Founded by Steve and Mary Girard- yes, you guessed it, one and the same people that established Girard Winery in Napa- one of my favorites. In the course of producing some amazing wines in Napa, Mary discovered and fell in love with Pinot Noir and convinced Steve on the grape’s merits. So begins a new chapter in their lives spending five years travelling the globe looking for the perfect spot to produce Pinot Noirs. Their search took them from France, Tasmania and eventually deciding on Oregon. In 1988 Brenton Lane was born on a 1,860-acre sheep farm at the foothills of Willamette Valley straddled between Brenton and Lane counties inspiring the name. With 100% Estate grown fruit it’s easy to understand all the accolades the wines have received including more Top 100 Wines of the Year than any other Oregon winery.
This is some of the nicest Pinot Gris you’ll drink anywhere. Crisp, clean but with surprising depth and complexity. Citrus, honey suckle blossoms and a grassy quality that could almost convince you this is a Sauvignon Blanc but nothing could be futher from the truth. One sip of mouthfuls of honeydew melon, white peach and pear balanced with wonderful citrus and minerality will convince you this is a wine to add to the cellar. Especially on days you invite friends over to enjoy seafood from the grill, seafood or chicken salads or spicy Asian dishes. This is a winner. Retail: $24.99
The 2014 is the current vintage and with some age on the bottle it is drinking beautifully. The nose is smoky with cedar, floral notes and some red fruits. The palate, however, will have you wanting to pour another glass immediately. Such a soft, approachable mouthfeel, a delight to drink with loads of black cherries, raspberries, some fruit sweetness in the mid palate and impressive balance. Interesting earthy, licorice note on the finish. Did I mention the impressive balance? You’ll get it when you drink it. Screams Salmon and vegetables with a soy/honey/brown sugar sauce. It bears saying again: a delight to drink. Retail: $25.99