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The Imbiber
August 2007
Racing and the Age of Love by Dan Dunn

....Randy Lynch, owner of the Bennett Lane winery in Calistoga, is hoping to change the perception of NASCAR fans as nothing but a bunch of beer-swilling hillbillies by sponsoring his very own race team. The Imbiber dropped by Lynch's Napa estate last weekend to get a first-hand look at one of the cars, and I must say it had everything I suspect you'd need to win a NASCAR race - wheels, an engine with lots of pipe-thingies … and, of course, loud sponsorship logos. You can't compete without ‘em. It's also a good idea to make sure the chassis is always lubed, if you know what I'm saying (wink, wink!) Lynch wouldn't let me test-drive the car, so I took some of his wines for a spin instead. The results:

2004 Cabernet Sauvignon ($55): Has a kickin' body like that 48-year-old on "Age of Love,"..........

2004 Maximus ($35): A great buy. A blend of Cab (51%), Merlot (29%) and Syrah (you do the math) that revs like a 600-horsepower engine. Wait, is six hundred too many horses? As you may have guessed, I'm leasing a Cabriolet.

2004 Primus Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon ($95): Tastes like a vanilla sundae topped with chocolate sauce and cherries. They only produced 700 cases, so act now! Cellar it for a decade or so.

Welcome to Bennett Lane Winery  - Home of 36 90+ Point Wines from Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast and Robert Parker's Wine Advocate


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