Benovia Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2013

  • 93 Wine
  • 90 Tasting
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Benovia Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2013 Front Label
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Winemaker Notes

This almost textbook vintage provided the raw materials to produce a trulyoutstanding Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. Aromas are clearly dominatedby bright red fruit tones of Bing cherry and red raspberry, while black fruitsdominate on the palette. The bright aromas expand and give way to blackplum and toasted baking spices. On the palate the wine's juicy mouthfeel issupported by centered acidity building with intensity through the mid-palateto the fine grain tannins on the finish. Tannins are beautifully proportionedand provide backbone to the wine's sweet middle and delicate earthy finish

Professional Ratings

  • 93
    Subtle and shy at first, exhibiting light aromas of rose petal, this wine unveils slowly to reveal complex elements of cinnamon, red and black cherry—a curious commingling that comes together nicely. From several vineyards, including Martinelli, it's medium bodied and lengthy, with plenty of earthiness to the finish.
  • 90
    Fresh and silky with sweet cherry and spice; bright and clean, fine and elegant.

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Ben Dewane and Novian Anderson never met, yet they raised their children with similar old-fashioned values. Hard work brings its own rewards, they would say. Be the best at what you do. Surround yourself with good people, and let them get to work. And never, ever produce anything that wouldn't make you proud.

With such similar family backgrounds, it's no wonder Joe Anderson and Mary Dewane would eventually find each other and marry. Together, they began a journey that led them to establish a winery that would make them, and their fathers, proud -- proud enough that the Benovia name pays homage to Ben and Novian.

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While the Russian River Valley is a large appellation with multiple climate zones and soil types, it is best known for cool-climate varieties, with Pinot Noir as the most celebrated. The grapes benefit from a reliable late afternoon flow of Pacific Ocean fog through the Petaluma Gap and along the Russian River Valley that ensures slow and steady ripening and the preservation of grape acidity. Today many of California’s most highly regarded Pinot Noir vineyards are in the Russian River Valley, along with its sub-appellation, Green Valley.

Historically Russian River Valley Pinot Noirs had bright red fruit and delicate earthy, mineral notes. But changes in viticultural and winemaking practices have led to stylistic changes in some of the region’s wines. Adjustments to canopy management, among other techniques, have resulted in riper fruit and bolder wines as well. These show flavors of black cherry, blackberry, cola, spice and darker, loamy earth tones, accenting traditional Pinot Noir notes of strawberry, raspberry and light cherry.

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