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Belle Pente Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Belle Pente Vineyard 2004

External Review by Salute! Wine Market:

Winemakers Notes:This wine was added to our line-up in 2002 when 6 acres of Pinot Noir planted in 1998 came into full production. The 2004 version comes almost exclusively from 3 blocks along the east side of our property. They lie partially in a slightly concave bowl that traps the morning sun, but protects them from the intense late afternoon heat. The wines from this section of the vineyard tend to show flavors and aromas on the "red side" of the black fruit spectrum: cranberry, black raspberry, and plum. This 2004 is quite forward and coats the palate with sweet, silky, sappy fruit. It is absolutely delicious now, but also has sufficient balance for ageing 4-6 years.

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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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06/07/2007

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External Reviews for Belle Pente Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Belle Pente Vineyard

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Source: Salute! Wine Market
02/12/2009

Winemakers Notes:This wine was added to our line-up in 2002 when 6 acres of Pinot Noir planted in 1998 came into full production. The 2004 version comes almost exclusively from 3 blocks along the east side of our property. They lie partially in a slightly concave bowl that traps the morning sun, but protects them from the intense late afternoon heat. The wines from this section of the vineyard tend to show flavors and aromas on the "red side" of the black fruit spectrum: cranberry, black raspberry, and plum. This 2004 is quite forward and coats the palate with sweet, silky, sappy fruit. It is absolutely delicious now, but also has sufficient balance for ageing 4-6 years.




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