Bennett Lane Maximus 2005
Editorial Reviews for Bennett Lane Maximus
Intensely aromatic if a bit raw woody, but with layers of aromas ranging from a bloody, gamey and spicy Asian Duck tone to nice green herbal scents with an anise seed edge to them. Later, with air there are floral tones and spicy black fruit notes. Sweet fruit attack followed by a bit of clumsy weight. This needs some time to better integrate though it pulls itself together pretty quickly turning out rather mouthwateringly refreshing. There is a gingerbread, fruitcake tone on the midpalate with candied plummy and maraschino cherry fruit under that nice Christmas spice. The finish is long with floral and nutty, almond milk tones that ends on a bit of clay and dried herbs. Good freshness and drinkability in a stylish package 2008-2013 90pts
Very interesting wine with a non-conventional blend. They use of Syrah is not typical of a meritage blend. The wine had aromas of plum and herbs. Taste was surprisingly complex with plum, current, with good balance.
My #2 wine of the 12 wine blind tasting - very Old World style - balanced, integrated, balanced. I really liked it and found it similar to a wine where the grapes were grown at altitude - lots of minerality and the acidity helped balance the fruitiness. A wine that would pair well with food. Tasted at the Snooth PTP California Cab blind tasting: http://www.snooth.com/talk/topic/snooth-ptp-california-cabernet
Flabby and non-descript, with very little fruit and an odd oleaginous texture (doubtless achieved by "tannin management"). Tastes somewhat downmarket.
This wine is perfect for the ladies who like to stay in the white zone. It is very smooth and easy to drink. The aroma is so attractive that you just can't resist to take a sip and fall in love with it.
This is a very nice wine for the price. Beautiful color. Strong fruit tastes lingers on the palate. Nice finish. Good with a meal or as a stand alone glass of wine