Once again, family Benvenuti surpassed all our expectations, and probably their own as well. In the past few years, it has become clear that we can expect great things from them. Their success is above all a result, i.e. the crowning achievement of their clear vision and philosophy, as well as their determination (one of the basic characteristics of big names in winemaking) to make their ideas a reality.
When we thought that things cannot get better after the 2007 Teran wine and regular 2009 Malmsey, they released a macerated beauty in Malmsey Anno Domini 2008 and the grand 2008 Teran, the deserved winner of this year’s Vinistra. We are particularly thrilled by the fact that for two years in a row they managed to produce wines of uniform quality. We wonder what they will be like in 2009.
The wine seems very vivid in the glass, with a deep and opaque dark red hue that completely corresponds to its variety. When you breathe it in, you open a whole palette of appealing aromas that grow increasingly deeper, showcasing the multiple aroma layers. The most pronounced feature is the fruitiness (dark berry fruits like blueberries and forest blackberries) that perfectly complements moderate oak (smoke, leather, culinary herbs).
The wine we tasted impressed us the most with its strength and richness, as well with the aroma clarity and focus, strewn with elegance and a refined nature (that is an integral part of the flavor experience). If we could describe the aroma as “silky”, it would the best fitting word for this aroma profile.
The palate reveals the strongly sour backbone typical for Teran wines that extends throughout the sip (lovers of truly traditional Teran wines will know what we’re talking about), supported by the mild extract that coats the entire mouth. The flavor is complemented by mild spiciness from the oak that can be also credited with softening the flavor. We think that the decision age the wine for a long time in huge oak barrels, that go particularly well with mineral wines, are the reason for the success of Benvenuti wines. This specimen best reconciles the firm, “wild” side of the Teran wine with its modernistic potential, making it appealing to a wider audience.
It is not our custom or goal to write about wines that have already received great attention in the media, but from time to time, we are sometimes so thrilled by a wine that we simply cannot help ourselves but to write a few words about the reason why we are so thrilled. We think that this is one of the three best Istrian wines on the market today, with a great potential for development. Kudos.
Best paired with:
Istrian prosciutto, game salami, lamb under lid, boskarin zgvacet with polenta, grilled marinated rump steak
16 to 18ºC
around 110 kuna