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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.

2011 Estate Reserve Pinot Noir

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2011 Estate Reserve Pinot Noir

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Our Estate Reserve Pinot Noir is a celebration of the apex of our winegrowing efforts, truly the "best of the best". It is the result of a rigorous selection process of individual barrels from the best sections of our Yamhill-Carlton estate vineyard.  In 2011, only 9 barrels made it into this cuvee, representing less than 12% of our estate Pinot Noir production for that year.

As is generally the case, a little more than half of the blend comes from a steep south-west facing block just above the winery.  This part of the vineyard is planted to the Wadensvil selection in very shallow soil.  Since the vines have less water available, the individual grapes tend to be very small, yielding wines with concentrated flavors and aromas. 

One third of the blend comes from the oldest vines on the property, our original block planted in 1994.  By virtue of vine age and well established root systems, the wines from this section always display the broadest range of flavors and aromas.  Planted primarily with the Dijon 115 and 777 selections, this block always produces the most complex wine in the cellar.

The balance of the blend hails from a higher elevation, well exposed section planted to the Oregon "workhorse" Pommard selection, which was the basis for most of the legendary Willamette Valley wines from the 70s and 80s. 

This 2011 version is the product of the latest harvest ever at Belle Pente.  The grapes for this wine were picked on October 27th and 28th, almost a full month later than in an "normal" year.  Our warm site proved to be a real advantage in this long, cool season, with the grapes achieving a good level of ripeness at relatively low sugar levels, resulting in a well-balanced, structured wine at just under 13% alcohol. 

Highly rated by both Steve Tanzer's International Wine Cellar and Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, this is a wine that can be enjoyed today (decanting recommended) and cellared for at least 10 year.

203 Cases + 120 Magnums Produced

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