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Benessere Vineyards 2010 Napa Valley Pinot Grigio - Review

Carneros, California

Our Selection for Wine of the Week June 18, 2012

A bottle of Benessere Vineyards 2010 Napa Valley Pinot Grigio, our wine of the week

Benessere Vineyards
2010 Napa Valley Pinot Grigio

Carneros, CA

In 1994, the Benish family purchased a vineyard property situated along the Napa River between Calistoga and St. Helena. Naming their winery Benessere, the Italian word for well-being, the Benishs focused their attention on Italian varietals. Under the guidance of winemaker Jack Stuart, Benessere currently produces Sangiovese, Aglianico, Sagrantino, Merlot, Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, a number of red blends, a Rosato and Pinot Grigio. Although the winery plans on producing Pinot Grigio on its estate by 2013, the 2010 Pinot Grigio was sourced from the Carneros region. The wine is fresh, light and palate-pleasing. On the nose it offers white flower aromas with just a hint of spice. Tart, refreshing fruit flavors include fresh squeezed lemon, lime and apricot with a bit of minerality toward the back of the palate. The wine's finish is fairly lean but pleasingly clean. It would make an appealing aperitif. For dinner, try it with pan-seared snapper or other delicate white fish in a citrus sauce. It would also work well with roast chicken and apricots, soft-shelled crabs or cod cakes.

Rating: 13.5/20

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Benessere Vineyards 2011 Rosato

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