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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.

2012 Estate Reserve Pinot Noir

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2012 Estate Reserve Pinot Noir

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2012 was a watershed vintage for our Belle Pente estate vineyard.  The vines in four of our Pinot Noir blocks (planted in 1998) celebrated their 15th birthdays, making a marked transition from gangling teenagers to sophisticated young adults.  Their grapes, nurtured by a near-perfect growing season, produced wines that parley adolescent exuberance with mature depth of character and class.  This eloquent medley of elegance and energy has yielded what is perhaps our strongest Pinot Noir bottling ever!

From Josh Raynolds of Vinous (formerly Steve Tanzer's International Wine Cellar):

Brilliant ruby-red. A heady, strikingly pure bouquet evokes ripe red and dark berries, potpourri and Asian spices, along with suggestions of sassafras, cola and smoky minerals. At once concentrated and lithe, conveying superb energy and focus to its juicy raspberry, cherry and spicecake flavors. A suave floral quality emerges with air, carrying through a very long, sweet, gently tannic finish that leaves sappy red berry and rose pastille notes behind. Is this the best bottling yet to emerge from this winery, which has firmly established itself as one of America's finest sources of elegant Pinot Noir? One thing's for sure, it's an excellent value.  94 pts.  Drinking window 2019 - 2024

As many of you know, the Estate Reserve is a barrel selection from the best parts of the vineyard, with the core of the blend coming from our original block planted in 1994 paired with our steep south-west facing block planted in 1998 to the Wadensvil selection of Pinot Noir.  This years version also includes about 30% from our Pommard block (also planted in 1998) which has really come into it's own over the past several years. 

As the vineyard matures, the process of selecting barrels for this bottling gets harder every year ... but the resulting wine seems to get better and better!  Although the wine-making protocol for the estate reserve is essentially the same as for our single vineyard wines, there are a couple of notable exceptions.  While all the top wines include a little bit of whole cluster, indigenous yeast fermentation, 18 month elevage, and gravity flow processing from fermenter all the way to the bottle, the Estate Reserve enjoys a slightly higher percentage of new barrels (about half) and longer aging in bottle prior to release (typically around 18 months).  This imparts more structure for aging, and allows the wine to be released at the beginning of it's drinking window.

Put a case (or two!) in your cellar and drink a bottle every year until it's gone.  You'll be glad you did!

377 Cases + 120 Magnums Produced


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