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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.

2010 Willamette Valley Riesling


2010 Willamette Valley Riesling

from 21.60

As with all of our Rieslings since 2007, the grapes for this wine are exclusively from Yamhill Vineyards, less than one 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.

With the cool summer and beautiful, lingering fall of 2010, we waited to harvest the grapes until early November.  Netting around the vines protected the fruit from the swarms of birds that attacked the vineyards during October, and allowed us to wait until the fruit was fully mature.

Since roughly 25% of the clusters were showing signs of botrytis, we sorted those out from the unaffected fruit and processed them separately.  The "regular" fruit was destemmed and pressed immediately.  The botrytized fruit was crushed and left to macerate on the skins for 5 days prior to pressing.  The two lots were kept seperate through vinification, and blended together prior to bottling.  The botrytized / skin contact portion made up about 1/3 of the final blend.

Oregon Riesling often reminds me of a hypothetical blend of Alsace, Austria, and Australia.  This 2010 version, with it's modest 11.8 alcohol level, might send you to one of the more southern German regions like the Rheinhessen or Nahe.  The botrytis contributes elevated spiced apple and pear aromas, along with wet stones in a spring-fed creek.  The palate is rich, ripe, and focused with great freshness and a crisp, clean finish.

Enjoy this captivating Oregon Riesling now and over the next decade as an aperitif or with shellfish, raw or in cream sauces.

152 cases produced

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