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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.

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Current Releases from Belle Pente Vineyard & Winery. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay & Aromatic White Wines from Oregon.

2010 Belle Pente Vineyard Chardonnay

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2010 Belle Pente Vineyard Chardonnay

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Our 100% Estate Grown Chardonnay comes from a little 2 acre parcel planted in 1999 on a steep southwest facing slope with rows running up & down the hill from north-east to south-west.  This 2010 version continues a string of very compelling wines that started with the 2004 vintage.  It is also exciting in the broader context of what is happening with Chardonnay in the Willamette Valley in general.  Over the past decade, the quality level of these wines has risen to approach the point of parity with Pinot!!

In keeping with our normal practice, we divided the block into an "early" and a "late" picking, harvesting half of the grapes on October 14th and the balance on October 22nd. The earlier harvest date allows us to maintain good natural acidity in the wines, and the second provides more developed and nuanced flavors and aromas. Blending the two lots together allows us to achieve complex, balanced wines every year. With the cool growing season, the alcohol came in at 13%, and even with a complete malolactic fermentation, the wine is bright, fresh, and lively.

We have pioneered the use of Oregon oak in Chardonnay, deploying them 50/50 with French oak barrels for over 10 years. The wines are 100% barrel fermented, but with very modest use of new oak, typically in the 10-15% range. This allows the toasty oak characteristics to play a supporting role vs stealing the limelight, to provide an accent vs being the main attraction. Elevage was over 12 months with frequent lees stirring, and the wine was assembled, lightly filtered, and gravity bottled in early October of 2011.

At almost 5 years from vintage, this wine is beginning to hit it's prime. Enjoy now and over the next six years with rich white fish dishes, baked mac and cheese, fresh pesto, and dozens of other white and green foods!

330 Cases Produced

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