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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 the Benziger family Sonoma Mountain estate. The first Demeter-certified Biodynamic® wine from Sonoma County and one of the first from North America, Tribute is now in its fifth vintage.
The 2006 vintage had early rains in January which helped establish good ground water for later in the year. A heat spike lasted a record 10 days in July. Then came the rains, which sent them rushing to leaf the vines, allowing sunshine and air to reach the clusters. The vintage was punctuated by two weeks of perfect Indian summer that really concentrated the fruit without the downside of dehydration or over ripeness. Aroma: Diverse, yet complementary aromas include black raspberry, cedar, tar, black pepper, coffee and plum. Mouthfeel: The wine has a very rich, concentrated entry. Because of the warmth late in the growing season there is a juiciness that explodes with flavor. Very developed mid-palate with soft tannins give the wine a sort of oval shape in the mouth. The finish is packed with flavors of berry and nutmeg. Good acidity stretches out the finish giving this wine a beautiful horizontal character that is texturally fascinating.
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