2012 Benovia La Pommeraie Russian River Valley Chardonnay

14.5% alc., pH 3.38, TA 0.71, 380 cases, $48. Released September 2015. Vines planted at very high density of 2420 vines per acre to Dijon clone 548 and 95. Located at edge of Green Valley AVA. Whole cluster pressed, indigenous yeast fermentation, weekly lees stirring. Aged 16 months in 30% new French oak barrels. · Light golden yellow color in the glass. Lovely aromas of citrus blossom and lemon peel lead to a crisp attack of fresh pear and lemon flavors. Creamy in the mouth, yet offering a crispness of flavor and a mouthwatering finish. Score: 92. Reviewed November 5, 2015

Winery: Benovia Winery
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