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E16 Winery


Bennett Valley - Moaveni Vineyard

Bennett Valley became an official AVA in 2003, five years before the development of the Bowland Ranch Block at Moaveni Vineyard and long after grape growing was introduced to the micro region in 1862.

Bennett Valley is surprising cool (Region I) given its close proximity to the ultra-warm Sonoma Mountain AVA. The wild card is the foggy marine layer that frequently moves through the Petaluma Gap (a break in the coastal range lying upwind of Bennett Valley) and later billows over Taylor Mountain like dry ice in a chemistry experiment.

Three distinct blocks of the Pommard clone are picked together at slightly different stages of ripeness and later co-fermented in one tank. The result is a field blend that represents the unique character of the diverse terrain.

2014 E16 Bennett Valley "Moaveni Vineyard" Pinot Noir
2013 E16 Bennett Valley "Moaveni Vineyard" Pinot Noir, 92 Points, Tasting Panel Magazine
‚Äč2012 E16 Bennett Valley "Moaveni Vineyard" Pinot Noir, 95 Points, California Wine Advisors

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The 10-acre planting is situated along Matanzas Creek near the valley’s southwest end. At 770 feet of elevation, the mountain benches contain speckled loam soils that join forces with the Pommard clone to produce grapes translating to powerful wines.

  • Owners
    Shawn Moaveni
  • Soil
    speckles loam
  • Elevation
  • Exposure
  • Clones
  • Rootstock | Spacing
    101-14 | 7 x 4
  • Acreage
    10 total | 3.26 pinot noir
  • Year Planted


8085 Perry Creek Road
Somerset, CA 95684

Friday – Sunday 11pm – 5pm
Book a Tasting 530.620.6200

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