Pinot File Rates the Benovia 2010 Vintage
Very Good | 2010 Benovia Sonoma Coast Chardonnay
70 cases from 3 Sisters Vineyard owned by the Martinelli Family,
which previously supplied fruit to Marcassin. Whole cluster pressed
and fermented with indigenous yeast. 100% MLF. Aged 16 months in
30% new French oak. · Aromas of fresh green apple, citrus and pear.
The flavors echo the nose. Bright and crisp with nicely integrated
Very Good+ | 2010 Benovia La Pommeraie Vineyard Russian River
250 cases. From the Zio Tony Vineyard owned and farmed by George
Martinelli, planted to high-density Dijon clones. Aged in 40% new
French oak. Vineyard was once an apple orchard. · Tropical, exotic
fruit aromas. Delicious flavors of pineapple, white peach and
citrus, persisting on the long finish. Commendable acid spine that
is nicely folded in to the entire fruit mix.
Good | 2010 Benovia Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
14.2% alc., pH 3.61, $38. From selected blocks from estate
vineyards and fruit from a few premium growers. Calera, Swan,
Pommard, and Martini heirloom clones plus Dijon 115, 6667, 777 and
828. 5% whole cluster. Aged 17 months in 40% new French oak. ·
Nicely perfumed with spicy Bing cherries, dark red berries and rose
petals. Relatively light in weight featuring redder fruits
including cranberry, accented by a note of tar and cola, displaying
mild tannins and a dry finish.
Very Good | 2010 Benovia Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
14.1% alc., pH 3.63, $45. Predominantly Mataella Estate
Vineyards fruit. Dijon, heirloom and Pommard clones. · Aromas of
red berries and berries. Bigger and riper than the Sonoma Coast
bottling with moderately full flavors of cherries and cola,
finishing with admirable length.
Very Good+ | 2010 Benovia Savoy Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot
From organically farmed, 18-year-old vines including Martini,
Pommard, Calera and Dijon 114 clones. · Delicate aromas of rose
petals, dark berries and cocoa. The fruit really pops on the palate
with a welcoming stylistic finesse. Happiness in a glass.
Very Good+ | 2010 Benovia Bella Una Russian River Valley Pinot
Primarily Pommard clone from Martaella Estate Vineyard. More
whole cluster. · Darker in color. Very aromatic, even stunning in
intensity of dark fruits. Smooth and sexy on the palate with a
well-mannered load of dark berry and plum fruit flavors, backed by
restrained fine-grain tannins. An exceptional offering.
Very Good+ | 2010 Benovia Cohn Vineyard Sonoma County Pinot
40-year-old vines from a 6.5-acre vineyard offering very low
yields. A monopole for Benovia. Volcanic soils. · Aromas of wild
berries, cassis and sauvage. Soft and smooth on the palate with
generous raspberry and blackberry flavor, supported by ripe, soft
tannins and lively acidity. The wine has a mineral-laden and
animale quality that makes it quite unique. Another exceptional
wine from this vintage.
Very Good+ | 2010 Benovia La Pommeraie Russian River Valley
From the dry-farmed Zio Tony Vineyard including clones 828 and
777. Tends to be a big wine. · Demure aromas of dark berries and
exotic spices. Luxurious and soft on the palate, with generous and
bold flavors of perfectly ripe blackberries, wrapped in firm
tannins. Very young and unevolved.
- Pinot File • September 2012