2017 Benovia Cohn Vineyard Sonoma County Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., $70. First planted in 1970 most likely to Martini 13 and Pommard clones. This vineyard outdates most other plantings in the Russian River Valley by 20+ years. Farmed organically with minimal irrigation, these gnarled vines produce small and compact clusters with yields of just over 1 ton per acre. 100% de-stemmed, 8- day cold soak, indigenous yeast fermentation, and aged in French oak barrels, 46% new. · The fruit aromas have not arrived even when tasted the following day after opening when underbrush, earthy flora and dark chocolate dominate the aroma profile. Much better on the palate that offers a luscious mid-weight core of deep, dark cherry flavor with sides of cola and vanilla. The tannins are minimal and the texture is creamy. This is a somewhat rustic wine with soul, finishing long with a fruit-filled ending. Score: 92. Reviewed August 27, 2020

Winery: Benovia Winery
From article: Old Vine California Pinot Noir Vineyards: Sonoma/Napa Counties, A-D