Bennett Valley Cellars began its journey 60 years ago in the Veneto region in 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 in 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.
The wine is perfectly balanced with moderate alcohol and crisp acidity accentuating the
bright fruit flavors. Our Chardonnay shows aromas of ripe peach, white nectarine, and
citrus blossom. It is dry on the palate, with refreshing flavors of pear and tropical fruit and
finishes with light, toasty notes and crisp acidity. The 2021 Chardonnay shows the unique
aromas that have made Chardonnay the choice of wine lovers around the world. It is a wine
to enjoy with friends and favorite meals.
Barrel aging: 9 months in 100% new French Oak
Vineyard: Simpatico Ranch
Cases produced: 399
Soil type: Alluvial
Bottling date: June 8th 2022