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.Download Tasting Notes
||October 10, 2009
||New French Oak
Get ready to experience the most elegant Tribute to date. Finely-grained, velvety tannins engage from the very beginning and are positioned throughout the entire palate. Enduring aromas of blackberry and boysenberry are heightened by hardy plum and Bing cherry flavors which intermingle amongst the complex layers of black pepper, graphite, cedar and fresh forest floor. The finish is long, firm, and balanced by this wine’s lively acidity.
In general, 2009 was a year of extremes; this seemed to be a pattern that developed not only in California, but worldwide. There were two record breaking months early on – January being the driest and April the warmest. This vintage also marked the third year of below average rainfall, though some of the rain came towards the end of harvest. During the heart of the growing season (June, July and August) the weather pulsed between warm and cool. This diversity of climate conditions agreed with our grapes resulting in fully developed flavors without excessive alcohols. Overall the lower alcohols enabled the fruit to reveal complex textural qualities.
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. The 2009 vintage of Tribute marks the thirteenth 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.