Jun 152008

Lately Gabriele and I have been impressed with some wine from Courtney Benham, part of the the Martin Ray family of wines. http://www.martinraywinery.com/about/index.html

Recently we’ve had the 2006 Mendocino County Petite Syrah and Pinot Noir. Both are good wines at very good price points — $11.99 and $15.99, respectively. The Petite Syrah was surprisingly light for the varietal, with nice fruit and balance, easy drinking but with a zing at the end. We found at the McLean location but wine should be at all Total Wine stores in Virginia.

The Pinot Noir was also good, interesting aroma and taste, light and fruit forward but not thin or boring like some inexpensive Pinots. Here’s a short clip in which Gabriele and our good friend Nigel share their thoughts.


  3 Responses to “Strong Value from Courtney Benham”

  1. have you tried the 2006 Napa Cab? It’s $20 at total wine but I haven’t tasted it yet and am interested in comments

  2. BF:

    Thanks for comment. We’ve had a Cab that we liked — will have to check tonight whether it was ’06 or not. Will let you know.

  3. wine so good, i hit the computer to research other comments. got a selection of pinot’s for a birthday gift, all price points. this was least expensive, recommended by wine store salesman. delicicious, loved it. will write the name down, buy it again.

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