Benziger Fume Blanc 2002 Front Label
Benziger Fume Blanc 2002 Front Label

Benziger Fume Blanc 2002

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    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 2002. Alcohol: 13.5%, total acidity: .56, pH: 3.43, residual sugar: dry. 28,810 cases produced.

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    Benziger is dedicated to winemaking that reveals the true character of the vineyard, the varietal and the vintage in certified-sustainable wines defined by individuality and the passion of the people who make them. This wine was made with grapes grown by certified sustainable farming methods. Their sustainable philosophy promotes natural vineyard management, restoration of the land and biodiversity on the estate. They believe these practices result in wines that reflect the authentic flavors, aromas and character of the vineyard.

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    Home to a diverse array of smaller AVAs with varied microclimates and soil types, Sonoma County has something for every wine lover. Physically twice as large as Napa Valley, the region only produces about half the amount of wine but boasts both tremendous quality and variety. With its laid-back atmosphere and down-to-earth attitude, the wineries of Sonoma are appreciated by wine tourists for their friendliness and approachability. The entire county intends to become a 100% sustainable winegrowing region by 2019.

    Sonoma County wines are produced with carefully selected grape varieties to reflect the best attributes of their sites—Dry Creek Valley’s consistent sunshine is ideal for Zinfandel, while the warm Alexander Valley is responsible for rich, voluptuous red wines like Cabernet Sauvignon. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are important throughout the county, most notably in the cooler AVAs of Russian River, Sonoma Coast and Carneros. Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Syrah have also found a firm footing here.

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    Capable of a vast array of styles, Sauvignon Blanc is a crisp, refreshing variety that equally reflects both terroir and varietal character. Though it can vary depending on where it is grown, a couple of commonalities always exist—namely, zesty acidity and intense aromatics. This variety is of French provenance. Somm Secret—Along with Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc is a proud parent of Cabernet Sauvignon. That green bell pepper aroma that all three varieties share is no coincidence—it comes from a high concentration of pyrazines (herbaceous aromatic compounds) inherent to each member of the family.

    YNG165727_2002 Item# 62693

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