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Benton Lane

Benton Lane
2016 Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Fish

Category: Pinot Gris

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5%
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$18

Benton Lane
2016 Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Fish

Category: Pinot Gris

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5%
Straw color. Grassy, citrusy, earthy aromas and flavors of dried lemon and grapefruit, grass, and nectarine skin with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, relaxed finish conveying notes of green melon and pear, guava, and minerals with fine, chewy, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A dry, earthy, nicely structured pinot gris with an interesting sauvignon blanc like character.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Crisp & Lively & Savory
Aroma Aroma: dried lemon and grapefruit, grass, and nectarine skin
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of green melon and pear, guava, and minerals
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Salmon Burger, Korean Fried Chicken, Chicken Fajitas
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A dry, earthy, nicely structured pinot gris with an interesting sauvignon blanc like character.

The Producer

Benton-Lane Winery

The Producer
23924 Territorial Hwy
Monroe, OR 97456
USA
1 541-847-5792

Pinot Gris

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Serve in a White Wine Glass
Pinot Gris is the same grape as Pinot Grigio, but when a wine is identified as a Pinot Gris, it is generally a more full-bodied, more complex, more age-worthy wine.

The best examples of Pinot Gris come from Alsace in northeastern France and Oregon. These wines are have excellent weight on the palate, good acidity and ripe apple and pear fruit with a distinct spiciness and a dry finish. Most examples are aged only in steel, but some producers in Alsace will age Pinot Gris in large, older wooden casks, which can add a touch of spice as well as additional texture.

There are also some sweeter versions of Pinot Gris produced in Alsace; these are labeled as vendange tardives or grains nobles.

There are also versions of Pinot Gris from the far northwestern Italian region of Valle d'Aosta as well as from California.

Consume most versions of Pinot Gris at an early age, from two to five years. The finest versions of Alsatian Pinot Gris (from Grand Cru vineyards) can be enjoyed at 15-20 years of age.

Food pairings that work well with Pinot Gris include smoked fish, sushi, Asian cuisine, chicken with cream sauce or veal, pork or poultry with mushrooms.