Cabernet Sauvignon 65%, Cabernet Franc 12%, Merlot 10%, Malbec 8%, Petit Verdot 5%
  • Benziger Estate Vineyard
  • Sonoma Mountain



The “Vitae Vi – Life Force” lot is a Demeter-certified Biodynamic collaboration between Winemaker Lisa Amaroli and Chris Benziger from Benziger’s Sonoma Mountain Estate, specially crafted for SoCoBA by the Benziger Family, 2022 Sonoma County Barrel Auction Innovator Honorees. Biodynamic farming invites nature into this estate, by nurturing a self-sustaining ecosystem that connects all living things on the estate. The “Life Force” is present throughout the Glen Ellen Ranch, from the Scottish Highlander cattle, to the 30+ sheep, to the insectary garden, every piece contributes to the ecosystem.

The Benziger family has been growing grapes on Sonoma Mountain for over 30 years. The estate encompasses 85 acres, with 35 planted to vineyards and the rest dedicated to the elements of biodynamic, organic and sustainable farming. Situated between 440-645 feet elevation, the ranch is home to varied soil types including volcanic, goulding clay and loam. As innovative leaders in sustainability efforts, every wine in their portfolio carries a third party certification of green farming practices. The Benziger Family’s commitment to earth friendly farming started over 20 years ago when the Sonoma Mountain Estate became the first winery in Sonoma to become Certified Biodynamic. Benziger sees themselves as stewards of the land, they invite nature in instead of pushing it out, ensuring the vineyards are thriving, healthy, and produce wines full of character and conscience.

Winemaker Lisa Amaroli has been making wine at Benziger Family Winery for over twenty years and knows the vineyards inside and out. “I believe the wines are a reflection of the land and of the people who work so hard to bring the wine from grape to bottle and ultimately to the consumer,” says Lisa. “Vitae Vi – Life Force” is an elegant representation of the Sonoma Mountain Estate vineyards, marked by fragrant aromas of sweet earth, rich blackberry and dark chocolate. Flavors of dried raspberry, black cherry and gingerbread spice intermingle on the palate, finishing with velvety, dusty fine tannins. This stunner is poised for aging for the next 10+ years.

WINEMAKER(S): Lisa Amaroli, Chris Benziger


National Distribution: AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI, WY, Washington, DC

International Distribution: Please inquire for more information.

A winemaker dinner or store visit is offered in your market as part of this lot. Must be scheduled on a mutually agreeable date.