Thursday, April 26, 2012

2010 Riverbench Pinot Noir Santa Maria Valley Earth Day 2012

I'm an opportunity wino so Earth Day 2012 also included a wonderful (get ready) pinot for my tasting pleasure. Todays selection was born from the vineyards in Santa Barbara County first planted in 1973. Known for growing high quality grapes, many wineries sourced their Pinot and Chardonnay grapes from these very vineyards.

Riverbench Winery was born in 2004 when local families purchased the vineyards and started producing their own wines. Wonderful handcrafted  fruit forward and well balanced juice. Learn more about their story visit their website Riverbench Vineyards and Winery.

On the nose fresh picked cherry and strawberry rhubarb followed by clove. Swirl again and cinnamon spice tickles the senses. As the wine warms in the glass a faint hint of red raspberry. Red fruit dominant.

The wine definately drinks more expensive than it's price. Big juicy strawberry entry with layers of tart cranberry followed by spice. The strawberry carries deep into the long finish. Well balanced and food friendly. My first wine from Riverbench and I am very impressed.


1 comment:

Kris said...

Ahhhhhh yes! We love helping to connect folks with new wines. And might I add, the people and place of Riverbench are amazing too!

Thanks again!