Friday, November 29, 2013

Benziger Family Winery Chardonnay

This is my favorite chardonney.  You cannot buy it at Costco but it is available at Total Wines for $12.99.  I do not care for a heavy oak, creamy, buttery, butterscotch, chardonnay.  This one spent 8 months in hungarian oak but the result is a fruit forward, medium bodied wine with flavors of pear and citrus.  I also feel a slight fizz on the tongue.  The wine has an A.C. of 13.5%. 

Cindy and I visited the Benziger Family Winery in Sonoma a couple of years ago and it was one of the most interesting vineyards we have ever seen.  Everything is done in an environmentally sustainable way using natural vineyard management.  The birds and other predators eliminate the harmful insects and no chemicals are ever used on the vines.  If you are ever in wine country, be sure and visit this vineyard.