Benessere Zinfandel Napa Valley Black Glass Vineyard 2001
This wine represents the finest Zinfandel we produce at Benessere from our Estate vineyards. We carefully thin each vine in the vineyard from a potential of 5+ tons per acre down to less than 3, thereby maximizing the flavors developed by the remaining fruit. Harvesting at maximum ripeness, without developing port-like characteristics is crucial. Concentration is the hallmark of this vineyard. Gentle handling into our open-topped fermentors and hand-punching the skins into the juice allow the intensity of flavor in the skins to slowly release into the wine. After 32 days on the skins, we pressed the wine into a combination of new, tight-grained American oak and once-used French oak barrels. Decanted twice from the barrel, this wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered on 2/11/03. Vineyard location - St. Helena Estate--"Black Glass Vineyard" Distinctively rich and pure in aroma and flavor, the blackberry and plum fruit characteristics are integrated with toasty vanilla notes from barrel aging. The mouth-feel is overt and full of life. It is a mouth-coating meal in a glass. The fine-grained tannins will dress your tongue in a fine silk tuxedo. Pair this wine with Santa Maria barbecued beef or Tri-tip roast, and aged dry jack cheese. The substantial structure will allow this wine to age well for the next ten-plus years. Lay down one or two bottles to try in five years and you will be rewarded. 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. After several false-starts, the grapes were hand-harvested on September 13th.
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.