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Date Printed: 4/19/2014
Benton Lane Pinot Noir 2007
Benton Lane Pinot Noir 2007
(search item no. 97512)
screw cap wine
green wine


PRICE ON 4/19/2014: $23.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
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:

For two years, I studied all the Pinot Noir growing regions of the world and Benton-Lane is here because I determined that this area has the best climate to make killer Pinot. When Pinot Noir is grown in a cool climate like the Eugene/Corvallis area, it has two great qualities, a sexy, spicy character, and incredible fresh cherry flavors. This wine is packed with both. The 2007 vintage was not long and drawn out, so the wine has fresh and fruity cherry tones instead of riper blackberry – it's just plain yummy.

This ruby red wine is a must for fresh Pacific Northwest salmon, either grilled or sauced. It has the depth to accompany lightly sauced veal, or pasta dishes as well as smoked or grilled chicken.

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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.