Bennett Lane Winery: A Young Winery Aging Nicely In only seven vintages Bennett Lane Winery is already producing 90-point-plus wines. BY TOURING & TASTING
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The guests who visit the winery all rave how friendly the staff is.
“ Itís a popular spot among wine tourists who say itís one of the friendliest, most welcoming wineries theyíve visited.”
At the uppermost part of the Napa Valley, where the Vaca and Mayacamas Mountain ranges meet, Bennett Lane Winery consistently crafts vintage after vintage of superb Cabernet Sauvignon. Itís hard to believe that the Calistoga, California winery was founded by Lisa and Randy Lynch nine years ago, since the name Bennett Lane is already found in the top-tier level of Napa Valley Cabernets.
In just seven vintages, 34 Bennett Lane wines have earned scores of 90 points or more from Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast, and The Wine Advocate. One current release, the 2008 Bennett Lane Maximus Red Feasting Wine, was awarded 94 points by Wine Enthusiast who described it as "very good, a dry, full-bodied red that will be versatile at the table."This vintage also received Best of Class at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. The 2008 Maximus is priced amazingly low for a wine that has garnered such high acclaim, and is currently available for sampling at Bennett Laneís new tasting room.
Despite the accolades, Bennett Lane Winery is a relaxed and pleasant place to visit, just about two miles north of Calistoga. Itís a popular spot among wine tourists who say itís one of the friendliest, most welcoming wineries theyíve visited. "As a small winery, we want to make a visit to Bennett Lane one of the most enjoyable and educational tasting experiences for guests," Randy says. It also may be one of the most fun. In partnership with Calistoga Balloons, the winery offers standard and private hot air balloon packages.
This beautiful winery has an elegantly appointed tasting bar and a new custom iPad application for guests to use for an interactive tasting experience. They can read the latest reviews and tasting notes, find food pairing recipes, share their favorite new wines on Facebook, and e-mail personal wine notes homeóall while they sample from Bennett Laneís marvelous portfolio. With magnificent wines, a magnificent attitude, and a magnificent, beautiful tasting room, there are many reasons to visit Bennett Lane Winery.
WHAT TO BUY '08 Maximus - $35
Dark cherry, blueberry, cassis, rich blackberry, Bing cherry, mocha