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12470 NE Rowland Rd
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.

Cellar Notes

Cellar Recommendations from Belle Pente Vineyard & Winery. Discover when to drink or hold our wines

Cellar Recommendations

The following recommendations are based ontastings over the past several months. Please remember that personal preferences vary, however, and drinking a wine too young is generally better than too old!  For older wines, it is best to stand the bottles upright for 2-3 days prior to opening (to allow any sediment to settle to the bottom).  Open younger wines 2-4 hours before drinking, and about 1 hour for older wines.

  1996 Pinot Noir Reserve

 Absolutely delicious!  Congratulations to those who waited!

  • Drink

     1997 Pinot Noirs

     At their peaks...nothing to be gained from more time.

    •  Maresh Vineyard -  Drink
    •  Murto Reserve - Drink
    •  Estate Reserve -  Drink

     1998 Pinot Noirs

     These are great examples of how Oregon Pinots from good vintages can age beautifully.  The Murto is starting to show some secondary characteristics, but the Wahle is still remarkably fresh.  There is no rush to drink these,  but there is probably not much to be gained by holding them longer (with the exception of the Estate Reserve, which is still quite primary).

    •  Murto Reserve -  Drink
    •  Wahle Reserve -  Drink (great showing on April 21st 2017!)
    •  Estate Reserve -  Drink/Hold

     1999 Pinot Noirs

     Since this was our daughters birth-year, we are holding these for her to enjoy after 2020 when she "comes of age".  So we have limited recent experience with these wines.  Pull a cork or two if you must, but I don't think you'll regret holding them longer...

    •  Murto Reserve -  Drink/Hold
    •  Wahle Reserve -  Drink/Hold
    •  Cuvee Mystere -  Drink/Hold

    2000 Pinot Noirs

    Delicious...at their peaks...enjoy!

    • Murto Reserve -  Drink
    • Wahle Reserve -  Drink
    • Estate Reserve -  Drink

    2001 Pinot Noirs

    Drinking beautifully now, probably at or near their peaks, not much to be gained by holding much longer ... a vintage that was perhaps a bit under-appreciated in it's youth, but has evolved very nicely

    • Murto Reserve -  Drink (the favorite of an 18 vintage vertical tasting in the summer of 2015!)
    • Wahle Reserve -  Drink
    • Estate Reserve -  Drink

    2002 Pinot Noirs

    At fifteen years of age, these wines are really starting to show their stuff!  Not showy or flashy, but beautiful, well integrated thoroughbreds.  Try some now, but save at least one for several more years.

    • Murto Vineyard -  Drink/Hold
    • Wahle Vineyard -  Drink/Hold
    • Belle Pente Vineyard -  Drink
    • Estate Reserve -  Drink/Hold

    2003 Pinot Noirs

    Drop-dead delicious wines from a warm vintage ... enjoy!

    • Murto Vineyard -  Drink
    • Belle Pente Vineyard -  Drink
    • Estate Reserve -  Drink

    2004 Pinot Noirs

    Early bloomers, pull a few corks now.

    • Murto Vineyard -  Drink
    • Belle Pente Vineyard -  Drink
    • Estate Reserve -  Drink/Hold

    2005 Pinot Noirs

    Enjoyable now, but still holding much promise ... no rush to drink, especially if you have other choices.

    • Murto Vineyard -  Drink/Hold
    • Belle Pente Vineyard - Drink (fresh and silky on April 23rd 2017)
    • Estate Reserve -  Hold

    2006 Pinot Noirs

    Ripe, luscious wines that have been delightful since release, and continue to be so!  Not much to be gained by waiting, so enjoy them now for their combination of ripe fruit and freshness.

    • Murto Vineyard -  Drink
    • Belle Pente Vineyard -  Drink
    • Estate Reserve -  Drink

    2007 Pinot Noirs

    These wines continue to evolve beautifully.  Every bottle you open is better than the last one!  The low alcohol levels make them a joy at the table.  Enjoy some now and save some for later.

    • Murto Vineyard -  Drink/Hold
    • Belle Pente Vineyard -  Drink
    • Estate Reserve -  Drink/Hold

    2008 Pinot Noirs

    Although there is certainly no great sin in enjoying these wines today, I remain convinced that their extraordinary balance has the potential to evolve them into truly memorable, mind altering experiences down the road.  So I'm still recommending that you keep your hands off them.

    • Murto Vineyard - Hold
    • Belle Pente Vineyard - Drink/Hold
    • Estate Reserve -  Hold

    2009 Pinot Noirs

    Easy, very approachable wines that are delicious today.  Enjoy now, but hold a few until 2018.

    • Murto Vineyard - Drink
    • Belle Pente Vineyard - Drink
    • Estate Reserve -  Drink/Hold

    2010 Pinot Noirs

    These cool climate classics should reward a few years in the cellar.  Try one or two now, but hold the rest for at least another 2-3 years.

    • Murto Vineyard - Drink/Hold
    • Belle Pente Vineyard - Drink/Hold
    • Estate Reserve -  Hold

    2011 Pinot Noirs

    I find these wines quite enjoyable now, but they are clearly evolving in a very positive direction.  If you have other drinking options, hold these for another year or two...

    • Murto Vineyard - Drink/Hold
    • Belle Pente Vineyard - Drink/Hold
    • Estate Reserve -  Hold

    2012 Pinot Noirs

    Similar to 2008 ... wines from a very special growing season, and although they are certainly quite enjoyable now, the future is very bright for these wines!

    • Murto Vineyard - Hold
    • Belle Pente Vineyard - Drink/Hold
    • Estate Reserve -  Hold

    2013 Pinot Noirs

    Overall a cool year ... complex, elegant wines that can be enjoyed today or cellared for several years.

    • Murto Vineyard - Drink/Hold
    • Belle Pente Vineyard - Drink/Hold
    • Estate Reserve -  Hold