The 2009 Benchland Select Cabernet Sauvignon displays a beautifully deep, dark ruby color and a characteristically lavish nose of dense ripe boysenberry, blackberry and blackcurrant fruit mingled with pronounced loam and mocha scents. Full-bodied and lush on the palate, this vintage’s deeply concentrated boysenberry, blackberry, cassis and dark chocolate flavors have a wonderful freshness and purity that extend into a long, savory finish framed by ripe, supple tannins and sumptuous toasted oak tones. Although this top-rated Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon drinks beautifully now, it will reveal even greater dimension with another 6-8 years’ aging.
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December 31, 2008 – The star here is the beautiful 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Benchland Select. Its dense ruby/purple color is accompanied by aromas of gravelly earth intermixed with notions of lead pencil shavings, blue as well as blackberries, and spice. Medium-bodied with solid yet ripe tannins, good structure, a Bordeaux-like weight, and a clean, pure finish, it displays admirable purity and texture. It will benefit from 2-3 years of bottle age, and should drink well for two decades.
WINE ADVOCATE – ROBERT PARKER
– 2005 VINTAGE
October 31, 2013 – The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Benchland Select offers abundant blueberry and black currant fruit intermixed with notions of spring flowers. Deep, rich and full-bodied, it comes across like a great classic Napa Cabernet. Nothing is out of place and the wine has a certain accessibility, but it will not hit its prime for another 5-7 years, and should last for two to three decades, possibly longer.