Benessere Sangiovese Napa Valley Rosato 2003
Rosato is made from the "seinnier" or juice letting of the Sangiovese "must" at harvest. The freshly crushed berries yield a pink juice that is drawn off of the fermentor (after approx. 12 hours) and fermented separately in stainless steel and French oak barrels. The resultant wine is a dry, stylistic expression of a white-rose that is meant to be consumed young, and slightly chilled. Very popular in France and Italy, this type of wine is gaining rapid acceptance and a cult following in the U.S. Beautiful dark pink-rose color, strawberry-watermelon on the nose and a fresh fruity strawberry/cherry flavor with a clean, smooth finish are best to describe this wine. This most romantic wine should be paired with honey-baked ham, grilled chicken-apple sausage, tuna nicoise salad, mild cheeses and friends! The 2003 vintage and growing season was not normal. In fact, there has not been a normal vintage for many years. A late bud break, 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. Several selections of our vineyard were the sources of this Rosato. The grapes for this wine have been hand-harvested and sorted.
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.