Current Releases from Belle Pente Vineyard & Winery. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay & Aromatic White Wines from Oregon.
2013 Estate Reserve Pinot Noir
2013 Estate Reserve Pinot Noir
The early part of the 2013 growing season will be remembered as a virtual "carbon copy" of 2012. Bud-break occurred "on schedule" around the 15th of April, and flowering progressed under variable conditions during the the second and third weeks of June. Summer kicked-off at the end of that month with a few days creeping into the 90s, and a lovely Oregon summer persisted through the third week of August.
But around Labor Day the seasons diverged dramatically with a series of progressively stronger fall storms hitting during September. The unsettled weather forced our hand and necessitated harvesting early at relatively low sugars, but thankfully with excellent physiological ripeness. This was especially true in our Belle Pente estate vineyard, where our relatively low elevation and western exposure provide us with a very warm site that can be a huge advantage in cooler vintages.
The 2013 wines in general tend to be more old-world than new-world in style, with great underlying structure but enough forward fruit to make them approachable today. This is certainly the case with this top cuvee from our estate vineyard, as described by Josh Raynolds of Vinous (formerly Steve Tanzer's International Wine Cellar):
Dark red. A highly aromatic bouquet evokes fresh red fruits, incense and Asian spices, along with bright mineral and floral overtones. Juicy and precise on the palate, offering alluringly sweet raspberry preserve, lavender pastille and spicecake flavors that deepen and spread out slowly with air. Delivers a suave blend of power and elegance, finishing with silky, harmonious tannins and excellent clarity and floral-driven persistence. 93pts. Drinking window 2018 - 2024
The Estate Reserve is always a barrel selection from the best parts of the vineyard, including our original 1994 planting. This 2013 version is 35% from this block, planted primarily to the Dijon 115 and 777 selections of Pinot noir. But the core of the cuvee (55%) hails from a steep south-west facing block planted in 1998 to the Wadensvil selection, which imparts the spicy notes and smooth tannins described above.
The grapes were harvested in a very narrow "window" between September 18th and 20th, prior to the first major rain. No whole clusters were utilized, and fermentation was conducted with ambient and selected yeasts. The wine was raised for 18 months in French oak barrels (50% new) prior to gravity bottling in the late spring of 2015, and held for another 18 months in bottle before release.
This terrific young wine is just reaching the beginning of what will surely be a long drinking window, so put a case (or two!) in your cellar and drink a bottle every year until it's gone. You'll be glad you did!
228 Cases + 120 Magnums Produced
1-11 Bottles: $49/bottle
Bottle in Mixed Case: $44.10/Bottle (10% Off)
Full Case: $41.58/Bottle, $499 Total (15% Off)