The Vintage: The 2017 has begun to reveal itself as one of the most balanced and moderate vintages of the past decade. The wines are showing an elegant transparency without excessive baggage and are a welcome return to the old normal, indeed. Read all about it on the FLOG: http://amalierobert.blogspot.com/2018/01/amalie-robert-estate-vintage-update.html
Tasting Notes: Sporting intensely flamboyant pink coral, an evolving bouquet of fresh summer strawberry, currant and tea rose aromas are enlivened by kumquat zest to conjure up a kaleidoscopic Springtime bouquet. Flavors of pineapple, strawberry and starfruit evoke a cloudburst of mid-palate intensity that lingers effortlessly as if there is unfinished business to attend. And that is just about as elegant a thrill as one can expect from “The Pearl.” The next move is up to you…
Culinary Inclinations: Once you move past the obligatory cured meats and fragrant cheeses with fresh strawberries and Asian pear, check out the smoked duck breast salad with crumbled goat cheese and dried cranberries. Smoked black cod with mild blue cheese and tangerine segments is a fine substitution. And yes, it is 5:00 somewhere.
Bellpine Pearl Accolades:
2017 Bellpine Pearl
Light, bright orange. Bright and expansive on the fragrant nose, displaying ripe red berry and floral pastille aromas and subtle herb and spice nuances. Chewy and broad on the palate, offering concentrated raspberry and bitter cherry flavors that tighten up slowly with aeration. A minerally note adds refreshing bite to the finish, which lingers with very good, minerally persistence.
- Josh Raynolds, Vinous, August 2018 - 90 points
2016 Bellpine Pearl
Brilliant polished copper flits about its confines restlessly awaiting a chance encounter. Upon release, the enticement is Orange blossom, kumquat zest, mountain laurel and Asian pear. Broadly textured from the free run juice of Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir, the pure essence of Pinot pervades the palate with the elegance of unadorned fruit and precision of deftly poised acidity yielding a very clean and radiant blush.
- Amalie Robert Estate Tasting Notes
Full orange. Dried red berries, orange pith and pungent flowers on the mineral-accented nose. Concentrated red berry and citrus fruit flavors are accompanied by a spicy element that adds back-end lift and cut. Rich yet lively, delivering solid closing thrust on a long, supple finish that echoes the berry note.
- Josh Raynolds, Vinous, February 2018 - 90 points
2015 Bellpine Pearl
A white maple hue alludes to the vinous origins. Bright and distinctive aromas of ripe melon, mango and golden raspberries penetrate. The palate experience is rich providing mid-palate volume without the encumbrance of oak maturation, allowing the true character of the fruit and natural acidity to triumph. This Pearl is far from a shrinking Violet.
- Amalie Robert Estate Tasting Notes
Bellpine Pearl is a pale rosé made from gently pressed wings of Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir.
Both Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir clusters have small fruiting tendrils or “wings”. These wings typically flower about a week or so after the main cluster. And as you would expect, they ripen about a week or so after the main cluster.
We typically thin off these late to ripen wings before harvest. But the past few vintages have been very warm and we left this extra fruit on the vine to slow down sugar accumulation.
Then just before harvest time we thin the wings off. However, we found the flavor and acid profile of these Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir wings to be perfect for an elegant, stainless steel fermented dry rosé.