Parker Reviews the 2007 Wines
93 Points | Benovia 2007 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay
Benovia's medium to full-bodied 2007 Chardonnay Sonoma Coast,
which actually comes from the Charles Vineyard (a vineyard owned by
Lee Martinelli, Jr.), exhibits a light green hue to its straw
color, lots of pineapple, honeyed citrus, poached pear, sweet
apple, and brioche characteristics. The barrel treatment is
obviously subtle, and the wine is impressively textured as well as
rich. Kudos to winemaker Mike Sullivan, who honed his craft at
Hartford Court before moving to Benovia. This is an impressive
group of wines from this up-and-coming estate.
92 Points | Benovia 2007 La Pommeraie Chardonnay
The 2007 Chardonnay La Pommeraie comes from a Martinelli
vineyard in Russian River. Honeyed orange, nectarine, and lemon
blossom notes as well as a hint of caramel are accompanied by a
full-bodied wine displaying additional honeysuckle flavors in the
mouth. Medium to full-bodied with good acidity and freshness, this
beautiful, exciting, unfined and unfiltered white should drink well
for 5-6 years.
91 Points | Benovia 2007 Bella Una® Pinot Noir
From two vineyard sources in the Russian River Valley, the 2007
Pinot Noir Bella Una exhibits a darker, blacker fruit character
than the other Pinots as well as full-bodied power, and lots of
forest floor, blackberry, and black currant notes. Refreshing
acidity, silky tannin, outstanding purity and length, and a
full-bodied, opulent mouthfeel suggest this wine should evolve for
a decade or more.
90 Points | Benovia 2007 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
From a half dozen or so vineyards, the dark ruby-hued 2007 Pinot
Noir Sonoma Coast displays an extroverted character filled with a
big, sweet kiss of roasted herbs, raspberries, black cherries, and
underbrush. Lush, round, and complex with silky tannins and
beautiful balance as well as texture, this beauty can be enjoyed
now and over the next 4-5 years.
89+ Points | Benovia 2007 Cohn Vineyard Pinot Noir
The tightest, most restrained effort is the 2007 Pinot Noir Cohn
Vineyard, whose yields were less than a half ton of fruit per acre.
This medium ruby-colored wine reveals notes of herbs, cherries,
incense, forest floor, and currants. It does not possesses the
intensity and texture of its siblings, but I suspect those may
emerge with another 6-12 months of bottle age.
90 Points | Benovia Savoy Vineyard Pinot Noir
The dark ruby-colored 2007 Pinot Noir Savoy Vineyard reveals the
crisp, tart acids that seem to come from this cool climate area
along with more blueberry, raspberry, and wild strawberry fruit
notes. Tightly-knit, but promising with medium to full body, an
attractive Asian spice character, and a subtle hint of oak, it will
benefit from another year of bottle age, and last for 7-10
- By Robert Parker, Jr • The Wine Advocate #187, February