Benziger Tribute Vertical Tasting

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Benziger\’s Tribute wines are Bordeaux blends made solely from grapes grown on their estate in Sonoma, and are certified Biodynamic. We recently opened up three different vintages for a tasting and were very pleased with what we found.

Already showing nicely, the 2007 was strong and powerful with deep cherry, leather and tar. Great balance, and had us searching for a smoked pork chop to eat with it.

The Tribute 2006 was mellower, with great acidity and more fruit (sweeter cherry) and spice. The similarities were greater than the differences, though we\’d go with a lighter food match; filet mignon or duck.

The crowd pleaser was the 2005. Fruit-forward, gentle and sweet. \”Same song in a higher octave,\” as one taster put it. We were impressed by the evolution, and the constant quality among the vintages. The 2007 can use some more aging, the 2006 is showing readiness and the 2005 is fantastic now.


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