Courtney Benham

Courtney Benham

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Easily drinkable red that tastes like mature wine without a lot of tannins. Somewhat sweet but not overpoweringly so. Only downside is it doesn’t have a lot of depth like a more expensive wine would. — a day ago

Wither Hills

Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017

With Courtney, new place, half price. — 4 years ago


Richebourg Grand Cru Pinot Noir 2011

Pretty darn fun @Matt Courtney — 4 years ago

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That was a good night.
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I’m standing in Richebourg right now haha
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That’s just mean.

Domaine du Pegau

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhône Blend

Delicate and delicious. Thanks, Courtney and Erik! — 5 years ago

Robert Biale Vineyards

R.W. Moore Vineyard Zinfandel 2010

Nose has charred cherry, dried blackberry, dehydrated cranberry, old wet leather, dried blueberries, saturated cedar plank and crushed fresh blueberries.

Palate has ripe/dried blueberries, light creamy oak, dark chocolate, dried strawberry, strawberry jam, rioevblackberry, violets and wet garden soil.

Finish is forever, tannins are velvet Elvis! I can't believe I'm commiting this to actual notes, but this might be the best Biale bottle we've ever had, and it's hard to top the equal vintage from the Monte Rosso vineyard. MR is dear to my heart from most producers, but this is epic. At peak enjoyment at only 11yo! Decanted 5H.

Paired to mesquite smoked pork chops from a 1/2 pig purchase from our dear farmer friend Courtney at Highland Farm (Old Chatham, NY). Please support your local resources.
— a year ago

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Had a 12 Carlisle RR Carlisle Vineyard. Great fruit, soft earth, elegant but lacked some pizzazz until it had two plus hours in the decanter.
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Oh, last night.

Cellers de Scala Dei

Prior Priorat Grenache Blend 2016

A wine slightly discombobulated yet obviously finding-its-way. It’s an old soul who is still young and wants to be Courtney Love. Like it’s not damaged but it has enough edge to aspire. Earth of old world and ridic ripeness from those llicorella soils. A very red Garnacha. Don’t know how it will age but think it has a little while to get all the flavors to make friends. Either way a wine with interest. — 4 years ago

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Pine Ridge Vineyards

Napa Valley Petit Verdot 2014

Before the TKA Gala 2018
With: Courtney, Nicole, Amy
— 4 years ago

Camus Pere & Fils

Latricières-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir 2005

Nose has dried grape vines, (old) neutral oak barrel, dried black cherry, dried garden soil, (cooled) grilled tomato, graphite mechanical pencil refills, old coffee grounds and very dry compost/soil.

Palate has dried cherries resurrected in bacon fat, several day old sliced fresh cherries, blend of moist/dry soil with medium tannins. Cork pulled for a slow ox. for ~6h, then decanted ~1h. Picking up some since decanting, but still not moving the needle much. Likely great 5+ years ago, acceptable this evening.

Paired to a local pig, grilled pork chops from our favorite just over the border farmer (Highland Farm, Old Chatham, NY). Courtney only raises about six pigs every year, I'm overjoyed when we land some for our freezer, delicious factor 2x over just about anything else in the region.
(Pork was 93 points, if I had been more observant on internal temps would have been 95 points, still grilled to a wonderful medium.)
— 2 years ago

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I have a 2009 of this on the side. You make me wonder if now would not the right time to to open it 🤨
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@Daniel Maquin I'm just generally perplexed by these bottles, seems like every third one is a definite winner. I keep buying them in hopes I strike a good run at some point.
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@Daniel Maquin @Severn Goodwin I would think based on vintage the ‘05 is the one you would wait on and ‘ 09 the one you would feel less hesitant to open given the flamboyance of the vintage..

Arista Winery

El Diablo Vineyard Chardonnay 2014

14’ Arista UV-EL Diablo Vineyard Chardonnay. Old world!?! Burgundian style!?! Needs another year or more!!
Rich & layered. White flowers, white peach, fig, minerality. Light on its feet. Very well-made Chardonnay.

Matt Courtney winemaker, somebody I enjoy following. Matt started up Ferren wines a few years back. EDIT- Your worst fears... last glass was better then the first. WAIT until 2020/21.
He also had an 8/10 year apprenticeship with Helen Turley at Marcassin.
— 4 years ago

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Château Guiraud

Le G De Bordeaux Blanc Sec White Bordeaux Blend 2014

Great value, true to form for Bordeaux, balances and expressive Courtney Love in a sexy dress — 5 years ago