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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.

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Current Releases from Belle Pente Vineyard & Winery. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay & Aromatic White Wines from Oregon.

2011 Murto Vineyard Pinot Noir

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2011 Murto Vineyard Pinot Noir

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Two thousand eleven was the latest harvest on record at Belle Pente.  The grapes for this Murto Vineyard Pinot were actually picked during the first few days of November, and the wine went into barrel the day before Thanksgiving!   Bud break occurred several weeks late, and warm, dry conditions during flowering in early July set the stage for a sizable crop.  Given the "lateness" of the season, rigorous crop thinning was necessary to get the yields into a manageable range.  Even with diligent work in the vineyard, we were just barely able to achieve full ripeness by the end of the season.

As fans of Mike and Robin Murto's Dundee Hills vineyard know, this is a high elevation site that can struggle to get ripe in cool vintages.  However, these 30+ year-old vines somehow manage to pull it off every year!  This particular wine started out "lean and mean", but went through a profound transformation during it's second winter in barrel, and has continued to evolve beautifully over it's first year in the bottle.  This is perhaps our most "Burgundian" Pinot Noir to date, checking in at  whopping 12.3% alcohol!  It is fun to drink today, but has the balance and structure to age beautifully for many, many years.

We have made single vineyard Pinot Noir wines from Murto since 1996.  Over the 16 vintages, we can see significant variation in the textural aspects of the wine, but the core sensory characteristics are remarkably consistent from year to year: red fruit, fresh earth, and spice.  This 2011 version reveals reticent strawberry and red cherry flavor and aromas, with alluring notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, Asian 5-spice, sandalwood, white and black pepper.  It is medium bodied with moderate, polished tannins and bright, fresh acidity.

620 Cases Produced

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