2014 Benevolent Dictator Pinot Noir
The 2014 growing season in the Russian River Valley started early and ended early. A moderate winter in January and February lead to an
early budbreak in March. Drought conditions in California contributed to the long growing season with mild spring and summer weather
leading to an early harvest. Two weeks of cool, foggy weather at the
end of August temporarily slowed ripening, before a heat wave over Labor Day weekend pushed harvest over the finish line. The grapes
were happily fermenting in the winery long before damaging, yet
much-needed fall rains arrived.
Bright Bing cherry aromas are delicately intertwined with baking spices and cola. Pure ripe cherry juiciness on entry offers the telltale signs of distinctive Russian River Pinot Noir. Lush, yet elegant, the Benevolent Dictator embraces a vibrant blackberry core with layers of black tea,
cedar and a kiss of sweet vanilla. The velvety tannins and juicy fruit
linger on the finish. Give this wine a bit of breathing time in the glass and you will be rewarded with layers of complexity, vibrancy and balance.
Appellation: Russian River Valley, Sonoma Coast
Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir, Clones 667 and 777
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 40% New
Production: 315 cases