Follow The Prince
twitter icon rss icon

Vineyard: Tina Marie

OwnersRon Black, Stephen Bessone
AppellationRussian River Valley
StoryA unique vineyard that covers three overlapping appellations: Russian River Valley, Sonoma Coast and Green Valley. Named in honor of Tina Marie, the late mother of Stephen Bessone, a co-owner of the vineyard along with veteran grape grower Ron Black.
VarietiesPinot Noir
Trellis SpacingTightly spaced
ManagersRon Black, Stephen Bessone

Wineries sourcing from this vineyard

Reviewed wines produced from this vineyard

2011 C. Donatiello Winery Tina Marie Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

13.7% alc., pH 3.44, TA 0.62, 126 cases, $55. Aged 10 months in 35% new French oak barrels. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. The nose offers enticing aromas of black cherry, rose petals, tea, forest floor and cedary oak. The tasty essence of fresh Bing cherries has a hint of spice and conifer in the background. The tannins are supple and the wine sports a citrus-infused, sweet cherry finish. Score: 88. Reviewed October 11, 2013 WINERY » ARTICLE »

StmlImage: invalid literal for int() with base 10: '08_37-31_fb_thumb.jpg'
[[image ]]

2009 Anthill Farms Tina Marie Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., $50. From a site in the Green Valley farmed by Ron Black and Stephen Bessone. · Moderately deep reddish-purple color in the glass. Opens with appealing raspberry on jam aromas, fading in the glass. The flavors are more promising, with a tasty core of Morello cherry and black raspberry, an herbal note and a good tug of citrus on the hi-wire finish. Good. Reviewed May 15, 2011 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2008 Anthill Farms Tina Marie Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., $46. This Green Valley vineyard is farmed by Ron Black and Stephen Bessone. · Aromas of green garden, green olive, and wild berries. Redder fruit is the focus with a green tea note underlying the fruit flavors. Zingy acidity brings up the finish which is a bit flat. Decent. Reviewed June 8, 2010 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2008 Fulcrum Wines Tina Marie Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., 125 cases, $48, release date May 10, 2010. Clones 115, 667 and 777. Aged 14 months in 40% new French oak and 6 months in bottle. · Effusive aromatics featuring mixed berry jam and exotic spices. Creamy in the mouth with discreetly concentrated core of black cherries, raspberries, loamy earth and a touch of citrus lift on the refreshing finish. The tannins are reigned in making for early drinkability. Nicely balanced. Very good. Reviewed April 23, 2010 WINERY » ARTICLE »

StmlImage: invalid literal for int() with base 10: '07_18-30_fb_thumb.jpg'
[[image ]]

2007 Anthill Farms Tina Marie Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., $46. From a Green Valley vineyard farmed by Ron Black and Stephen Bessone. Yields were two tons per acre. · This wine sports the ripest fruit in the lineup. Alluring perfume of black cherries, root beer, vanillin and subtle spices. Rich and well ripened Bing cherry fruit with a touch of cola and oak. Elegant and harmonious with gossamer tannins and a mild grip of citrus peel on the finish. Reviewed May 26, 2009 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2006 Barnett Vineyard Tina Marie Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., 1180 cases, $34. Fiona and Hal Barnett founded their family estate on the top of Spring Mountain in 1983. This wine is sourced from the Green Valley sub-appellation of the Russian River Valley and is composed of Dijon clones. The winemaker is David Tate. · Medium reddish-purple color. Aromas of cherries, Asian spice and oak char. Cherry-driven flavors that are moderately mouth-filling. A lovely wine with charm but showing a bit too much oak for my taste. Reviewed November 17, 2008 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2006 Barnett Vineyards Tina Maria Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., 1,180 cases, $34. Fiona and Hal Barnett founded the family estate on the top of Spring Mountain in 1983. Tina Maria Vineyard is located in the Green Valley sub-AVA of the Russian River Valley and is planted to Dijon clones. The winemaker is David Tate. · Medium reddish-purple color. A lovely wine that is cherry-driven with prominent oak from beginning to end. Moderately mouth filling and nicely balanced, but a bit too much oak char for my taste. Reviewed November 2, 2008 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2006 Barnett Vineyards Tina Marie Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., 1180 cases, $40. Tina Maria Vineyard is in Green Valley, a sub AVA of the Russian River Valley, planted entirely to Dijon clones. · Complex aromatics dominated by blackberries and black raspberries complimented by herbs, hay, oak and barnyard. Juicy and succulent dark fruits with an oak sidecar running throughout. Rich and smooth in texture with integrated tannins. Well-crafted, easy to like and very approachable. Reviewed January 20, 2008 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2006 Anthill Farms Tina Marie Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., $44. · Complex aromatics featuring wild strawberries, ripe cherries, wildflowers, black olive and exotic woods. Full-on attack of cherries on the palate with earthy accents. Nicely balanced and soft in the mouth, this wine goes down easy. Not a blockbuster, but quite satisfying. Reviewed October 1, 2008 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2005 Anthill Farms Tina Maria Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc.. This vineyard is located in the cool Green Valley sub-appellation of the Russian River Valley and is farmed by Ron Black and Stephan Bessone. · Flamboyant scents of confected cherries, violets and dried herbs that just wont quit. Herbdusted deep red fruits with a hint of oak, a zippy acid backbone and a tangerine peel finish. Deeper and more structured than the 2006 version. A nicely crafted wine that has plenty of aromatic charm. Prefers this over the 2006 vintage. Reviewed October 1, 2008 WINERY » ARTICLE »