Bennett Lane 2006 Maximus White Feasting Wine
In search of a Label Art feature for this issue, we took a quick look at the many wines we've got stacked up around here, and this one practically jumped off the rack!
Bennett Lane Winery produces this tasty proprietary white that is quite like a white Meritage in character and heft, but with their own mix of grapes.
Specifically, in this 2006 vintage of their Maximus White Feasting Wine Napa Valley ($28), they've used Sauvignon Blanc (87%), Chardonnay (11%) and Muscat, with the result being a juicy, food-friendly, bright wine that has some added richness and weight mid-palate. Aromatic peach, honeysuckle, ripe tropicals, fig and intense citrus mingle through the full finish. Slightly off dry, but fresh tasting. Ready to drink now.
The label is an homage to the Roman Emperor Magnus Maximus that the label describes as a "notorious winelover and gourmand." And although that description doesn't really figure in most accounts of the fellow, he did seem to be responsible for destroying and pillaging Gaul, where surely much wine was consumed, before hanging out in Wales for an extended period. Judging by the couple of Welshmen we've known, they drink in Wales, too.
Anyway, point is, we're going with it.
The wine is really lovely -- elegant enough for any holiday feast. (Come to think of it, this would make a great Thanksgiving white choice!)
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