Grape(s): Pinot Noir
Localization: Willamette Valley, Oregon, USA
Tasting Notes: With a 60/40 split between Yamhill-Carlton and Dundee Hills fruit, this wine combines the spicy, earthy aromatics of the volcanic Dundee sites with the silky, complex texture contributed by the Yamhill-Carlton vineyards.
The Domain: Belle Pente (bell-pont') means "beautiful slope" - a perfect description for our 70-acre hillside vineyard & winery site in Oregon's Willamette Valley. It also reflects the inspiration that we draw from the exquisite wines of Burgundy and Alsace, following the guiding principle that great wine is made in the vineyard and merely nurtured in the winery. We are located on a historic 1840s farmstead two miles east of the town of Carlton in the Yamhill-Carlton American Viticultural Area. The vineyard site rises from 240' to 500' with south, south-east, and south-west exposures. The first vineyard was planted in 1994, and now includes over 16 acres of Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and Chardonnay. The estate vineyard is supplemented with high-quality fruit grown to our specifications in partnership with carefully selected independent Yamhill County vineyards. Our 3-level, gravity-flow winery was built in 1996 (our first vintage), and our average production is now 4500 cases per year, 2/3 of which is Pinot Noir, and 2/3 of which is from estate-grown grapes.