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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.

2016 Belle Oiseau

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2016 Belle Oiseau


2016 Belle Oiseau

from 16.20

As many of you know, we are enamored with the wines of Alsace.  So we were thrilled when our friend Andy Fortgang (of Le Pigeon and Little Bird Bistro in Portland) approached us a few years ago to create a traditional Edelzwicker blend for one of the restaurants.  Edelzwicker literally means "noble blend", so is made from some combination of the "noble" varieties of Alsace: Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, and Muscat. 

Although many wines labeled as Edelzwicker today tend to be sweet and innocuous, Andy was after a classic dry style to match with the house-made charcuterie at Little Bird.  So we sat down with the individual varietals, and concocted the Belle Ouiseau "formula": roughly equal parts Riesling and Pinot Gris with a splash of Muscat.  Initially served exclusively at the restaurant from kegs, we did a small experimental bottling in 2010, and more extensive ones starting in 2011.

The 2016 Belle Oiseau (bell woz-oh, which means "Pretty Bird") includes 48% Riesling from old vines at Hyland Vineyard in McMinnville, 32% Pinot Gris from Rivenwood Vineyard in Yamhill-Carlton (adjacent to our estate vineyard), and 20% Muscat from Stag Hollow Vineyard (our Yamhill-Carlton neighbors).  The Riesling brings freshness and vibrancy, with the Pinot Gris contributing weight and body, and the Muscat adding an aromatic lift.  It is a terrific Oregon original with a noble Alsatian pedigree.  Perfect as an aperitif, with raw oysters, moderately spicy Asian-influenced dishes, and of course charcuterie!

110 cases produced

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