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12470 NE Rowland Rd
Carlton, OR 97111

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12470 Northeast Rowland Road
Carlton, OR, 97111
United States

503-852-9500

Belle Pente Vineyard & Winery produces premium estate Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay in Carlton, Oregon.

Cellar Notes

Cellar Recommendations from Belle Pente Vineyard & Winery. Discover when to drink or hold our wines

Cellar Recommendations

The following recommendations are based on  tastings over the past several months. Please remember that personal preferences vary, however, and drinking a wine too young is generally better than too old!  For older wines, it is best to stand the bottles upright for 2-3 days prior to opening (to allow any sediment to settle to the bottom).  Open younger wines 2-4 hours before drinking, and about 1 hour for older wines.

  1996 Pinot Noir Reserve

 Absolutely delicious!  Congratulations to those who waited!

  • Drink

     1997 Pinot Noirs

     At their peaks...nothing to be gained from more time.

    •  Maresh Vineyard -  Drink

       Murto Reserve - Drink

       Estate Reserve -  Drink

       1998 Pinot Noirs

       These are great examples of how Oregon Pinots from good vintages can age beautifully.  The Murto is starting to show some secondary characteristics, but the Wahle is still remarkably fresh.  There is no rush to drink these,  but there is probably not much to be gained by holding them longer (with the exception of the Estate Reserve, which is still quite primary).

      •  Murto Reserve -  Drink

         Wahle Reserve -  Drink

         Estate Reserve -  Drink/Hold

         1999 Pinot Noirs

         Since this was our daughters birth-year, we are holding these for her to enjoy after 2020 when she "comes of age".  So we have limited recent experience with these wines.  Pull a cork or two if you must, but I don't think you'll regret holding them longer...

        •  Murto Reserve -  Drink/Hold

           Wahle Reserve -  Drink/Hold

           Cuvee Mystere -  Drink/Hold

          2000 Pinot Noirs

          Delicious...at their peaks...enjoy!

          • Murto Reserve -  Drink

            Wahle Reserve -  Drink

            Estate Reserve -  Drink

            2001 Pinot Noirs

            Drinking beautifully now, probably at or near their peaks, not much to be gained by holding much longer.

            • Murto Reserve -  Drink

              Wahle Reserve -  Drink

              Estate Reserve -  Drink

              2002 Pinot Noirs

              At twelve years of age, these wines are really starting to show their stuff!  Not showy or flashy, but beautiful, well integrated thoroughbreds.  Try some now, but save at least one for several more years.

              • Murto Vineyard -  Drink/Hold

                Wahle Vineyard -  Drink/Hold

                Belle Pente Vineyard -  Drink

                Estate Reserve -  Drink/Hold

                2003 Pinot Noirs

                Drop-dead delicious wines from a warm vintage ... enjoy!

                • Murto Vineyard -  Drink

                  Belle Pente Vineyard -  Drink

                  Estate Reserve -  Drink

                  2004 Pinot Noirs

                  Early bloomers, pull a few corks now.

                  • Murto Vineyard -  Drink

                    Belle Pente Vineyard -  Drink

                    Estate Reserve -  Drink/Hold

                    2005 Pinot Noirs

                    Enjoyable now, but still holding much promise ... at this point, I would let them reach their 10th birthday, especially if you have other choices.

                    • Murto Vineyard -  Drink/Hold

                      Belle Pente Vineyard - Drink

                      Estate Reserve -  Hold

                      2006 Pinot Noirs

                      Ripe, luscious wines that have been delightful since release, and continue to be so!  Not much to be gained by waiting, so enjoy them now for their combination of ripe fruit and freshness.

                      • Murto Vineyard -  Drink

                        Belle Pente Vineyard -  Drink

                        Estate Reserve -  Drink

                        2007 Pinot Noirs

                        These wines continue to evolve beautifully.  Every bottle you open is better than the last one!  The low alcohol levels make them a joy at the table.  Enjoy some now and save some for later.

                        • Murto Vineyard -  Drink/Hold

                          Belle Pente Vineyard -  Drink

                          Estate Reserve -  Hold

                          2008 Pinot Noirs

                          Although there is certainly no great sin in enjoying these wines today, I remain convinced that their extraordinary balance has the potential to evolve them into truly memorable, mind altering experiences down the road.  So I'm still recommending that you keep your hands off them.

                          • Murto Vineyard - Hold

                            Belle Pente Vineyard - Hold

                            Estate Reserve -  Hold

                            2009 Pinot Noirs

                            Easy, very approachable wines that are delicious today.  Enjoy now, but hold a few until 2015-17.

                            • Murto Vineyard - Drink

                              Belle Pente Vineyard - Drink

                              Estate Reserve -  Drink/Hold

                              2010 Pinot Noirs

                              These cool climate classics should reward a few years in the cellar.  Try one or two now, but hold the rest for at least another 2-3 years.

                              • Murto Vineyard - Drink/Hold

                                Belle Pente Vineyard - Drink/Hold

                                Estate Reserve -  Hold

                                2011 Pinot Noirs

                                I find these wines quite enjoyable now, but they are clearly evolving in a very positive direction.  If you have other drinking options, hold these for another year or two...

                                • Murto Vineyard - Hold

                                  Belle Pente Vineyard - Drink/Hold

                                  Estate Reserve -  Hold

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