|Owner(s)||Michael Benziger, Danny Fay, Benjamin Flajnik|
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Two boyhood friends, Mike Benziger and Ben Flajnik, launched Evolve Winery in 2008. Another childhood friend, Danny Fay finished his wine MBA in Bordeaux and joined the winery as a partner in July, 2011. A second brand, Epilogue, was then started as a negociant label, to provide a lower price point line of wines. The wines are crafted in Sonoma Valley at Benziger Family Winery.
Ben Flajnik become well-known in the press for his role in "The Bachelor" television program which aired in early 2012.
The partners are engaged in natural farming with the aim of achieving organic and biodynamic goals.
The Envolve Tasting Room is open daily 11-6 at 27 East Napa St., Suite A, Sonoma. Group bookings, private wine tasting with Ben, and private events of up to 50 guests available. 707-939-5385.
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The wines are sold through the winery's online store. Production is about 3,000 cases for the Envolve label with expectations that eventually a goal of 5,000 cases will be reached. Production of Epilogue wines is about 10,000 cases with plans to increase to as much as 50,000 cases annually.
2010 Epilogue North Coast Chardonnay
14.1% alc., $13.99. · Very light straw color and clear in the glass. Aromas of pear, lemon curd and vanilla, fading over time in the glass. A light, crisp style with pear, apple, honey and subtle oak flavors, accented by a flinty, minerally note. Decent. Reviewed April 4, 2012 ARTICLE »
2010 Envolve Carneros Chardonnay
14.1% alc., $24.99. · Light straw color and clear in the glass. Appealing scents of baked apple pie, toffee and caramel. Flavors of honeycomb, green apple, pineapple, toffee and oak. A wine of considerable nuance, leaning a little heavy on oak, with reasonably good length on the refreshing finish. Good (+). Reviewed April 4, 2012 ARTICLE »