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Benessere Zinfandel


Originally published 1:33 p.m., November 17, 2006
Updated 10:18 a.m., December 2, 2006

Repent, and Zin Some More!!

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Winemaker Chris Dearden (pictured below) hits it out of the park once again, with his 2004 Benessere Estate Napa Valley Zinfandel, a sexy, forward Napa Valley zinfandel from the “Black Glass Vineyard.” Nearly opaque and alluringly viscous, this dark purple wine yields up plenty of notes of boysenberry jam, black and white peppercorns, and a catch of fresh raspberries. The mouthfeel is elegant and warm and the finish is like the Energizer Bunny…..it just keeps going, and going, and going.

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I paired the Black Glass Zin with several cheeses, and it virtually sang with a good Petite Basque. Add a bit of lavender-flavored honey to a slice of Petite Basque or Asiago, throw in some lightly toasted pecans, and you’re good to go. This is the perfect holiday wine.

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The Details: The 2004 Benessere Estate Napa Valley Zinfandel is $40. For more info, see www.benesserevineyards.com or click here.

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