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Benessere Zinfandel St. Helena Bk Collins-Old Vines 2002

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2002 vintage growing season was memorable. A moderately dry winter and the second consecutive year of severe spring frost damage coupled with heavy rains during "bloom" caused a "natural" thinning by Mother Nature. June and July were on the cool side of the dial, but August produced an early heat spike that ratcheted up the maturity of all varietals. A September warming trend relieved our fears that it would be a late harvest, allowing the grapes to ripen fully. 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. Vineyard location - St. Helena (Big Tree Road), Collins Family Vineyard. Vineyard Age - 80 years, planted in 1922. 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. 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 Old Vine Zinfandel is dark-ruby/purple in color, smells like violets, sandalwood, the dusty earth where it was grown and pencil shavings. The taste is of ripe plums and the perfume of sweet French Prunes, and it finishes with a smooth and seductive touch of finesse befitting these age-old vines. 2002 BK Collins Zinfandel notes 2002 BK Collins Zinfandel label Our Old Vine Zinfandel is dark-ruby/purple in color, smells like violets, sandalwood, the dusty earth where it was grown and pencil shavings. The taste is of ripe plums and the perfume of sweet French Prunes, and it finishes with a smooth and seductive touch of finesse befitting these age-old vines. Pair this wine with squab, game hen or teriyaki chicken. Our old-vine Zinfandel is meant to enjoy with friends. It will age well for the next three to seven years.

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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.

The 2002 vintage growing season was memorable. A moderately dry winter and the second consecutive year of severe spring frost damage coupled with heavy rains during "bloom" caused a "natural" thinning by Mother Nature. June and July were on the cool side of the dial, but August produced an early heat spike that ratcheted up the maturity of all varietals. A September warming trend relieved our fears that it would be a late harvest, allowing the grapes to ripen fully. 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. Vineyard location - St. Helena (Big Tree Road), Collins Family Vineyard. Vineyard Age - 80 years, planted in 1922. 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. 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 Old Vine Zinfandel is dark-ruby/purple in color, smells like violets, sandalwood, the dusty earth where it was grown and pencil shavings. The taste is of ripe plums and the perfume of sweet French Prunes, and it finishes with a smooth and seductive touch of finesse befitting these age-old vines. 2002 BK Collins Zinfandel notes 2002 BK Collins Zinfandel label Our Old Vine Zinfandel is dark-ruby/purple in color, smells like violets, sandalwood, the dusty earth where it was grown and pencil shavings. The taste is of ripe plums and the perfume of sweet French Prunes, and it finishes with a smooth and seductive touch of finesse befitting these age-old vines. Pair this wine with squab, game hen or teriyaki chicken. Our old-vine Zinfandel is meant to enjoy with friends. It will age well for the next three to seven years.

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