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We're Not Alone: WOW! Scores for Belle Pente's New Releases

Remember a couple weeks ago when we said WOW! about Belle Pente's new releases, that they are "the most attractive young Belle Pentes we can recall tasting?" We're not alone. Yesterday Vinous published its annual Oregon Pinot reportit's the best in the business, save for our reviewswhich included the highest score ever for Belle Pente's Murto 2016: 95 points, making it by far the lowest-priced 95 point wine in the report. And 95 for their Estate Reserve and 93 for Belle Pente Vineyard (which we think deserved 95 too, for the record).

Compare the pages of 95s and 94s in the Vinous report, with so many $60+ Pinots, and you quickly see the astounding value that Belle Pente delivers. Just like a couple weeks ago and because we need the exercise, we're jumping up and down, waving our arms and reaching through cyberspace to urge you to get these wines!

Belle Pente Estate Reserve Pinot noir 2016
$49.45 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case order ($54.95 regular)

95 points Vinous: "Expansive red and blue fruit scents show superb clarity and complementary suggestions of succulent flowers, exotic spices and a hint of smoky minerality that builds with air. Juicy, appealingly sweet and energetic on the palate, offering boysenberry, black raspberry, five-spice powder and candied rose flavors that are supported by a spine of juicy acidity. The floral note carries emphatically through an impressively long finish that features well-integrated tannins and lingering red fruit character."

$37.75 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case order ($41.95 regular)

95 points Vinous: "A highly complex bouquet evokes ripe raspberry and boysenberry, exotic spices, incense and smoky minerals, and a sexy floral note gains strength as the wine opens up. Conveys a compelling blend of richness and finesse, showing seamless texture and intense red and blue fruit, floral pastille and spicecake qualities on the palate. Finishes extremely long and smooth, with discreet tannins framing lingering floral and berry notes."

Us: Belle Pente’s Murto bottling has been one of our go-to Oregon Pinots for years. Murto’s signature is its red fruit and savory spice which in 2016 is met with a textural brilliance I simply can't remember tasting in a previous Murto. It's irresistibly good.

$37.75 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case order ($41.95 regular)

93 points Vinous: "Powerful red and blue fruit, floral and exotic spice qualities on the deeply perfumed nose, which is energized by a building mineral flourish. Concentrated yet lively in style, showing fine delineation and spicy lift to the appealingly sweet raspberry, boysenberry and spicecake flavors. The floral note repeats emphatically on a very long, smooth finish framed by smooth, well-judged tannins."

Us: If there's such a thing as a "universally attractive" Willamette Valley Pinot, this has to be it. It has fruit-forwardness, body, and texture plus aromatic complexity and a pure Pinot finish. I absolutely love it!

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If you haven't found a full case (12 bottles) to buy today, start your Build a Case now by purchasing a few bottles online, by phone or email. If you order online, select the Build a Case option. If by phone or email, just ask us to add the bottles to a Build a Case for you. You'll receive order confirmation and we'll cellar the wines for you at no charge.

Add to your case whenever you see wines you can't resist. Each time you add to your Build a Case, you'll be charged the discounted price.

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