Benessere Pinot Noir Carneros 2002

Winemaker's Notes:

Pinot Noir (and Sangiovese) are not only difficult grapes to grow; they are difficult to produce as well. Most winemakers consider Pinot Noir a masochistic wine, as there is so much that can go wrong. One false step during the growing season or during fermentation, aging and bottling can be disastrous. An otherwise beautiful wine can be ruined by excessive handling or rough treatment. We feel lucky to have made it through two vintages with an excellent Pinot Noir. The grapes were gently destemmed into a small fermentor, where they were allowed to soak for 36 hours before beginning fermentation. After a long, slow fermentation, the must was pressed directly to barrel. One new and one used, French oak barrel were used to age this wine. It was gravity racked twice during its' life in barrel and bottled after 18 months of aging. An extra eight months of bottle age was given prior to release. Andre Tchelitscheff used to say that a good Pinot Noir smelled like a lady's hand coming out of a kid-skin glove. What a descriptor! Pinot Noir is a seductive wine at its' best, and we hope you enjoy this version which we think is loaded with ripe raspberries and strawberry jam. On the palate, it is smooth and seamless, with a beautiful, creamy finish. Pair this wine with game hen, pork loin and ham & gruyere sandwiches. It will age well for five to eight years. Andre Tchelitscheff used to say that a good Pinot Noir smelled like a lady's hand coming out of a kid-skin glove. What a descriptor! Pinot Noir is a seductive wine at its' best, and we hope you enjoy this version which we think is loaded with ripe raspberries and strawberry jam. On the palate, it is smooth and seamless, with a beautiful, creamy finish. Pair this wine with game hen, pork loin and ham & gruyere sandwiches. It will age well for five to eight years. Carneros is located at the southern end of the Napa and Sonoma Valleys. It is a very cool region noted for growing fine Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio (now), and most notably Pinot Noir. Pinot Noir is one of the most finicky varieties to grow. Melissa Moravec has been growing Pinot Noir for many years as the winemaker for Carneros Creek Winery. She and her husband have a small, nine-acre vineyard in the heart of the Carneros region that yields excellent fruit. We were fortunate enough to buy one ton of fruit in both '01 and '02. Both vintages were good growing years and the fruit was hand-harvested at perfect maturity.

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Benessere Vineyards:
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.

Pinot Noir (and Sangiovese) are not only difficult grapes to grow; they are difficult to produce as well. Most winemakers consider Pinot Noir a masochistic wine, as there is so much that can go wrong. One false step during the growing season or during fermentation, aging and bottling can be disastrous. An otherwise beautiful wine can be ruined by excessive handling or rough treatment. We feel lucky to have made it through two vintages with an excellent Pinot Noir. The grapes were gently destemmed into a small fermentor, where they were allowed to soak for 36 hours before beginning fermentation. After a long, slow fermentation, the must was pressed directly to barrel. One new and one used, French oak barrel were used to age this wine. It was gravity racked twice during its' life in barrel and bottled after 18 months of aging. An extra eight months of bottle age was given prior to release. Andre Tchelitscheff used to say that a good Pinot Noir smelled like a lady's hand coming out of a kid-skin glove. What a descriptor! Pinot Noir is a seductive wine at its' best, and we hope you enjoy this version which we think is loaded with ripe raspberries and strawberry jam. On the palate, it is smooth and seamless, with a beautiful, creamy finish. Pair this wine with game hen, pork loin and ham & gruyere sandwiches. It will age well for five to eight years. Andre Tchelitscheff used to say that a good Pinot Noir smelled like a lady's hand coming out of a kid-skin glove. What a descriptor! Pinot Noir is a seductive wine at its' best, and we hope you enjoy this version which we think is loaded with ripe raspberries and strawberry jam. On the palate, it is smooth and seamless, with a beautiful, creamy finish. Pair this wine with game hen, pork loin and ham & gruyere sandwiches. It will age well for five to eight years. Carneros is located at the southern end of the Napa and Sonoma Valleys. It is a very cool region noted for growing fine Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio (now), and most notably Pinot Noir. Pinot Noir is one of the most finicky varieties to grow. Melissa Moravec has been growing Pinot Noir for many years as the winemaker for Carneros Creek Winery. She and her husband have a small, nine-acre vineyard in the heart of the Carneros region that yields excellent fruit. We were fortunate enough to buy one ton of fruit in both '01 and '02. Both vintages were good growing years and the fruit was hand-harvested at perfect maturity.

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