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The Wine

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 our Benziger family Sonoma Mountain estate. The first Demeter-certified Biodynamic® wine from Sonoma County and one of the first from North America.

The goal of a Biodynamic wine is to truly and authentically reflect the character of a place, variety and vintage, as well as the passion of the people who make it.


2012 proved to be a seamless year for growing wine grapes of penultimate quality.  Dry spring days were ideal for even bud break and cane growth.  Mildew pressure minimized by a drier than normal spring and early summer winds helped keep the humidity low. Flowering and set was complete in a short and even cycle resulting in    balanced vines and even veraison. Full flavor maturity was reached at lower sugar levels while still retaining postured and vibrant acidity providing lift and length as well as integrated tannins and excellent flavor extraction.  Other vintages showing a similar memorable pedigree are 2007 and 1991.


Scents of dark chocolate, coffee, nutmeg, vanilla and black pepper introduce the wine.


The 2012 vintage of Tribute really exceeds all other years in sheer enjoyment. The entry of the wine is rich and full, you can almost detect a sweetness to it. The tannins engage immediately; layer after layer of velvet, silk and chalk. The finish is round and smooth. The slow ripening and cooler temperatures preserved beautiful fresh fruit aromas of blueberry and boysenberry.


67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Cab Franc,  6% Malbec, 5% Petit Verdot, 3% Merlot



aromas of rose petals, thyme, tar, black tea This wine has an interesting and gentle quality about it. Berry and spice flavors enter softly with a round and welcoming entry. The mid-palate is full with silk-like textures.Cranberry and boysenberry welcome the first sip. 65% Cabernet Sauvignon,10% Merlot, 10% Cab Franc, 10% Petit Verdot, 5% Malbec 15-18 years


aromas of plum, dewberry, blackberry and tea Dark berry flavors explode in the mouth, while layers of herb and spicy notes build a complex palate. The finish is caressed with nuances of tobacco, coffee and vanilla. 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 8% Cab Franc, 4% Petit Verdot 15-18 years


Enduring aromas of blackberry and boysenberry.

Get ready to experience the most elegant Tribute to date. Finely-grained, velvety tannins engage from the very beginning and are positioned throughout the entire palate. Enduring aromas of blackberry and boysenberry are heightened by hardy plum and Bing cherry flavors which intermingle amongst the complex layers of black pepper, graphite, cedar and fresh forest floor. The finish is long, firm, and balanced by this wine's lively acidity.

81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 9% Petit Verdot



boysenberry, black cherry, cocoa, plum and sage

The entry is rich, creamy and chalky with very polished and refined tannins. The wine has big tannins with exceptional textural qualities. The finish is round with good length.

79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 7% Petit Verdot, Merlot 4%



fresh fruit aromas of blueberry, boysenberry, dark chocolate, coffee, nutmeg, vanilla and black pepper

The entry of the wine is rich and full with an almost sweetness to it. The tannins engage immediately; layer after layer of velvet, silk and chalk. The finish is round and smooth

84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 3% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot



black raspberry, cedar, tar, black pepper, coffee and plum

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.

77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc 7% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot



[tasting note]

blackberry, nutmeg, plum, black licorice, tar, dark chocolate and a sweet earthiness

Finely textured, chalky entry. soft, polished tannins. balanced and complimentary tannins and acids.

75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Cabernet Franc, 3% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot

8-10 years


[tasting note]

cedar, black cherry, nutmeg, tobacco, smoke, forest

Soft tannins provide velvety grip. long, smooth finish. flavors of berry, bittersweet chocolate and spiciness.

85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 4% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot

6-10 years


[tasting note]

blackberry, chocolate, black pepper, coffee, tobacco
and black licorice

Velvety fine grain tannins. the mid palete melts in your mouth. flavors of cocoa, berry and coffee. firm finish

69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc, 11% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot

9-12 years


[tasting note]

cassis, coffee, blackberry, black olive with nuances of tobacco, licorice and earth.

Rich concentration and velvety tannins. with flavors of berry, jam, olive and coffee. long, balanced finish.

51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Cabernet Franc, 21% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot

7-8 years


[tasting note]

blackberry, plum, boysenberry
with layers of coffee, toast, and spicy oak

Big tannins are perfectly integrated throughout the wine. Fleshy and long
on the palate.

80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc, 1% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot

10-15 years

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