2012, Benton Lane "First Class", Pinot Noir, Sunnymount Ranch, Willamette Valley, Oregon, 14.1% Alc, CTnr WS92 WE90
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FIRST CLASS is only produced in special vintages. A selection of the best lots in the cellar aged 16 months in French oak barrels. The barrels were pre-blended to ensure consistency and then racked to complete the aging process.The 2012 is a reserve-level effort, that matches black cherry fruit to barrel flavors of dark chocolate and espresso. The tannins are ripe and polished, and the wine delivers heft and power. It spent 16 months in French oak, 42% new, and carries a pleasant whiff of toast through the finish.
The intriguing dark rosewood color of this wine is accentuated by tantalizing aromas. The dominant fruit scents favor black plums, currants and other darker fruits, with more complex aromas of graphite and smoked meats. On the palate, one finds savory flavors of mocha and Italian herbs, rounded out by fruity nuances of black raspberries and Van cherries. Built to last, this wine will gracefully age, further complimenting the luscious and expansive mouth feel with aged pinot noir characteristics