2018 Benovia La Pommeraie Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., pH 3.61, TA 0.56, 490 cases, $65. Released fall 2020. Sourced from George Martinelli Zio Tony Vineyard. Dijon clones 777 and “828.” Once an apple orchard, the name ‘La Pommeraie’ (French for apple orchard) pays homage to the Martinelli family and the history of the site. · Dark garnet color in the glass. A little rustic and tightly wound at this stage. The primary aroma is earthy flora with only a touch of black raspberry. Mid-weight plus in concentration, with earthtoned flavors of boysenberry, blueberry and pomegranate. Satiny in texture, with notable but not intrusive tannins and a crazy long finish. Slightly more giving when tasted the following day from a previously opened bottle. Did I mention that the finish is outrageously long? Cellar this beauty for the future. For now Score: 92. Reviewed December 13, 2020

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