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Belle Pente Chardonnay Belle Pente Vyd 2012 Product #31772 (In Stock)
Belle Pente Chardonnay Belle Pente Vyd 2012 Belle Pente Chardonnay Belle Pente Vyd 2012

We thought Brian O'Donnell's 2010 Chardonnay was about as fine an Oregon white as we'd ever come across.  The 2012 - from perhaps the Willamette Valley's best vintage ever - is better still.  The grapes are from a 1999 planting in a small, 2 acre, plot of Belle Pente's steeply sloped Yamhill-Carleton vineyard.  Brian harvests the fruit in two passes, one early for freshness and one later for richness and flavor intensity.  Fermentation is in barrel (about 10% new), with half made of fine French oak and half from Oregon oak which Brian thinks brings out more fruit character.

The 364 cases of 2012 Chardonnay came out very well indeed. Rich aromas of pear, yellow apple and toasted hazelnut lead to a fleshy, full-bodied, palate of ripe orchard fruit and buttered nut with just a hint of tropical pineapple.  The finish is long and nutty with buttered apple flavors lingering over a light dusting of crushed stone.  Delicious stuff now - 2022 (at least)!

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Belle Pente Pinot Noir Belle Pente Vyd 2013 Product #30728 (In Stock)
Belle Pente Pinot Noir Belle Pente Vyd 2013 Belle Pente Pinot Noir Belle Pente Vyd 2013

From biodynamically farmed vines on the marine sedimentary soils of Yamhill-Carleton.  Tangy black raspberry, black cherry and raspberry fruit shines on the nose and gains sweetness on the pure, focused, palate.  Accents of spice and summer flowers weave in and out from front through the long, juicy, almost salty finish.  Delicious now with salmon or poultry; will improve for years.

"Bright red. Spice-tinged raspberry and cherry scents are complicated by hints of cola, musky flowers and smoky minerals. Sweet and focused on the palate, offering energetic red and dark berry flavors; suggestions of rose pastille and blood orange add complexity. Vibrant and precise in character, delivering strong finishing cut, gentle tannins and very good, tangy persistence." Vinous (Raynolds) 91 points

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Belle Pente Pinot Noir Murto Vyd 2013 Product #30727 (In Stock)
Belle Pente Pinot Noir Murto Vyd 2013 Belle Pente Pinot Noir Murto Vyd 2013

The classic dark, smoky, aromas and rich, concentrated, texture of Dundee Hills Pinot Noir shines through from first sniff through the long, complex, finish.  Red raspberry and cherry fruit is framed by smoky stone, spice and cola complexity in a wine that finishes sweet, smooth and rich.  Tempting right now with duck or pork or beef and sure to gain more weight with time in cellar or decanter.

"Limpid red. High-pitched red berry, Asian spice and mineral aromas are complicated by a suave floral quality. Incisive raspberry and bitter cherry flavors slowly gain flesh and become sweeter in the midpalate while maintaining vivacity. Impressively precise, vibrant and pure, delivering strong finishing cut and silky, harmonious tannins that make a late appearance. This wine should age gracefully on its balance." Vinous (Raynolds) 93 points

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