A smooth, mouth-filling wine with aromas of blueberry, blackberry and mint; soft tannins to finish.
Wine Advocate 88 points - 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. (Dec 2013)
Benziger Tribute is a deeply colored, elegantly structured wine with a core of sweet, concentrated black fruit marked by nuances of herbs and chocolate which are reflected in the aromas. The supporting tannins are silky and ripe yet firm, complemented by balanced, finely honed acidity. The finish is long, complex and vibrant.
|Wine maker notes
|The Benziger Sonoma Mountain estate comprises 30 acres of gardens, woodlands, riparian areas, wetlands, cover crops and wildlife sanctuaries as well as 42 acres of vineyards. Cabernet Sauvignon is the predominant variety, with smaller plantings of Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Old Vine Zinfandel and Sauvignon Blanc. Tribute is a Meritage estate blend of these first four Bordeaux varieties, each block of which is harvested, vinified and aged separately based on exposure, elevation, soil composition, rootstock and clone. The composition varies by vintage, with Cabernet Sauvignon accounting for 50% to 80% of the finished wine. The result is a wine of unique character with a profound sense of place.
|At Benziger, we’re about three things: family, great wine and healthy vineyards. For more than thirty years we’ve searched Sonoma County for the most distinctive and expressive vineyard sites. Once found, we tended our Sonoma winery using certified Biodynamic, organic and sustainable farming methods. The result is a portfolio of authentic and memorable wines.