The prestigious San Francisco Chronicle International Wine Competition recently presented us with the Double Gold medal! We made just 4 barrels of this wine and is likely to Sell Out quickly!
Blend Composition: 100% Sagrantino
Alcohol by Volume: 13.1%
Production: 104 cases
Vineyard: 100% Benessere Estate Fruit
2012 was a glorious growing season throughout the Napa Valley and particularly for the St. Helena Benessere Appellation where Benessere Vineyards resides. An early budbreak and moderate temperatures led to a long, slow ripening period, allowing outstanding flavors to develop at relatively low Brix.
Sagrantino is always one of our last varieties to ripen, but the growing season's moderate weather allowed our Sagrantino to develop the flavors and tannin structure we love about this varietal.
Our Sagrantino was hand-picked and destemmed into a very small open-top fermentor, as we only produced 4 barrels of this wine. During its 14 day fermentation, the must was gently punched down, as to extract color, tannin and flavors from the skins without beating up the seeds. The fermented wine went into once-used French oak barrels for 18 months maturation before bottling without fining or filtration.
Deeply colored and vibrantly aromatic, this intriguing and complex wine offers aromas of blackberry, blackcurrant, strawberry, graphite, blueberry and rich espresso. It is tightly wound in its youth, but shows a wonderful, grippy texture on the palate. This wine's flavor profile will continue to evolve as it ages. (see cellaring & decanting recommendations, below.)
PAIRINGSThis wine can be enjoyed on its own or with an assertive cheese such as gorgonzola or Cambozola. Or, enjoy with lasagna with spinach and sage or pappardelle al sugo di cinghiale (wild boar). This wine has the structure and complexity to pair with the heartiest of foods.
CELLARING & DECANTING RECOMMENDATIONS
The 2012 Sagrantino will continue to age beautifully for 15 years. With cellaring of about 2 years, the tannins will soften and the flavor profile, which is currently tightly wound, will unveil a greater complexity both on your palate and in aromatics. For those who enjoy a firm tannin structure and prefer to enjoy this powerful wine now, we recommend you decant this wine for 30-45 minutes. Taste the wine upon opening your bottle and comparing it to the wine after decanting so that you may witness and appreciate the wine's evolution.
- Matt Reid, Winemaker