Posted by: David Stewart | July 20, 2010

A good value Pinot Noir

Quick wine value tip: Belle Pente 2008 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, a great tasting wine at a terrific price, $17.70 at Vinopolis, Portland.

Belle Ponte 2008 Willamette Valley Pinky Noir

Those who know me, know I like a full-bodied wine like a Cabernet or Zinfandel. But the Pinot Noir in Oregon is the signature wine of the Willamette Valley. It is delicate and usually quite special. But it is also a fairly expensive wine. There are California Cabernets which are more expensive, but I wouldn’t buy one of those either.

Belle Pente Vineyards is a terrific winery outside Carlton that my wine-loving friends Joe and Sandra clued me into. We have loved and bought their whites and reds and a few of their more expensive Pinot’s.

The 2007 year in the Valley wasn’t great, but 2008 has shown a lot of promise. I saw this wine pop up on Vinopolis’ weekly mailing list at $17.70, I thought it was worth a try.

I bought a couple of bottles to take to a dinner, and someone there thought it was a $50 per bottle wine. Although that might have been a bit over the top, it was quite good. So I got three bottles for a party we threw, and it was gone instantly.

So stock up! This is a great wine value if you like Pinot Noir. I can’t say how much someone else might charge. If you get a chance to visit the winery, just remember that you need to set an appointment in advance if you want to taste their wines.

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Responses

  1. Actually, according to the label, it’s Belle Pente, not Belle Ponte…..just sayin’

  2. Oooops – good point, @Deb. “Pente” is supposedly pronounced “Pont”, so I often goof up the spelling unconsciously. Of course, my spelling isn’t the best anyway…


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