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.
Robert ParkerRating: 88/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 12/07/2013