Belle Pente Chardonnay, Willamette Valley 2017
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Belle Pente is a vineyard and winery located on 70 acres two miles east of the town of Carlton, Oregon in the Yamhill-Carlton American Viticulture Area. Owned and operated by Brian & Jill O'Donnell, Belle Pente produces premium Oregon Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay.
This Chardonnay is 100% barrel fermented and whole bunch pressed. Stored in 50/50 Oregon and Burgundy barrels with 10-15% new oak and stirred on the lees for 12 months. This Chardonnay has a bouquet of roasted butternut squash with butter, cream, and sage over lemon oil and baked golden apples. Wonderful minerality as well as a substantial mouth-feel. There is a good density and wonderful complexity over balanced and intense flavors on a medium body with snappy acid on a long, fine finish.