Benziger Family Winery bottle

Benziger Family Winery

Merlot, 2015

Visit the Benziger property and you’ll see more sheep, cows, gardens, birds and butterflies than you will grapevines, tanks and barrels. That’s because Benziger created a perfect, thriving ecosystem in which all those plants and animals support the health of the vines—a practice called biodynamic farming. Plenty of growers practice green farming, but Benziger is the world’s best at using green farming to make richer, fuller-flavored wines such as this.

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Benziger Merlot is a classic California red, packed with fruit flavor yet with nicely integrated savory notes. Such balance is what made California Merlot world-famous—and popular.

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Purple garnet
APPEARANCE
Purple garnet
FLAVORS & AROMAS
Black pepper
Blueberry
Dark chocolate
Tea

Pairing

Classic in style, these reds are equal parts power and finesse. Richer Pinots and Merlot-based Bordeaux reds, with their mix of red- and black-fruit flavors, can hold their own with just about any meat. The most delightful pairing to remember: Pork always loves this kind of Pinot Noir.

More About The Wine

Sonoma County is one of the world’s best—and most picturesque—wine regions. It’s also one of the largest, carved into 17 distinct subregions suited to certain grapes. This wine is made of grapes grown predominantly in warmer valley-floor vineyards inland from the coast. This enables Merlot to develop fuller, richer fruit flavors.

DID YOU KNOW?

Although Sonoma County is best known for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, it has just as many acres planted with Merlot vines as Napa.

  • VARIETY
    Merlot
  • VINTAGE
    2015
  • VINEYARD
    Various
  • APPELLATION REGION, STATE
    Sonoma County, California
  • OAK
    French and American oak
  • SOIL
    Various
  • ALCOHOL
    14.1%
  • FARMING
    Certified sustainable

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