Tanzer Reviews Benovia's 2011 Vintage
2011 Benovia Winery Chardonnay Russian River
Light, bright gold. Fresh orchard and pit fruit aromas are
complemented by notes of sweet butter and vanilla. Pliant,
spice- and smoke-accented pear and nectarine flavors show very good
depth and pick up a gingery nuance with air. Clings nicely on
the persistent finish, which leaves toasty lees and pear skin notes
2011 Benovia Winery Grenache Sonoma
(raised in neutral French oak): Bright ruby-red.
Fresh raspberry and floral scents are complicated by notes of
peppery spices and minerals. Juicy and smooth in texture,
with very good lift and focus to its sweet red fruit and lavender
pastille flavors. Shows a tangy quality on the finish, which
leaves sweet cherry and white pepper notes behind. This wine
is made from fruit grown in a single vineyard owned by winemaker
Mike Sullivan's family called Four Brothers and includes some
syrah, carignan and alicante bouschet. (JR)
2011 Benovia Winery Pinot Noir Bella Una
Bright ruby-red. Black raspberry and cherry-cola on the
highly perfumed nose and in the mouth. Sappy and pliant, with
slow-building tannins molding the spice-accented finish, with its
echo of cola. Offers an attractive blend of richness and
energy and drinks very well with an hour or so of air.
2011 Benovia Winery Pinot Noir Cohn Vineyard Sonoma
Ruby-red. Blackberry, cherry and musky herbs on the nose,
with a floral quality gaining strength with air. Initially
taut bitter cherry and dark berry flavors stretch and flesh out
with air, picking up sweetness and a touch of vanilla bean.
Shows very good focus and energy on the finish, which features
youthful, gripping tannins and a touch of cola.
2011 Benovia Winery Pinot Noir La
Full ruby. Pungent aromas of dried red fruits, anise, cola
and vanilla. Supple and broad, with very good depth to its
raspberry and cherry compote flavors. Gains energy with air
and finishes on a sexy floral note, with silky tannins coming on
late and adding grip. Very approachable now but has the depth
to suggest that it will reward patience.
2011 Benovia Winery Pinot Noir Russian River
Dark ruby. Ripe cherry and blackberry aromas are
complemented by notes of sandalwood and candied lavender.
Smooth and open-knit, offering sweet dark berry flavors and a touch
of mocha. Clings nicely on the finish, which strongly repeats
the cherry and floral notes. No tannins to get in the way of
drinking this fruit-driven pinot now. 90