighter in weight than the 2007 vintage. Fully ripe array of cherries and berries with an earthy underpinning and chalky tannins. Fruit and spice really shine with swirling. Later: Bright, sexy and aromatic now with riper flavors of soft berry fruit emerging. Intense and bold with the taste of the soil coming through on the finish. Very good. Reviewed June 22, 2010 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2008 de Coelo Terra Neuma Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., $69. · Moderate reddish-purple in the glass. Exotic and complex nose offering scents of wild berries, truffle, wine cask and forest floor. Luscious core of dark berries that cling to the finish. Earth, mineral, oak and cola undertones add interest. The fruit is vivid, framed by soft tannins and complimented by crisp acidity. A seamless wine that picks up interest over several hours in the glass. A Pinot Noir unbridled by convention. Reviewed December 14, 2010 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2007 Radio-Coteau Terra Neuma Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., 318 cases. Unfined and unfiltered. Sixth generation family owned ranch on a bluff above Bodega a few miles from the Pacific Ocean. · Shy aromas of cherry and berry fruit with oak and bay leaf in the background, echoed in the flavors. Simple and fruity with notable persistence of fruit on the generous finish. Could be from anywhere. Good. Reviewed January 27, 2011 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2007 de Coelo Terra Neuma Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., pH 3.56, 18 barrels, $69. Aged 10.5 months in 50% new medium toast French oak barrels. · Initially: Definite minerality on the nose. Flavors of dark fruits, anise, earth and a hint of citrus on the finish. Later: More finesse with flavors of dried cherries and red currants and a subtle underlying savory herbaceousnecss. Very good. Reviewed June 22, 2010 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2004 Radio-Coteau Terra Neuma Sonoma Coast Pinor Noir

74 cases, $48 (sold out). This is also a debut-bottling from a hillside vineyard farmed biodynamically by the Benzigers. The vineyard is southwest of Freestone, a few miles inland from the Pacific ocean. It was planted in 2002 to Dijon clones 115 and 777. I did not receive any allocation of this limited-production wine so I cannot provide any tasting notes. · Reviewed November 27, 2006 WINERY » ARTICLE »