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Carlton, OR 97111

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12470 Northeast Rowland Road
Carlton, OR, 97111
United States


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

Current Releases

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

2012 Belle Pente Vineyard Chardonnay


2012 Belle Pente Vineyard Chardonnay

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This Chardonnay is 100% estate grown in a little 2 acre parcel planted in 1999 on a steep slope with rows running up & down the hill from north-east to south-west.  This 2012 version continues a string of very compelling wines that started with the 2004 vintage, and bears witness to the recent rebirth of exciting Chardonnays coming out of the Willamette Valley.

Like many of our neighbors, we are gravitating to 100% barrel fermentation, but with very modest use of new oak, typically in the 10-20% range.  The wine spends a full year in barrel and often several months in tank before bottling, and is given at least a year in the bottle before release.

Echoing past vintages, this wine sports a dual personality of freshness and richness.  Half of the grapes are picked early to capture bright citrus notes, and the balance remains longer on the vine to develop riper tropical fruit characteristics.  We have pioneered the use of Oregon oak barrels in Chardonnay (a 50/50 mix with French oak), which helps elevate these ripe tropical notes and impart a seductive nutty quality reminiscent of great Meursault.

Enjoy this terrific full-bodied white now and for the next several years with rich seafood dishes, fresh garden pesto, and lightly smoked meats.

364 Cases Produced

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