Belle Pente Estate Reserve Pinot noir 2017
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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. 12% whole clusters."
2008 vintage notes
Highly Recommended 2008 Cellar Selection
Unquestionably Belle Pente's finest 08 Pinot, it gives meaning to the word "Reserve." The New York Times chose Belle Pente's entry-level Willamette Valley Pinot as their top 2008 Oregon wine, and this is exponentially better.
More depth and layers, more age-worthy structure. Packed with dark berries, shaded with field herbs and earth, this is ethereal Pinot noir that should rest in your cellar - it's a standout of the 2008 vintage. - Marcus