LadybugExposed 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.

Released: Spring 2014

 

GROWER:
Benziger
APPELLATION:
Sonoma Coast
GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION:
Bodega
VARIETAL:
Pinot Noir
SELECTION:
Dijon 115, 777
VINEYARD AGE:
Planted in 2002
SOIL TYPE:
Goldridge, Sandy Loam, Sandy Clay Loam
HARVEST DATE:
October 4th
UNFINED AND UNFILTERED

 
 
 

STEVEN TANZER'S INTERNATIONAL WINE CELLAR,
May/June 2014
94 points
“Vibrant ruby. Seductively perfumed nose displays red berry liqueur, incense and potpourri aromas with complicating suggestions of vanilla and cola. Juicy, expansive and pure on the palate, offering sweet cherry, raspberry and candied rose flavors and a strong note of spicecake. Shows real energy on the youthfully tannic finish, with the red berry and floral notes lingering with outstanding tenacity.”— Josh Raynold
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VINOUS MEDIA, February 2014
(91-93) points
“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
92 points
“From a biodynamically farmed vineyard, the 2012 Pinot Noir Terra Neuma comes from Dijon clones 777 and 115, and sees 50% new oak. It offers up strawberry, pomegranate and dark cherries in the mouth as well as floral, underbrush and loamy soil undertones. This medium-bodied Pinot should drink well for 5-8 years. ” —Robert Parker

 
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