2013 Benovia Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., pH 3.69, TA 0.60, 2,200 cases, $36. Released April 2015. Heirloom clones and Dijon “828” and 943 from Martaella, Cohn, Martinelli and Tilton Hill vineyards. Aged in 37% new French oak barrels. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Aromas of Bing cherry, blueberry, spice and smoky oak. Darker fruited on the palate, with flavors of black cherry, boysenberry, and plum, with a subtle oak overlay. Silky tannins and impressive balance make for forward drinking. Not typical flavor profile for a Russian River Valley AVA bottling because of contribution of vineyards outside the Russian River Valley. Score: 89. Reviewed November 5, 2015

Winery: Benovia Winery
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