This elegant, supremely distinctive cru displays an unbelievably rich array of aromas and sensory impressions. One hundred per cent Chardonnay sourced from the vineyard of the same name, at 700 metres' elevation, it was produced for the first time in 1973 and was Italy's first barrique-aged white wine. (Riserva since 2005)
VINTAGE REPORT The 2010 harvest concluded on October 20. Spring 2010 was marked by frequent rainstorms, which made life difficult for the viticulturalists with regard to vineyard operation and anti-fungal efforts, but the rain also had the benefit of building up groundwater reserves. The summer months experienced a rather even alternation of decent rains and sunny days. September brought ideal conditions, with cool nights and warm, sunny days right through to the end of the harvest. The upshot was that the vines performed splendidly, and the fruit arrived in the cellar with optimal ripeness levels. The Chardonnay planted in the Benefizio vineyard, which yields the wine of the same name, was picked at the end of September, to make sure that the grapes were perfectly ripe and that they would yield a wine with an impressive structure and good alcohol.
GRAPE VARIETY Chardonnay
TASTING NOTES Benefizio Riserva 2010 is a straw-coloured yellow full of golden highlights with clear and luminous brilliance. The nose offers floral notes of mimosa and orange blossoms, accompanied by fruity perfumes of apple and pineapple. In the background are hints of citrus, honey, flint and candied fruit. Pleasingly luscious and fresh in the mouth.
SERVING SUGGESTIONS Vegetable soups, baked sea bream, baked salmon fillet, caviar.