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2010 Black Glass Zinfandel

 

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2010 Black Glass Zinfandel

Price: $32.00
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THE VINTAGE
Cool temperatures in 2010 led to a long growing season.  A post-verasion heat spike briefly accelerated ripening before cooler than normal temperatures returned, allowing the grapes to ripen at their leisure.  

 
WINEMAKING
Our estate Black Glass Vineyard Zinfandel takes its name from the obsidian that surfaces in the vineyard after each rain. Much of this obsidian was shaped into spear points or arrowheads 150 years ago. Zinfandel seems to thrive here—perhaps the black obsidian captures heat that lets the vine roots develop more healthy structures.

In the winery we treat our Zinfandel as gently as our Sangiovese. We ferment in open top tanks and gently punch down twice each day. When the fermentation is complete we mature the wine in mostly neutral French and Hungarian oak barrels, as well as a few, larger puncheons.
 
TASTING NOTES
Black Glass Zinfandel from the Benessere Estate is rich and layered. Black raspberry and blueberry aromas emerge from the glass. Fine-grained tannins show just a kiss of new French oak. Hints of black pepper play off the deep fruit flavors. Rich cocoa/mocha flavors emerge on the palate and carry through the long finish.

PAIRING
This wine is complex and elegant enough to sip without food, but oh the pairing possibilities!  Try with grilled sausage or ribs, pizza with prosciutto and arugula or tomato based pastas.  
      --Matt Reid, Winemaker

Technical Notes:
Vineyard - St. Helena Estate
Harvest Date - September 14
Brix at Harvest - 26
Finished pH - 3.61
Finished TA - 6.1g/liter
Alcohol - 14.7% by volume
Production - 614 cases



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