2009 Benziger Estate "Tribute" Sonoma Mountain Bordeaux Blend SKU #1132149


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Tasting Notes

"Tribute" is Benziger's 100% estate-grown and vinified Bordeaux-style blend from their Demeter certified biodynamic estate on Sonoma Mountain. It was the first Demeter certified wine from Sonoma County, and among the first in the country. The vintage saw reduced yields with less than average rainfall, and some cool weather that helped to preserve the grapes' natural acidity while keeping the alcohol in check. In keeping with biodynamic principals, this wine was fermented by all native yeasts. It was raised for twenty months in 40% new French oak. Benziger says it's "the most elegant Tribute to date." 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 9% Petit Verdot.

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  • Chiara Shannon
    By: Chiara Shannon
    K&L Staff Member
    This is a profound expression of the soul of this special hillside caldera. Notes of graphite and pepper, and forest floor punctuate aromas and flavors of blackberry, plum and cherry fruit for a wine that has the complexity and structure of Bordeaux but the ripeness and body of Sonoma - the best of both worlds! Try it young with peppercorn steak, or age it up to a decade and watch it evolve toward further complexity over time. Bravo!


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