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2013 Benovia Pinot Noir "Russian River Valley"

Winery: Benovia

Vintage: 2013

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Russian River Valley"

Wine Category: Pinot Noir

Grape blend: 100% Pinot Noir

Region: Russian River Valley

State or country: CA

Price: $38

Cases produced: 2,000

KWG Score: 90 (based on 1 review)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (90)

Review date: July 3, 2015

Wine Review: This bright red colored Pinot Noir from the Russian River opens with a fragrant and attractive blueberry bouquet with hints of black raspberry. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced, and easy to drink. The flavor profile is a tasty mild plum with notes of blueberry. I also detected hints of gentle minerality and Coke towards the end. The finish is dry and its flavors drift away nicely. I would pair this very nice Pinot with beef wellington or bacon wrapped monkfish. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: The aromas of the 2013 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 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 black plum and toasted baking spices. 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 wine's sweet middle and delicate earthy finish.

Organic status: not organic

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