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Connoisseurs' Guide Gives High Marks to Benovia 2010 Vintage

 

92 Points | 2010 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
If preferred to its mate by the slimmest of margins, this somewhat less pricey bottling reaches out with refined, youthfully reserved red cherry aromas tinged by wisps of minerals, brush and hints of fruit preserves. It is fairly full in body but still on the energetic side throughout, and if not bracingly acidy, it nevertheless does not lack that vital component. Age will be a blessing in opening the wine up over the next few years. I $38.00
91 Points | 2010 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
A tad richer than its sibling above and that much more likely to please in the short run, this wine boasts stylish red cherry fruit aromas tied to somewhat toasty oak and hints of raspberry jam. Supple and somewhat more rounded with ripe, well-concentrated flavors, it is a wine that can be enjoyed now yet has the depth to last for many years.  $45.00
91 Points | 2010  Russian River Valley La Pommeraie Chardonnay
If the first impressions here are of a tight and lean wine, those notions are soon dispelled as the wine opens up to reveal a fair bit of richness layered on top of youthfully still nascent aromatics. The mix of green apples, minerals, roasted grains and toasted oak provide clear, varietally-aligned points of focus, and the slightly viscous, somewhat chalky texture reiterates the wine's youthful bent and the need for patience. Here is a Chardonnay that will benefit from cellar aging.  $48.00
90 Points | 2010 Russian River Valley Chardonnay
Very much a member of the family with its early drift into the lean and still developing camp, this one is a touch less rich yet is also somewhat more accessible at this point. Its apple, mineral, oak components are handsomely combined, and its firming acidity does promise improvements over the next few years, but this is the Benovia to drink now while waiting for its vineyard-designated mate to come around.  I $34.00
92 Points | 2010 Benovia Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

"If preferred to its mate by the slimmest of margins, this somewhat less pricey bottling reaches out with refined, youthfully reserved red cherry aromas tinged by wisps of minerals, brush and hints of fruit preserves. It is fairly full in body but still on the energetic side throughout, and if not bracingly acidy, it nevertheless does not lack that vital component. Age will be a blessing in opening the wine up over the next few years."

91 Points | 2010 Benovia Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

"A tad richer than its sibling above and that much more likely to please in the short run, this wine boasts stylish red cherry fruit aromas tied to somewhat toasty oak and hints of raspberry jam. Supple and somewhat more rounded with ripe, well-concentrated flavors, it is a wine that can be enjoyed now yet has the depth to last for many years."

91 Points | 2010 Benovia La Pommeraie Chardonnay

"If the first impressions here are of a tight and lean wine, those notions are soon dispelled as the wine opens up to reveal a fair bit of richness layered on top of youthfully still nascent aromatics. The mix of green apples, minerals, roasted grains and toasted oak provide clear, varietally-aligned points of focus, and the slightly viscous, somewhat chalky texture reiterates the wine's youthful bent and the need for patience. Here is a Chardonnay that will benefit from cellar aging."

90 Points | 2010 Benovia Russian River Valley Chardonnay

"Very much a member of the family with its early drift into the lean and still developing camp, this one is a touch less rich yet is also somewhat more accessible at this point. Its apple, mineral, oak components are handsomely combined, and its firming acidity does promise improvements over the next few years, but this is the Benovia to drink now while waiting for its vineyard-designated mate to come around."

 

- Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine • October 2012

 

 

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