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WA 91

The 2013 Pinot Noir underwent extra cluster thinning during the growing season and was picked during the second week in October. Matured in 10% new oak, it has a comparatively light red berry nose with strong damp undergrowth scents coming through with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp acidity, tensile in the mouth with tart red cherries mixed with sous-bois and tobacco on the finish. Very classic in style, this is a satisfying contribution to the vintage.

Former Air Force pilot Bob Morus came to show me his latest releases from Phelps Creek down in the Colombia Gorge. A mighty fine bunch of wines they are, too. This is one of several Oregon wineries graced with a Burgundy touch, since Alexandrine Roy of Domaine Marc Roy in Gevrey comes over four times a year after Bob approached her at the IPNC in 2007. Having met Alexandrine in London a couple of times and been impressed by her wines, I can understand why he was keen to employ her services. Her focus is mainly on the Cuvée Alexandrine, Fleur du Roy rosé and the Coeur de Roy, their Pinot Noir Blanc that had to be renamed "Corduroy" after a legal challenge (neat switch!) "In 2013 there was a lot of disease pressure because of the temperatures, but the nights were cooler than in 2014," he explained. "The fruit was cold when it came into the winery. I think that the 2012 was an easy vintage: sexy and with voluptuous fruit." There was an appreciable focus on balance and poise in these wines. They sport a bit more substance than you might find back in Alexandrine's hometown, but this is in tandem with finesse and tension. I was also smitten by the Reserve Syrah 2012 that should not be overlooked.

- Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (March, 2015)

We sell only the finest wines available. Orders are processed promptly and you are only charged when your order is confirmed.Silky smooth and ultra showy. Dark berries, violets, Provencal herbs, flecks of cinnamon. Approachable now - in fact you'll have a hard time keeping your hands off this one. A blend of the winery's estate fruit and neighboring Saikkonen and Armstong Vineyards.
WA 89

The 2013 Pinot Noir Murto Vineyard, from vines planted in 1978 on volcanic soils, has a crisp and lively bouquet with redcurrant and cranberry scents, a touch of fennel and garrigue developing in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with tart cherry fruit, wild strawberry and a fresh and chewy finish. Enjoy this sappy Pinot Noir over 8-10 years.

- Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (June, 2016)
Starting with the 2015 vintage and going forward, the Mirabai will have 100% Maresh Vineyard fruit. The Mirabai 2015 is a selection of 21 barrels of wines from all of my blocks at Maresh except for the Red Barn Blocks: the Old Block (planted in 1970), the Long Rows (planted in 1970), the Star-of-Bethlehem Flower Block (planted in 1988) and Block 8 Pommard (1978). All of my wines in 2015 were 100% whole cluster. The colour is a shining, brilliant, transparent light red. The nose is full of sun-warmed Hood strawberries and a little spice, but not the sun of a hot summer day, but one of a late spring day, with both a welcome sunshine from above and a fresh coolness like the dew of a spring morning not yet warmed. There are soft minerals in this lithe, high energy, aerial Pinot, reminding me of hummingbirds, but with a certain trickiness of Tinkerbell. The vines are old and know themselves: this Mirabai has a twinkle in its eye with a seriousness that doesn’t need to be obvious.

Wine Cellarage Tasting Note: Elegant aromatics of red cherry, strawberry, orange zest and delicate spices rise from the glass. The wine is refined and velvety on the palate with great depth and minerality. I will describe the wine's color as a jewellike gossamer crimson...very translucent. The delicate coloring coupled with the tremendous underlying power present in this wine creates a beautiful paradox.
WS 91, WE 91

Focused, bright and sleek, with juicy blackberry, currant and black tea flavors set on a lively frame. Nubby tannins rub against the finish as this sails on with presence. Best from 2017 through 2023.

- Harvey Steinman, Wine Spectator (Nov, 2016)
WA 90

The 2013 Pinot Noir Belle Pente Vineyard has accentuated fruit intensity on the nose compared to the 2013 Murto with redcurrant, raspberry coulis and wild hedgerow aromas that soar from the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin, a crisp line of acidity, fine precision with a classy, very natural and enticing Pommard-like finish. Not a flashy Pinot by a long shot, but this is still a delicious wine that is detailed and tensile.

- Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (June, 2016)
WE 93, WS 91

A standout among the winery's single-vineyard selections, this big-boned effort brings flavors of chewy cherry alongside a citrus highlight and a definite underpinning of wet stone and clay. Texturally compelling, it should age gracefully through 2024.

- Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast (Aug, 2016)

V 92, WA 92

The 2012 Pinot Noir Pioneer is a barrel selection from the Dijon 667 clone. It has an upfront nose with a bit of hubris: blackberry and iodine scents with hints of violet. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, well-judged acidity and it is packed to the rafters with juicy blackberry and blueberry fruit. Delicious.

- Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (March, 2015)
WE 93

Cody Wright sources his fruit from an A-list of Willamette Valley vineyards, and Shea is right at the top. Cloaked in a milk chocolate shell, this sophisticated wine melds blackberry fruit with flavor-extending streaks of cola and caramel. In scent and finish, there is a slight intriguing hint of pine sap.

- Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast (Aug, 2017)
WS 94

Silky and harmonious, with an elegantly precise structure and black cherry, fresh violet and spice notes that glide expressively toward the long finish. Drink now through 2022.

- Tim Fish, Wine Spectator (Sept, 2017)
WS 94, WE 93

Vibrant and rich, offering complex savory cherry and pepper notes that play against loamy minerality as this flows toward refined tannins on the finish. Drink now through 2023.

- Tim Fish, Wine Spectator (Sept, 2017)
IWC 93, WA 92

The 2011 Pinot Noir Estate Reserve is a vineyard parcel and barrel selection. It was picked October 27 at 22 Brix and 100% de-stemmed, undergoing 45% new French oak. It has quite a dense bouquet with plenty of raspberry and crushed strawberry fruit that is well defined. The palate is medium-bodied with quite firm tannin. There is plenty of backbone here, but it is very focused and harmonious with superb tension on the finish. This is an excellent contribution to the vintage—one of the best of Belle Pente's current releases and well worth hunting down.

"The 2011 was an interesting vintage being so late," Brian O'Donnall explained to me, when I asked him to summarize recent Oregon vintages. "The wines have a nice framework, the fruit a little leaner. Though the wines are different, I think they will evolve like the 2007s as there is a nice underlying sweetness. In 2012, there was a gorgeous summer. I worried that the wines would be all flash and no substance, but I think they will end up being compelling in 15 or 20 years. 2013 was a tough vintage with a lot of rain at harvest. It was gorgeous going along, but we got nailed badly in September, but the wines are much better than anyone would have guessed." This was a good, you might say "trustworthy" set of wines that really come into their own with the superb Pinot Noir Estate Reserves. My scoring would suggest that Brian excels more in cooler vintages such as 2010 and 2011 than a more benevolent season like 2012, though one should always keep in mind that Pinot Noir can excel in an edgier and more challenging season. Brian is clearly a skilled winemaker and I look forward to tasting more from Belle Pente in the future.

- Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (March, 2015)
JS 96, V 92, WA 91

The 2014 Roserock Pinot Noir offers blackberry and briary scents on the nose with a touch of earthiness - well defined and quite vivacious in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with dusky blackberry and blueberry fruit. It exerts a gentle grip in the mouth and delivers white pepper sprinkled over the finish that is nicely detailed. This should drink well over the next 8-10 years and at this price, I would be loading up.

- Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (June, 2016)
V 94

Brilliant ruby-red. A heady, strikingly pure bouquet evokes ripe red and dark berries, potpourri and Asian spices, along with suggestions of sassafras, cola and smoky minerals. At once concentrated and lithe, conveying superb energy and focus to its juicy raspberry, cherry and spicecake flavors. A suave floral quality emerges with air, carrying through a very long, sweet, gently tannic finish that leaves sappy red berry and rose pastille notes behind. Is this the best bottling yet to emerge from this winery, which has firmly established itself as one of America's finest sources of elegant Pinot Noir? One thing's for sure, it's an excellent value. Drinking window 2019 - 2024.

- Josh Raynolds, Vinous
WA 92, WE 90

Arguably the iconic vineyard at Rex Hill, Jacob-Hart brings subtle nuances into play from older vines and bio-dynamic techniques. There's lots to enjoy here—hints of spice, earth, even hemp, along with the core fruit flavors of blackberry and black cherry.

- Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast (June, 2016)

WA 92

The 2012 Pinot Noir Juliard Vineyard lies right above the Weber Vineyard, though it is very different in profile: much more rugged and tends to produce earthier and more savory wines. The vines were planted in 1977 and 1988 and contain what is known as the "Upright Clone." There is some stem addition here to create a little chewiness in the wine and it includes just one new Sirugue barrel (even though Jim remarked that they tend to leak). The bouquet is very complex with a mixture of red and black fruit, Italian cured meat, dried blood and brown spices. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannin, savory on the entry, with hints of tobacco and wild fennel. This is a feral, untamed Oregon Pinot Noir surfeit with character and charm. My only minor quibble being that it does not quite have the persistence that other vintages might have.

- Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (Jan, 2015)
WE 94

This outstanding vineyard, matching mature vines to biodynamic farming, really shines in 2014. A toasty nose sends up coconut and vanilla notes, leading into a full-bodied full-flavored wine with the structure to age another decade or more. It's the perfect balancing act between immediate accessibility and long-term cellaring potential. Drink now through 2030.

- Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast (Feb, 2017)
The 2014 Shea Vineyard is a gorgeous expression of the vineyard in this vintage: a potpourri of dark fruits, blue fruits and loamy earth with a lifted floral perfume reminiscent of roses that adds delicacy and grace. The wine is medium bodied with full ripe fruit flavors that coat the palate with dense silky waves of texture, sweetness and a long mineral and floral finish. Drink now to 2019.
WE 93

The Domaine cuvée spent 20 months in French oak, 30% new and another 30% once-used. The concentrated, well-ripened fruit sets up a chunky core of strawberry jam that plays nicely against defining acidity. It remains focused and pure through a driving, lingering finish.

- Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast (April, 2016)
WS 91

Bright and peppery, with a spicy cast to the cherry and coffee flavors, remaining velvety and focused through the deft finish. Has presence and depth. Drink now through 2021.

- Harvey Steinman, Wine Spectator (Dec, 2016)
WA 92, WE 92

Pale to medium ruby-purple, the 2015 Pinot Noir Silice Vineyard has an animal/meaty nose with savory notes of baking bread and Marmite over a core of kirsch, bay leaves, pepper, black raspberries and red currant preserves. Medium to full-bodied, it has a firm frame of chewy tannins and just enough freshness to support the muscular fruit, finishing long.

- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (Aug, 2017)
The fruit has an energy and personality that is impossible to suppress. Beautiful dusty cherry fruit and crushed rose petal scents soar from the glass. A vibrant palate, laced with plum and spice are lifted by silky tannins and classic Oregon minerality. This wine will effortlessly age for seven years or more, though the primary character of the wine is at its peak now.
WE 95, WS 93

First made in 2006, this succulent luscious Chardonnay is all about minerality. It's got a rich core of butterscotch and the seemingly endless layers of subtle flavors that biodynamic farming can bring. It spends 18 months on the lees prior to bottling. Drink now through 2028.

- Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast (July, 2017)
Beautiful, gem-toned clarity. Explosively aromatic, this wine begins with fresh, bright fruit-juiciness leading to a more savory palate. The balance is pitch perfect; enough zest to match the velvety tannins. In this stellar vintage, an ample dose of Estate fruit made its way into our Willamette Valley cuvée. Though this wine always shows early finesse, a bit of tension suggests it will age nicely for several years. The blend is 28% Zena Crown, 18% Gran Moraine, 15% Beaux Frères, 15% Hyland, 11% Sequitur, 8% Guadalupe, and 5% Upper Terrace.
Floral and spiced focused with a darker fruit profile than our other sedimentary sites. Lush in the mouth. Displays flavors of cassis, clove, anise and plum.