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Robert Parker Reviews the 2006 Benovia Wines


91 Points | 2006 La Pommeraie Chardonnay

"Offers up sumptuous notes of tropical fruits (primarily pineapples) interwoven with nectarine and orange marmalade characteristics, fresh acidity, and a medium to full bodied, nicely textured mouthfeel. This is a delicious Chardonnay from a relatively challenging vintage in the Russian River."

90 Points | 2006 Pinot Noir, Savoy Vineyard

"A stunning effort, the 2006 Pinot Noir Savoy Vineyard reveals classic notes of blueberries and blackberries along with a hint of Asian black tea. Deep and medium to full-bodied with beautiful fruit, a lovely texture, and elegant, sweet tannins, this excellent Pinot can be consumed over the next 4-5 years."

90 Points | 2006 Pinot Noir, Bella Una®

"The medium-bodied 2006 Pinot Noir Bella Una offers abundant spice, forest floor, underbrush, and black cherry aromas as well as a deep, rich fruit, good sweetness, and a long finish. This is a promising, impressive 2006 Pinot Noir."

88 Points | 2006 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast

"Made from a selection of California Heirloom clones as well as the newer Dijon clones. Exhibits aromas of sweet black cherries, damp earth, underbrush, and spice. Medium-bodied with crisp acidity as well as a round, generous mouthfeel, it should be consumed over the next several years."

88 Points | 2006 Pinot Noir, Cohn Vineyard

"Possesses more tannin and structure as well as that noticeable earthiness that is prominent in this vintage of Russian River/Sonoma County Pinot Noirs. It's dark ruby/purple hues is followed by notes of black cherries, black raspberries, and a damp earth as well as gritty tannins in the finish. Should age nicely for another 3-4 years."

88 Points | 2006 Zinfandel, Cohn Vineyard

"A big, peppery, ruby/purple-tinged effort displaying plenty of licorice and garrigue notes, full-bodied flavors, and beautiful purity and depth. Consume it over the next 3-4 years."

- By Robert Parker, Jr., The Wine Advocate, December 1, 2008