(From 2009 Vintage) Wine opens with bright aromas of dark cherry, blueberry and cassis. On the palate, the wine displays flavors of rich blackberry, bing cherry and mocha. With elegant, velvety tannins, the wine has a long fruit driven finish and enough tannin structure to age elegantly.
90 pts - Wine SpectatorBennett Lane was rated as one of the top values in California by Wine Spectator, and I agree. This is a Bordeaux blend with the addition of Syrah, which adds a spicy, juicy core of fruit to the wine. It offers structure, dense fruit, and layers of earthy spice. Looking for a wine to go with your hearty Fall dinner--you've found it in this wine. - Rob's Staff PickThe wine opens with aromas of dark cocoa, plum, ripe black cherry and subtle hints of vanilla. On the palate the wine displays flavors of black cherry, plum, blueberry and subtle layers of cinnamon, nutmeg and read more...cedar. With elegant, velvety tannins that enhance the mouthfeel, the wine has a long fruit driven finish and pairs well with practically everything. Firm, rich and intense, with ripe vivid blackberry and wild berry fruit and a mix of currant and raspberry. Keeps a tight focus on the finish. The blend on the 2005 Maximus is 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 11% Syrah. (hide)