(2011 Vintage) The owner and co-vineyard manager of Benton-Lane work carefully with their neighboring Pinot Gris grower to ensure the vineyard is carefully maintained and the grapes are harvested at the peak of maturity. The whole grape clusters are loaded directly into the press. The resulting juice has minimal contact with the skins because they contain bitter phenolic compounds that could be detrimental to the wine quality. The majority of the Pinot Gris juice is fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks at a very cool temperature to maintain the fresh flavors and aromas of the fruit.
Wine & SpiritsRating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Wine & Spirits Magazine on 08/09. This racy gris tastes like biting into a crisp apple. It leads with scents of camellia blossoms, elegant and cool. Its green apple flavors show impressive energy and drive, with a talc-like texture and a fine, dusty stone finish that lasts. Ideal with roast pork and herbed potatoes.