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2010 Belle Pente Pinot Noir 

Willamette Valley, Oregon

$22 Retail

A delicious pinot noir from Oregon's top-rated Yamhill-Carlton District, Belle Pente offers quality and value for the price. Caretakers of the winery's estate-grown, organically farmed vineyards use biodynamic practices. The medium-bodied wine is put through a three-level gravity-flow system, resting primarily in neutral barrels with a small percentage of new oak. In the glass, the wine offers complex aromas of raspberry, blackberry, herbs and sweet spice. On the palate, taste black cherry, ripe berries, cinnamon and thyme notes, some minerality, a refreshing acidity and fine-grained tannins on the smooth finish. Open the bottle an hour before serving to aerate it. Drink it with seafood, tuna tartare, grilled or smoked salmon, shrimp and grits, crawfish hot tamales, pork, veal, lamb, roast chicken and duck confit. Buy it at: Keife & Co. Drink it at: Palace Cafe.

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