Grace Benoist Ranch is tucked away in the far Northwest corner of the Carneros appellation, with layers of varied, volcanic soils and coursing with fault-line energy. This vibrant red opens with lifted red berry aromas along with the signature cinnamon and graham cracker notes. Lush and silky, this Pinot Noir is a pure delight.
Vivid strawberry and dried-flower aromas here with hints of sandalwood. Medium to full body with firm, creamy tannins and a tangy finish. Opulent. Tight and focused. Pumice and black and white-pepper notes. A pretty wine already, but give it a year or two to open and soften. Drink after 2021.WA89
The 2018 Pinot Noir Grace Benoist Ranch was aged for 12 months in French oak, 25% new. Pale to medium ruby-purple in color, is delivers notes of wild fungi, forest floor and dried Provence herbs with a core of kirsch, warm raspberries and rhubarb pie. The medium-bodied palate is juicy and refreshing, offering a light chewiness from the the tannins and an herbal lift on the finish. 24,881 cases were made.WS88
Red currant and plum flavors are supported by lively acidity in this fresh, fruity style. White pepper hints show on the silky finish. Drink now. 24,881 cases made.