92 Insider Points

REVIEWS

Another stunner from our friend and winemaker Randy Bennett. We released his Cabernet this past September, and it was a big hit amongst our members. Here, his Pinot Noir has the same elegant radiance that we find in all of his wines (including our Founder's C'Est Bon label). Woodsy cherry cola on the nose. Light-bodied on the palate, showing ripe fruits of raspberry, red currant and juiced pomegranate with a dash of earthy spice. Medium length on the finish. Drinking now through 2022. 92 Points - JZ Nov '18

WHY WE LOVE IT
  • BLEND
    Pinot Noir
  • APPELLATION
    Russian River Valley, Sonoma
  • ALCOHOL
    13.50%
  • SIZE
    750ml

From sleek, fleet and energetic to lush, earthy and oh-so-sexy, Russian River Pinot Noirs really do run the gamut stylistically. This micro-produced version, from Sojourn’s winemaker Randy Townley Bennett shows off the exceptional (and exceptionally long) 2013 vintage along with all those character traits that define sumptuous, savory Sonoma Pinot.

More than both factors, however, is the true stamp of Townley’s love for the grape and obsession for making the most exquisite RRV Pinot possible. Using a specialized crush facility in Santa Rosa, traditional winemaking techniques and aging this artisan selection in French oak, Townley achieves what no mere hobbiest could: a balanced, pure rendition of boutique Sonoma Pinot Noir to drink now or down the road.

·    The 2013 vintage was super successful in the Russian River Valley, with a long and consistent growing period that began earlier than most. Rated 95 points or “Superb” by the Wine Enthusiast.

·    This small estate was founded by Randal Townley Bennett and wife Lindsay Marie Bennett, a couple obsessed with wine since they reached the legal age to drink it!

·    Randall is also on the winemaking team at Sojourn Cellars, where he spends most of his time while not at work on his own family label.

·    Recently named as one of the “New Stars of California Chardonnay” by the Wine Enthusiast, Townley makes super limited releases of just a handful of wines each vintage.

TASTING NOTES 

Lighter red fruits such as raspberry and cherry combine with black pepper spices to make for a lengthy finish. 

THE STORY TO KNOW

From the winery:

We are an artisan winery focused on producing world-class wines from top California vineyards.  Townley produces distinctive Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah.

Townley is a boutique winery focused on producing specialized small lots of artisan wines. Our philosophy emphasizes the vineyard and traditional winemaking methods to produce wines expressive of the grapes’ true nature and potential. Our fruit is selected from the finest California vineyards.  Townley is a family winery with a focus on producing world-class wines.  Our wine labels are themed with personal photos of towns from our travels that inspire us. We hope you enjoy both the labels and the wines!

PERFECT PAIRINGS

This will pair best with a steak with mild spices or roasted duck.