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Benovia Winery

Joe Anderson and his wife Mary Dewane acquired the Cohn Vineyard in Russian River Valley in 2002, expanding plantings of Pinot Noir. Co-owner Mike Sullivan is the winemaker, intellect and the driving force behind this winery. After stints at Landmark and Chappellet wineries, Mike garnered honors for his achievements at Hartford Winery. With their first commercial release in 2006, Benovia excels in handcrafting small lots of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

17 La Pommeraie Chardonnay: Sourced from their prized vineyard along Laguna Ridge at the edge of Green Valley. Pale golden yellow with restrained floral aromas that open up over time, revealing a mix of Gala apples and sweet limes. There are layers of creamy oak with subtle minerality. This wine, while great now, has all the attributes of an age-worthy Chardonnay. Perry Miroballi

17 La Pommeraie Pinot Noir: This dark ruby wine unfolds with warm red berry fruits of currants and black raspberry coulis. There are baking spices and fresh savory notes built into this impressively textured Pinot Noir. This complex and expressive wine is made to age gracefully, although you may be inclined to drink it early.

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