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Bethel Heights Chardonnay Willamette Valley Estate Grown 2011

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Aromas of mineral, lemon zest, sea salt, andautumn fruits. Exuberant entry featuring focused green apple andAsian pears, bright framing acidity, and a long steely finish. Thiswine, while approachable now, will benefit from 3-4 years ofcellaring.

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Bethel Heights Vineyard:
Two families established Bethel Heights Vineyard in 1977, in the Eola Hills northwest of Salem, Oregon. Twin brothers Ted and Terry Casteel and their partners Pat Dudley and Marilyn Webb detoured into winemaking after trying their hands at other careers and interests. Ted and Pat were graduate students doing historical research in France when they discovered the joys of wine. Marilyn and Terry ... Read more
Two families established Bethel Heights Vineyard in 1977, in the Eola Hills northwest of Salem, Oregon. Twin brothers Ted and Terry Casteel and their partners Pat Dudley and Marilyn Webb detoured into winemaking after trying their hands at other careers and interests. Ted and Pat were graduate students doing historical research in France when they discovered the joys of wine. Marilyn and Terry were practicing therapists in Seattle when they started drinking Burgundy and became wine enthusiasts. Reunited by their newfound interest in wine, in 1977 the two families, together with Pat's sister Barbara Dudley, bought 75 promising looking acres and started a new life. For the first thirty years Ted was responsible for the vineyards and Terry made the wine. Pat and Marilyn shared responsibility for marketing and business. Recently the Bethel Heights team has expanded to include second generation leadership and ownership, bringing youthful energy, talent and passion into the blend. The new additions to the team are Ben and Jon Casteel (Terry and Marilyn's sons) and Mimi and Jessie Casteel (Ted and Pat's daughters), who all grew up at Bethel Heights then took off in various directions before finding their way back home. Read less

External Reviews for Bethel Heights Chardonnay Willamette Valley Estate Grown

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Vintage: 2008 08/06/2010

Aromas of mineral, lemon zest, sea salt, andautumn fruits. Exuberant entry featuring focused green apple andAsian pears, bright framing acidity, and a long steely finish. Thiswine, while approachable now, will benefit from 3-4 years ofcellaring.


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Vintage: 2007 04/06/2010

Aromas of cinnamon, clove, anise, and oakspice.! Lush Anjou pear and Golden apples are balanced by a deepminerality and persistent acidity. This vivacious wine has thestructure to age, but enough forward fruit to be enjoyed in itsyouth.


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Vintage: 2006 03/23/2009

Winegrowers came to the Willamette Valley thirty years ago looking for the perfect place to grow the Burgundian varieties, Pinot noir and Chardonnay – a place where longer hours of daylight and cooler growing conditions would allow these North European varieties to ripen slowly, with a long period of flavor development at the end of the growing season. Unfortunately, most of the Chardonnay planted in Oregon in the ‘70s and ‘80s did not perform consistently. So Bethel Heights started over in the mid-nineties with new "Dijon clones" imported directly from Burgundy, creating a revolution in Oregon Chardonnay. In 2006 the heat came in early to mid-summer so the grapes ripened in relatively cool conditions and have more expressive fruit and freshness than one might expect from a hot vintage. This wine has the structure to age, but can be enjoyed in its youth.


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Vintage: 2004 03/23/2009

Sustainably-grown Chardonnay from family owned winery Bethel Heights; this blend of old and new world Chard clones shows off its age elegantly. Notes of warm apple pie and ginger rise of the ample nose.



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