2003 T-bar-T Benchmark
Benchmark is our finest achievement. The first word that comes to mind to describe this wine is luscious. It has exquisite fruit and soft, silky tannins. The blend is Cabernet Sauvignon with Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot - all grown on the T-bar-T Vineyard in the northeast foothills of the Alexander Valley. This release is made entirely from the finest barrels, cherry-picked from the vintage.
Rich, yet superbly elegant, we recommend pan seared lamb chops with turned potatoes and thyme, grilled venison tenderloin with a sauce of sun dried fruit, tian of charred tomatoes and summer vegetables with chevre, red wine braised guinea hen with pancetta and tiny onions, oven roasted sweet peppers stuffed with aged Cheddar and fresh corn.
New release, not yet reviewed. This prior vintage received 94 points in Wine Enthusiast, ranking Benchmark in the top 15 of 150 Cabernet based wines. Wine & Spirits recommended it with 93 points. It also received 90 points and a "Bravo!" from Robert Parker.
Total Production: 195 cases