Using their deep understanding of and contacts across the Russian River Valley, every year Benovia blend a wine designed to show the best of the region. Harvested at night, the fruit is rigorously hand sorted prior to destemming and then berry selected before open top fermentation. The 2012 blend is a collection of heirloom clones of Pinot Noir such as Calera, Swan, Pommard, Mt. Eden, and Chalone as well as newer French selections like Dijon 777 & 943. Aromas are clearly dominated by bright red fruit tones of Bing cherry and red raspberry, while black fruits dominate on the palate expanding before giving way to black plum and toasted baking spices. The wine has bright acidity and firm but fine tannins. As always, the wine was bottled without refining or filtration.