Bennett Lane Winery
One of our favorite stops, Bennett Lane is known for its succulent Cabernets, their signature “feasting wine,” Maximus, and for one of the best visitor experiences in the valley. Founded by Randy and Lisa Lynch in 2003, Bennett Lane’s off-the-beaten-track location and friendly tasting room offers a “secret gem” to Napa visitors and a great way to learn about – and try – some of Napa’s best wines in a more intimate setting.
Bennett Lane’s Cabs have continuously garnered critical acclaim. In the short period that the winery has been open they have received an incredible 60 scores of 90+ points between Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast and Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. Year after year the popular blend of Cabernet, Merlot and Syrah has won accolades from critics and visitors alike. The “red feasting wine,” as Maximus is affectionately referred to on the label, demonstrates owners Randy and Lisa Lynch’s commitment to making wine an integral part of entertaining with family and friends. The current vintage of 2014 is available in the tasting room – and it is one of the best deals in the valley at $50. Bennett Lane’s wines are crafted to be approachable, yet complex – or what owner Randy Lynch calls “the best of both worlds, meaning you can drink them today, but they are structured enough to cellar for several years. My goal is for us to make consistent wines – both in quality and taste – from year to year, so that consumers can trust Bennett Lane wines,” he says.
Bennett Lane offers tastings in their beautiful garden, the perfect setting for wine and social distancing. Guests will be upgraded to their Seated Garden Tasting for just $20. This includes four of Bennett Lane’s wines: 2018 Reserve Chardonnay, 2014 Maximus Red Feasting Wine, 2015 Merlot, and 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon. Cabernet enthusiasts can upgrade to their Reserve Tasting Flight for $40, and get a chance to try three of the wineries top tier Cabernets, including the Lynch Family Vineyard Calistoga Cabernet with less than 100 cases produced. On that perfect summer day, be sure and ask about their elusive White Maximus and Rosé, both available exclusively at the winery.
Be sure to put Bennett Lane on your short-list of must-visit tasting rooms as the production is small and the Cabernets sell out quickly. Visiting Bennett Lane affords tasters another rarity with a small winery – a likely run-in (and perhaps a last minute barrel tasting if you’re lucky!) with owners Randy and Lisa Lynch.
Bennett Lane Winery is located in an understated Mediterranean-style building at the secluded and beautiful northern end of Napa Valley, and is well worth the drive.
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Filet Mignon with Blueberry Reduction
• 3/4 Cup blueberries
• 1/2 Cup Bennett Lane Cabernet
• 1 T brown sugar packed firmly
• 1 Garlic Clove minced
• 1 Sprig fresh rosemary chopped fine
• Pinch of salt and pepper
• Filet Mignon steaks
Preheat oven to 415 degrees. Season both side of steaks with salt & pepper. Add 2 T of butter to an oven safe skillet (Cast Iron). Heat skillet and place steaks face down and don’t disturb, leave for 2 minutes. Flip and repeat for 2 minutes. Place skillet in oven and let cook: 6-7 minutes for medium rare, 8-9 minutes for medium , 10-11 minutes for well done. Remove from oven and let steaks sit for 5 minutes before serving. Combine all blueberry glaze ingredients in a pot. Mash blueberries with a potato masher. Bring to a broil and reduce heat and allow to simmer for about 20 minutes. Once glaze reduces drizzle 3-4 spoonfuls over steaks and serve. Served with garlic rosemary red potatoes and asparagus. Pair with Bennett Lane Cabernet Sauvignon.