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2008 Belle Pente Pinot Noir Belle Pente Vineyard Yamhill Carlton District
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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 Belle Pente Vineyard Yamhill Carlton District

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

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

Vivid ruby-red.  Cherry-cola and black raspberry aromas are complicated by notes of potpourri and musky herbs.  Suave and seamless on the palate, offering sappy cherry and floral pastille flavors and notes of cola and tarragon.  Gains weight with air and picks up a spicy nuance that carries carries through the long, clinging, sweet finish.  I'd come back to this in about three years.

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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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