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Belle Vallée Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2007

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Thin and drinking more like a Beaujolais than a Pinot, we're not sure what to think about this wine at this time.

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Belle Vallee Cellars:
Belle Vallée (Beautiful Valley) Cellars is located in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. Nestled between two mountain ranges, the cool climate and terrain of this western Oregon valley is a prime growing area for the Pinot Noir Grape. In the 1980's Oregon's wineries put the world on notice that great Pinot can come from the Willamette Valley appellation. Our decision to create Belle Vallée Cella... Read more
Belle Vallée (Beautiful Valley) Cellars is located in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. Nestled between two mountain ranges, the cool climate and terrain of this western Oregon valley is a prime growing area for the Pinot Noir Grape. In the 1980's Oregon's wineries put the world on notice that great Pinot can come from the Willamette Valley appellation. Our decision to create Belle Vallée Cellars and to focus on Oregon Pinot Noir was based on the desire to be part of the ongoing story of the wonderful wines from Oregon. Two of the founders, Steve Allen and Mike Magee, were born and raised in Oregon. With pioneering spirits and deep roots in the land and the community, both felt compelled to become part of Oregon's new wine heritage. With 325 bonded wineries, Oregon is second only to California in total wineries per state, yet total production is still small by national and international standards. With individualistic style and ruggedness, small Oregon wineries stand shoulder-to-shoulder in their quest to produce the best Pinot possible. Ten years ago, our winemaker and co-founder, Joe Wright, came to Oregon. An avid fisherman and outdoorsman, Joe was lured by the towering volcanic mountains and rugged rivers of the Pacific Northwest. His winemaking career began at Willamette Valley Vineyards, where he tutored under Joe Dobbs for seven years. With a straight forward and earthy style, Joe is totally immersed in all aspects of creating his dream Pinot from the facility he personally designed for just this purpose. Our 18,000 sq ft. winery is located in downtown Corvallis, which is considered to be the heart of the Willamette Valley. Joe designed the facility to produce twenty thousand (20,000) cases of quality Pinot Noir wine per year. Our harvests in 2002 and 2003 were limited to 5,500 cases,8000 cases in 2004, 14,000 cases in 2005, and 18,000 cases in 2006. With the exception of the Whole Cluster Pinot Noir, Joe ages his Pinot Noir in French oak barrels, using from sixty to one hundred percent new oak each year for the different blends. All of our premium red wines are unfined and unfiltered. Belle Vallée Cellars has multi-year contracts with eighteen quality vineyards in the Willamette and Rogue Valleys. These well managed Oregon vineyards, such as Temperance Hill, Freedom Hill, Alpine Vineyards, Winters Hill, and Vitae Springs, crop their yields to less than two tons per acre, thus producing the premium grapes used in our award-winning wines. In the following pages you will learn about the people, the vineyards, the winery, and the wines. Read less

Member Reviews for Belle Vallée Pinot Noir Willamette Valley

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Snooth User: bobcatpunk
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3.00 5
07/24/2012

bright dark fruits, smooth, earthy notes, nice finish


Snooth User: jlm861
3297863
0.00 5
12/17/2009

Very nice pinot. Smooth with a nice finish. Very light in color but not weak in flavor. "Legs" are thin and watery. I normally prefer heavy, dark wines but this was excellent, especially for the price, which was under $20.


Snooth User: Markus Gruber
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3.50 5
05/28/2009

Three and a half glasses


External Reviews for Belle Vallée Pinot Noir Willamette Valley

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Soft and round, with pretty plum and berry notes against earthy, loamy overtones, lingering on the fine-grained finish. Drink now through 2010.


External Review
Source: Astor Wines & Spirits
03/05/2009

While many wineries in Oregon are quite specific as to where their grapes come from, Belle Vallée strives for continuity of quality, year in and year out. You can count on getting a wine with consistently juicy red fruit, made in a fresh, appealing style.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Willamette Valley faced its share of challenges in 2005, but partners Steve Allen, Mike Magee and Joe Wright of Belle Vallee brought out the best in the vintage with this wine. After a classically cool and sometimes rainy growing season, the team harvested from eight vineyards around the region to make the final blend, a refined, supple wine with brilliant flavors.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Lithe, supple and juicy, with raspberry and strawberry fruit. Picks up some real depth, with hints of mineral and toast, as the finish sails on and on. Impressive for its refinement coupled with brilliant flavors. Drink now through 2015.


External Review
11/25/2009

Belle Vallee Cellars Pinot Noir Whole Cluster Willamette Valley 2007 750ML



Thin and drinking more like a Beaujolais than a Pinot, we're not sure what to think about this wine at this time.

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