Benton Lane Pinot Noir 'First Class' Reserve (2014)

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Before tasting this wine, it is important to note its incredible color. It’s a beautiful dark ruby red with a slight hint of blue – reminiscent of the beautiful tail light lenses on 1940’s vintage cars.

The aromas swirl around in the glass and blend together. The fruit notes are candied cranberry and cassis, then rich vanilla from the toasted white oak, and a rich earth or mushroom aroma.

The wine is definitely full flavored, but without imposing tannins. The predominant flavors are cranberry and fig fruit notes on a mocha framework. The rose petal notes, sweet rich earth and fresh cracked pepper flavors that seem to get along beautifully. Note the flash of tangerine in the finish. This is a youngster of a wine that will keep on showing new stuff for a long, long time.

Tasting Notes

91 James Suckling
Extremely aromatic with strawberries, cedar, tea and light caramel. Medium to full body, fine tannins and a fruity finish – yet this always remains reserved and refined. Drink or hold.

90 Wine Spectator
Light and sleek, with a minty edge to the raspberry and cherry flavors, lingering on the deft finish. Drink now through 2021.

90 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.

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