Benton-Lane Winery Pinot Noir First Class Willamette Valley 2008
Wine Tasting Notes This deep ruby colored wine exhibits classic aromas of cherry, blackberries and wet earth, with complex underlying flavors of mocha, anise and blueberries. Very ripe, fine tannins and balanced acidity create a rich, velvety texture that leads into an extremely long finish. The First Class pinot noir represents the "best of the best" individual lots from a given year and is produced in small quantities only in vintages of optimal quality.
External Reviews for Benton-Lane Winery Pinot Noir First Class Willamette Valley
Light and open-textured, a delicate style that offers a hint of caramel weaving through cherry and raspberry fruit, lingering enticingly under a veil of fine tannins on the finish. Drink now through 2018. 741 cases made. -HS The much more limited (750 cases) 2008 Pinot Noir First Class is a selection of the best barrels in the cellar. It displays a more brooding bouquet containing darker fruits (black cherry and plum) along with attractive spice notes. On the palate it is firm, structured, and well balanced. It is likely to be longer lived than the Estate cuvee but no more pleasurable. Bright ruby-red. Black raspberry and cherry-cola on the nose, with complicating notes of juniper, tobacco and musky herbs. Plush red and dark berry compote flavors provide very good palate coverage. Gains sweetness with air and picks up hints of sassafras and licorice pastille, finishing with very good cling and fine-grained tannins. This is approachable now but has the depth and structure to suggest that it will reward some patience.