Pioneers of Oregon Pinot Noir
In the late 1980s Steve and Carol Girard, seduced by the Pinot Noir grape, left Napa Valley to pioneer the remote southern Willamette Valley. They found their perfect estate, a 145-acre expansive sheep farm that was free from chemicals or prior plantings. They knew this land was capable of growing silky, elegant and complex Pinot Noir. Today, Benton-Lane wines have received more top 100 Wines of the World than any other still wine producer in Oregon and Steve continues to farm his now-legendary estate using a blend of organic, biodynamic and sustainable practices.
Benton-Lane 2017 First Class Pinot Noir
Aromatics of rich, dark fruit like blueberry and blackberry dominate with complex underlying notes of pepper and baking spice. Layered fruit flavors o dark cherry and cranberry, with hints of vanilla and creme brûlée on the palate. Ripe tannins and balanced acidity create a velvety mouthfeel.
Benton-Lane 2017 Estate Pinot Noir
This wine opens with aromas of perfume and bright red fruits like cherries and cranberries with subtle notes of cinnamon red hots. The wine has a nice acidic balance and it exhibits bright red fruits of cherry and cranberry. It finishes with a hint of pepper along with toasty barrel notes. This wine will pair well with savory red meats. It will continue to evolve over the next 4 – 6 years.
Benton-Lane 2019 Pinot Gris
At Benton-Lane, we take Pinot Gris seriously. Three of our Top 100 Wines of the World were for this loveable white wine. We slowly ferment the fresh whole cluster pressed juice to allow the release of the aromatic floral notes. The 2019 Pinot Gris has aromas of pineapple, honey suckle, lemon zest, and white peach. On the palate, lemon-lime, honeydew melon, and green apple with crisp acidity and lingering citrus flavors.