Sonoma Journal Rates Benovia's First Wines in the 90s
91 Points | 2005 Zinfandel, Russian River Valley
"Dark ruby-violet robe. Aromas reminiscent of red raspberries,
blackberries, cherries, cinnamon, and freshly-snapped twigs.
Medium-bodied, with sweet, almost syrupy, red and black fruit
flavors that race across the palate. Juicy, and very easy to drink,
the notes of dark chocolate that emerge on the finish add
complexity to this hedonistic Zinfandel. The gourmand's pizza wine.
15.5% alcohol. Drink now-2009."
93-94 Points | 2006 La Pommeraie Chardonnay, Russian River
"Light lemon-yellow colored. Beautiful and bright floral aromas
lead to leesy, rich lemon fruits, with hints of gooseberry
and popcorn. Impressive structure and depth. Great phenolics. From
the Dijon 459 chardonnay clone. No room for picnics or flag
football in this vineyard, where the grower has packed in
approximately 2400 vines per acre. Barrel sample."
92-94 Points | 2006 Cohn Vineyard Pinot Noir, Russian
"Bright violet colored. Aromas and flavors of black cherries and
violets, this young wine is notable for its purity, concentration,
and focus. The impression of good acidity and a dry, long finish
indicate this wine will continue to improve in barrel and bottle;
accordingly, this rating may prove conservative. These roughly
1-year old vines yielded a mere 1.25 tons per acre in 2006. Barrel
-By J. Dawson, Sonoma Wine Journal, February 2007