Benziger Tribute 2010
|Region||California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Mountain|
This wine, made from biodynamically-grown grapes, as good as any Sonoma Valley Bordeaux blend has ever been. It's exceptionally ripe and pure with blackberries, cherries, currants and mocha, while oak brings rich notes of toast. It's quite tannic now, so you'll want to cellar it for 5-6 years.
Another Bordeaux blend, the 2010 Tribute Proprietary Red comes from biodynamically farmed vineyards with volcanic soils. Its dark plum/ruby/purple color is followed by an enticing nose of black currants, black cherries, graphite and earth. Supple and round with more charm than the Oonapais, the Tribute is a very good, but hardly inspiring wine to drink over the next 8-10 years.