2009 Benziger Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvingon

SKU #1132147

This is 100% Certified Sustainable Cabernet Sauvignon from Benziger's partner growers in Sonoma, vinified at Benziger's biodynamic winery. The 2009 vintage saw less that average rainfall and dramatic swings between cool and warm temperatures throughout the growing season, finishing things off with cool event ripening towards the end. These temperature variations made for fruit with excellent flavor concentration thanks to full phenolic ripeness balanced by fresh acidity. Gentle handling in the winery followed by sixteen months aging in oak has produced a rich and complex Cabernet with layers of ripe black fruit, plum, and olive aromas and flavors accented by hints of savory herb and warm earth. The palate is round and full, with top notes of cherry, black tea, and dark chocolate from oak aging.

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Staff Image By: Chiara Shannon | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/26/2013 | Send Email
It's hard to find Cabernet this good (not to mention good for you and good for the earth) for under $15. For their appellation wines, Benziger works with an exclusive set of growers in Sonoma that must pass the highest set of standards for sustainable agriculture that Benziger enforces, and they make all their wines at the estate according to biodynamic principles. This is sure to please anyone with a hankering for complex, full-bodied Cab with loads of character. It's absolutely killer with barbecued beef or pork, savory mushroom risotto, or any one of the pizzas served at neighboring Glen Ellen Star restaurant, who gets all of their produce from Benziger's organic, biodynamic farm.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).