Phenomenon Red Blend 2003
About This Wine: When the cork is first pulled, the wine shows every single one of its 6 year bottle age in a luxurious crimson hue with substantial rim variation. The initial nose is muted fruit compote, disguising the pleasures that await one who is patient enough to decant. After blossoming, the palate shows dark fruits like raspberry, blueberry, dark cherry, and hint of ripe fig on the finish.<br/><br/> This is a rich but subtle wine. It would be a formidable pairing with something as complex as Oso Bucco or short rib braise, but it would also sing with a more nuanced dish such as a wild mushroom risotto, blackened halibut tacos, or grilled lamb kabobs<br/><br/> <strong>Vintage:</strong> The 2003 vintage was unique. A late budbreak, 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.<br/><br/> <strong>Vineyard:</strong> We limited the crop on our young vines to one cluster per shoot, and thus obtained a meager 2.27 tons per acre average yield. These low yields ensure the production of intensely flavored fruit.<br/><br/> <strong>Winemaking:</strong> This 2003 vintage was the fourth release of our Phenomenon proprietary red blend patterned after the Super-Tuscan wines of Italy. We selected 4 varietals from our 42-acre estate for this blend of 39% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Sangiovese, 18% Merlot an 11% Syrah. The winemaking is low-impact, using all hand operations from picking and sorting, through punch-downs and gravity racking. Only 420 cases were produced, bottled on June 1st, 2005.<br/><br/> About The Winery: “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.<br/><br/> The property was purchased in 1994 by John Benish. At that time it had been abandoned for some years. It has now been restored and everyone who visits comments on our beautiful setting. The buildings are sunny yellow, the flowers are breathtaking and visitors like to linger to enjoy the ambiance while sipping our exquisite wine. Because we are small, we pride ourselves on individual attention to all our visitors. Everyone who comes is treated as company and we hope you will feel this when you visit us.<br/><br/> In 1998 we harvested our first crop. Sangiovese is our signature wine. This beautiful deep-ruby colored, aromatic wine pairs well with all foods. We are continuing in our quest to produce the finest Sangiovese possible through gentle handling of the fruit and of the resulting wine. The Black Glass Zinfandel is exceptional and can be drunk for special occasions or for every day. You will enjoy it immensely. We make a Pinot Grigio, loved for its clean crisp taste, with fruit that has been purchased in Carneros. Every year we sell out of this very quickly.<br/><br/> We have expanded our selection of varietals to include Zinfandel, Merlot, Syrah and Muscat di Canelli. We also produce an outstanding blend called Phenomenon.<br/><br/> The wine club is open to new members. Some of our wine can be bought only through the wine club. Although we have a large group we give them all individual attention, and even have several parties a year open only to our members. They are very festive affairs and our members always enjoy these events.<br/><br/> In addition to our beautiful property and beautiful wine, we also have the distinctive possibility of being the only place where the late Luciano Pavarotti, the world famous tenor, made his only movie, “Yes, Giorgio”. The movie company installed a tennis court especially so Luciano could play tennis in that movie.<br/><br/> We would be honored to have you visit our winery.<br/><br/> Technical Analysis: <strong>Vineyards:</strong> Benessere Estate, North St. Helena<br/><br/> <strong>Blend Composition:</strong> 39% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Sangiovese, 18% Merlot, 11% Syrah<br/><br/> <strong>Finished pH:</strong> 3.65<br/><br/> <strong>Finished TA:</strong> 0.54 g/100ml<br/><br/> <strong>Alcohol:</strong> 14.3% by volume<br/><br/> <strong>Production:</strong> 420 cases<br/><br/> <strong>Suggested Retail:</strong> $60.00 per bottle<br/><br/>
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.