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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.

2015 Estate Reserve Pinot Noir


2015 Estate Reserve Pinot Noir

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Since it's first release in 1997, our Estate Reserve Pinot Noir has always represented "the best of the best" that we coax out of our Belle Pente estate vineyard each year.  It is a selection of outstanding individual barrels, with the core components coming from our original 1994 planting next to the winery and the steep section just above it planted in 1998. In this 2015 version, 2/3 of the blend comes from these two blocks, with the balance from 2 other blocks further up the hill.

As always, the Wadensvil selection in dominant in this cuvee, coming from a steep 2 acre south-west facing block.  Due to it's pitch and orientation, this block has very thin soil (only 18 inches deep) that yields small grapes with very concentrated flavors and aromas. Dijon 777 and 115 from our original 1994 block provide complimentary complexity with a broad range of herbal and floral aromatics. And small percentages of Dijon 114 and Pommard (fermented with some whole cluster) provide a little lift and freshness.

2015 was almost as warm as 2014, but with much cooler nights. This preserved more natural acidity in the wines, so they are big and rich but also light on their feet. This version of the Estate Reserve is impeccably balanced, hitting the trifecta of ripe fruit, fresh acidity, and silky tannins. Although the intention for this wine is always 10 years in the cellar, it is a delight to drink today.

As described by Josh Raynolds of Vinous:

Deep, bright-rimmed red. A highly complex bouquet evokes red berry preserve and cherry aromas, along with sexy Asian spice, rose oil and smoky mineral accents. Shows impressive delineation on the palate, offering concentrated, spice-tinged red fruit liqueur, cola and spicecake flavors that pick up a strong floral pastille nuance with air. Finishes extremely long and pure, with fine-grained tannins providing shape and grip to lingering raspberry and bitter chocolate notes. 95 points

As the review reflects, our Estate Reserve Pinot noir routinely takes it place among the most acclaimed bottles from the Willamette Valley each year. It also consistantly represents one of the best values in top-shelf New World Pinot noir. Enjoy now and over the next 20 years.

275 Cases + 150 Magnums Produced

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