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Benziger Family Winery Muscat Canelli Lake County Bartolucci Vineyard 2006

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VINTAGE 2006 RELEASE DATE May 2007 AVAILABILITY Winery Only VINEYARD Bartolucci APPELLATION Lake County VINIFICATION: In the winery we use whole cluster pressing and an aggressive press cut to insure beautiful floral fruit without astringency. Tank fermentation at low temperatures allows us to slow the fermentation process to preserve fruit flavors and aromas. We stop the fermentations with just enough residual sugar to emphasize and balance the crisp acidity. The wine was bottled in January 2004. Alcohol 12%, pH 3.13, Total acidity .63, Residual sugar 5.2%. 824 cases produced. VINTAGE: 2006 was truly a year won in the vineyard. A record heat spike that lasted 10 days in July shut down the vines until the weather cooled again, and made growers nervous about sunburn on the ripening grapes. Later in the year, rain led to frantic leafing in an effort to let sun and air into the clusters. Botrytis was a threat, especially to Chardonnay, and many growers had to drop clusters that had started to rot or were touching other clusters. In late October the weather dried up and warmed giving grapes a little more hang time. Overall, it was a late harvest and with excellent quality and some of the largest volumes of Pinot and Cabernet that Sonoma County has seen in many years.

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Benziger Family Winery:
At the forefront of certified Biodynamic®, organic and sustainable grape growing in America, Benziger Family Winery produces fine wines that authentically express the grape variety, the vintage and the vineyard. We produce Sonoma County varietals, blends, and single vineyard designate wines, all grown and produced using agricultural and business practices that are good for the earth and the v... Read more
At the forefront of certified Biodynamic®, organic and sustainable grape growing in America, Benziger Family Winery produces fine wines that authentically express the grape variety, the vintage and the vineyard. We produce Sonoma County varietals, blends, and single vineyard designate wines, all grown and produced using agricultural and business practices that are good for the earth and the vine, good for the farm-worker and the farmer, and good for our colleagues and our customers. Read less

VINTAGE 2006 RELEASE DATE May 2007 AVAILABILITY Winery Only VINEYARD Bartolucci APPELLATION Lake County VINIFICATION: In the winery we use whole cluster pressing and an aggressive press cut to insure beautiful floral fruit without astringency. Tank fermentation at low temperatures allows us to slow the fermentation process to preserve fruit flavors and aromas. We stop the fermentations with just enough residual sugar to emphasize and balance the crisp acidity. The wine was bottled in January 2004. Alcohol 12%, pH 3.13, Total acidity .63, Residual sugar 5.2%. 824 cases produced. VINTAGE: 2006 was truly a year won in the vineyard. A record heat spike that lasted 10 days in July shut down the vines until the weather cooled again, and made growers nervous about sunburn on the ripening grapes. Later in the year, rain led to frantic leafing in an effort to let sun and air into the clusters. Botrytis was a threat, especially to Chardonnay, and many growers had to drop clusters that had started to rot or were touching other clusters. In late October the weather dried up and warmed giving grapes a little more hang time. Overall, it was a late harvest and with excellent quality and some of the largest volumes of Pinot and Cabernet that Sonoma County has seen in many years.

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