2004 Bennett Lane Cabernet Sauvignon
(USA, California, Napa Valley)
Nose very dark and foggy. A little meaty and interesting and a step up from an everyday wine. A little minty on the tail end. The palate was of good quality, this is a good wine; good flavor; the tannins were a little hot and a touch disjointed. Got some green pepper throughout and was leaning toward a Bordeaux-like approach with cocoa and tobacco coming through. Had a nice old world feel to it. Worth a try for the money.
From Bennett Lane web site:
Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Our current release 2005 Bennett Lane Cabernet Sauvignon was just awarded 93 Points by renowned wine writer Robert Whitley; “Bennett Lane is a relatively recent addition to the landscape around the village of Calistoga. Its strongest suit is pure, bold, mouth-filling Napa Valley cabernet, and there is no finer example of that than the 2005 vintage. It delivers a gorgeous nose of ripe cassis, with a hint of cedar and vanillin. The texture is slightly grippy in the most positive sense, and there is tremendous fruit lift through the mid-palate. This is a darkly fruited cabernet of uncommon depth, with exceptional palate length and persistence of flavor. And it’s supple enough to enjoy tonight, though this is one Napa cabernet I wouldn’t hesitate to lay down for several years.” With all of the incredible accolades of our 2005 vintage, this is another release that is sure to sell out fast!
This release opens with aromas of bing cherries and violets and continues with elegant subtle notes of clove and cedar. On the palate the wine has a nice mouthfeel, with flavors of black cherry and plum leading to a full velvety finish. The Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of both our Estate Lynch Family vineyard and select growers from throughout the best regions of the Napa Valley. Our Viticulturist Doug Wight farms nearly all of these properties, lending an added degree of consistency and cohesiveness.
Appellation: Napa Valley
Harvest Date: October 2005
Aging: 18 months in French Oak, 20% New
Bottling Date: June 2007
Recommended Cellaring: 2009-2013