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Benziger’s Tribute blowing my mind

By Jessica Yadegaran
Friday, June 27th, 2008 at 2:52 pm in Uncategorized.

benziger tribute

I hit a winemaker’s dinner last night at Harris’ in San Francisco.  The steaks were fine but the wines, the wines were spectacular. The 2005 Benziger Tribute Sonoma Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon was extraordinary, and still on my mind: clean with soft tannins, a lingering chalkiness in the mouth and a full and luscious bouquet of grapes and soil.

Yes, you’re not going to get a flowery list of berries out of me on this one. The fifth installment of the winery’s biodynamic Bordeaux blend tastes the way it should. Like fermented grape juice nurtured from a vineyard that is treated like a unique, living, breathing organism, where the roots are a nervous system that is soothed by valerian and chamomile, not antidepressants.

Well worth the $80 for tasting older than its time; for easily lasting five days when I recork it and leave it on my counter, ungassed; for a pleasure that is consistent velvet from entry to finish. And for not singeing my nose hairs.

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  • Michael Dominic

    I agree. I was at Benziger on Saturday. Did the tour and tasted. I shipped some of the Tribute and their special Pinot back to NYC. It’s well worth the money.

  • Sondra

    I just had the 2006 Tribute and it was out of this world. Rich and velvety. We couldn’t even find words for it. that was after tasting Benziger Oonapais 2005, another yummy wine. I happen to be a pinotaholic and both these cab blends had the elegance and depth of a good pinot and even better.

  • Jessica

    I couldn’t agree more.

  • Поло

    Большое спасибо! Есть ещё повод получить удовольствие… С вашего разрешения, беру.