95 and 94 point Belle Pente Pinots: Highest Points-to-Price

Belle Pente epitomizes Oregon wine: speak softly and let your wines do the talking. Wines grown and made with integrity, priced with modesty. Proprietors Brian and Jill O'Donnell are the kind of people you want to buy wine from; fortunately, they also make some of our favorite Oregon Pinots.

We're not the only Belle Pente fans -- last week Vinous, one of the world's leading wine publications, published its annual Oregon Pinot report and Belle Pente crushed it. Sure, there were tons of great reviews but most notably, Belle Pente had the highest points-to-price ratio of all Oregon wineries reviewed!*   

All of the wines below are drinking beautifully already -- grab them while you can.

Belle Pente Estate Reserve Pinot noir 2014
$49.45 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case* order ($54.95 regular) 
95 points Vinous: "Powerful blue fruit liqueur, violet pastille, incense and smoky mineral aromas, along with hints of cola and exotic spices. Appealingly sweet and expansive on the palate, offering densely packed black raspberry, boysenberry, mocha and floral pastille flavors and a strong spicecake note. Supple, well-knit tannins give shape to the intensely fruit-driven finish, which lingers with outstanding persistence and building sweetness."

Belle Pente Murto Vineyard Pinot noir 2014
$34.95 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case* order ($38.85 regular) 
94 points Vinous: "A heady, complex bouquet evokes fresh red and blue fruits, cola, potpourri and five-spice powder, backed by a hint of licorice. Juicy, focused and energetic but concentrated as well, offering appealingly sweet boysenberry and raspberry flavors and a hint of cocoa powder. Shows excellent clarity and spicy lift on the extremely long, focused finish, which is given shape by smooth, harmonious tannins."
 
Belle Pente's Murto has long been one of our go-to Oregon Pinots, so we were super stoked to see Vinous agree with our assessment. Murto's signature is its savory spiciness which, try as I might, I can't put into words. I find it irresistibly good -- hopefully you will, too. A September 2017 Oregon Reserve Pinot Noir Club selection. - Marcus

Belle Pente Belle Pente Vineyard Pinot noir 2014
$34.95 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case* order ($38.85 regular) 
94 points Vinous: "Mineral-accented raspberry, cherry and incense aromas are complemented by a sexy floral nuance that builds with aeration. Supple and concentrated yet lively as well, offering intense red fruit preserve, floral pastille and spicecake flavors supported by a spine of juicy acidity. Sappy, appealingly sweet and strikingly long on the finish, which features lingering red berry and cinnamon qualities and sneaky tannins."

Belle Pente Willamette Valley Pinot Pinot noir 2015
$22.45 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case* order ($24.95 regular) 
A juicy yumball of yumminess. That's a very precise wine term meaning "packed with flavor, ready to be enjoyed." Made from Belle Pente's estate, plus Murto and Bella Vida vineyards in the Dundee Hills. The winery believes the '15 is their most complex and compelling WV bottling to date.
 
As Belle Pente notes, this is a Pinot with pedigree. The 2008 and 2013 renditions were the highest rated wines in the New York Times annual Oregon Pinot report and the best values.
 
*Perhaps reviewer Josh Raynolds had Belle Pente in mind when he wrote this: "I can't think of any other Pinot-producing region, anywhere, that delivers such consistent bang for the Pinot buck, from entry-level bottlings up to limited-production examples that are raised with the pampering lavished on a Kobe steer."