Benessere Zinfandel St. Helena Bk Collins-Old Vines 2001
: 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. We treat these grapes with the respect deserving of their vine age. The clusters are gently hand sorted and destemmed, poured into open topped tanks where they were cold-soaked for 3 days prior to fermentation. After a lengthy fermentation with gentle maceration, they are pressed, settled and racked to barrels. The wine was aged for 15 months in French (85%) and American (15%) oak barrels. When you meet Bill Collins, one of the first things you will notice is his Hawaiian shirt. The second thing you will notice--if you have the opportunity to speak with him--is his knowledge of Napa Valley, vineyards and the Navy. He is an Annapolis graduate who immigrated to the Napa Valley in the late 60s, and we are proud to have Bill and Kathy Collins as our neighbors and friends. Their vineyard, planted in 1922 by Chinese immigrants, is a living testimonial to California viticulture. These mature vines are gnarled yet statuesque, and produce a wine of surprising elegance and finesse. Our BK Collins-Old Vine Zinfandel is dark-ruby in color, smells like cherry-cola and raspberry crème brulee. It has a slight touch of sage and even a hint of gaminess, making it the perfect accompaniment to foods such as squab, game hen or teriyaki chicken. In the mouth, it is smooth and seamless, with a pleasing berry-type entry, full mid-palate and lingering finish. Our old-vine Zinfandel is meant to enjoy with old friends or new. It will age well for the next three to five years. Vineyard location - St. Helena (Big Tree Road), Collins Family Vineyard. Vineyard Age - 79 years, planted in 1922
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.