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Oregon Wine Merchants USD 20.95 750ml

Belle Pente Pinot Gris Willamette Valley Reserve 2006

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

A wild nose, gorgeous slightly honied fruit nose, yes its hot but so rich with great wax, incense, dried orchard fruits pressed flower and forest floor tones, noticeably sweet with plenty of acid to balance it, deep dried pear and spiced peach tones with honied pineapple nuances on the quite thick and powerful but still elegant, mid-plate with deep honey notes on the backend that dips a bit on the finish but has a nice balsamic toned dried apricot finale. Big rich sweet and delicious, bring on the foie! 94pts

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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

Editorial Reviews for Belle Pente Pinot Gris Willamette Valley Reserve

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065222,288
4.50 5
06/29/2009

A wild nose, gorgeous slightly honied fruit nose, yes its hot but so rich with great wax, incense, dried orchard fruits pressed flower and forest floor tones, noticeably sweet with plenty of acid to balance it, deep dried pear and spiced peach tones with honied pineapple nuances on the quite thick and powerful but still elegant, mid-plate with deep honey notes on the backend that dips a bit on the finish but has a nice balsamic toned dried apricot finale. Big rich sweet and delicious, bring on the foie! 94pts


Member Reviews for Belle Pente Pinot Gris Willamette Valley Reserve

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Snooth User: Chris Carpita
330935,531
4.00 5
04/27/2010

Yeast, leechy nose with hay, the mouth has notes of apple cider and butter. Really good length.


Snooth User: Philip James
112,550
4.50 5
03/26/2010

A big wine, weighing in at nearly 15% alcohol. Lots of apricot and peach notes, with wonderful mouth feel.


Snooth User: alisaglem
191845109
3.50 5
03/26/2010

Very thick and sweet to me. I was told that it's because of its high alcohol content.



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