2012 Benovia Pinot Noir "Russian River Valley"
Wine Name/Vineyard: "Russian River Valley"
Wine Category: Pinot Noir
Grape blend: 100% Pinot Noir
Region: Russian River Valley
State or country: CA
Cases produced: 1,780
KWG Score: 89 (based on 2 reviews)
Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good (89)
Review date: August 26, 2014
Wine Review: This dark ruby colored Pinot Noir from the Russian River Valley opens with a blueberry bouquet with hints of boysenberry. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied and slightly acidic. The flavor profile is a red currant and pomegranate blend with notes of oak. I also detected hints of red raspberry and black pepper. The finish is dry and its moderate tannins and acidity linger after the wine is gone. This Pinot would pair well with smoked turkey sandwiches with a orange cranberry sauce. Enjoy – Ken
Winemaker Notes: This almost textbook vintage provided the raw materials to produce a truly outstanding Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. Aromas are clearly dominated by bright red fruit tones of Bing cherry and red raspberry, while black fruits dominate on the palette. The bright aromas expand and give way to sour cherry and candied orange peel. On the palate the wine’s juicy mouthfeel is supported by centered acidity building with intensity through the mid-palate to the fine grain tannins on the finish. Tannins are beautifully proportioned and provide backbone to the wines sweet middle and delicate earthy finish.
Organic status: not organic
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