Belle Pente is a vineyard and winery located on a historic 70 acre farm two miles east of the town of Carlton, Oregon in the Yamhill-Carlton American Viticulture Area. Owned and operated by Brian & Jill O’Donnell, Belle Pente produces premium Oregon Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay.
Notes from Belle Pente:
This is our 18th consecutive bottling of vineyard designated wine from Mike and Robin Murto's outstanding old vines (planted in 1978) high in the Dundee Hills. Although this mature vineyard tends to deliver the goods every year, the high elevation makes it a fairly cool site, and in warm vintages like 2014 creates something very special indeed! The grapes were vinified with a small fraction of whole cluster that helped extend macerations to 18-21 days, and the wine aged in barrel for 18 months, then gravity bottled on May 12th, 2016. Fans of riper style Pinots will find a lot to love in this wine. Compact aromas of raspberry and baking spice require a little bit of coaxing, but with air become quite expressive. There is density on the palate reflective of the vintage, but also freshness. Enjoy!