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Belle Pente Belle Pente Vineyard Pinot noir 09
$34.95 regular/ $31.46
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Belle Pente Murto Vineyard Pinot noir 2010
$37.95 regular/ $34.16
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Belle Pente Yamhill-Carlton Pinot noir 2010
$27.95 regular/ $25.16
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-Belle Pente Estate Reserve 4 Vintage Vertical

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Avalon Wine

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The "best of the best" from Belle Pente's Estate vineyard, showcasing the purest, most attractive attributes that can be coaxed from their "beautiful slope" each year. It is the epitome of their 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.

Tanzer 93 Points
Belle Pente Estate Reserve 2009
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Boy do I spend a lot of time writing about wines that need to be cellared. So it's a blast of fresh air (way more than a breath) to encounter a delicious, stuffed-with-goodness Pinot that beckons to be opened.

Brian O'Donnell, Belle Pente's winemaker, first described the 09 Estate Reserve as "more of everything" in relation to his 2009 Belle Pente Vineyard. I thought, hell yes! And he was right: more richness and opulence, more complexity and acidity. Red berries and currant provide a sustained sweetness, with creamy earth, citrus, barrel spice, and field herb accents. You can certainly cellar this, and it drinks even better on the second day opened, but why wait? - Marcus

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Belle Pente Estate Reserve 2008
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Unquestionably Belle Pente's finest 08 Pinot, it gives meaning to the word "Reserve." The New York Times chose Belle Pente's entry-level Willamette Valley Pinot as their top 2008 Oregon wine, and this is exponentially better. More depth and layers, more age-worthy structure. Packed with dark berries, shaded with field herbs and earth, this is ethereal Pinot noir that should rest in your cellar - it's a standout of the 2008 vintage. - Marcus
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Belle Pente Estate Reserve 2007
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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 showed 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 added to the experience. Unforgettable. - Jean

Belle Pente Estate Reserve 2006
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The winery's purest expression of the best attributes of Belle Pente's Yamhill-Carlton District appellation. The wines are characterized by dark fruit flavors and aromas, herbal/floral overtones, underlying minerality, an intriguing texture, and an impeccable balance of acid and tannin that makes the wines silky and sappy but also fresh and focused. Belle Pente's Estate Reserve Pinot Noir provides a textbook example!

2006 has been described as a very "user friendly" vintage for Pinot Noir in Oregon. This Belle Pente Estate Reserve was selected for the International Pinot Noir Celebration in 2009 - so it can certainly be enjoyed now. But it is destined to provide the most pleasure when pulled from the cellar a half dozen (or more) years down the road. - the winery