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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 Murto Vineyard Pinot Noir

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2012 Murto Vineyard Pinot Noir

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The story here is very simple:  extraordinary quality but excruciatingly low yields. We were just slightly over half of our normal target crop level for this vineyard. The grapes were harvested over 2 days on October 5th and 11th; the fruit was perfectly ripe, clean, and very tasty!  From the very beginning, the young wines were quite compelling.

Mike and Robin Murto's Dundee Hills vineyard  is a high elevation site that really shines in warmer vintages.  Our oldest blocks there were planted in 1978, and produce interesting wine every year.  But the combination of the very low yields and the terrific growing season created something very special in 2012.  The wine has ripe red fruit flavors and aromas backed up by fresh acidity and silky tannins.  For those of you who are interested in the "numbers", the wine has 13.9% alcohol, a pH of 3.46, and TA of 6.4 grams per liter.  Berlitz translation: even though it is fruit forward, it should last forever!

As an aside, last summer we sat down with a small group of people "in the business" and tasted through 18 vintages of our Murto Pinot, from a pre-commercial wine made in 1994 through this 2012 edition.  The "sweet spot" for the group was the 1999 through 2003 vintages, 10 to 15 years old.  I'm sure that this 2012 will be stellar in 2025, but the good news is that you absolutely do not have to wait that long to enjoy it.

In classic Dundee Hills fashion, this wine displays ripe red fruit flavors and aromas reminiscent of cherry compote and  raspberry eau d'vie, overlaid with the signature Murto baking spice, Asian spice, and pepper (white, black, and Sichuan!) aromatics.  The palate is dense and concentrated, but also vibrant and fresh. It screams for traditional Pinot parings like roast duck or stuffed quail. Enjoy this delightful young Pinot today and over the next 20-30 years!

441 cases produced

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