Blend Composition | 100% Aglianico
Harvest Date | October 4
Finished pH | 3.84
Finished TA | 6.2g/L
Alcohol by Volume | 14.8%
Production | 119 cases
We had a wet start to 2017, so welcome after 5 years of drought. The bulk of the rain fell in January and February but rains continued into April, ensuring that the vines would have ample water throughout the growing season. The harvest started more or less on time with average to slightly low yields. What started in water ended in fire. Fortunately we had harvested most of our fruit before the October fires. We did not use any fruit harvested after the fires.
Aglianico is a dark-skinned Italian variety indigenous to the Campania region around Naples. It produces a deep ruby wine with powerful aromas and flavors and significant tannin. Our friends Bill and Kathy Collins grow the only Aglianico in Napa Valley, all of which comes to Benessere. We handle the grapes gently throughout fermentation, with a single daily punchdown to keep the cap moist. The wine matures in a mix of new and used French oak barrels for 18 months before bottling.
The compelling nose offers a full spectrum of flavors from dark chocolate / coffee to blackberry, huckleberry and raspberry. The wine is massively structured and has a long aging potential. We recommend decanting if you drink this wine before 2022.
Pair with a hearty, rich stew, or a classically prepared filet mignon with porcini mushrooms...or simply enjoy by the fireplace on a rainy winter night.
- Matt Reid, Winemaker