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Oregon Pinot noir – Belle Pente 2009 Pinots

 

We received more phone calls and emails about the Belle Pente Willamette Valley Pinot noir 08 than we have for ANY other 2008 Pinot.

As it usually goes with really good wines that are under the radar, the wine was sold out before the New York Times chose it as their #1 2008 Oregon Pinot. And it was $20.

The Belle Pente Willamette Valley, and its slightly bigger brother the Dundee Hills, are back for the 2009 vintage…with the same price tags. Both Pinots are ready to drink today, and highly recommended by Avalon.

Belle Pente Oregon Pinot noir

Belle Pente Willamette Valley Pinot noir 09
$17.95 in any 12 bottle order $19.95 retail
SHIPPING JUNE 1
Lots of high toned red fruit mingles with orange peel, incense, and fresh cut hay on the nose. Richly textured red berries sit lushly on your palate, with hints of cocoa, cream, and cherry skin on the finish. – Marcus

Red fruit and a hint of rose petals fill the nose. Clean fresh raspberry and red cherry flavors are enhanced by the faintest touch of sandalwood incense. Smooth texture and tannins that grip just enough to balance the sweet fruit. – Jean

Belle Pente Dundee Hills Pinot noir 09
$21.96 in any 12 bottle order $24.40 retail
SHIPPING JUNE 1
The Dundee Hills has a plumper core of fruit, showing bright pie cherries up front with a thread of dark currant that helps usher in the spicy finish of nutmeg, white pepper and fresh earth. While much of the hype from last year’s wines focused on the Willamette Valley Pinot, the Dundee Hills gets our vote. – Marcus

Belle Pente Cuvee Contraire Rose of Pinot noir 09
$16.19 in any 12 bottle order $17.99 retail
SHIPPING JUNE 1
The richest of the roses for this season that I’ve had in spring of 2011. A hint of rose petals in the nose, tons of fresh strawberry scent and flavor, and crisp acidity that is so very refreshing on a hot day. Ultimate summer picnic wine. A blend of Gamay noir and Pinot noir. – Jean

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