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Oregon Wine – Belle Pente Estate Reserve


Belle Pente Estate Reserve Pinot noirLife is too short to wait for special occasions.

Birthdays, holidays, they happen once a year. That’s not enough for me anymore. Sometimes, we have to make our own special occasions.

Like opening a 4-vintage vertical of Oregon Pinot from one of my favorite wineries. It doesn’t matter what else has happened that day or week when you can share special wine with people who matter most.

Today, or any day, it’s Belle Pente Estate Reserve Vertical Day.

Belle Pente Estate Reserve
2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 Vertical 4-pack

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.
One bottle each of 06, 07, 08, 09 Estate Reserve.

Tanzer 93 Points – New release
Estate Reserve 2009

$39.55 in any 12 bottle order or Build a Case* (retail $43.95)
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?

Tanzer 93 Points
Estate Reserve 2008
$39.55 in any 12 bottle order or Build a Case* (retail $43.95)
Very limited – call or email to order
Unquestionably Belle Pente’s finest 08 Pinot, it gives meaning to the word “Reserve.” Ethereal Pinot and a standout of the 2008 vintage.

Estate Reserve 2007
$39.55 in any 12 bottle order or Build a Case* (retail $43.95)
My favorite kind of Pinot – it’s different with each sip and it just gets better and better until the bottle is gone. Red raspberry, cherry, sweet herbs, smoke, violets in a framework of silky tannins.

Estate Reserve 2006
$39.55 in any 12 bottle order or Build a Case* (retail $43.95)
Very limited – call to order
Dark fruit flavors and aromas, herbal/floral overtones, silky and sappy but also fresh and focused.

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