A nice article came out on Snooth the other day regarding Thanksgiving Pinot Noir choices for November 2010. Several great sustainable, organic and even biodynamic Oregon wineries made the recommendations list. Here is a bit more information about one of those wineries, Belle Pente, as written by the wineries owners:
Belle Pente (bell-pont’) means “beautiful slope” – a perfect description for our hillside vineyard site in the Yamhill-Carlton District of Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Our inspiration comes from the exquisite wines of Burgundy and Alsace, and follows the guiding principle that great wine is made in the vineyard and merely nurtured in the winery. Our standard practices include organic & biodynamic viticulture, carefully managing vineyard quality and yields, and meticulously hand sorting the grapes that arrive at the winery to remove all underripe or damaged fruit. Our 3-level, gravity-flow winery is designed for gentle, natural winemaking in small lots, with minimal handling and manipulation, to produce premium wines of character and distinction.
Belle Pente is owned and operated by Jill & Brian O’Donnell. The 70 acre property is located on a historic farm 2 miles east of the town of Carlton in the new Yamhill-Carlton District viticultural area. The vineyard site rises from 240′ to 500′ with south, south-east, and south-west exposures. The first vineyard was planted in 1994, and now includes 16 acres of Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and Chardonnay. Our estate vineyard is supplemented with high quality fruit grown to our specifications in partnership with carefully selected independent Yamhill County vineyards. The winery is open on Memorial Day and Thanksgiving Weekends, and at other times by appointment.
Here is the Thanksgiving Pinot Noir recommendation list from Snooth.com:
Top 12 wines great for Thanksgiving
2007 Domaine Drouhin Dundee Hills Pinot Noir Laurene (Oregon)
2007 Freeman Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir Akiko’s Cuvée
2007 Soter Yamhill-Carlton Pinot Noir Mineral Springs Ranch Estate (Oregon)
2008 Twomey Santa Barbara Pinot Noir
2008 Lange Winery Dundee Hills Pinot Noir Lange Estate Vineyard (Oregon)
2007 Alma Rosa Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills
2007 Belle Pente Yamhill-Carlton Pinot Noir Estate Reserve (Oregon)
2006 Vergari Sonoma Mountain Pinot Noir Van der Kamp Vineyard
2009 Valley of the Moon Carneros Pinot Noir
2007 Gainey Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir
2008 Ponzi Tavola Willamette Pinot Noir Tavola (Oregon)
2007 Harvest Moon Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
Read the article on snooth.com by clicking here.