Full Review
Benton Lane

Benton Lane
2014 Estate, Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Pinot Noir

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5%
93 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$25.00

Benton Lane
2014 Estate, Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Pinot Noir

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5%
Bright medium dark garnet color. Toasty aromas and flavors of chocolate covered espresso bean, dried cherries, and exotic spice and herbs with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, nuanced, medium-long cherry chutney, orange-peach marmalade, roasted chestnuts, and earth finish with silky, fruit tannins and light oak. A vibrant and delicious pinot noir that hits all the high notes of fruit and terroir.
Tasting Info
Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Savory & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: chocolate covered espresso bean, dried cherries, and exotic spice and herbs
Taste Flavor: cherry chutney, orange-peach marmalade, roasted chestnuts, and earth
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: on its own
Recipes Pairing: Duck Rilettes With A Cherry Jelly, Grilled Pork Tenderloin, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A vibrant and delicious pinot noir that hits all the high notes of fruit and terroir.
The Producer

Benton-Lane Winery

The Producer
23924 Territorial Hwy
Monroe, OR 97456
USA
1 541-847-5792
Pinot Noir
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Serve in a Burgundy Wine Glass
Pinot Noir is one of the world’s most fascinating red varieties. While many red grapes produces wines of power and youthful intensity, a wine made from Pinot Noir is often more refined with higher acidity and lower levels of tannins. The spiritual home for Pinot Noir is Burgundy, where it is produced in many styles, from very light to examples that can age for two to three decades.

Pinot Noirs tend to have aromas and flavors red cherry fruit, while some offer notes of wild strawberry, plum or even floral notes such as carnation and red roses. As tannins in Pinot Noir are not as pronounced as in a grape such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Nebbiolo, most Pinot Noirs can be enjoyed upon release, which is usually two to three years after the vintage.

Burgundy works extremely well for Pinot Noir, as it is a cool climate; a warm or hot climate would not bring out the perfumes of the variety. Thus growers in several countries have planted Pinot Noir in their coolest regions, looking to emulate Burgundy. These include the Willamette Valley in Oregon; Russian River Valley, Santa Lucia Highlands and Sta. Rita Hills in California (among others); Central Otago in New Zealand; Casablanca and San Antonio Valleys in Chile and the Rheinhessen, Pfalz and Baden in Germany (where the grape is known as Spatburgunder). The concept of terroir – a wine is the producet of its specific environment – is most often associated with Pinot Noir.

Pinot Noirs tend to pair well with poultry (duck a l’orange is a classic match), game birds and even certain types of seafoods (as tannins are low), such as salmon, tuna and halibut.