• Piero Benevelli in Bothell on Saturday the 26th?

    Saturday the 26th at 3pm
    We'll be taking a trip through Piedmont this Saturday with Piero Benevelli.  Piero's son  Massimo has taken control of the estate and has been in training since he was 14 years old.  Needless to say..he might know a thing or two about their soil and how to grow the grapes.  
    The only wine I was not able to get was the Freisa which he makes very little of but the rest is here and ready for some palates.  These are the kinda wines you'll want on the Easter dinner table.  If you're looking for a delicate yet flavorful wine or just need a seriously full-bodied red for that prime rib...Benevelli is gonna have what you want.
    2012 Piero Benevelli Dolcetto D'Alba "La Costa"Though Dolcetto often takes a back seat to Nebbiolo in Piemonte’s grape hierarchy, it would be a mistake to overlook its virtues. For starters, its versatility in the vineyard makes it a godsend from a grower’s point of view: it ripens pretty much anywhere, allowing vignerons to reserve their best sites for the late-ripening Nebbiolo. Additionally, Dolcetto is always drinkable upon release, giving producers a source of immediate revenue while more so-called serious wines complete their barrel aging regimen. Winemaker Massimo Benevelli might enjoy his Dolcetto with a Piemontese specialty like carne cruda (thinly sliced raw veal), but its juicy blackberry tones and soft, gratifying finish make it perfect for anything from pizza to hot chorizo. –Anthony Lynch
    2012 Piero Benevelli Barbera d’Alba Bricco Ravera - The 2012 Bricco Ravera Barbera d’ Alba starts with an intense and earthy entry with violets, plum, game and wild mushroom notes leading to layers of blackberry, red cherry, light mineral elements and savory spices with licorice, saline and tangy currant. This wine seems vigorous, robust and has a nice interchange of sweet, sour and savory, there is density and good almost full figured body, firm fine grain tannins, but with drive and focus with juicy acidity making for a very savvy wine, best with simple cuisine, this Barbera has a hint of rustic charm and lots of character.
    2013 Piero Benevelli Langhe Nebbiolo - Leafier youth, earthy roses, quite classic. Juicy soft on the mid, fresh and bright tightness of tannins on the back, quite generous with good weight and length.  I'd pair this up with the prime rib or even a duck.  Quack quack!
    2010 Piero Benevelli Barolo Ravera - Now what we have here is what I would call a textbook Barolo and from the Ravera hillside.  This wine is all about power and elegance.  The nose is your typical Barolo but with more power.  The tobacco and rose really come out on the nose yet on the palate you have an elegance to it with some chewy tannins.  It's almost impossible to explain this wine without tasting it.
    There you have it.
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