Benziger Fume Blanc 2000

Sauvignon Blanc from Sonoma County, California

Item No. 39199
  • white wine

Winemaker's Notes

Aromas and flavors are of citrus, apple and accents of toasted oak. In the mouth this wine is bright and crisp with forward citrus and subtle grassiness. Best enjoyed now or over the next year. This wine is wonderful as a warm weather aperitif or paired with light, fresh salads, pastas or seafood. Vintage Vintage 2000 began with the warmest winter on record, which gave way to a very warm spring punctuated by a record heat spell in mid June. The warm weather moved us two to three weeks ahead of schedule. A more temperate summer followed, allowing the grapes to ripen evenly. Harvest began three weeks ahead of "normal". Sauvignon Blanc was harvested from 8/24 - 9/12 and we were very pleased with the excellent quality and yields of 2000. Press cuts were taken to keep the pH low and ensure a crisp wine. Vinification The grapes for this wine grew on four-to-24-year-old vines selected from 12 blocks in nine vineyards. All lots were tank fermented in stainless steel. None of the wines underwent malolactic fermentation, and 90% of the final blend was aged for three months on French oak. The special care that encouraged the perfect fruit/acid balance in the vineyard was also taken in the cellar to ensure the same balance in the bottle. The wine was bottled in March 2001. Alcohol: 13.5%, total acidity: .56, pH: 3.43, residual sugar: dry. 28,810 cases produced.

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The Benziger Family Winery was founded in 1980 on the slopes of Sonoma Mountain. Their Reserve wines showcase those rare lots discovered in the vineyard or developed in the cellar that receive the highest level of care and emerge as the best of the vintage. Benziger also produces Benziger Family wine and the limited production Vineyard Designate wines. At the core of Benziger Winery are eight, same generation family members committed to managing every aspect of grape growing and winemaking.

Learn About Sonoma County

Twice as large as Napa in size, Sonoma County only makes about a half the amount of wine as her northeasterly neighbor. But Sonoma, with her size, is able to vouch for more diversity within her borders, including sub-AVAs that are climatically varied. The atmosphere of Sonoma is decidedly laid back and down home country style. But in wines, they are keeping up with the...

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Learn About Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc (so-veen-YAWN blahnk) One of the most distinctive grapes, Sauvignon Blanc is a highly aromatic variety that does well in both the old and new world. From the Loire Valley of France to Marlborough in New Zealand, Sauvignon Blanc has found many regions that bring out its unique and delicious flavors. Notable Facts Sauvignon Blanc's home...

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