Cost: $43.95 (Clearance price $35.50, and then a further reduction to $28.60 in another LCBO)
Grape Variety: 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 14% Syrah, 4% Cabernet Franc
Category: Red Wine
Location Bought: LCBO Vintage
Country: United States
Region: Napa Valley
Format: 750 mL
Producer: Bennett Lane Winery
Alcohol: 14.5% Alcohol/Vol.
Description: Slightly cloudy with a medium+ ruby in colour & with a medium+ intense nose.

Veni, Vidi, Bibi (I came, I saw, I drank). I have wanted to try this wine for a while, as I love the label, but was hesitant at the regular price. However, at the clearance price (which is by the way is the same price at the winery albeit at US price) is definitely worth the buy.

Positives: Drinking beautifully now, this Napa blend serves up good complexity featuring cedar, blackberry, black cherry, anise, violets, dark chocolate covered cherries, ripe tamarinds, plums, mocha, leather, pencil shavings, turmeric & tobacco. Full body with medium to medium+ tannins, good acidity and a long length.

Negatives: Detected some heat on the finish.

Interesting Notes: Named after Emperor Magnus Maximus (AD 383 to AD 388) who was an ardent wine lover. Interesting story to his rise and fall. Decant the wine as it’s unfiltered.

Drink now on or over the next 5 years on its own or pair it with grilled T-Bone steak.

Tasted: 9 May 13

Score: 9+/10, Value: 9/10 (Clearance price 10/10) Total: 18+/20

Out of 5 stars, I rated this wine: 4+

LCBO: 293258