Maximus

Bennett Lane Winery is located at 3340 Highway 128 and is open daily for tastings.

When Randy and Lisa Lynch first started Bennett Lane Winery they wanted to create a food-friendly red wine that would be welcome at dinner tables. They named it Maximus after the Roman Emperor Magnus Maximus.

Aromas of the 2010 Maximus Red Feasting Wine conjure up images of eating dried red fruit in a fine tannery that fabricates Western boots while workers sip Earl Grey tea that steeps in a delicate floral teapot. It’s a brooding wine that is balanced with notes of rich, ripe dark-flesh fruit, clove, white pepper, and bright cherry notes.

This Maximus is 73 percent cabernet sauvignon, 16 percent syrah, 5 percent cabernet franc, 4 percent petit verdot and 2 percent Malbec. It is a gold medal winner in the San Francisco Wine Competition.

When pairing with food – after all that’s what the Lynches had in mind for the Maximus – think rare steak, delicately smoky barbecue, or go wild and try a barley salad with grilled, smoked veggies.

Bennett Lane Winery is located at 3340 Highway 128, where they have a charging station for electric vehicles while guests may taste a “Signature Flight” of four wines at $25, or a “Reserve Flight” that includes three reserve cabernet sauvignons at $50 per flight, or the VIP private seated tasting that features three wines, including one reserve release at $35 per flight.

For a full-on wine experience choose to blend your own Maximus Red Feasting Wine. It features a vineyard tour and a sensory evaluation seminar focused on the wines that go into the Maximus, then develop your own special Maximus blend that you will bottle, cork, foil and label.

After all that hard work, sit down with a glass of your own blend and a cheese plate. The wine blending experience is $225.

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The Weekly Calistogan Editor