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Belle Pente Estate Reserve Pinot noir 2007


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Belle Pente


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My favorite kind of Pinot - it's different with each sip and it just gets better and better until the bottle is gone. Of the last four vintages, the most complex with many subtle layers, each one introducing a new aspect of the wine.

When first opened, raspberry, red cherry, sweet herbs, and smoke show in the scent and taste. As it developed in the glass, mint, roses, violets, flowers and grasses from the field, a hint of dusty red Jory vineyard dust, minerals, a touch of pomegranate, and bacon fat were contained in a framework of silky tannins. At the end, a delicate note of green tea, sassaffras and cola add to the experience. Unforgettable. - Jean

Belle Pente assistant winemaker Evan Martin poured the 2007 Reserve at his wedding last summer. In the heat of a New Mexio summer he paired it with pork shoulder braised with southewestern green chiles. His cousin, chef du cusinse at Genoa in Portland cooked the dinner. The combination was a megahit with his family.

2007 Tanzer - 91+ points - (Note written in 2009)...tangy red fruit flavors and an exotic floral pastille quality that gains power in the mid-palate. Silky in texture and showing an intriguing interplay of sweetness and tanginess. The finish is bright, focused and alluringly sweet. This still needs a little time to settle down but looks very promising. - Josh Raynolds

Since it's first release in 1997, our Estate Reserve Pinot has represented the "best of the best" from our vineyard, showcasing the purest, most attractive attributes that can be coaxed from our "beautiful slope" each year. It is the epitome of our winegrowing efforts, and its release - 2-1/2 years after harvest - marks the "official" end of that vintage. However, it is really just the beginning, since the lifespan of this wine (under ideal storage conditions) should be measured in decades rather than years. This 2007 version, the child of a "throwback", "pre-global warming" vintage, appears poised to stand the test of time. - the winery

The 12 barrel blend includes all of the grapes from the original 1994 "Old Vine" planting, supplemented with our steep West Block planted in 1998.

2007 Vintage

This medium-bodied wine is a step up in concentration and complexity from our "regular" Belle Pente Vineyard bottling. It is a tightly wound, structured young wine, a bit restrained and reticent, but responds well to decanting and shows best after being open for a few days. A must for every Belle Pente fan's cellar! - the winery

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