Bennett Valley Cellars began its journey 60 years ago in the Veneta region of Italy.
Young Emilio Zanin eagerly worked in his grandfather's vineyard before and after school where
he learned to love the hard work necessary to make fine wine. After immigrating to
the United States in 1969, Emilio and his family have accomplished their life-long ambition of
having their own vineyards. Nestled in the pristine Bennett Valley appellation within Sonoma
Valley, Bennett Valley Cellars farms 40 acres of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay on two ranches:
Simpatico Ranch and Marina's Vineyard. The well drained volcanic alluvial soils and fog-cooled
climate create an ideal growing environment for producing wines with flavors and aromatic
characteristics unique to this beautiful valley.
Winemaker Toni Stockhausen's career was predestined. Born in Australia's renowned
Hunter Valley to the farmed winemaker Karl Stockhausen, Toni grew up in vineyards and lived
on the winery property, learning her father's art of winemaking. At Charles Stuart University in
Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Toni studied Viticulture and Enology. After graduation, Toni
went on to serve as Winemaker at high-profile wineries: Tisdall Winery, Mildara Blass, and
Windsor Vineyards before coming to Bennett Valley Cellars. Toni's classical style of winemaking
is influenced by exposure to Old World Wines as well as making wine in Australia and California.
Today, Toni works closely with owners Emilio and Luca Zanin crafting small lots of Estate Pinot
Noir and Chardonnay as well as the Sonoma vineyards sourced BIN Series wines.
This wine is deep garnet in color and has a brilliant clarity. The fruits aromas are distinctly
of violets along with some blackberry, allspice and vanilla notes. On the palate, the same
dark fruits mingle with flavors of pomegranate and mocha. Soft acidity allows the fruit characters
to shine through, while the soft tannins linger on the palate. Versatality with food is a hallmark
of all of our wines. Enjoy the 2020 Estate Pinot Noir with a variety of poultry, beef, pork and game,
as well as vegetables, cheeses, olives, and savory dishes.
100% SIMPATICO RANCH
BARREL AGING: 20 months in 90% new French oak, 10% one-year old French oak
CLONE: Dijon Clones 828 and Pommard
SOIL TYPE: VOLCANIC ALLUVIAL
BOTTLING DATE: JUN 23 2022