2014 PINOT NOIR, RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY
The 2014 Charm is sourced from Benovia Winery’s Martaella Vineyard and the Floodgate Vineyard. Both vineyards are meticulously farmed and provide the Charm with a complex selection of clones, soils, and expositions.
New this year is Martaella’s supple Swan selection, muscular Martini selection, and seductive 828 clone. As in 2013, Floodgate Vineyard’s old-vine Martini selection planted in 1969 creates the base of the 2014 Charm.
The combination of these two parcels creates a classic Russian River Valley Pinot Noir with vibrant red fruit character, seamless tannins, and dark fruit intensity.
Sixty percent Martaella Vineyard and forty percent Floodgate Vineyard, aged in forty percent new French oak for fourteen months, with twenty percent whole cluster inclusion, bottled without fining or filtration, the Charm is a combination of bright and dark fruits with firm structure and juicy acidity. 315 cases produced.
A deep garnet color. Expressive aromatics of red apple, cherry pits, dried rose petals, and baking spices. Firm tannins support a broad mid-palate highlighted by ripe strawberry, star anise, and sarsaparilla. The lingering and juicy finish has focused accents of tangerine skin, plum, cola, and roasted rhubarb.