Vintage 2014
Wine Type Red
Varietal Pinot Noir
Region Sonoma County
Winemaker Margo Van Staaveren
The Benoist Ranch is located in the coveted Sonoma Coast appellation where maritime influences produce Pinot Noir with concentrated black cherry and plum flavors and rich earthy aromas. 16 months of French oak aging integrates and refines the tannins, creating a silky texture that wraps around the jammy fruit core.

Tasting Notes

The inviting aromas of black raspberry, savory spice and sweet tobacco ring true on the lush palate. Flavors of raspberry, clove spice and smoked charcuterie stand alongside the firm backbone this wine offers from the cool climate growing region of the Benoist Ranch. The French oak aging of this wine integrates and smoothes the tannins, creating a creamier texture. The wine is well-balanced with bright acidity and offers crushed rock minerality on the lingering finish.

Vineyard Notes

The Benoist Ranch is located in the coveted Sonoma Coast appellation where maritime influences from both the Pacific Ocean and San Pablo Bay produce Pinot Noir with concentrated black cherry and plum flavors and rich, earthy aromas. This wine is a blend of the Martini clone and several Dijon clones.

Vintage Notes

Despite drought conditions, the 2014 vintage proved to be ideal, with excellent quality reminiscent of 2012.  The winter was one of the driest on record in California, but substantial rains in early spring were timely and set up the vines for a strong start.  Summer temperatures were milder than expected with no extremes, and after early bud break and veraison, harvest was unusually early in 2014.   

Winemaking Notes

After primary fermentation, the wine is drained from the skins and sent to barrel the next day.  The malolactic fermentation occurs in the barrels and lasts for a month enabling us to retain all of the fruit character from the vineyard and develop richness and integration with the oak components. The wine was aged 17 months in 100% French oak barrels with 35% of those barrels being new.

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