90 points: Sweet jasmine and honeysuckle aromas invite one into this dessert-wine experience, made from the producer’s estate-grown Moscato di Canelli grapes. Thick viscous waves of floral orange blossom, honey and apricot contribute a rich rounded palate of light flavor.
- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast
This brilliantly golden wine draws you in with inviting aromas of passion fruit, honeysuckle, ripe white peach, apricot, jasmine, candied tangerine and lemon zest. It is richly unctuous, but also zingy and zesty. These flavors intensify on the palate, culminating in a satisfying and gratifying finish that goes on and on.
Enjoy on its own for dessert or alongside a fruit tart or grilled peaches with mascarpone and a Balsamic drizzle. Or, place a dollop of: Cambozola cheese on a raisin & rosemary cracker and serve with a toasted pecan.
Vintage and Winemaker Notes
Despite the ongoing statewide drought, Napa Valley received close to average rainfall in 2015-16. More than 12" fell in March 2016, ensuring that the vines had ample water as they emerged from dormancy. The growing season was considerably cooler than in the previous two vintages, allowing us to harvest beautifully ripened grapes at the end of a long growing season.
The grapes for our Moscato are grown on our Estate St. Helena vineyard in a block adjoining the Napa River. We gently press the grapes and conduct a long, slow fermentation at a very low temperature to maintain the floral and tropical fruit flavors that are the hallmark of Moscato.
Blend Composition: 100% Moscato di Canelli
Appellation: Estate St. Helena Vineyard, Napa Valley
Benessere is the Italian word for “well being” or “living the good life” and the name reflects a dedication to producing fine, Napa Valley-grown, Italian varietals and a penchant for providing warm, casual hospitality.
That has been the Benish Family mission since 1994 when thirty vineyard acres surrounding the St. Helena winery were planted primarily to Italian varietals. Their distinctive Italian wine portfolio includes two varieties not found at any other Napa Valley winery - Aglianico and Sagrantino. Oter featured wines include: Sangiovese, Pinot Grigio, Rosato di Sngiovese, Old Vine Collins Holystone Vineyard Zinfandel, Moscato di Canelli, and our proprietary red blend - Phenomenon.
The eclectic, high-quality wine collection combined with a picturesque, vineyard-side setting provides a wine tasting experience unique to the Napa Valley.
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I’m sorry—I just saw this message. I have always been a fan of dessert wines but never before coming to Benessere did I have the opportunity to produce one. Moscato has such wonderful aromatics, and producing a wine in a late harvest style allows those aromas and flavors to be fully expressed. I don’t love this wine more than the other wines I produce, but I do love it. Delicious!
We had the pleasure of receiving the golden email earlier this week telling us that we were to be recipients of a bottle of wine to Lab Rat. ddeuddeg picked up the coveted box from our FedEx Depot and found that it was a 2016 Benessere Vineyards Napa Valley Moscato Di Canelli. He popped it into the fridge right away.
We drink quite a number of dessert wines, usually Ice Wines or Late Harvest Wines. I was looking forward to trying this Moscato, figuring that it would be something a bit lighter and I was correct.
On the nose, I got a bit of honeysuckle and jasmine. The palate shows some peach, apricot, and orange flavors with a finish that lingers. As the wine warmed, the flavors became more intense with a nice, rich mouth feel.
This is a very pleasant, enjoyable quaffing wine. We chose to enjoy this wine on its own, without snacks over the course of two evenings. I like this wine a lot. Nicely done, Benessere! This is a great QPR even at regular winery pricing, with Casemates pricing, this is a steal! Thank you, WD for offering another quality wine!
@klezman This is a well-balanced wine. It is not cloying. It does not have that heavy, thick, rather syrupy viscosity that many Niagara wines have. It’s rather a delicate flower—not super sweet and very pleasant on the mouth-feel.
@michaepf Offers are generally on Mon, Wed, and Fri. Except for one-day deals, as this one and last week’s one. That is said at the top of the site. Generally speaking: you receive an email with the deal the last day of the deal. If you get the email, that’s the last day to buy.
As reported above, we tasted this wine over 2 evenings, but the first evening was after a dinner consisting of a somewhat sweet and very fragrant dinner of Turkish lamb and quince stew, accompanied by a bottle of 2002 Jade Mountain Syrah. Given that kind of competition, this wine fared very well in place of any other dessert. We enjoy dessert wines, and they are readily found in our area, with some of the finest ice wines in the world within an hour’s drive. I got more on the palate than on the nose: pears and peaches, apricots, maybe even quince. Some tropical and citrus notes I can’t pinpoint. A really well-balanced wine, not overly syrupy and sweet, very enjoyable on its own, as we finished the bottle the second evening. At the winery price, it compares very favorably to what we’re used to paying for quality ice wines in our region. At this price, as WD likes to say, it’s a screaming deal, especially for the quality of the wine.
@InFrom you are right, I’m being unfair. I know the Dindarello very well, and I tasted it in many occasion and many vintages. I found the Dindarello structured enough to sustain heavy cheeses and even chocolate cakes. I don’t know this one, so I can’t speak from experience. I was just expressing a preference for the Dindarello (which is a passito of moscato, as this one - so I’m not comparing apples with oranges but, still).
And maybe I’m all wrong, and this is not even a passito. In that case - in case this is not a passito - it’s strange that a small bottle goes for that much.
Anyway, in my opinion a dessert wine should have structure enough to sustain the “heavyness” of butters and creams, and acidity enough to clean the palate. Sweetness can be an issue though, because it has to pair with a very sweet palate already.
@InFrom@salpo I believe this wine meets your criteria for balance, but I made it so I am biased. It is not a passito in the sense of grapes drying after being picked. But they do dry on the vine. I am on the road and don’t have my harvest starts in front of me, but this usually comes in at about 32 Brix, and the press yield are very low thanks to the dehydration