The 2014 Benton Lane First Class Pinot Noir is a luxurious, deep, rich wine from another warm vintage. As such, the fruit notes are mainly black cherry with a hint of cranberry. Then the wine develops in the mouth with floral, mocha and cola notes. This is a deep, layered wine that takes some patience to appreciate. The overall impression it leaves is a truly balanced luxurious offering that will bring tears when offered with fresh roast spring lamb. This wine will develop over the next ten years.
Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Appellation: Willamette Valley AVA
90 Points - Wine Spectator
"Light and sleek, with a minty edge to the raspberry and cherry flavors, lingering on the deft finish. Drink now through 2021. 897 cases made." -HS, 2/28/17
90 Points - Wine Enthusiast
"The barrel toast carries a lightly charred edge, while the strawberry fruit comes up front and center with flavors of sweet pastry. There's a lick of licorice running through it as well, and the overall structure suggests drinking it up now through 2020." -PG, 2/1/17