This brilliantly ruby tinted wine has classic aromas of cherries, red currants and raspberries with more subtle hints of baking spice and vanilla layered in. On the palate, it exhibits lithe fruitiness and lingering cherry and berry flavors. The wine shows extraordinary balance and finesse with fine grained tannins that provide a nice framework to the silky mid-palate.
"Scents of rose petal and raspberry blossom give way to an assertive and juicy red cherry flavor. This is simple and forward, with focused fruit and a bright, juicy texture, an appealing red for stir-fried pork with mushrooms.
Wine & Spirits
"Light and spicy, with pretty cinnamon and nutmeg overtones to the red berry and floral flavors, lingering gently on the finish with finesse. Drink now through 2016."
"The 2008 Pinot Noir Estate, medium ruby in color, it offers up an alluring nose of cedar, spice box, incense, cherry, and raspberry that jumps from the glass. Made in a racy style and already displaying some complexity, this savory, spicy effort has good depth, length, and 1-2 years of aging potential. It will provide considerable pleasure from 2012 to 2020."
The Wine Advocate
Light & Fruity
Soft, without a very interesting finish. Easily drinkable, but not a favorite.
I loved the '06 Benton Lane, which had a powerful nose and a wonderful, slightly peppery finish. The '08 paled in comparison.