Tuesday, January 18, 2022

2020 Benvenuti Teran Rosé: Another Istrian Delight

Yesterday, I reviewed an Istrian wine, from a winery near Motovun, and today I'm here with another Istrian wine review, from a different winery near Motovun. 

The Benvenuti Winery is located in the small village of Kaldir, and was established in 2003, although the Benvenuti family has been involved in winemaking since 1946, when Pier Benvenuti, first planted a vineyard. The winery primarily grows three indigenous varieties, Malvasia Istriana, Teran and Muscat, over 20 hectares of vineyards. They have some white soils which have plenty of clay and limestone, helloing provide some minerality to their wines.

The 2020 Benvenuti Teran Rosé ($24) is produced form 100% Teran. Teran, also known as Terrano, is a red grape, native to the Istrian region of Croatia, Slovenia and Italy. It's known history extends back nearly 700 years, to a document dated from November 1340. I've enjoyed some Teran red wines before, although I want to sample more, to understand its diversity. 

With a 13% ABV, this Rosé has a bright pink color and an appealing nose of red fruits and mild citrus. On the palate, it was crisp and dry, with tasty flavors of strawberries and raspberries, with a hint of citrus, a backbone of minerality, and some herbal touches. Nice complexity and a pleasing finish. An easy drinking, food friendly wine which would help usher in the spring a bit early. This wine can be found locally at Bin Ends for $19.20.

Why aren't you drinking more Croatian wines?

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