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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.

2013 Murto Vineyard Pinot Noir


2013 Murto Vineyard Pinot Noir

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Winegrowers throughout the world covet old vines for their naturally low yields and complexity of flavors and aromas.  But one key attribute that it sometimes overlooked is their remarkable resiliency.  Older vines (like the ones in Mike and Robin Murto's Dundee Hills vineyard, planted in 1978) have the ability to withstand the often considerable adversity of unkind growing seasons.  Through blistering drought or torrential downpours, they have an uncanny ability to shrug it off and do their business.

Such was the case in 2013.  A pretty nice summer that echoed 2012 was abruptly interrupted by a series of tropical storms that slammed into western Oregon during September.  Of all the Willamette Valley appellations, the timing of these rain events impacted the Dundee Hills the most.  Although we were able to harvest most of the vineyard before the worst storm hit, the ultimate quality of the resulting wines was uncertain.

But somehow those gnarly old vines pulled it off!  Although we certainly did our part in the winery with meticulous sorting and diligent culling, the credit for this delicious, medium bodied pinot rests squarely on the vines that grew it, and on the people that tended them all season.

Although the relatively low alcohol level invites comparison to cool years like 2010 and 2011, in reality this 2013 version bears only a vague resemblance to them.  The shorter, more intense growing season in 2013 produced a wine with more forward appeal and less angular structure.  It is really quite pleasant to drink today, and will only gain in depth and sweetness with several years in the cellar.  Fans of more elegant, dare-we-say "Burgundian-style" wines will find a lot to love here, as will those allergic to hi-octane, 14+% alcohol behemoths.  If you're nodding your head "yes", you will want to go long on 2013 starting right here!  If not, snag yourself one of the few remaining cases of the 2012.

440 Cases Produced

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