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Benziger Family Winery Tribute 2010

Benziger Family Winery Tribute 2010

750ML       
Sku: 019865

Fresh fruit aromas of blueberry and boysenberry, dark chocolate, coffee, nutmeg, vanilla and black pepper introduce the wine. The tannins engage immediately; layer after layer of velvet, silk and chalk. The finish is round and smooth.

Tasting notes
A smooth, mouth-filling wine with aromas of blueberry, blackberry and mint; soft tannins to finish.

Rating
 Wine Advocate 88 points (Dec 2013)
Another Bordeaux blend, the 2010 Tribute Proprietary Red comes from biodynamically farmed vineyards with volcanic soils. Its dark plum/ruby/purple color is followed by an enticing nose of black currants, black cherries, graphite and earth. Supple and round with more charm than the Oonapais, the Tribute is a very good, but hardly inspiring wine to drink over the next 8-10 years.

Wine maker notes
Tasting Notes:
The slow ripening and cooler temperatures preserved beautiful fresh fruit aromas of blueberry and, boysenberry. Scents of dark chocolate, coffee, nutmeg, vanilla and black pepper also introduce the wine. This vintage of Tribute really exceeds all other years in sheer enjoyment. The entry of the wine is rich and full with an almost sweetness to it. The tannins engage immediately; layer after layer of velvet, silk and chalk. The finish is round and smooth.

Vineyard Notes:
Biodynamics is the most advanced and holistic form of organic agriculture, in which the farm itself is viewed as a living organism. It is distinguished from organic and sustainable farming by its ability to revitalize and individualize a property. In Biodynamics, we eliminate artificial inputs and minimize interference and manipulation at every stage of the growing and winemaking process.

Production Notes:
2007 was the first year of a three year drought in California. In retrospect we got the best of both worlds - good moisture and nutrients in the soil and nice dry conditions in the vineyard. The weather and temperature were consistently moderate throughout the vintage. The vines ripened slowly under very little stress. We had long hang time ensuring maximum flavor development. It really was an exceptional vintage.

Winemaker Notes:
The 2007 vintage of Tribute marks the twelfth year since we began farming our estate with Biodynamic methods. Change in nature starts out slow, but as our property became healthier and more biodiverse, the quality of the wine increased dramatically. We believe that the 2007 vintage represents another giant leap forward in Tribute’s evolution.

Production:
Native yeast fermentation; 102 barrels produced

Other Notes:
Tribute is a first of its kind. Made entirely from estate-grown grapes, this Bordeaux blend of predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon reveals the complexity and individuality of our Benziger family Sonoma Mountain estate. Tribute was the first Demeter-certified Biodynamic® wine from Sonoma County and one of the first from North America.


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Tribute is a first of its kind. Made entirely from estate-grown grapes, this Bordeaux blend of predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon reveals the complexity and individuality of our Benziger family Sonoma Mountain estate. The first Demeter-certified Biodynamic® wine from Sonoma County and one of the first from North America, Tribute is now in its sixth vintage.
Biodynamics is the most advanced and holistic form of organic agriculture, in which the farm itself is viewed as a living organism. It is distinguished from organic and sustainable farming by its ability to revitalize and individualize a property.
In Biodynamics, we eliminate artificial inputs and minimize interference and manipulation at every stage of the growing and winemaking process. As we step back and let nature go to work, we see Biodynamics building biological capital year after year, promoting a unique environment that we refer to as farm individuality. This individuality results in wines with distinctive, vineyard-specific flavors.
The goal of a Biodynamic wine is not perfection, but rather to truly and authentically reflect the character of a place, variety and vintage, as well as the passion of the people who make it.

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