"Light and open-textured, a delicate style that offers a hint of caramel weaving through cherry and raspberry fruit, lingering enticingly under a veil of fine tannins on the finish. Drink now through 2018. 741 cases made. –HS" -Rated 91, Wine Spectator
"The much more limited (750 cases) 2008 Pinot Noir First Class is a selection of the best barrels in the cellar. It displays a more brooding bouquet containing darker fruits (black cherry and plum) along with attractive spice notes. On the palate it is firm, structured, and well balanced. It is likely to be longer lived than the Estate cuvee but no more pleasurable.
Benton Lane, located in the southern tip of Willamette Valley closer to Eugene than Portland, is owned and operated by former Napa Valley-ite, Steve Girard. His Estate Pinot Noir has long been recognized for its excellent price/quality ratio as well as for its distinctive postage stamp label which makes it stand out on a retail shelf." -Rated 90, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
" This limited-reserve bottling captures pretty cherry fruit, opens well, holds firm and then fades. It has a little more fruit and more polished tannins than the regular estate. — P.G. (3/1/2011) — 87 " -Rated 87, Wine Enthusiast
" Bright ruby-red. Black raspberry and cherry-cola on the nose, with complicating notes of juniper, tobacco and musky herbs. Plush red and dark berry compote flavors provide very good palate coverage. Gains sweetness with air and picks up hints of sassafras and licorice pastille, finishing with very good cling and fine-grained tannins. This is approachable now but has the depth and structure to suggest that it will reward some patience." -Rated 89, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar