Benton Lane 1999 Oregon Pinot Noir ($36.00)
Benton Lane's familiar red postage-stamp label makes this one stand out on the shelf. Clear ruby in color, its delicate scents speak of red Pinot fruit, neither as herbaceous nor as earthy as some of its Oregon neighbors. Subtle, fresh flavors balance a pleasant red-cherry fruitiness with crisp but not overbearing acidity. It's a good, straightforward Pinot, an excellent food wine. NOTE: This is a restaurant winelist price. It should sell for $18 or less at retail. US Importer: (May 25, 2003)

FOOD MATCH: Demonstrating Pinot's affinity for varied fare, it went well in a restaurant setting with a wild mushroom appetizer, a simple salmon main course, and pork tenderloin with a fruity dried-cherry stuffing and sweet Port reduction.



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