White Wines    Pinot Gris/Grigio    Willamette Valley    Oregon   
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Date Printed: 4/17/2014
Benton Lane Pinot Gris 2010
Benton Lane Pinot Gris 2010
(search item no. 112599)
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Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 4/17/2014: $18.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Our 2010 Pinot Gris opens with extremely generous aromas of white peach, lime, wet stone and apply blossoms. In the mouth, juicy flavors of Granny Smith apples and grapefruit are rounded out with the distinct flavor citrus marmalade. A very concentrated finish leaves lingering flavors of minerality and raw honey.
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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.



White Wines    Sauvignon Blanc    Marlborough    New Zealand   
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Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc 2011
(search item no. 113593)
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Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 4/17/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 Tasting Panel rating: 90 points
2012 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine News rating: 91 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Pale green. A bouquet of citrus and tropical fruits backed by characteristic herbaceous notes that Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is famous for. An exuberant wine brimming with flavors of pineapple and stonefruit with a hint of herbaceousness. The finish is fresh and zesty.
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About Kim Crawford:

Kim Crawford Wines started out in a small Auckland cottage in New Zealand. Since its launch in 1996, the label has gained critical acclaim around the globe. Kim Crawford wines capture the true aromas and flavors of New Zealand in each bottle. The established leader of luxury-priced Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand, Kim Crawford combines a passion for excellence in winemaking with a vision of exploring new boundaries.