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Belle Pente Pinot Gris Willamette Valley 2007

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89 points Josh Raynolds (International Wine Cellar): Reticent, slow-to-open bouquet hints at honeydew, white peach, mint and floral honey. Fleshy and smooth in texture, offering nicely concentrated melon and pit fruit flavors and slow-building spiciness. I like this wine's blend of richness and energy and would serve it with herb- and citrus-marinated chicken or fish. (Jul 2009)

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Belle Pente Vineyard:
Belle Pente (bell-pont') means "beautiful slope" - a perfect description for our hillside vineyard site in the Yamhill-Carlton District of Oregon's Willamette Valley. Our inspiration comes from the exquisite wines of Burgundy and Alsace, and follows the guiding principle that great wine is made in the vineyard and merely nurtured in the winery. Our standard practices include organic & biodynam... Read more
Belle Pente (bell-pont') means "beautiful slope" - a perfect description for our hillside vineyard site in the Yamhill-Carlton District of Oregon's Willamette Valley. Our inspiration comes from the exquisite wines of Burgundy and Alsace, and follows the guiding principle that great wine is made in the vineyard and merely nurtured in the winery. Our standard practices include organic & biodynamic viticulture, carefully managing vineyard quality and yields, and meticulously hand sorting the grapes that arrive at the winery to remove all underripe or damaged fruit. Our 3-level, gravity-flow winery is designed for gentle, natural winemaking in small lots, with minimal handling and manipulation, to produce premium wines of character and distinction. Belle Pente is owned and operated by Jill & Brian O'Donnell. The 70 acre property is located on a historic farm 2 miles east of the town of Carlton in the new Yamhill-Carlton District viticultural area. The vineyard site rises from 240' to 500' with south, south-east, and south-west exposures. The first vineyard was planted in 1994, and now includes 16 acres of Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and Chardonnay. Our estate vineyard is supplemented with high quality fruit grown to our specifications in partnership with carefully selected independent Yamhill County vineyards. The winery is open on Memorial Day and Thanksgiving Weekends, and at other times by appointment. Read less
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Editorial Reviews for Belle Pente Pinot Gris Willamette Valley

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,384
0.00 5
09/05/2012

Sweet fruit on the nose, great depth of aromatics, earthy, lightly honeyed. A little raw almond and sweet apple fruit with a white floral top note and a hint of licorice. Firmly round in the mouth but with fine clarity. Nice edge of bitter apple peels, nice underlying mineral acid. Still rather youthful with an edge of softness from age.


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,384
4.00 5
08/22/2012

Sweet fruit on the nose with great depth of aromatics. An earthy, lightly honeyed style reveals a little raw almond, sweet apple fruit and white floral top note, all with a hint of licorice on the nose. In the mouth, this is firmly round but with fine clarity and a nice edge of bitter apple peels, supported by precise underlying mineral acid. Still rather youthful, though with an edge of softness from age. This is evolving slowly and with great balance. 90pts



89 points Josh Raynolds (International Wine Cellar): Reticent, slow-to-open bouquet hints at honeydew, white peach, mint and floral honey. Fleshy and smooth in texture, offering nicely concentrated melon and pit fruit flavors and slow-building spiciness. I like this wine's blend of richness and energy and would serve it with herb- and citrus-marinated chicken or fish. (Jul 2009)

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