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Benessere Zinfandel St. Helena Estate Black Glass 2008

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

This wine announces itself with an initial blast of truffle greeting the nose, following up with earthy, beefy and spicy aromas as well as some floral top notes, a hint of habanero chile and fine black cherry fruit. Lean on entry and a bit tight, this is not a fruit-forward wine. It is laden with earth, light notes of dried fruit and zesty black raspberry in the mouth. A bit of a throwback style. The finish continues the lean theme, throwing on a bit more wood spice but otherwise tending towards austerity and earthy length. This needs food. It does have a light herbal top note in the mouth adding additional complexity, but is not for everyone as it is a savory and austere if fully ripe Zinfandel. Powerful in its own right. 90pts

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Editorial Reviews for Benessere Zinfandel St. Helena Estate Black Glass

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,709
4.00 5
08/06/2012

This wine announces itself with an initial blast of truffle greeting the nose, following up with earthy, beefy and spicy aromas as well as some floral top notes, a hint of habanero chile and fine black cherry fruit. Lean on entry and a bit tight, this is not a fruit-forward wine. It is laden with earth, light notes of dried fruit and zesty black raspberry in the mouth. A bit of a throwback style. The finish continues the lean theme, throwing on a bit more wood spice but otherwise tending towards austerity and earthy length. This needs food. It does have a light herbal top note in the mouth adding additional complexity, but is not for everyone as it is a savory and austere if fully ripe Zinfandel. Powerful in its own right. 90pts


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Snooth User: Kate Statton
8538361,079
3.00 5
08/06/2012

meaty, vegetal, a bit roasted. something about this makes me confused. maybe my palate is feeling tired. still good to drink.


Snooth User: Nicki Gig
1783064,202
3.50 5
Vintage: 2007 01/05/2011

scrumptious aromas of red pepper jams, rich berry fruit, a little spicy on the palate, nice structure, enjoyable fruit/acid/tannin level balance, lingering finish




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