Yamhill-Carlton Values: Belle Pente, Ken Wright

Happy Friday Pinot fans!

We keep hearing about how difficult it is to make affordable Willamette Valley Pinot noir, yet we keep disproving that by finding outstanding Pinot values. Today, we've enlisted the help of two Yamhill-Carlton heavyweights: under-the-radar Belle Pente and Oregon's most famous vintner, Ken Wright. 

Their 2015 new releases are astoundingly tasty proof that Willamette Valley values are thriving. Taste for yourself!  

Belle Pente Yamhill-Carlton Pinot noir 2015

$26.95 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case* order
($29.95 regular) 
Belle Pente is a long time favorite of ours so we feel particularly qualified to say that their wines just keep getting better. Their Yamhill-Carlton bottling is 100% estate grown Belle Pente Vineyard, making it one of the better values coming from the area. Within the warmer Yamhill-Carlton AVA, Belle Pente creates silky, finesse-driven wines of freshness and balance. Our customers love them as much as we do.

The 2015 Yamhill-Carlton may be the best yet -- it is a killer value, absolutely packed with flavor and class. Showcasing a spectrum of red, blue, and black fruits, it is pure and fresh with subtle field herb accents through the silky finish. - Marcus

Ken Wright Willamette Valley Pinot noir 2015

$19.75 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case* order
($21.95 regular) 
Lush and energetic, Ken Wright's value blend delivers heaping scoops of fresh crushed berries. It's really a "friendly" Pinot, encouraging you to get to know it. Most of the famous vineyards Ken works with are blended into this bottle, for less than half the priceof his single-vineyard Pinots. A dynamite value. - Marcus 
90 points Wine Spectator, Smart Buy: "Polished and harmonious, with expressive raspberry and smoky spice flavors that glide along the finish. Drink now through 2023."
And in case you want to try the pinnacle of Belle Pente, and of the Yamhill-Carlton growing area, we might add, don't miss this stunner:

Belle Pente Estate Reserve Pinot noir 2014
$49.45 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case* order
($54.95 regular) 
95 points Vinous, Josh Raynolds: "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."
We're looking forward to helping you with an order. Thanks for your support and have a great weekend!

Marcus and Andy