We Want Our Belle Pente!

We talk about our favorite wines and wineries often—we have opinions and you count on us to share them. We love when you tell us your favorites and it's even cooler when they're the same as ours, which brings us to today's featured favorite: Belle Pente!

The low-key nature of Belle Pente reflects the personalities of its proprietors, Brian and Jill O'Donnell. They skip the fancy tasting room and flashy marketing— which has made them an "insider" find—and focus instead on delivering fantastic Pinot noir at some of the best prices in the entire Willamette Valley.

The 2017s will please all of our Belle Pente fans and newcomers alike. Make sure to read all the way down to find their "junior estate" bottling, Yamhill-Carlton. We WANT our Belle PENTE (it rhymes)!

$49.95 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case order ($54.95 regular)

Us: The "best of the best" from one of the Valley's best wineries and as we like to think of it: more of everything! More texture, aromatics, layers, ability to age, and even more deliciousness. Our favorite vintage since 2010.

95 points Vinous: "Mineral- and spice-accented red and blue fruit, cola, incense and succulent floral qualities on the highly perfumed nose. Juicy, appealingly sweet black raspberry, mulberry and cherry flavors show very good depth as well as energy and pick up a candied rose nuance on the back half. Finishes impressively long and smooth, displaying slowly building tannins and resonating floral and mineral character."

$37.95 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case order ($41.95 regular)

Us: Belle Pente’s Murto bottling has been one of our go-to Oregon Pinots for a decade! Murto’s signature is all Dundee Hills old vine goodness: red fruits, iron, and Christmas spices gliding on an elegant frame. A classic vintage for Murto diehards and newcomers alike.

94 points Vinous: "Spice-accented raspberry and cherry aromas are complemented by hints of woodsmoke, incense and baking spices. Supple and sharply focused on the palate, offering sweet red fruit, spicecake and floral pastille flavors that tighten up as the wine gains air. Fine-grained tannins frame the impressively long, spice-laced finish, which shows fine definition and reverberating florality."

$37.95 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case order ($41.95 regular)

Us: The balance and freshness of 2017 is on full display in the estate bottling, shifting the focus from plush, fruit-forwardness to an ethereal mix of fresh black cherries, wild herbs, and spring flowers.  

93 points Vinous: "Expressive aromas of black raspberry, cola, potpourri and baking spices. Sappy and seamless in texture, offering energetic red berry and cherry preserve, allspice and candied rose flavors that show fine definition and back-end cut. Finishes long and silky, with harmonious tannins folding smoothly into the lingering fruit."

$26.95 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case order ($29.95 regular)

Us: Belle Pente’s Yamhill-Carlton bottling is 100% estate grown Belle Pente Vineyard, making it one of the better values coming from the area. Within the riper Yamhill-Carlton AVA, Belle Pente creates silky, finesse-driven Pinots that are equally packed with flavor. Our customers love them as much as we do. Loaded with a spectrum of red, blue, and black fruits, it is pure and fresh with subtle herb accents through the finish.