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2008 Belle Pente Pinot Noir Murto Vineyard Dundee Hills
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About Belle Pente

Belle Pente, sits stunningly on a slope in the Willamette Valley’s Yamhill-Carlton district. Jill and Brian O’Donnell planted the first vineyard here in 1994, which now consists of 12 acres of Pinot Noir, two acres of both Pinot Gris and Chardonnay, and a few rows of Gamay Noir.

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2008 Belle Pente Pinot Noir Murto Vineyard Dundee Hills

Producer: Belle Pente
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Pinot Noir
Origin: Oregon
Region: Willamette Valley
Appellation: Dundee Hills

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92 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - July/August 2011

Bright ruby-red.  Intense red berry and Asian spice aromas, with a sexy potpourri quality and a hint of woodsmoke.  Deeply pitched red and dark berry flavors show impressive energy and lift, picking up notes of star anise and cinnamon on the back half.  Packs a punch but comes off as lithe, with very good finishing clarity and spicy persistence.  Drinkable now but balanced to age. 

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Pinot Noir

Adored by critics, prized by collectors, Pinot Noir is one of most tantalizing yet temperamental varietals in the world. For many wine enthusiasts, this is part of the appeal of Pinot -- it doesn't reveal its charms easily. Pinot Noir's virtue also stems from the unique characteristics of the grape. The skins are especially delicate, which accounts for the lighter color and body of finished wine. But, despite the delicacy, the best wines have excellent backbone and...
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