Benton-Lane First Class Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2009

External Review by We Speak Wine:

In contrast, there are only 340 cases of the 2009 Pinot Noir First Class. It exhibits more of an earthy terroir character as well as more structure than the Willamette Valley cuvee. It is a shade more complex but hardly worth twice the price. Bright ruby. Sexy, highly perfumed aromas of blackberry, cola and lavender, with a spicy oak note and a hint of mocha. Pliant and broad, offering sappy dark berry and cherry-vanilla flavors that pick up a smoky quality with air. Smooth and round on the finish, with the mocha note repeating. This is approachable now and would work well with rich red meat dishes. This deep ruby colored wine exhibits classic aromas of cherry and blackberries, with complex underlying scents of mocha, anise, cedar, and forest floor. Very ripe, fine tannins and balanced acidity create a rich, velvety texture that leads into an extremely long finish. The exquisite balance in this wine makes it a very versatile food wine, but it pairs exce...

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Benton-Lane Winery:
A short scenic drive 30 minutes north of Eugene, Benton-Lane Winery is a family owned sustainably-farmed estate vineyard and winery. Steve and Carol Girard have been owners of Benton-Lane since 1988 and share a passionate desire to produce great Pinot Noir. Benton-Lane currently produces Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and small amounts of Pinot Blanc and Chardonnay. Home of four Top 10... Read more
A short scenic drive 30 minutes north of Eugene, Benton-Lane Winery is a family owned sustainably-farmed estate vineyard and winery. Steve and Carol Girard have been owners of Benton-Lane since 1988 and share a passionate desire to produce great Pinot Noir. Benton-Lane currently produces Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and small amounts of Pinot Blanc and Chardonnay. Home of four Top 100 Wines in the World: 2004 Estate Pinot Noir - Wine Spectator and 2005, 2008 and 2010 Pinot Gris - Wine & Spirits. Benton-Lane wines are currently distributed in 49 states and several international markets. Read less

External Reviews for Benton-Lane First Class Pinot Noir Willamette Valley

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
01/03/2013

In contrast, there are only 340 cases of the 2009 Pinot Noir First Class. It exhibits more of an earthy terroir character as well as more structure than the Willamette Valley cuvee. It is a shade more complex but hardly worth twice the price. Bright ruby. Sexy, highly perfumed aromas of blackberry, cola and lavender, with a spicy oak note and a hint of mocha. Pliant and broad, offering sappy dark berry and cherry-vanilla flavors that pick up a smoky quality with air. Smooth and round on the finish, with the mocha note repeating. This is approachable now and would work well with rich red meat dishes. This deep ruby colored wine exhibits classic aromas of cherry and blackberries, with complex underlying scents of mocha, anise, cedar, and forest floor. Very ripe, fine tannins and balanced acidity create a rich, velvety texture that leads into an extremely long finish. The exquisite balance in this wine makes it a very versatile food wine, but it pairs exce...




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