Bottle of Benom Paso Robles Contrast


64% Chardonnay & 36% Sauvignon Blanc

This wine is characterized by a pale yellow gold coloring. Its mineral-accented nose opens with a lovely perfume of white peach, citrus blossom and beeswax, followed by hints of jasmine and fennel. Bright and focused on the palate with lip-smacking freshness, Contrast shows a silky mouth-coating texture with impressive energy and balance. With a mineral-driven finish, this white is not only expressive right now but will age beautifully over the next decade.



Contrast is a perfect example of what is possible in California but nearly outlawed in France: a co-ferment of Sauvignon Blanc & Chardonnay. When it comes to the “different & eclectic” offerings the Fabre brothers were looking to craft, Contrast is nearly the definition. In France, these varietals from Bordeaux/Loire and Burgundy are competitors; in Paso Robles, their opposing terroirs and characteristics work in harmony to deliver a stunningly unique wine. Crafted in a Chablis/Sancerre style, most of the acidity and brightness is garnered from the Chardonnay, while the Sauvignon Blanc is allowed an extended ripening to bring about tropical notes.

2018 Vintage

60% Chardonnay & 40% Sauvignon Blanc

Tasting Notes:
The 2018 vintage of Contrast is highlighted by a pale gold coloring. Its nose opens to a stunning bouquet of white peach, citrus blossoms, tropical fruit and beeswax. Light to medium-bodied, this wine is bright and fresh with a long, beautiful finish. This wine is showing beautifully now, but will easily age for another 5+ years.

Drinking Window:
Now to 2029+

2017 Vintage

59% Sauvignon Blanc, 41% Chardonnay

Solomon Hills Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley and Parrish Family Vineyard, Adelaida

Soil Profile:
Sand and clay

Co-fermented in stainless steel for 3 weeks

6 months in neutral oak

Drinking Window:
Now to 2027+

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