Belle Pente

Belle Pente Vineyard Pinot Noir

8.912 ratings
9.14 pro ratings
Yamhill-Carlton, Willamette Valley, Oregon, USA
Pinot Noir
Turkey, Game, Exotic Spices, Soft Cheese, Duck, Goose, Salads & Greens, Potato, Quinoa, Farro, Brown Rice, White Rice, Pasta, Herbs, Nuts & Seeds, Mushrooms, Chicken, Meaty & Oily Fish, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Stew, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Salami & Prosciutto, Salmon, Quinoa, Shellfish
Top Notes For
Severn Goodwin

Nose has mashed black/red cherries, recently washed blackberries, pink rose and light cedar notes.

Palate has mashed raspberry/cherry, light baking spice, cedar plank and faint anise notes. Tannins are gentle.

Decanted ~2 hours, very cedar-y on opening, but since subsided significantly. I think this wine needs a few more years to gain some concentration on the flavors, but otherwise a very solid bottle at ~5 years past vintage.

We met the winemaker/owner, Brian O'Donnell, at a dinner many years ago and were thrilled with his passion and success with Pinot Noir. We don't come across his wines regularly in retail settings, but do buy them when we see them. We're still letting some older vintages rest in the cellar.

Nose has mashed black/red cherries, recently washed blackberries, pink rose and light cedar notes.

Palate has mashed raspberry/cherry, light baking spice, cedar plank and faint anise notes. Tannins are gentle.

Decanted ~2 hours, very cedar-y on opening, but since subsided significantly. I think this wine needs a few more years to gain some concentration on the flavors, but otherwise a very solid bottle at ~5 years past vintage.

We met the winemaker/owner, Brian O'Donnell, at a dinner many years ago and were thrilled with his passion and success with Pinot Noir. We don't come across his wines regularly in retail settings, but do buy them when we see them. We're still letting some older vintages rest in the cellar.

Jul 1st, 2019
Sipping Fine Wine

Belle Pente = "beautiful slope", 70 acre hillside vineyard on a historic 1840s farmstead 2 miles east of Carlton in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA. Beautiful nose with ripe berry & floral scents. Fresh fruit flavors of raspberry & sweet cherry, hints of vanilla oak spice, great balance with vivid acidity. Smooth tannins, lingering finish ending with cedar tones & a nudge of spice. An enjoyable Pinot at great price. Has aging benefits, but why wait. Small production, grab all bottles you can find. A Fav!

Belle Pente = "beautiful slope", 70 acre hillside vineyard on a historic 1840s farmstead 2 miles east of Carlton in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA. Beautiful nose with ripe berry & floral scents. Fresh fruit flavors of raspberry & sweet cherry, hints of vanilla oak spice, great balance with vivid acidity. Smooth tannins, lingering finish ending with cedar tones & a nudge of spice. An enjoyable Pinot at great price. Has aging benefits, but why wait. Small production, grab all bottles you can find. A Fav!

Mar 11th, 2019
Britney Hardie

Oh my, so delicious. I wanted to open our other bottle but we are saving for another special occasion. Silky, rich and balanced- earthy and soft fruit. So very lovely.

Oh my, so delicious. I wanted to open our other bottle but we are saving for another special occasion. Silky, rich and balanced- earthy and soft fruit. So very lovely.

Aug 15th, 2018
Jared Silvia

A very pleasant and unique Pinot from OR. The color is a nice ruby. The nose is filled with red fruit and flowers, very floral. The typical earthiness of a Pinot is not here if you are looking for it. The taste start tart and fruit forward, the the floral and spice notes take control. The finish lingers and the tannins eventually dissipate. At first the tannins were a bit too powerful, but a couple of hours out let them mellow into a very nice balance.

A very pleasant and unique Pinot from OR. The color is a nice ruby. The nose is filled with red fruit and flowers, very floral. The typical earthiness of a Pinot is not here if you are looking for it. The taste start tart and fruit forward, the the floral and spice notes take control. The finish lingers and the tannins eventually dissipate. At first the tannins were a bit too powerful, but a couple of hours out let them mellow into a very nice balance.

Mar 19th, 2018
Geoff Schaefer

Needs about another year and a half but, even now, it's showing well. The nose is delightful - a clear indication of quality. Tastes of cherry and baking spices. Reminds me a bit of a well-aged Barbaresco actually. Hold to burn off some of the alcohol. That's the only thing holding this wine back.

Needs about another year and a half but, even now, it's showing well. The nose is delightful - a clear indication of quality. Tastes of cherry and baking spices. Reminds me a bit of a well-aged Barbaresco actually. Hold to burn off some of the alcohol. That's the only thing holding this wine back.

Feb 26th, 2017
David Dadekian

David had this 11 days ago

David had this 11 days ago

Oct 9th, 2019
Darin Kendrick

Darin had this 2 years ago

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Sep 14th, 2017
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Apr 14th, 2018
Brian Rafkin

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Nov 23rd, 2017
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Jun 1st, 2017