The Martinelli family has grown fruit in Sonoma County since 1896, and is now farmed by Lee Martinelli, Sr., and his sons Lee, Jr. and George. Their vineyards are fastidiously farmed and Benovia feels privileged to purchase their exceptional grapes.
Our La Pommeraie Vineyard Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are produced from a vineyard farmed by George Martinelli located on Frei Road. This vineyard was at one time an apple orchard, leading us to label our wine "La Pommeraie," French for "apple orchard," to honor the heritage of this land. This meticulously farmed vineyard is planted with a very high density of one meter by two meters or 2420 vines per acre. Our block of Chardonnay is planted with two selections from Burgundy that provides aromatic complexity, vibrant natural acidity and an opulent texture. The Pinot Noir is also planted to two Dijon Selections. The single vineyard bottling from this vineyard produces wines with explosive aromatics and a palate that is both rich and refined.
We also work with Chardonnay from the Charles Ranch Vineyard in the Fort Ross-Seaview AVA, where the Martinelli's have been farming grapes since the early 1970's. This remote and beautiful vineyard sits about an hour's drive north from the Russian River Valley is farmed by Lee Martinelli Jr. Our single vineyard Chardonnay from this property is a blend of two vineyard blocks on this ranch; the Meadow and the Seaview Ridge. Dijon Clones produce what can be described as the most Burgundian Chardonnay in our portfolio.