2012 Bench Lands Pinot Noir

2012 Bench Lands Pinot Noir


Our Bench Lands is a blended pinot noir utilizing fruit from several different vineyards, all growing along benches of the Umpqua River. Within these vineyards we have selected blocks and clonal types that work well together in this harmonious blend. These soils are very diverse mixes of alluviums deposited along the Umpqua, originating in the three mountain ranges that encircle this river valley, the Klamath -Siskiyous, the Cascades and the Coast Range. These are well drained sandy and gravelly soils.

From these sites we get a stylish wine with pretty, approachable tannins, even in youth.  The wine is a lovely transparent ruby color. The aromas tend toward berry fruits with strawberry and raspberry front and center.  The flavors dig a little deeper and begin to exhibit some nice cherry and pomegranate character along with evident minerality and verve.  The tannins and acids are well balanced contributing to a very pleasing palate experience.  The finish is quite long and supple, with the acids making a nice contribution all the way to the end.   

Pair this versatile wine with an array of entrees, from oily salmon, poultry roasted or BBQ.. .or how about a bacon cheeseburger!   

Production: 3867 cases
Alcohol:  13.5%ABV
Total Acidity:  5.7g/L
pH:  3.61

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