Wine Advocate 92 Points
"Pale to medium ruby-purple in color, the 2015 Pinot Noir Grace Benoist Ranch has a savory, sautéed herbs-laced nose over a core of red currants, cranberries and Bing cherries plus hints of dusty earth and iron ore. Medium to full-bodied, it fills the palate with savory/earthy flavors, framed by chewy tannins and finishing with a lot of interesting layers." - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate
Winemaker's Tasting Note
The 2015 Carneros Estate Pinot Noir exhibits intriguing and complex aromas and flavors of dark cherry, pomegranate, raspberry, plum, black tea and the signature cinnamon graham cracker spice often found in our Grace Benoist Ranch Pinot Noirs. Bright yet concentrated red fruit comes through on the palate, followed by a lush mouthfeel and silky tannins. Elegant, rich but light-hearted, with juicy acidity, balance and a memorable finish.
About The Vintage
After three years of plentiful harvests, the 2015 vintage brought low, but outstanding yields. A mild spring and summer with almost no rain allowed the fruit to ripen at a very steady and deliberate pace, and picking began a few days earlier than 2014. The drier-than-normal conditions and abundant sunshine contributed to the smaller berry size and low yields, resulting in wines with excellent concentration, color and flavor.