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Wine Club Newsletter March Shipment 2010 March 2010 Newsletter Greetings from Sonoma Mountain,

gloss and snobbery that our industry

sometime affects.

I hope the winter treated you well.

Our weather has been off the charts

this year, though only in terms of rain

selection of 2010, you will find the new

and not the record-breaking snow some

face of the Benziger bottle. This label

of you have experienced. While cooped

is quite a deviation from the Benziger

up indoors, we’ve been busy launching

look you’re familiar with, but just like

our new website and preparing for the

individuals, our winery has evolved as it

release of a brand new Benziger wine

has matured. With this design, we took

label. All this creativity has precipitated a

a less-is-more approach and focused on

fair amount of discussion about who we are

what is important to us – fine wine from

and how best to share what we love doing.

renowned appellations, family, and

certified sustainable vineyards. The

If you visit you’ll

see what we hope is a friendly, down-to-earth, informative site that contains everything you want to know without all the

Included in this first Club

embossed symbols represent earth, air, wind and fire. They’re our homage to the cycles of nature that, when in balance, produce authentic and memorable wines. Take good care,

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2008 Appellation Series Chardonnay cooler temperatures slowed things down a bit and the rest of the harvest was evenly paced and lasted into October. The 2008 vintage was excellent for Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.

Winemaking: Five vineyard blocks

Tasting Notes: Made exclusively for our

Wine Club, this Appellation Series Chardonnay has a luxurious, round mouthfeel and creamy texture without any taste or nuance of butter. In style it is reminiscent of Chablis, with complexity and minerality that is refreshing and honest. Carefully balanced acid gives structure to the wine and a crisp cleanliness that will make this a wonderful warm weather wine.

Vintage: “Extreme” would be a good

description of the 2008 vintage. The elements played a huge role in our vineyard management, we were hard at work from start to finish. Initially, harvest began early in August, but

were hand selected from Sangiacomo Vineyard to give this Chardonnay the balanced acidity and structure we sought. Loamy soil near Sonoma Creek gives this area of the vineyard a distinctive minerality and lean, crisp citrus flavors. All of the fruit was whole-cluster pressed before cold barrel fermentation. We fermented and aged the wine in Hungarian oak barrels (20% new) for eleven months. The traditional practice of bâtonnage was used to build body, texture and to integrate flavors.

Harvest Date: September 5, 2008 Bottling Date: August 4, 2009 pH: 3.25 Total acid: .73 Alcohol: 14.1% Time in Oak: 11 months Type of Oak: Hungarian oak 20% new barrels Production: 19 Barrels Availability: Wine Club Only

2006 Signaterra Three Blocks, Bordeaux Blend meaning strong roots develop in order to find water. Vines with deep roots are also best able to capture the distinctiveness of the growing site. Grapes are predominately grown using BiodynamicÂŽ methods and are selected from prime sections of Sunny Slope Vineyard, Gordenker Ranch and Stone Farm Vineyard.

Nature: Tucked in the eastern foothills

Grown in the heart of Sonoma Valley, Three Blocks is a part of our Signaterra line of signature wines. The 2006 vintage is made up of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon and 36% Merlot. Rich aromas of dark chocolate and cigar give way to layered flavors of currant, plum and coffee. The wine has a firm mid-palate and round, soft tannins. Enjoy now or cellar for 4-8 years. Three Blocks’ robust structure allows it to pair nicely with heartier fair like New York strip steak.

Earth: Rocky soils produce grapes with

round, soft, almost sweet tannins, which are exactly what we had in mind for Three Blocks. The low fertility soils of Sonoma Valley have excellent drainage,

of the Mayacamas Mountains in the heart of Sonoma Valley, the Cabernet and Merlot selected for Three Blocks are grown in vineyard blocks positioned for optimum sun exposure. Tall tree lines surround the vineyard, protecting the sites from the sometimes fierce Sonoma Valley winds.

Man: We harvested at night to protect

the integrity of the fruit. Native yeasts fermentation added nuance and complexity. Harvest Date: September 26, 2006 Bottling Date: June 24, 2008 pH: 3.77 Total acid: .57 Alcohol: 14.5% Time in Oak: 18 months Type of Oak: 100% French oak 35% new barrels Production: 179 Barrels

Re-Order Form March Benziger Family Wine Club Selection: Re-order before April 15th and receive 25% off 1-11 btls, 30% off cases 2008 Appellation Series Chardonnay | $29 2006 Signaterra Three Blocks, Bordeaux Blend | $50

Current Releases By Benziger: Club Members receive 20% off all Benziger wines 2008 Paradiso de Maria Sauvignon Blanc | $33 2008 Signaterra Sauvignon Blanc, Parcel Seven | $19 2007 de Coelo Pinot Noir, Quintus | $69 2007 Signaterra Pinot Noir, Bella Luna | $49 2007 Signaterra Pinot Noir, Giusti Ranch | $49 2007 Signaterra Pinot Noir, San Remo Vineyard | $49 2006 Winemaker’s Claret | $38 2006 Stone Farm Syrah | $37

Looking for your Wine Club recipe? It is posted online at

2006 Bruschera Zinfandel  | $45 This move

2006 Rose Ranch Merlot | $37

is one step closer to hosting all

2006 Gordenker Cabernet Sauvignon | $50

your Wine Club content digitally.

2006 Oonapais Sonoma Mountain Red | $50

In fact, we plan to do the

2006 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon | $49

environmentally sound thing and

2006 Obsidian Cabernet Sauvignon | $65

go paperless as early as this

2006 Tribute | $80

September. We’ll keep you posted.

2006 Caton Petite Sirah | $42

2006 Port, Sonoma County | $35

Orders or questions: call 800-989-8890 or email: |

Benziger March 2010 Newsletter  

Benziger March 2010 Newsletter