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Benziger Family Winery

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Rating: C-D
Jan 6th, 2007
1883 London Ranch Road, Glen Ellen, CA 95442

Phone: 707 935 3000

Hours: Open Daily 10am - 4.30pm

Club/Discounts: 20% Discount

Tasting Fees: $5 for 5 Tastes. Reserve: $10 for 5 Tastes

Benziger winery is a little difficult to find but definitely worth it when you get there. It seems to be a popular winery to visit and caters well to the large crowds. The tram tour of the winery seems to be particularly popular ($10), in which a tractor pulls a tram load of tourists through the vineyards on a 45 minute adventure. We, of course, bypassed the tour and headed straight to the tasting bar. The tasting room is big and has a large area dedicated to retail. There is a smaller room off to the side for tasting the reserve wines. We had excellent service for both the regular tasting and the reserve tasting, and were given two tastings for free. Our servers were knowledgeable and fun and enjoyed talking to us about the wines they were pouring. I am doubtful we would have the same experience in the height of the Summer when it is three people deep at the tasting bar though. Go in the off season. Recommended.

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2001 Reserve Merlot ($42)Rating: C-D
Jan 6th, 2007
      Best Value Wine of 2007
      Best Value Merlot of 2007

We got talking to our server about the Reserve Merlots and we were very impressed when he pulled out a bottle of the 2001 and opened it up in front of us. Benziger really do a good job on their reserve Merlots and again this was excellent. Very nice Merlot and seemed excellent value at $42
2003 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon ($49)Rating: C
Jan 6th, 2007
Good fruit, big finish, dark ruby red color. Could so with more time in the bottle but we were impressed
2003 Reserve Merlot ($42)Rating: C
Jan 6th, 2007
Shane had taken a bottle of the 2002 Reserve Merlot to Ireland and everyone who tasted it thought it was incredible so we were looking forward to trying the 2003. We were not disappointed. This is a very well balanced wine with good fruit upfront and a nice, smooth finish
2003 Rose Ranch Merlot ($37)Rating: B-C
Jan 6th, 2007
Nice Merlot. Good fruit. Smooth finish. "Chewy, chocolate flavors"
2004 Oonapais ($50)Rating: B-C
Jan 6th, 2007
Not as good as the impressive Merlots and cab, this is a "biodynamic" wine. It has good fruit and a long finish
2005 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir ($27)Rating: B-C
Feb 6th, 2008
Good fleshy Pinot with balanced fruit on the palate and a pleasant finish.
2003 Caton Vineyard Petite Sirah ($42)Rating: B
Jan 6th, 2007
Was not mad about this wine. Very dry finish again. Not big fruit,you can tell where the main flavours and finish in Ty's Red comes from.
2003 Ty's Red ($35)Rating: B
Jan 6th, 2007
This is a very interesting wine. It is described as a Bordeaux / Rhone blend with 60% Merlot, 26% Syrah and 13% Petite Sirah. It has a very dry finish
2004 Bruschera Vineyard Zinfandel ($45)Rating: B
Jan 6th, 2007
Made from 22 year old vines and aged in French Oak for 19 months, this is a fruity Zin with a touch of spice and pepper
2004 Cabernet Sauvignon ($19)Rating: B
Jan 6th, 2007
Very, very dry finish. Nice fruit upfront but the finish is overpowering. Definitely needs time but not sure how good it would get
2004 Sonoma County Pinot Noir ($25)Rating: B
Jan 6th, 2007
A light Pinot. Easy to drink. As the server said: "It goes with Beef Burgundy", I think he meant Beef Bourguignonne.

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