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Bengizer Estate “Home” Ranch

Our family has been growing grapes on Sonoma Mountain for over 30 years. Mike Benziger and his wife, Mary discovered the incredible property that has become our family’s estate winery and home in the late seventies and purchased it with the help of our parents, Bruno and Helen. Soon after, all seven Benziger siblings were living on or close to the ranch as New York transplants in a Sonoma vineyard.

In the mid 90’s, we began transitioning our home ranch to a Biodynamic farm. We learned which flowers attracted the bugs we needed to keep pest populations in control. Habitats were created for birds and owls, and we brought cows, sheep and chickens to live on the property. Once the estate found its balance, the wines did too. From our home ranch came Tribute, the first Biodynamic wines from Sonoma or Napa Counties. Today, we are proud to be living and working on a healthy, vibrant ranch that is home to numerous species of plants, animals and insects and we love sharing this special place with visitors from all over the world.

Acres

36

Year planted

1989-2007

Weather

Warm, Bowl-Shape Vineyard absorbs rain and reflects sun

Soil Type

Volcanic Goulding Clay Loam

Grapes Produced

Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel

Ava

Sonoma Mountain

Elevation

440-665 ft

Clones

7, 15 , 337

2014 Tribute-

91pts - Robert Parker

2015 Tribute-

95pts, Gold, Best of Class - California State Fair

2016 Joaquin's Inferno-

Gold Medal - SF Chronicle Wine Competition

2017 Paradiso de Maria-

92pts - Wine Enthusiast

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These wines were Biodynamically grown and crafted on our family's estate in Glen Ellen, California.

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2018 Paradiso de Maria Sauvignon Blanc

Fresh and enticing, with summertime aromas of freshly shorn hay and a sweet honeysuckle bouquet

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2016 Joaquin's Inferno

Ripe plum, blackberry, and licorice flavors collect on the palate while structured tannins weave a lasting impression.

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2016 Obsidian Point

Aromas of sweet tobacco and warm blackberry compote rise from the glass. This wine’s structure comes together on its signature glassy finish and edgy fine grained tannins.

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2015 Tribute

The wine focuses on its tight-knit mix of sweet earth, blackberry and wild berry notes. The finish ends in a burst of ripe fruit and dusty, fine-grained tannins.

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