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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.

2009 Willamette Valley Riesling


2009 Willamette Valley Riesling

from 16.20

As with all of our Rieslings since 2007, the grapes for this wine are exclusively from Sue and Ralph Stein’s Yamhill Vineyards, about a mile from the winery on the "back side" of our hill here in the heart of the Yamhill-Carlton appellation.  The vineyard was planted in 1984 on soils and at an elevation very similar to our Belle Pente estate vineyard, and has been a source of Riesling for us since 1998.

In spite of the hot 2009 growing season, the grapes were harvested in late October at modest sugar levels with high acidity. The resulting wine is completely dry, with searing acidity in it’s youth was reminiscent of biting into a lemon! With the benfit of 8 years in the bottle, it has taken on a bit of creaminess to balance the dominant bright citrus, and has also developed an intriguing earthiness.

Oregon Riesling often reminds me of a hypothetical blend of Alsace, Austria, and Australia.  This 2009 version, with it's modest 12.4 alcohol and 7.3 grams/liter of acidity, sends my mind to the Clare or Eden Valley more than the Colmar or Vienna.

Enjoy this captivating Oregon Riesling now as an aperitif or with shellfish, raw or in cream sauces.

124 cases produced

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