"Established in 1997, The Benches vineyard (formerly Wallula Vineyards) was formed by a group of Long Shadows investors, including founder Allen Shoup. The Benches are located 20 minutes southeast of Pasco on the Washington side of the Columbia River. Winemaker Gilles Nicault heads this project. This fantastic value Rose is named after the founder's granddaughter. While a slight touch behind the last vintage in terms of richness and brightness, this is a tremendous effort from this vintage that saw serious heat spikes. Composed of just 1% Sangiovese alongside the rest Pinot Gris. This wine has rose petals, strawberry and guava puree on the nose. The palate has Gala apple, red raspberry, guava and fresh picked strawberries with a light cream finish alongside a lovely minerality. (Best 2016-2021) - O.B."
- International Wine Report (March 2016), 92 pts