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Mike Benson

Mike Benson

Castelgiocondo Brunello-di-Montalcino Riserva 2004

Brunello Di Montalcino, Toscane, Italy
1500 days ago

Mike scored this wine: 95/100

A wonderful expression of Sangiovese. Aromas of cherry, plum, blueberry, spice and mushroom. Velvety texture, integrated and with good depth, and a long finish with some black pepper. Decanted for two hours, worth the wait!

St. Henri

Penfolds St. Henri Shiraz 2006

South Australia, Australia
1503 days ago

Mike scored this wine: 91/100

This is a bold Aussie Shiraz with aromas of filed berries, licorice, and hints of leather and some meaty notes. A savoury wine, with black fruit flavours, chewy tannins, and a nice finish that has smoke, coffee, and spice.

1512 days ago

Mike scored this wine: 91/100

A rich and luscious Amarone made using traditional production methods. Great aromas, including blackberry, dried cherry, leather and a hint of tobacco. Rich, smooth, and juicy, this wine is well structured and has good depth and a long finish.

Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Marlborough, New Zealand
1516 days ago

Mike scored this wine: 86/100

A crisp and refreshing NZ SB, if not a touch too sweet. Aromas of gooseberry, pineapple, and a hint of lime. The palate has tropical fruits, with some grapefruit, and there's a medium finish.


Joel Gott Wines 815 Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Napa Valley, California, United States
1516 days ago

Mike scored this wine: 88/100

A decent California Cab - aromas include blackberry, mocha, and some red cherry. Smooth mouthfeel, lacking a bit of depth, but has some spice and tobacco on a medium finish. Would pair well with a juicy burger!

Mike Benson

Winner World's Best Drink Writer
WFour-Time Winner James Beard Foundation
Five-Time Winner Association of Food Journalists
Six-Time Winner Bert Greene Award
Best Wine Literature Book Gourmand World Cookbook Awards
Online Writer of the Year Louis Roederer International Wine Writing Award