2012 John's Promise
EXCLUSIVE LIBRARY WINE
"My wife Ellen and I made a promise to each other when we first discovered Benessere - a promise to preserve and enhance the incredible bounty of our St. Helena vineyard for the benefit of future generations.
We celebrate our 20th harvest with this inaugural release of John's Promise. An estate-grown, Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend, this wine embodies that promise. It’s densely structured with blackberry fruit flavors complemented by hints of mocha and clove that linger on the finish.
Ready to enjoy today, it was made to age nicely over many years."
- John Benish
The three varieties in the John’s Promise blend were harvested and fermented separately. After a brief cold soak each lot fermented in 10-14 days. The wine was gently pressed off the skin to age in a mix of French and Hungarian oak barrels, with 50% new barrels used for the Cabernet Sauvignon and the Syrah.
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.
This is a wine of elegance and grace. The Aglianico and Syrah contribute blueberry and raspberry aromas to the blackberry and blackcurrant notes from the Cabernet Sauvignon. The influence of the new barrels is subtle and well integrated, adding a bit of structure to the mid-palate and lengthening the finish. The lively interplay of flavors will continue to grow more complex with time in the bottle.
Filet mignon, Saltimbocca, bistecca fiorentina and Portobello. This wine compliments any dish which honors the inherent flavors within finer cuts of red meats.
Vineyard - St. Helena Estate
Blend: 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Aglianico and 5% Syrah.
Brix at Harvest - 24.5
Alcohol - 13.9% by volume
Production - 74 cases