Exposed 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. Clonal co-fermentation with 10% whole cluster, the 2012 Terra Neuma showcases the wild, exotic quality of the Sonoma Coast. This vintage of Terra Neuma graced us with succulent fruit, ageworthy tannin, and promise of future enjoyment.
The 2012 Terra Nuema has a deep garnet core with a ruby rim. It is bright and clear. The nose is extroverted and the fruit attacks in waves: ripe strawberry, black cherry, raspberry and pomegranate. Laced into the fruit are violets, warm spices, wet leaves, dried rose and a vein of well-integrated oak. The palate is rich, textured and full. It enters with fruit, spice and mouthwatering acidity. The richness builds and the flavors expand as the fine tannins take over and stitch everything together in the long finish. A hedonistic vintage of Terra Nuema that will drink well in the near term yet should cellar well for 8 to 10 years.
Dijon 115, 777
Planted in 2002
Goldridge, Sandy Loam, Sandy Clay Loam
UNFINED AND UNFILTERED
STEVEN TANZER'S INTERNATIONAL WINE CELLAR,
“The 2012 Pinot Noir Terra Neuma is similar to the Platt in its flavor profile, with perhaps just a little less exuberance. Dark blue/purplish fruit, cloves, violets and lavender all take shape in a forward, juicy Pinot with tons of near and medium term appeal. Hints of white pepper and orange peel add an element of exoticism and pure aromatic lift. I very much like the sense of energy here. If some of the angular contours soften, the 2012 may be even better than this note suggests.” — Antonio Galloni
THE WINE ADVOCATE #210, December 2013