2014 Benovia Martaella Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., pH 3.59, TA 0.57, 440 cases, $60. Released September 2016. Benovia‚Äôs largest estate vineyard with densely planted Pinot Noir vines. Heirloom and Dijon clones. 25% whole cluster. 8-day cold soak, indigenous yeast fermentation lasting nearly 2 weeks, aged in French oak barrels, 36% new. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Initially, the aromas of black fruits and toasty oak are subdued, arriving with more purpose over time in the glass. Somewhat unevolved, but enticing, with a compelling core of oak-kissed blueberry-pomegranate and blackberry fruits backed by firm tannins. When tasted the following day from a previously opened and recorked bottle, the wine was more aromatic with more fruit expression and personality. Expect this one to evolve nicely over the next few years. Score: 93. Reviewed October 19, 2016

Winery: Benovia Winery
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