2008 Benton Lane Oregon Pinot Gris

SKU #1049420

93 points from Wine & Spirits Magazine and the top rated Pinot Gris in the 'Year's Best Pinot Gris' article: "This wine is a great example of a crisp and bright style of Pinot Gris. Exhibiting aromas of Asian pear, honeydew and citrus blossom, it is overtly fruity yet still complex for this wine variety. The flavors of tangy lime, comice pear and starfruit linger on the exceptionally long finish. A great 'warm weather' wine, it goes with simple appetizers and a wide assortment of seafood any time of the year." (08/09) Sometimes Chardonnay just won't do, whether it's too oaky, too creamy or too sweet. So what do you drink when your trusty Chard fails? Panic and run for the hills screaming like a 4-year-old girl? Don't lose it just yet; I have something that will take the place of your trusty Chard blanket. The 2008 Benton Lane Oregon Pinot Gris will be a pleasing surrogate sure to assuage your need for an inexpensive but flavorful white table wine. The nose is full of spearmint, bay leaf, Bosc pears, jasmine and an underlying tropical note from the small amount of Estate Viognier added to the wine. The word Zesty comes to mind as soon as this is on the palate with lasting flavors of Granny Smith apples, preserved lemon, chalk, a return of the spearmint found on the nose and an underlying flavor of anise. A great mach to a simple summer salad or a fresh pea and bacon risotto. This may make you get rid of that Chard security blanket once and for all. (Bryan Brick, K&L)

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Varietal:

Pinot Gris

- Also known as Pinot Gris in France, where it originated as a mutation of Pinot Noir. The berries can vary in color from yellowish to bluish-violet producing wines that range from white to slightly pink. The most successful wines from the grape come from the Collio in Friuli (Northeast Italy), where the wines are light- to medium-bodied, crisp, dry and, because of their high acidity, complementary to the region's foods like speck, Prosciutto di San Daniele and polenta. In Alsace, where the grape takes a back seat to more popular varietals like Gewürztraminer and Riesling, it is generally rich and honeyed. Other successful plantings of Pinot Grigio exist in Austria, Germany, Hungary and Romania, with even smaller amounts planted in British Columbia, Australia, New Zealand and California.
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United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
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Oregon

- Highly touted for its Pinot Noirs, Oregon is part of the up-and-coming winemaking industry in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Most of Oregon is directly affected by the climate coming off of the Pacific Ocean, giving it mild winters and wet summers. This makes it a difficult place to ripen grapes, but some say that the harder grapes have to struggle, the more complex they will turn out to be. Chardonnay and Pinot Gris are two important and successful grapes grown in Oregon.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.45