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This wine packs some serious nostalgia on the nose. As a 90s kid in New Jersey, I was probably of the last generation to enjoy Pennsylvania Dutch Birch Beer widely distributed. Every Pizza shop, restaurant, bar had this beverage, and then one day it was gone. And today it popped back up trying this wine.
Benchlands is a light red with playful light fruit flavors such as orange and tart cherry that make it a perfect treat for summer. To be enjoyed sitting on the porch or patio with family. Enjoy the little things before they are gone.
USNW Classification: Natural
Varietal & Type: 38% Zinfandel, 21% Petite Sirah, 17% Carignan, 4% Valdiguie, 4% Colombard
Enchiladas, chicken tinga and grilled green veggies
About the Winemaker
Martha Stoumen Wines was founded upon the desire to recapture a farming and winemaking culture that has all but faded away: a winemaking culture of patience.
For my wines I lease and farm around half of the vineyards myself. The other half are farmed by multi-generation farmers who understand their land, and their family's land, far better than I ever will, and who farm with my same philosophies in mind. Patience in the vineyard means composting rather than adding synthetic fertilizers, allowing predatory insects the ability to outcompete pests rather than spraying insecticides, and doing proper handwork, such as pruning for vine longevity rather than high yields.
In the cellar, I use a minimalist winemaking approach. Patience in the cellar means letting the natural yeast and bacteria present on the grape skins perform fermentation, and allowing longer macerations and aging to provide stability rather than using added tannin, acid, or stabilizing agents in my wines. Above all, I strive to make wines that are delicious, joyful, and truly representative of California.
US Natural Wine ships once a week, every Wednesday. All orders should be placed by Tuesday at 10am in order to be picked up from our distributors and out on Wednesday's delivery truck.
Shipping cost is 18 bucks a box (up to 12 bottles) so we highly encourage picking up more than 1 bottle for the best value!
At $18, we have some of the most competitive shipping rates compared to other low-intervention wine e-commerce, which can range from $20-$25 a box. Ultimately, we eat the cost of shipping more often than not because wine can be damn heavy. As a small business, we are simply unable to offer free shipping. We can't thank you enough for your understanding!