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Intense blueberry, blackberry, licorice and spice dominate the forward aromas and full-bodied flavors of this superb California Port. True to its inspiration, it combines fruit, sweetness, structure and “grip” (a bit heat from the brandy) in a style that encourages both winter savoring and chilled summer sipping. Already delicious, Benson Ferry Port should develop beautifully in the cellar, if the lucky buyer can resist the temptation to open it!

 

The 2006 95240 Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel's fresh, opulent aroma showcases ripe plum and blueberry fruit along with a hint of cedar. Medium-bodied blackberry and blueberry flavors are complemented by delicate spice complexity and a smooth, silky finish. 

 

Full, forward aromas of black fruit, red fruit and smoke brim from the glass. Flavors are similarly full and forward; a mouth filling mélange of jammy blueberry and loganberry, accented by subtle cinnamon and nutmeg nuances. While big in flavor, the 2006 Nine x Nine shows polish on the palate, with supple texture and a deftly balanced, delicate finish.

 

 

Our garnet colored Pinot Noir from the Clarksburg appellation has a supple strength of its Pinot Noir tannin structure, yet at the same time it is light, crisp and bright in the mouth and in its finish. The aromas of sour cherries, cranberries and just a hint of smokey herbs lead to mouth filling flavors and tannins that complete with a lingering sweetness in the aftertaste. Perfect for lighter foods such as chicken and fish it can also match well to grilled sausages or barbequed ribs.

 

The growing season of 2010 was relatively ideal. The vines started three weeks late in the spring, but the generally cool summer had enough heat spikes to allow us to harvest in late September. Our Zinfandel has aromas of vanilla, black tea, ripe berry jam, and a nuance of black pepper and spices in the finish. It is very soft and very approachable in the mouth, with nicely developed tannins and just a hint of sweetness. This is the kind of easy drinking Zinfandel that has made Lodi Zinfandel famous over the decades.

In short, our 2010 Zinfandel is wonderful just to sip all by itself but it will work with just about any traditional red wine match including grilled salmon. In particular, with its classic flavors and soft finish, it will be awesome with classic comfort food dishes such as osso bucco, rich ragu pasta, or a hearty stew. Be warned, if you are having friends over, the conversation will be lively and the bottle will empty soon, so have a few extra bottles in reserve.

 

 

The 2010 Benson Ferry Pinot Gris features fresh pineapple, kiwi, lime and honeysuckle aromas and flavors. Deliciously bright and light on the palate, this dry white wine has a clean, crisp finish that invites second (and third) glasses. Delightful all by itself, it also pairs well with a wide variety of casual fare.

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

  

 

  

  

 

  

 

 

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