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Benton Lane Winery Pinot Noir 2006

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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.

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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
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Editorial Reviews for Benton Lane Winery Pinot Noir

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065212,977
2.00 5
11/21/2008

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


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065212,977
1.50 5
02/23/2009

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

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Snooth User: tomkarlo
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4.00 5
01/15/2008

Drinkable but not exceptional, on the light / fruity side.


Snooth User: kim148
8469327
3.50 5
08/25/2008

Three and a half glasses


External Reviews for Benton Lane Winery Pinot Noir

External Review
Source: Astor Wines & Spirits
04/09/2008

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.


External Review
Source: Fame Wine and Tobacco
04/30/2010

Benton-Lane Winery Pinot Noir First Class 2006 and all other wine from Benton-Lane Winery are available for immediate delivery and discounted prices from CheaperCigars.com. We also carry wide variety of wine from USA and across the globe.


External Review
11/25/2009

WE: 86 Points



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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.

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