2013 Benovia Chardonnay La Pommeraie

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Benovia winery set out to produce a few great wines. They discovered that great fruit would be the best way to do that so they bought some revered vineyards and contracted with others. The Martinelli family is recognized as one of the superior producers in Sonoma County so Benovia decided to buy grapes from them and chose the renowned Zio Tony vineyard and produced them as La Pommeraie wines. Once a thriving apple orchard, Benovia pays homage to the Martinelli Family and the history of the site by naming the wine äóÖLa Pommeraie' äóî French for apple orchard.

This intense and concentrated single vineyard Chardonnay begins with vivid aromas of green papaya, pineapple and citrus blossom. The vibrancy of the wine's aroma is matched by its opulent texture and layered flavors of candied lemon and dried apricot with a tremendously bright acidity and mineral laden finish. Indigenous yeast fermentation in French oak barrels and extended aging of 16 months on lees has produced a wine with exceptional complexity.

93 points by International Wine Cellar
92 points by Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

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