Benovia "Russian River" Chardonnay 2018 (RRV, CA)
Winery Notes: The Chardonnay is now sourced principally from our Martaella Estate Vineyard. We have planted heirloom clones of Chardonnay that retain bright acidity and express beautiful floral and mineral notes. The low-fertility soils and the cool temperatures, in this part of the Russian River Valley, unite to form an ideal place for growing Chardonnay. The fruit was harvested at night and then rigorously hand sorted before whole-cluster pressing. After settling overnight, the juice was fermented in barrel with indigenous yeast.
Wine Enthusiast, 94 Points: “This 2018 Russian River Valley Chardonnay is bursting with aromas of sun-ripened Golden Delicious Apple, poached pear and marzipan. The nose is filled with dried apricot and white peach, knit together by balanced acidity and a long-complex finish. Barrel fermentation and oak aging for 13 months have added hints of toasted almond, and spice cake to a subtle minerality on the finish."