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Belle Pente Pinot Noir Yamhill-Carlton Belle Pente Vineyard 2007

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Josh Raynolds (International Wine Cellar): Light, hazy red. Redcurrant and strawberry aromas are complemented by notes of white pepper and dried herbs. Light-bodied and a touch dry, offering brisk red fruit flavors and no apparent tannins. This easy-drinking pinot finishes with good clarity and sweetness. (May/Jun 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

Editorial Reviews for Belle Pente Pinot Noir Yamhill-Carlton Belle Pente Vineyard

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,739
4.50 5
12/09/2010

Warm and lightly jammy lingonberry fruit greets the nose with a touch of dried beefy concentration and some lightly aromatic herbal background notes. Zesty on entry and very focused in the mouth with a tight, acid-driven core of blackberry fruit that is faceted and complex. This has wonderful structure, balanced yet firm, with a mid-palate that really fills out on the backend and a long finish that reveals snappy red fruits laced with subtle mineral tone. 92pts


Member Reviews for Belle Pente Pinot Noir Yamhill-Carlton Belle Pente Vineyard

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Snooth User: GeekyKhan
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3.00 5
08/28/2009

Not your typical Pinot --in my experience anyways. The coloring and texture strike me more like a Zinfandel. The wine possesed strong fruit flavors with an earthy nose.


Snooth User: sacosue
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0.00 5
11/07/2009

very good! one the more earthy, fuller pinots - nothing shy about this one. Yum!


External Reviews for Belle Pente Pinot Noir Yamhill-Carlton Belle Pente Vineyard

External Review
Source: Morrell & Company
03/23/2009

A strikingly good Pinot, and extremely limited. The nose has earthy, peppery, and ripe cherry, and flavors are of red pie cherry, fresh red raspberries, black pepper, cinnamon, and brambly, well integrated tannins. There's bright acidity and lovely balance.


External Review
Source: Astor Wines & Spirits
08/13/2009

This Pinot Noir comes from the Willamette Valley of Oregon. This wine shows gamey fruit - berries and spicy flowers. Unfiltered and distinctly natural on the palate with a tremendous amount of character for a wine coming from the New World.



Josh Raynolds (International Wine Cellar): Light, hazy red. Redcurrant and strawberry aromas are complemented by notes of white pepper and dried herbs. Light-bodied and a touch dry, offering brisk red fruit flavors and no apparent tannins. This easy-drinking pinot finishes with good clarity and sweetness. (May/Jun 2009)

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