Benton Lane Winery Pinot Noir 2006
Benton-Lane Winery is a family owned estate which operates on the grounds of an old sheep ranch called Sunnymount. Their first vintage was in 1992 and they have since gone on to win two Top Wines in the World. Benton-Lane's environmentally conscious vineyard practices have earned them certification under the internationally sanctioned L.I.V.E (Low Input Viticulture and Enology) program, and regionally sanctioned Salmon Safe program. Benton-Lane was founded to release great Oregon Pinot Noir and they have certainly accomplished that goal. This wine has a great spicy yet smooth character and a balanced black cherry and plum flavor. I found it to be extremely pleasant and will definitely be picking up some more. According to the company website, "This deep ruby colored pinot noir has impressive and varietal aromas of cherries, red plums, hibiscus and wild mushrooms." I'll admit I wasn’t aware of the mushrooms until reading about it after the tasting, but I did notice something else in the mix which offered a unique earthy feel.
Editorial Reviews for Benton Lane Winery Pinot Noir
Screwcap - Sweet and slightly jammy red raspberry and blackberry fruit. Tree bark and soil tones a touch of cola but also with very sappy spice notes. Soft tannins but nice, refreshing acids help maintain liveliness even though there is blocky density here. Really nice herbal, cherry, and very subtle coriander/cola tones make for a round, fairly complex midpalate. A more fruit driven style yet not overtly fruity though with air this does turn a little clumsy and seems a bit heavy handed. 84pts
A bit oaky on the nose with a distinct cinnamon sugar note and a background hint of hot mineral/iron. Extracted in the mouth if not particularly richly flavored with dark tobacco and coffee notes dominating and big tannins emerging on the finish. 80pts
External Reviews for Benton Lane Winery Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir is the name of the game at Benton Lane, the Oregon-based winery established by noted Californian producers Steve Girard (Girard) and Carl Doumani (Stags' Leap Winery). The quality is top-notch as evidenced by the current '05 vintage.