2011 Bench Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

SKU #1108612

Made by Brack Mountain Wine Company, which writes: "A blend of blocks primarily from the Sangiacomo Vineyard in the Sonoma Coast AVA. Muddled blueberry and raspberry aromatics, palate is full of woodsy herbs, mature red flowers, a pure pinot noir. A light delicate mouth-fill, juicy and mouthwatering, balanced acidity, fine soft tannin. A tremendous and beautiful Pinot Noir for the price!"

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By: Mike Parres |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/1/2013  | Send Email
This Sonoma Pinot Noir shows spicy, velvety fruit upfront which is followed by a long, smooth finish. The wine is fresh and lively. A perfect red for a chilly day!

By: Mike Barber |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/13/2012  | Send Email
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Rich red fruit, nice acidity, and bolder flavors define this pinot from the old winemaker of olivet lane. This is a great pinot buy for sonoma lovers!
Top Value! Drink from 2012 to 2015

By: Ryan Woodhouse |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/28/2012  | Send Email
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A very solid Pinot in a less than perfect year for CA. This Sonoma Coast offering from Bench shows how cool 2011 was. It’s bright and brisk with great acid a light to medium body. Good fruit saturation on the palate, spicy dark red fruits, some orange peel and a whiff of smoke. An Excellent deal at $19.99, and in this vintage, quality like this will be few and far between in this price point.
Top Value!

 By: Shalese Huang |  Review Date: 3/10/2013 
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Paired it with blueberry coffee truffles at an event and it worked beautifully. Everyone loved it. It also goes with rose geranium truffle. Delicious and versatile. Great buy

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Varietal:

Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
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United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
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California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).