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BEN N ET T L A N E TASTING 3340 Hwy 128, Calistoga, CA 94515; Open daily 10–5:30 WHAT TO BUY

’12 Maximus Dark cherry, blueberries, cassis, mocha $48 ’14 Cabernet Sauvignon Bing cherry, raspberries, baking spices, vanilla $63 ’13 Cabernet Sauvignon, Lynch Family Vineyard Raspberries, cassis, cocoa, allspice, anise $125

TOP: The winery is tucked away at the uppermost part of the Napa Valley; BOTTOM: The tasting room offers a relaxed, welcoming place to enjoy a glass


ABOUT TWO MILES NORTH of Calistoga, where the Vaca and Mayacamas mountains meet, Bennett Lane crafts vintage after vintage of superb Cabernet Sauvignon. Founded by Lisa and Randy Lynch 16 years ago, the winery has reached the top-tier of Napa Valley Cabernets and has achieved a reputation for producing outstanding wines that reflect a sense of place. Sixty Bennett Lane wines have earned scores of 90-plus points from Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast, and The Wine Advcate. The 2012 Bennett Lane Maximus Red Feasting Wine, one “must try” in the tasting room, has earned 90 points from Wine Enthusiast and is one of the best

values in the Napa Valley.  Despite the accolades, this boutique estate winery is relaxed and welcoming. The new private-seated tasting, available yearround for groups of two to six, demonstrates this with a deep dive into Bennett Lane’s more exclusive wines. Guests are led by a personal wine specialist through a tasting of four of the winery’s top-end wines including the Reserve or Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. Each wine is explored in depth, and there is plenty of time for questions and discussion. This intimate tasting is a great example of the warm, hospitable style for which Bennett Lane is known—relaxed, informative, and above all, friendly. 


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