Steve and Carol Girard founded Benton-Lane in 1988. After considerable research and countless months of looking at possible properties throughout Oregon’s Willamette Valley, they discovered an old sheep ranch called “Sunnymount” in the southern Willamette Valley, near the village of Monroe.
Benton-Lane produced Pinot Noir exclusively until 2003, when small quantities of Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc were produced from small 1 and 2 acre experimental plantings of each in the Benton-Lane vineyard.
Benton Lane Pinot Noir First Class 2010
A deep ruby colored wine, the Benton Lane First Class Pinot noir exhibits classic aromas of cherry and blackberries, with complex underlying scents of plum, truffle, anise, cedar, and forest floor. Very ripe, fine tannins and balanced acidity create a rich, velvety texture that leads into an extremely long finish. Benton Lane's First Class is produced only when they have a particular lot of wine that is very, very special.
"Fresh and vibrant, deftly playing its cherry, orange peel and black tea flavors against a veil of crisp tannins. Persists impressively on the expressive finish." - Rated
93, Wine Spectator.
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Benton Lane Pinot Gris 2012
This pale straw colored Pinot Gris displays generous floral, pear, and tropical fruit aromas. On the palate, this beautifully balanced wine is initially crisp with zesty citrus and granny smith apple flavors that lead into a delightfully bright, honeysuckle and Asian-pear flavored lingering finish.
"Generous and very pretty in its scent of lemon blossom and minerals, this wine’s mild leesy note emerges with air. The leaner flavors of key lime and lemon create tension with broader apple notes, while the wine’s mineral underpinning keeps everything on point."
- Rated 93, Wine and Spirits Magazine.
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