Benessere Napa Valley Super Napan 2003
This is the fourth release of our "Super-Napan" estate blend called "Phenomenon". The blending of Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Merlot and Syrah is a relatively new "phenomenon" for California. As such, we think it is fitting to name our wine after this occurrence. It is also patterned after some of the "Super-Tuscan" wines of Italy; wines which have crossed the boundaries of regulations and tradition, utilizing superior grape clones and artisan blending to make the best wine possible. On our 42-acre estate, we now have Sangiovese, Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon planted, and we have used each judiciously to craft this premium blend. The winemaking is low-impact, with gentle handling as the key to full extraction of ripe flavors. All hand operations from picking and sorting, through punch-downs and gravity racking, affect the wine in a positive manner. 840 half-cases were bottled on June 1st, 2005. It has received 11 months of bottle aging prior to release on April 10th, 2006. Phenomenon is the pinnacle of winemaking at Benessere. It is produced only in quantities commensurate with our highest expectations. As such, we feel that Phenomenon is a wine that is age-worthy and substantial enough to pair with the heartiest of dishes. This wine has aromas and flavors of dark, ripe cherries and plums, with notes of creamy and toasty oak, and a hint of vanilla. It is perfect to share with friends and family and to toast all joyous occasions. It will age well for the next decade. The 2003 vintage was unique. A late budbreak, followed by late spring rains, delayed the flowering and set of the fruit. A moderately cool summer foretold of a late harvest. However, a few late August and early September "blasts" of heat, coupled with extremely unseasonable thunder and lightning storms, brought the crop in on average of the same time as 2002. Sugar: 0.0
Benessere” is the Italian word for well being and prosperity. This is the feeling we try to embody at Benessere Winery. We are a small family owned, high end producer of Italian varietals, located in the north end of Napa Valley on the valley floor where the soil is well suited for growing excellent wine. We have expanded our selection of varietals to include Zinfandel, Merlot, Syrah and Muscat di Canelli. We also produce an outstanding blend called Phenomenon.