Bennett Valley Cellars began its journey 60 years ago in the Veneto 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 famed 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 Viticulutre 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.
Bright fresh aromas of apple and pear with hints of lemon zest and flint make this wine stand
out from typical Chardonnay. The absence of oak allows the fruit and mineral flavors to mingle with
the bright acidity and finish clean on the palate. The wine is refreshing on its own or pairs very well with
fresh fish, cheese, and spicy cuisine.
BARREL AGING: FERMENTED IN STAINLESS STEEL
CLONE: WENTE, CLONE 4
SOIL TYPE: Mixed
BOTTLING DATE: JUN 27, 2022
TA 5.88 g/L