Benton Lane Pinot Gris 2008
Pinot Gris/Grigio from Willamette Valley, Oregon
This wine is a great example of a crisp and bright style of pinot gris. Exhibiting aromas of asian pear, honeydew and citrus blossom, it is overtly fruity yet still complex for this wine variety. The flavors of tangy lime, pear and starfruit linger on the exceptionally long finish. A great "warm weather" wine, it goes with simple appetizers and a wide assortment of seafood any time of the year.
Wine & Spirits - "This racy gris tastes like biting into a crisp apple. It leads with scents of camellia blossoms, elegant and cool. Its green apple flavors show impressive energy and drive, with a talc-like texture and a fine, dusty stone finish that lasts. Ideal with roast pork and herbed potatoes."
Benton Lane Winery
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. View all Benton Lane Wines
About Willamette ValleyView a map of Willamette Valley wineries (will-AAM-it)
Named for the river that runs through the valley from Portland to Eugene, Willamette Valley is home to some of the best Pinot Noir vineyards in the Northwest. While along the same north/south line as Seattle, the Willamette Valley is protected from Pacific rains by the Coast Range on the western border and the Cascade Ranges to the east. Though sunshine is typically plentiful, rainfall can occasionally be tricky, and the wines here vary vintage to vintage. Within the Willamette Valley are are number of sub-regions, including McMinnville, Dundee and Yamhill.
Notable FactsThe valley is known for its Pinots – Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. With a climate similar to Burgundy – in rainfall, sunlight hours and other climate factors – Pinot Noir has flourished here. Pinot Noir in Oregon produces wines that are fruit forward, yet complex, some with good agebility.
Other than Pinot Noir, many wineries grow Pinot Gris and Chardonnay. Pinot Gris from Oregon is delightful in its texture and food friendliness. Chardonnay in the valley adapts well to the cool climate and produces lean, elegant wines.
About OregonOregon has long been an agricultural state, producing everything from hazelnuts to cattle. The Willamette Valley in particular is a fertile basin for all sorts of produce. Not quite pegged as a wine state, in 1965, a UC Davis graduate named David Lett decided that the Willamette's climate mirrored that of Burgundy in France. With that in mind, he decided to plant some Pinot Noir clones to see how they did. And a good gamble it was. The Willamette is now one of the only regions in the world to focus solely on Pinot Noir as its red variety. Also known for Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. The southern part of Oregon has been slower in delving into the world wine market, but has been making excellent strides with their Rhone style varietals, like Syrah and Grenache. There are also coastal regions producing promising wines.
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16 ratings, 14 with reviewsC. G. Beck - Princeton, NJ59/26/2009Summer and Benton Lane Pinot Gris paired perfectly. Great wine making lent a perfect spirit to my weekends...buying more for winter seafood pairings...Highly recommended.gerald miller - Murrysville, PA33/4/2010This was liked least over King Estate or WillaKenzie Pinot Gris. We were surprised.27/26/2010I prefer my Pinot Gris to have more body - this was too watery for my taste, although it developed a little more flavor with time.Corey Ostman - Stratham, NH24/29/2010Tartan Army - Laconia, NH39/8/201156/11/2011One of the best Pinot Gris for the money. Very smooth and crisp. Doesn't get much better than that.Bob Corcoran - Medford, MA43/14/2011Grabbed 2 bottles from wine.com recently - just amazing Pinot Gris, dry, clean, crisp - will be ordering LOTS more - highly recommended!Robert Duffy - Sparta, NC412/25/2010Family raved about it, wanted me to get more.Mary Anne Looby - Cincinnati, OH510/21/2009This is a great Pinot Gris from Oregon. Had it in a restaurant and then tracked it down. Really enjoyable, if you are a light drinker.Wigner's Friend - Cambridge, MA51/6/2010wonderful citrus and tropical fruits, paired very well with shellfish. extremely refreshing.Tom Kisker - Silverthorne, CO47/27/2010smoth, good body and great finishIsabella - Smithtown, NY58/7/2010Tried this for the first time being curious about an Oregon wine. This wine is cool, crisp, clean and delicious. Light and perfect for a summer evening!bonus vinum bonus vitum - Missoula, MT36/4/2010Nice summer wine. Crisp, nice acidity to balance the fruit.412/26/2009Lovely with fish, a light taste with delicate, but not thin, flavorJoe Graf - Cary, NC56/18/2010Excellent wine that is light yet full of flavor. Great with starters for a meal or just sipping on the porch in the summerLillehammer - Brattleboro, VT47/17/20104.5 stars! I don't drink much white wine but this was wonderful, chilled, particularly in the warm weather we've been having in the northeast. It has lots of fruit (predominantly apple aftertaste), smoothness, great finish and body. This is a white that can stand on its own, with fish and against meals from fish or poultry to, surprisingly, spicy red meat dishes. I think it's wonderful and I will be buying a case soon.
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
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