Farm Practice: Demeter-certified Biodynamic®
Tasting Notes: This blend was sourced from the steepest slope on our ranch, a challenge for even the most nimble of feet. Dark fruit and spice make an immediate impact on the olfactory. Ripe plum, blackberry and licorice flavors collect on the palate while structured tannins weave a lasting impression.
Vineyard: Joaquin’s Inferno is a Demeter-certified Biodynamic® wine produced entirely from the Benziger Family Estate. This wine is named after Joaquin Corona, whom Mike Benziger has worked with for 30 years- and whom he affectionately refers to as the “grape whisperer”. Joaquin tends the steep and overly crowded vines which sit high atop the hard to farm Sonoma Mountain vineyard block. Because of the difficult positioning of these old head-pruned vines, Joaquin had always referred to them as his inferno…and the name stuck.
Winemaking: Zinfandel, Grenache, Petite Sirah, were co-fermented (42%, 40%, 18%, respectively) in small open top tanks. Native yeasts were fermented and punched down daily by hand. The wine underwent malolactic fermentation and aged in American oak barrels for just over 11 months.
Double Gold - North of the Gate Wine Competition