Benessere Sangiovese Napa Valley 2001
About This Wine: Sangiovese is a wine that pairs well with many types of meals. The soft, medium body, spicy character, seductive perfume and generous fruit from the wine are complementary to most foods ranging from Chilean Sea bass with tomato remouillade, to grilled poultry and more substantial beef and lamb dishes. It was created for pizza and pasta dishes with either mushroom or marinara derived sauces. This wine will age well for 10+ years and develop more complexity and character with age. Drink this wine and remember the motto of the winery: “Sangiovese, if you can pronounce it, you can have another glass.”<br/><br/> <strong>Vintage:</strong> The 2001 growing season was a roller coaster of sorts. A dry winter and the most severe frost in 20 years put all vineyard managers on alert that 2001 would be a challenge. The hottest May on record, followed by a very warm June and July predicted an early harvest. August cooled off considerably, allowing the grapes to ripen more slowly. The grapes were hand-harvested beginning on September 18th.<br/><br/> <strong>Winegrowing:</strong> The newest major red varietal in California is Sangiovese. As with all varietals, understanding the grape, and where it is grown are paramount to the success of making good wine. With over 12 different clones planted on our estate in St. Helena, we are confident in our ability to grow great wine grapes in Napa Valley. We are pioneering the effort for the production of Sangiovese as a serious red wine. We have much work in front of us, but that is part of the allure for us to this varietal: mapping the course for the grape and wine. We continue to thin the vineyard to one cluster per shoot to minimize yield and maximize intensity. Harvest occurs when the fruit is ripe with flavor. The winemaking is only administered in small doses and is meant to allow the fruit to be showcased. Our minimal efforts produce a fruit-forward wine with texture and depth.<br/><br/> About The Winery: “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.<br/><br/> The property was purchased in 1994 by John Benish. At that time it had been abandoned for some years. It has now been restored and everyone who visits comments on our beautiful setting. The buildings are sunny yellow, the flowers are breathtaking and visitors like to linger to enjoy the ambiance while sipping our exquisite wine. Because we are small, we pride ourselves on individual attention to all our visitors. Everyone who comes is treated as company and we hope you will feel this when you visit us.<br/><br/> In 1998 we harvested our first crop. Sangiovese is our signature wine. This beautiful deep-ruby colored, aromatic wine pairs well with all foods. We are continuing in our quest to produce the finest Sangiovese possible through gentle handling of the fruit and of the resulting wine. The Black Glass Zinfandel is exceptional and can be drunk for special occasions or for every day. You will enjoy it immensely. We make a Pinot Grigio, loved for its clean crisp taste, with fruit that has been purchased in Carneros. Every year we sell out of this very quickly.<br/><br/> We have expanded our selection of varietals to include Zinfandel, Merlot, Syrah and Muscat di Canelli. We also produce an outstanding blend called Phenomenon.<br/><br/> The wine club is open to new members. Some of our wine can be bought only through the wine club. Although we have a large group we give them all individual attention, and even have several parties a year open only to our members. They are very festive affairs and our members always enjoy these events.<br/><br/> In addition to our beautiful property and beautiful wine, we also have the distinctive possibility of being the only place where the late Luciano Pavarotti, the world famous tenor, made his only movie, “Yes, Giorgio”. The movie company installed a tennis court especially so Luciano could play tennis in that movie.<br/><br/> We would be honored to have you visit our winery.<br/><br/> Technical Analysis: <strong>Blend Composition</strong>: 100% Sangiovese<br/><br/> <strong>Harvest date:</strong> September 18-27, 2001<br/><br/> <strong>Brix at Harvest:</strong> 25.1-26.7<br/><br/> <strong>Vineyard location:</strong> St. Helena Estate and Oakville appellations<br/><br/> <strong>Finished pH:</strong> 3.61<br/><br/> <strong>Finished TA:</strong> 0.57 g/100ml<br/><br/> <strong>Alcohol:</strong> 14.3 % by volume<br/><br/> <strong>Production:</strong> 1253 cases<br/><br/>
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.