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2015 Cohn Vineyard Pinot Noir 750ml

Russian River Valley

92 Wine Spectator, 91+ Robert Parker

Winemaker Notes

A warm February and March lead to early bud break in 2015. The warm winter transitioned to May temperatures that were actually colder than temps in January and February. These cold temperatures at bloom delayed flowering and fruit set was compromised. The poor set resulted in yields being reduced by as much as 50% in some of our vineyards. The summer weather can be characterized by cool nights and foggy morning and resulted in veraison that was 1 to 2 weeks ahead of 2014. The harvest was our earliest on record for Benovia and ended quickly due to the low yields.

Tasting Notes

Medium ruby color is followed by gorgeously intense aromas of meadow herbs, Queen Anne cherries, and intense mineral notes. Year after year this site has the hallmark of an ethereally-floral aromatic quality, with sensual texture and an impressive length.

Vineyard Notes

Planted in 1970, this spectacular Pinot Noir Vineyard would be considered old by California standards. Planted to a massale selection of Pinot Noirs (likely Martini 13 and Pommard) our vineyard outdates most other plantings in the Russian River Valley by 20+ years. Farmed organically and with minimal irrigation, these gnarled vines to produce small and compact clusters with yields of just over 1 ton per acre. Harvested at night, the fruit was rigorously hand sorted prior to destemming and then berry selected before open top fermentation.


Vintage 2015
Varietal Pinot Noir
Appellation Russian River Valley
Harvest Date September 4th, 2015
Acid .57 mg/L
PH 3.81
Aging 20 months in French Oak, 46% new
Bottling Date March 2017
Alcohol % 14.1
Size 750 ml

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