glassesExposed to the rigors of the foggy Sonoma coastline, this sixth-generation family-owned ranch resides on a bluff above Bodega, a few miles from the Pacific Ocean. This marginal site on the edge of the Sonoma Coast, Demeter certified Biodynamic® and farmed by the Benzigers, is characterized by consistently low yields and extended hang times. Fermented with 17% whole cluster the 2014 vintage of Terra Neuma Pinot Noir brims with spicy coastal salinity and exotic fruit tones.

The 2014 Terra Neuma provides a lush site expression showcasing ripe red and black fruits including fresh strawberry, ripe black plum, and black cherry. A leaner note of dried cranberry on the palate counterbalances the fruit intensity. Amongst a bevy of spices - the most identifiable being nutmeg and anise, tea leaf provides a transition from the fruitier elements to those more earthen – as an understated savory, sous bois character weaves throughout the lengthy palate.


NEW RELEASE: FALL 2016

 

GROWER:
Benziger
APPELLATION:
Sonoma Coast
GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION:
Bodega
VARIETAL:
Pinot Noir
SELECTION:
777, 115
VINEYARD AGE:
Planted in 2002
SOIL TYPE:
Goldridge, Sandy Loam, Sandy Clay Loam
HARVEST DATE:
September 6th
UNFINED AND UNFILTERED

 
 

VINOUS MEDIA, January 2015
(90–93) points
“The 2014 Pinot Noir Terra Neuma is round, supple and accessible, making it one of the more pliant wines in the range. This is an especially soft, open-knit Sonoma Coast Pinot, with lovely up-front red cherry, plum, spice and leather flavors. The 17% whole clusters aren't especially evident. If anything, the Terra Neuma feels a bit riper than most of these Pinots. That is not at all a bad thing, as the 2014 will be ready to drink with minimal cellaring.”— Antonio Galloni

 
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