The 2011 vintage has great berry qualities; enters round and juicy, which is enhanced by its velvety tannins. Talk about a mid-palate that’s balanced by bright acidity, whoa…this is the definition of an enlivened palate. Expect a long, refreshing finish.
Palatial fruit aromas of cranberry and boysenberry welcome the first sip; secondary aromas of rose petals, thyme, tar, black tea engage the palate. This wine has an interesting and gentle quality about it. Berry and spice flavors enter softly with a round and welcoming entry. The mid-palate is full with silk-like textures.
This wine is named in honor of Mary Benziger, who discovered this property in 1979 alongside her daughter, Erinn, and husband, Mike. She personally selected the site to produce her dream wine. The Paradiso de Maria is highly aromatic and filled with white grapefruit, citrus and fig flavors, held together by a mild wet-stone element.
Joaquin’s Inferno headlines amazing chocolate, black tea and coffee aromas, while black pepper and smoky notes compete for attention. Flavors of black cherry, vanilla and cedar open on the palate, with a nice toast nuance from oak aging. This wine’s aromas are constantly changing; it’s dynamic and alive with a round, wide entry.