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Freedom To Blend - Winemakers Aim for a Sense of Place in Nonvarietal Wines

by Bill Daley

There is a kindred spirit to these wines that goes beyond their Napa Valley address.  Cabernet Sauvignon is dominant in most, with varying percentages of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.  All evolve markedly in the glass with time, offering a changing roster of flavors and aromas.  Where they differed was on price, ranging from $25 to $140.

2006 Bennett Lane Maximus

This "red feasting wine" is 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 10% Syrah and 5% Malbec.  Colored a dark brick red, with a spicy nose of cinnamon and black pepper, this wine is plush with rich blackberry flavors.  Three Stars.  $35

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