Benziger Estate Tribute 2009
"Tribute" is Benziger's 100% estate-grown and vinified Bordeaux-style blend from their Demeter certified biodynamic estate on Sonoma Mountain. It was the first Demeter certified wine from Sonoma County, and among the first in the country. The vintage saw reduced yields with less than average rainfall, and some cool weather that helped to preserve the grapes' natural acidity while keeping the alcohol in check. In keeping with biodynamic principals, this wine was fermented by all native yeasts. It was raised for twenty months in 40% new French oak. Benziger says it's "the most elegant Tribute to date." 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 9% Petit Verdot.