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May 06, 2005

01 Bennett Lane Winery, Napa Valley Maximus

This is a terroir free zone. 44% cabernet sauvignon, 44% merlot, and 12% zinfandel, the Maximus is a lush wine that shows finesse and hedonism, like Sinatra walking through the park after dinner. The bouquet is increasingly powerful as the wine sits open in the bottle. In its 5th day, it's ripe with plums and creme de cassis. It smells like the world's greatest Kir Royale. The taste is fleshy, with more plums and brambly blackberries, but countered well by tannins that stay dry for days. There's nothing overtly aggressive about this wine. It's a cocktail party of heavyweight boxers, mingling as they eye their next knockouts. The finish is full of cinammon and chocolate. See comments for more recent notes.

2 Comments:

Blogger Nilay Gandhi said...

On yet another taste, I must add that, in its first day, this wine is consumed by dill-like flavors of American oak--not much more. It's plush and gaggingly full bodied. Still excellent, but quite a different wine before the oxygen can knock the silly out of it.

8:29 PM  
Blogger Nilay Gandhi said...

I tasted another fresh bottle last night. More mint and dill. I'm rather proud of the term "gaggingly full bodied."

1:43 PM  

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