REVIEW: Benton-Lane Pinot Gris 2008

June 14th, 2010 by Jeff

Price:  ~$17

Region:

Willamette Valley, Oregon

Nose:

Slight tropical notes combined with ripe apple and apricot.  There is lots of smokey flint underneath it all.

Palate:

Medium bodied, and better than average acidity.  Lots of pear juice, apple skin and lime up front combined with subtle mineral notes that become more pronounced in the mid-palate.  The apricot notes from the nose pop back in on the long, shale laden finish.

Synopsis:

I believe Jeff and I discussed this wine on the one of the shows, but I find myself enjoying it so often I figured I’d better write a review of it.  Why is it called Benton Lane?  Because the vineyard is split in two by Benton and Lane Counties.  Cute, huh?  However when it comes to classic Oregon Pinot Gris, this is right up there.  Personally, I would look for a bit more intensity, but that just may be me.   This unoaked, clean, crisp beauty could be enjoyed with so much summer fun that I don’t know where to begin.

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