The Tasting Panel Magazine’s June 2020 issue features an article about Benziger’s 20th anniversary of biodynamic certification. In the write-up entitled, Upfront: Soil Under the Nails, writer David Gadd describes Chris Benziger's story of how the family was able to transition the "estate from conventional grape monoculture to a sustainable, organic, and Biodynamic farm that is now a vibrant ecosystem" occupied by vines, flowers, vegetable gardens, animals and insects. He goes on to explain how Chris’ ever-changing role at the winery has contributed greatly to the brand’s success.
Additionally, the Benziger Sonoma County portfolio of wines received 91+ points from the publication.
Benziger Family Winery 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, North Coast 91 points
A clean, crisp, and lively white, with a bouquet of grapefruit and freshly mowed grass that’s fol- lowed by flavors of pineapple, gardenia, and honeyed cashew as well as floral, fragrant notes of white tea leaves. High- toned acidity and a line of minerality offer a salty finish of stone fruit.
Benziger Family Winery 2017 Chardonnay, Sonoma County 93 points
A refresh-ingly modern take on Chardonnay. The aromas are sensuous but bright, with MacIntosh apple and lemon ice leading the way. On the palate, the wine is a floral beauty, with apricot nectar and skin defining a slightly fleshy textural experience. Jasmine and lemon pepper leave a kiss on the finish.
Benziger Family Winery 2018 Pinot Noir, Monterey County 92 points
A perfume of wild strawberry and red cherry is equally perky and earthy. Rose petal and cinnamon stick are swathed in creamy red berries. The wine finishes with mocha and sweet, freshly tilled soil.
Benziger Family Winery 2017 Merlot, Sonoma County 91 points
The nose is expressively ripe, with plum, spiced heather, and a trace of new oak. White-peppered black cherry and a touch of cocoa line the palate. Silky tannins and fine acidity run through a brambly cranberry finish.
Benziger Family Winery 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County 93 points
A focused aroma of cinnamon and oak accents ripe plum in this approachable, incredibly great value red, which is sumptuous, bright, and sleek on the palate. Spiced blue fruit melds with supple tannins for easy drinking; balanced acidity offers superb food-pairing abilities.