2017 Belle Pente Muscat, Willamette Valley, Oregon, USA

This 2017 version is a classic example of the rare dry style of this intensely aromatic varietal. Hints of jasmine flowers and honeysuckle waft from the glass, setting up an expectation of sweetness on the palate, but the wine is vinified completely dry. At an energetic 12.4% alcohol, it makes for a refreshing aperitif, as well as a great pairing with asparagus, artichokes, and (yes) blue cheese!



Dry Muscat is a rare bird even in it’s Alsatian homeland. This wine is made in partnership with our friends at Stag Hollow Vineyard, who grow Early Muscat and Muscat Ottonel in their estate vineyard. We make the wine and bottle it under both the Belle Pente and Stag Hollow labels.


Belle Pente is one of the storied properties of Oregon’s nascent winemaking days and we are particularly proud to represent the O’Donnells and their wines.

Jill O’Donnell hails from Minnesota; Brian, a first-generation Irish-American, from New York City, and they met working in California. In 1992 they purchased what would become Belle Pente, planted their vines in 1994, and built their 3-level, gravity-operated winery in 1996 in time for their first harvest. From the first they were interested in organics and now farm their 18 acres of vines with both organic and biodynamic methods. In addition, they are firm believers in dry farming.

Two-thirds of what they make is Pinot Noir and two-thirds is from their own vines. Production averages 4,500 cases. Their wines are all about elegance, with a breadth of textures and flavors that can astonish. They remain among the most respected of Oregon’s producers.


Grape(s) Muscat
Farming Biodynamic