posted on July 16, 2008 10:09
Wines of the World: Bennett Lane NApa Valley Maxim
By Renie and Sterling Steves
Unforgettable....Bennett Lane Maximus Red Feasting Wine 2005 ($35) wine lasts in the mouth and in the memory. It's juicy and pleasantly viscous. No shy notes here, it's big. Wine carries to the dark, dense side of your palate. It sits there and waits for food. Holds cherry jam, cassis jelly and red raspberry flavors in the mouth along with cocoa and hints of vanilla. Love this wine. It's velvety and gracious.
Oh, by the way, Maximus Red is 64 percent cabernet sauvignon, 25 percent merlot and 11 percent syrah...an interesting mix of Bordeaux and Rhone varietals.
Maximus White Feasting Wine 2007 ($28) is mainly sauvignon blanc with a little chardonnay and a whiff of muscat. Since it was fermented and aged in stainless steel, the wine displays incredible notes of mandarin orange, key lime and white peaches in the aroma. If the wine isn't icy cold, it displays the roundness of ripe pear and ruby red grapefruit in taste.
The label is elegant. In homage to Roman Emperor Magnus Maximus, a notorious wine lover and gourmand, there is an ancient coin on the label issued in 385 AD during his reign.
Located on Highway 128 approximately two miles north of Calistoga, Calif., Bennett Lane Winery is open to the public daily.