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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.

2012 Belle Pente Vineyard Pinot Noir

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2012 Belle Pente Vineyard Pinot Noir

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This 2012 version of our "flagship" estate bottled Pinot noir includes grapes from all 8 blocks of our Belle Pente vineyard, representing 6 different clonal selections (mostly Pommard and Dijon 115, but with sprinklings of 114, 113, 777, and Wadensvil) from vines planted in 1998 and 1999.  Yields were a bit more generous here than at Murto, but still well below our normal target levels.  Quality was exceptional across the board with many of the lots that ultimately went into this wine vying for inclusion in our Estate Reserve.

As Murto is an archetypical Dundee Hills Pinot, this Belle Pente vineyard offering is textbook Yamhill-Carlton.  Although the alcohol is virtually the same (13.8%), the pH is higher (3.64 vs 3.46) and the TA lower (5.8 grams per liter vs 6.4).  This tends to accentuate the "bass" notes in the wine (vs the "treble" in the Murto).  Whereas the Murto is brighter and fresher, this is deeper and darker, tighter and more restrained.

Fruit flavors and aromas lean toward the dark end of the spectrum, with ripe blackberry and wild black cherry notes, complimented by complex overtones of coffee, fresh herbs, and flowers.  The tannins are smooth, silky, and sappy with a seductive savoriness leading into a long, lingering finish.  This is a contemplative wine that unwinds in the glass and reveals it's charms slowly.  It is a pleasure to drink today and will only get better with a few years in the cellar.

774 Cases Produced

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