By Bob Johnson, December 27, 2006
"Didn't get everything you wanted for Christmas?.....Here are some tasty wines worth seeking out, along with their original suggested retail prices.
Bennett Lane 2004 Maximus Napa Valley
Bordeaux meets Provence in this uniquely Californian blend of Cabernet Sauvignon(51 percent), Merlot(29 percent) and Syrah(20 percent).
Bennett Lane bottles a varietal Cabernet Sauvignon as well as a Reserve Cabernet, both of which garner rave reviews. So, why blend such wonderful Cabernet with two other varieties? The answer is simple: The cuvee is delicious, beautifully melding the individual high points of the individual varieties.
Maximus offers aromas and flavors of red currant, raspberry, boysenberry, blueberry and caramel, along with notes of ceadr and baking chocolate. You won't find that many descriptors in the typical bottle of Cabernet, or even a Reserve Cab.
And here's a bonus: Maximus matches beautifully with a wide array of entrees, from various cuts of beef to game, as well as hearty pasta dishes."
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