2018 Benvoia Courageous Care Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., pH 3.65, TA 0.60, 94 cases, $40. A blend crafted to memorialize Margaret Foley and all first responders. Sourced from two of Benovia’s estate vineyards. Heirloom Pinot Noir clones, several of which were fermented 25% whole cluster. Released July 2020. Aged 16 months in French oak barrels, 45% new. A percentage of sales will be donated to Feeding American and Direct Relief. · Moderately dark garnet color in the glass. The nose offers a blend of black cherry, cardamom spice and toasty oak aromas. Mid-weigh plus in concentration featuring a core of blackberrypomegranate fruit accented with oak-driven dark caramel flavor. Modest tannins make for easy early drinking. Satisfying, with a giving finish, but the oak treatment is a bit heavy-handed. Score: 89. Reviewed December 13, 2020

Winery: Benovia Winery
From article: Benovia Winery: Pinot Noir Fireworks on the Winery’s 15th Anniversary