The Golden State's 2009 Benchmark wines

27 March, 2009

The California Wine Institute unveiled its Benchmark selection , designed to be a showcase of the region's diversity, priced £5-£10 and £10-£15 at the annual trade tasting this week. They are:

Wines priced £5-£10

Loredona Pinot Grigio 2007

Dancing Bull Sauvignon Blanc 2008

Beringer Vineyards Founder s' Estate Chardonnay 2007

Bogle Winery Chardonnay 2007

Bonterra Vineyards Viognier 2007


Valley Oaks Syrah Rosé 2007

Robert Mondavi Woodbridge Rosé 2007

Hahn Family Wines Cycles Gladiator Pinot Noir 2006

Hahn Family Wines Hahn Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

Ravenswood County Series Lodi Zinfandel 2006

Wines priced £10-£15

Gallo Family Vineyards Laguna Ranch Chardonnay 2006

Bridlewood Reserve Viognier 2007

Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Pinot Noir 2006

Fog Head Blow Sands Syrah 2005

EOS Estate Winery Reserve Petite Sirah 2005

Brazin Old Vine Zinfandel 2006

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