The Belle Pente Willamette Valley Chardonnay is yet another example of Oregon Chardonnay giving California a run for its money. Producers there tend to take a Burgundian approach to Chardonnay, meaning the influence of oak on the wine is restrained. The goal is to make a wine that is rich, citrusy, herbaceous and mineral, with just a little spice from oak to add further dimension. Belle Pente makes an excellent Chardonnay in this fashion, and the 2014 is a shining star among to pack. 2014 in Oregon was one of the best vintages in 25 years. Rarely do high quality and high quantity of grapes coincide, but they did, and both producers and consumers win.  We’re at the dawn of the Oregon Chardonnay era her in 2021.  Decanter magazine is seeking Oregon Pinot Noir AND Chardonnay for a big upcoming feature in 2021. Oregon Pinot Noir is great, but Chardonnay might be better. Get some now while the prices are grounded.

Tasting note: Belle Pente Chardonnay is made from estate grown fruit from a 2 acre parcel on a steep southwest facing slope. The grapes are picked in 2 passes, and the wines are aged sur lie for 12 months in barrel, then a handful of months prior to release. Aromas and flavors of lemon, pear, pineapple, passion fruit, citrus peel, light baking spice and bright, citric acidity cuts the fat of this almost full bodied wine. Long finish. I’d be happy to open a bottle of this in 2024.

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