Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Benton Lane Pinot Gris

Benton Lane Pinot Gris
Monroe, Oregon

Review: I love Pinot of all color -- black, white, or gray. This Pinot Gris is certianly no exception. With amazing flavors of white peaches, pears, and soft white flowers, with bright light wine is easy drinking and refreshing. It's bone dry with high acid and surprisingly high alcohol (13.55%) giving the wine a big bold mouth feel. It finishes with long lasting citrus notes, and is simply delectable.

I had the pleasure of sitting with Steve Girard, the owner of Benton-Lane, back in 2012. He kindly took an hour out of his day to chat with me, a curious business school student and wine lover. He explained that the land of his vineyards (which used to be a sheep farm -- sheep poop is excellent for the soil!!) are maintained with a combination of sustainable, biodynamic, and organic methods. The care put into the grapes is evident in every bottle.

Food Pairing: Great on a hot day, sipping on the porch. Or on a cold day with your Bubbeh's motzah ball soup. Any way you serve it, make sure it's chilled but not ice cold, so that the flavors will be expressive!

Bottom Line: One of my favorite white wines. I may or may not have a case squirrelled away in my basement...


Wine Geekery:
  • VINTAGE: 2011
  • PLACE: Willamette Valley AVA (American Viticultural Area)
  • GRAPE: Pinot Gris
  • BOOZE: 13.55%
  • CELLAR: Drink now, hold for up to 1 year
  • www.benton-lane.com

Where did I get it? Special Order -- call your local wine shop today!
What's the damage? Mid Priced

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