Benton-Lane First Class Pinot Noir 2010

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ws
93
wa
89
This deep ruby colored wine exhibits classic aromas of cherry and blackberries, with complex underlying scents of mocha, anise, cedar, and forest floor. Very ripe, fine tannins and balanced acidity create a rich, velvety texture that leads into an extremely long finish. The exquisite balance in this wine makes it a very versatile food wine, but it pairs exceptionally well with red meat dishes and other savory fare.
Category Red Wine
Varietal
Country United States
Region Oregon
Appellation Willamette Valley
Brand Benton-Lane
Alcohol/vol 13.55%
  • ws93

Wine SpectatorFresh 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.

Harvey Steiman, June 15, 2013
  • wa89

Wine AdvocateRepresenting 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.

David Schildknecht, August 2012