Benton Lane First Class Pinot Noir 2003 Front Label
Benton Lane First Class Pinot Noir 2003 Front Label

Benton Lane First Class Pinot Noir 2003

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This deep ruby colored wine exhibits classic aromas of cherry and blackberries, with more complex underlying scents of plum, truffle, and forest floor. The supple flavors of black cherry and dark plum are layered with cedar and truffle notes. Fine tannins contribute to the velvety texture and the balanced acidity makes it a very versatile food wine.

Rich in texture, with fine tannins around a core of sweet spices, rhubarb and cherry flavors, lingering well. Drink now through 2011."
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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.

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