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Belle Pente Vineyards Pinot Noir 2012
Belle Pente Oregon Pinot Noir
 
: $42.00

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ABOUT: Belle Pente wines come from Oregon’s Yamhill-Carlton AVA making top notch Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Gamay, Muscat, Pinot Gris, and Riesling. Biodynamic practices, dry farming, low sulphites…healthy practices making really great wine. The vines live on gentle slopes and the wines are made gently with as little human intervention as possible. This is a pretty common statement for many of the best wines from Oregon, but you can actually taste and feel the light touch of these wines. Gentle, comforting with soft, sunny edges opposed to earthly or angular wines that teeter on the edge of ripeness. You can taste the thoughtfulness and respect put into each vintage.

TASTE: This wine is made exclusively from the Pinot Noir harvested from their flagship vineyard and is, in my opinion, they’re best wine. 2012 was a great vintage, near perfect weather as opposed to the previous few vintages. Full ripeness was easily achieved and this particular wine emanates sunshine. The strawberry and raspberry fruit flavors are fleshy, more sappy than earthy. Scanning my note for this wine I find “elegant” and “feminine” and “balanced” more than once. The nice tannin/acid structure allows room for development for another ten years easy.

PAIR: Fennel, potatoes, bell pepper, onion, basil and marjoram…roast all of this and eat it in the backyard with a glass of Pente Pinot.