Cabernet Sauvignon / Aglianico Blend
2013 Red Wine
St. Helena

2015 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 19 | Lot No. 207



Cabernet Sauvignon / Aglianico Blend

Red Wine
St. Helena

5 cases produced


  • A unique blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Aglianico, aged for 18 months in new French oak
  • The Aglianico component is aligned with our obsession with Napa Valley-grown Italian varieties
  • Our PNV wine features the only Aglianico grown in the Napa Valley
  • 100% of the fruit was proudly sourced from the St. Helena appellation

Benessere is the Italian word for “well being” or “living the good life” and the name reflects our dedication to producing fine Italian varietals and our penchant for providing warm, casual hospitality. We’ve been showcasing Napa Valley-grown, Italian varietals since 1996 – including the Algianico that is featured in this distinctive Cabernet-based blend. Sourced completely from the St. Helena Appellation, our Premiere Napa Valley wine lot is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon from our estate vineyard and Aglianico from the only Napa Valley planting of that variety – the neighboring Collins Vineyard. This is the only Premier Napa Valley lot featuring Aglianico - a rare varietal grown primarily in the Basilicata and Campania regions of Italy. Our Cabernet Sauvignon is grown on clone 337, providing power and grace, and clone 6, a sparsely yielding clone that adds tannin and color intensity. The Aglianico enhances the aromatic complexity with notes of huckleberry, blueberry and sandalwood, and refines the tannin profile. 18 months in new French oak served to heighten notes of blackberry, cassis, cedar & mocha. The resulting wine embodies the Benessere philosophy of blending Napa Valley and Italian wine making traditions and techniques to produce a truly unique tasting experience. Salutè!

Matt Reid

Winemaker, Benessere

Winemaker, Matt Reid

From steep Napa Valley hillsides to the rich soils of the Valley floor I have learned to adapt my winemaking techniques to allow maximal expression of the grapes and the vineyard sites.

Country born: US

Education: UC-Davis M.S. Viticulture & Enology

Years in the wine industry: 10-15 years

Winemaking Philosophy:
Making wine is a joy. I was slow to choose a career path because my interests are so diverse. Winemaking allows me to synthesize botany, ecology, fermentation, nature, and art. What could be better?

San Gabriel Country Club

350 E. Hermosa Drive
San Gabriel  CA  91775


Premiere Napa Valley Wine Collection

Winery Vintage Variety Appellation Fanciful Auction
Lagniappe Peak Vineyards 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Couplet 22
Benessere 2013 Red Wine St. Helena Cabernet Sauvignon / Aglianico Blend 19
William Hill Estate Winery 2012 Red Wine Napa Valley Benchmark 18
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