South Florida Sun-Sentinel, March 1 2007
Bennetts rev up reds and NASCAR
by Bob Hosman
According to a recent AC Nielsen report, wine consumption among NASCAR fans is up 22 percent over last year. That's good news for Randy and Lisa Lynch, owners of Bennett Lane Winery in Napa. They are the first California vintners to sponsor a NASCAR team.
When the Lynches bought Bennett Lane Winery in 2003, they quickly turned it into one of California's best wineries as well as best-kept secrets.
If you're among those who haven't tasted what Bennett has to offer, you're in for a treat. Concentrating on cabernet sauvignon, Bennett brought Rob Hunter on board as winemaker, signed contracts for some of the best fruit in the Napa Valley and planted vines on property they purchased.
The result: three extraordinary reds. The 2004 Bennett Lane Maximus is an introductory wine, a blend of cabernet, merlot and syrah. It's a user-friendly red, ready to drink now, and, considering its quality, a definite "best buy." The 2004 Bennett Lane Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is another favorite. "We're not going for the `big bang,'" explains winemaker Hunter. This Napa Valley cab shows lush tannins that deliver a luxurious taste.
When it comes to the 2003 Bennett Lane Primus Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, I'd match it against wines selling for twice the price. Produced from cabernet grapes harvested from two of Napa's most prestigious vineyards, the Primus is a "super-premium" red.
SERVE WITH: Enjoy any of the Bennett Lane cabs with steaks, prime rib, lamb and pasta dishes made with rich cheese or meat sauce.
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