Benton-Lane First Class Pinot Noir 2010
|Region||United States, Oregon, Willamette Valley|
Fresh and vibrant, deftly playing its cherry, orange peel and black tea flavors against a veil of crisp tannins. Persists impressively on the expressive finish. Drink now through 2017. 525 cases made.
(40% new oak here): Bright ruby-red. Sexy, perfumed aromas of cherry and black raspberry, with smoke and spicecake nuances adding complexity. Smooth and open-knit, offering pliant dark fruit flavors enlivened by tangy acidity. Shows some youthful, very sexy oak character on the finish, which strongly echoes the cherry and vanilla notes. There's plenty of crowd appeal here.
Representing a selection of barrels - 40% new - not bottled until 15 months, the Benton-Lane 2010 Pinot Noir Estate First Class offers a more concentrated version of the blueberry and cherry fruit that characterized the corresponding "regular" estate bottling; but here there is also a welcome sense of plushness to the texture and some interesting pungent and earthy adjuncts that call to mind sassafras and beet root. The sweetness of fruit here is satisfyingly persistent and I imagine that further complexity may well come with a few years in bottle, of which this wine can surely stand up to at least 6-8.