An unpretentious working farm sits on a hillside, fields hosting sheep and goats. A shed that could stand a paint job shelters a muddy tractor that has seen a lot of use. Wild rose bushes and blackberry vines creep over the edge of the lawn. A gravel road throws up the ubiquitous dust that fills rural air this time of year. Views from the valley range up into the Cascades to the east, and the coastal range to the west. It's the essence of what I love about Oregon, and it's pure Belle Pente.
When I go east to see my family, I take them authentic Oregon - the foods unique to us- marionberry jam, roasted hazelnuts, and smoked salmon. I'll add a bottle of Belle Pente Pinot noir to that list next time. Brian and Jill O'Donnell make wines that could only come from Oregon. And that is high praise.
Belle Pente Yamhill-Carlton Pinot noir 06 $22.45/$24.95
The Belle Pente Yamhill Carlton Pinot noir 06 is made with fruit from the winery's own estate vineyard, located in the Yamhill Carlton AVA. Deceptively light in color, it fills your senses with focused fresh fruit, herbs, and spice. It is a wine of unusual complexity and quality for the price.
The nose features delicate scents of red raspberry and red cherry blossoms, with a hint of thyme. Juicy, sweet flavors of fresh red raspberry, cranberry, blueberry and a hint of sweet spice fill the mouth and and a refreshing, lilting finish reiterates the red raspberry and blueberry qualities.
Belle Pente Estate Reserve Pinot noir 05 $40.46/$44.95
The Belle Pente Estate Reserve Pinot noir 05 expresses the essence of Pinot noir, heightened by a sense of place. Here's the heart and soul of the Pinot noir grape, and it is spendid. The sense of place, the "terroir" of the vineyard site, interweaves with the Pinot noir fruit flavors, adding a quality unique to the Belle Pente estate vineyard.
The 2005 Belle Pente Reserve is dark - dark in color, in aroma and in flavors, and dark in the sense it imparts of earth, forest, and ripe tannins.
Blackberry and black currant intermingle with spicebox and forest floor in the nose. Initially, you taste sweet black fruit. It gives way to a rapid-fire succession of layers of flavors: cassis, blackberry, blue plum, restrained spice with an emphasis on cardamon and anise, and stone flavors. If you've visited the winery, you'll recognize a hint of the scent of the grassy fields and Oregon oak and fir forest that surround the vineyard.
The finish expresses the wonderfully mysterious qualities of Oregon Pinot noir. Ephemeral and evolving, it lingers with a shot silk texture and a dark, brooding, melange of fruit, spice, and fresh turned earth.
I love this wine right now - it is delicious, complex and fascinating. I want to stop writing and go get a glass. So revel in it now, or cellar for four to eight years, when it will be even better.
The Belle Pente 05 Reserve is highly recommended by Avalon Wine. Very limited, less than 300 cases were produced.
Authentic Pinot noir, Authentic Oregon, Authentic Belle Pente.
Owen Roe Abbot's Table 07 $18.85/$20.94
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