Lot #5 BENZIGER FAMILY WINERY, IMAGERY ESTATE WINERY
- Sonoma Valley 50%, Sonoma Mountain 25%, Pine Mountain-Cloverdale Peak 25%
ABOUT THE WINE:
This is a once-in-a-lifetime collaboration between two powerhouse female winemakers – Lisa Amaroli at Benziger Family Winery and Jamie Benziger at Imagery Estate Winery. This “once in a Blue Moon” occurrence pays tribute to the notes of blue fruit found in Malbec. This special five-case auction lot is a blend from four sustainable and Biodynamic farmed Malbec vineyards, showcasing the nuances of Sonoma County microclimates.
For more than forty years, the Benziger family has farmed here in Sonoma County. Benziger estate vineyards are Demeter-certified Biodynamic, the highest level of organic farming. Winemaker Lisa Amaroli has been making wine at Benziger Family Winery for over twenty years and knows the vineyards inside and out. Dedicated to crafting uncommon varietals and rare blends, 2nd Generation Imagery Winemaker Jamie Benziger artfully crafts their collection, pushing the boundaries of traditional winemaking, creating award-winning small lot wines from these unique varietals.
“Blue Moon” combines the styles of this dynamic winemaking duo: finely crafted and finessed, with rich supple tannins, lush fruit, and a kick of spice (just like the winemakers). This softly textured Malbec is luscious and well-rounded, with complex aromatics of black fruit and spice. Notes of blackberry and plum are followed by a hint of clove with pleasant lift on the midpalate. The bold flavors are balanced by a sleek and graceful tannic structure.
WINEMAKER(S): Lisa Amaroli (Benziger Family Winery), Jamie Benziger (Imagery Estate Winery)
ESTIMATED BOTTLING DATE: April 2024
ESTIMATED SHIPPING DATE: December 2024
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: Includes Japan, Korea, Norway; please inquire for additional countries.A winemaker dinner or store visit is offered in your market as part of this lot. Must be scheduled on a mutually agreeable date.