||September 5th & 7th, 2015
This spectacular vineyard sits along Laguna Ridge at the edge of the Green Valley AVA. Meticulously farmed and planted at a very high density of 2,420 vines per acre, the vineyard consists Dijon clones 777 & 828 of Pinot Noir. Once a spectacular apple orchard, we pay homage to the Martinelli family and the history of the site by naming the wine ‘La Pommeraie,’ French for apple orchard.
Cold soaked for 10 days, indigenous yeast fermentation lasted for almost three weeks. Whole clusters were once again included in the fermentation to give the wine a broader mouthfeel. Aged 16 months in French oak, 41% new.
A warm February and March led to early bud break in 2015. The warm winter transitioned to May temperatures that were actually colder than in January and February. These cold temperatures at bloom delayed flowering and fruit set was compromised. The poor set resulted in a reduction of yields by as much as 50% in some of our vineyards. The summer weather consisted of characteristic cool nights and foggy mornings and resulted in veraison that was nearly two weeks ahead of 2014. The harvest was our earliest on record for Benovia and ended quickly due to the low yields.