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Date Printed: 8/30/2014
Benton Lane Pinot Noir 1997
Benton Lane Pinot Noir 1997
(search item no. 220)

PRICE ON 8/30/2014: $16.49

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This is a low tannin, silky wine of lighter body with delicious strawberry and cherry fruit flavors and enticing balance. It is perfect with salmon, lighter meat and pasta dishes, most seafood entrees, and cheeses.
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About Benton Lane:

Steve and Carol Girard have been owners of Benton-Lane since 1988. Carol and Steve shared a passionate desire to produce great Pinot Noir but decided their native California was probably not the best place in which to make it. Instead, they headed to Oregon where the cooler climate offered the possibility of producing Pinot Noir with better balance and structure.

After countless months of looking at possible properties, Carol and Steve discovered an old sheep ranch called "Sunnymount" in the southern Willamette Valley. It was immediately apparent Sunnymount held great potential as a vineyard site. The property is in the foothills of the costal mountain range on the west side of the valley with hillsides sloping east by southeast, a perfect orientation for planting Pinot Noir.

Sunnymount straddled the border between Benton and Lane counties with some of the land being in each, and so the name Benton-Lane was born. Carol and Steve purchased the property in 1988 and planting of Pinot Noir commenced in 1989. Benton-Lane’s first vintage was 1992 which was custom produced at another local winery. This process continued until 1997 when the Benton-Lane winery was constructed.

Benton-Lane produced Pinot Noir exclusively until 2003. In 2004, the winery began full-scale commercial production of Pinot Gris from grapes purchased from carefully selected Willamette Valley growers.