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Sherry-Lehmann USD 34.95 750ml

Bethel Heights Pinot Noir Oregon 2015

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Since 1984, our Estate Pinot Noir and Estate Chardonnay have been the most transparent statement of Bethel Heights terroir that we produce, the sum of all its parts. Old vine storytelling delivered with tension and energy – these wines are the foundation of our house.

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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

Editorial Reviews for Bethel Heights Pinot Noir Oregon

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2008 03/08/2011

Very floral on the nose with a mineral/underbrush treebark element that lends a lightly wild tone to the light red fruit aromas. Very supple in the mouth with wonderful balance and integration. The fruit starts off with some energy but then gets a little compact on the mid-palate. Air helps but this probably needs some time to really unwind. The texture though is already wonderful and the light green herbal background note adds a nice aromatic quality in the mouth. the finish reveals mouthwatering acids and crisp tannins that frame the narrow but persistent band of fruit. This has all the components to age very well, just give it some time and allow this time to blossom. 90pts


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Snooth User: raindance
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0.00 5
Vintage: 2014 11/26/2017

Binny's 11/17.


Snooth User: napagirl68
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2009 09/08/2011

Three and a half glasses


Snooth User: Wine Fire
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2008 04/20/2011

The nose opens to wafts of banana peppers and various sweet peppers adorning a medley of garden scents. These aromas are joined by fresh cut grass, flower trimmings, jasmine, tobacco, tar, oak, caramel and celery. Distinction of aromas improves over the first hour, emerging from a muddy stew to a more focused separation. The palate unveils a basket of fresh-picked peppers surrounded by a vibrant acidity. Flavors include hints of tar, mint, coffee, collard greens, fresh cut grass and flower stems. Tart berry notes emerge at an hour, including agarita and red currant. Tannic astringency on the finish is balanced nicely by lingering tastes of pepper and spice.


Snooth User: J Freed
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2008 01/19/2012

Tried this the other night at Court St in Hoboken and it was delicious. Floral on the hose with mineral hints. Undercurrents of berries and cream.


Snooth User: sophiehudson
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2008 08/04/2011

We opened a bottle of this to pair with a whole red snapper stuffed with herbs that I put on the grill. This wine was extremely food friendly and tasted great with the sauteed broccolini, squash, and mushroom mix I paired it with...I paid $32 for it - which I think was not bad. It has an amazing nose feel that draws one in...on our next trip to Oregon - I definitely want to check out Bethel Heights. So if you see it - give it a try...

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quite delicious!

Snooth User: Russ Fields
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2008 02/06/2011

Three and a half glasses


Snooth User: r sprezzatura
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2007 06/06/2010

I purchased at a restaurant to drink with a Pan Roasted Norwegian Salmon. It paired wonderfully. This is a well-balanced pinot. Color is a bright ruby; aromas of red cherry and raspberry with a bit of spice. The taste is full of ripe red cherries. The mouthfeel is smooth followed by a nice silky finish.


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External Reviews for Bethel Heights Pinot Noir Oregon

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Vintage: 2009 04/13/2011

Winery Notes - Initial aromas of chocolate, plum, and raspberry over clove, wet earth and barrel spice. Lush raspberry and blackberry flavors emerge on the palate, balanced by crisp acidity and age-worthy, fine-grained tannins. As with most classic cool vintages in Oregon, this wine is approachable in its youth, but will reward those patient enough to give it some time to age in the bottle.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 07/06/2014

Aromas of sour cherry, bergamot and plum give way to a clean, fresh burst of red cherry flavor. A dusting of talc-like mineral acidity keeps the wine bright and on point. Delicious as an aperitif, or with halibut.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 11/12/2013

Light in texture and weight, but shows real presence with its strawberry and cherry fruit, with cinnamon and talcum overtones. Finishes with refinement and grace. Drink now through 2019.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 11/12/2013

Dark red. Dark berries, sassafras and anise on the fragrant nose. Plush, expansive black raspberry and cherry flavors pick up spiciness with air and show very good energy. The sweet, penetrating finish clings with spicy intensity.


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Vintage: 2009 07/06/2014

The 2009 Pinot Noir Estate displays a bit of heat along with notes of cinnamon, clove, cedar, black cherry, and black raspberry. In the glass it reveals denser fruit than the Willamette Valley cuvee, savory flavors, good balance, and a medium-long finish. It will deliver enjoyment through 2019.


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Source: CityWineCellar.com
Vintage: 2007 10/15/2009

Ripe aromas of raspberry, plum, and black cherry are nicely complimented by oak spice, cola, and minerality. The palate is lush black cherry and boysenberry over lively acidity and well-balanced, fine grained tannin. Graceful and ageworthy


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Vintage: 2007 04/06/2010

Initial aromas of clove and anise giveway to red caneberry, oak spice, and white peach as thewine opens in the glass. The entry is juicy with RoyalAnne cherry, hints of citrus, and firm yet balancedacidity carrying the wine to the finish. The tannins arefine grained and suit the wine in its youth, but are robustenough to balance this wine for aging over the next fiveto seven years.


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Since 1984, our Estate Pinot Noir and Estate Chardonnay have been the most transparent statement of Bethel Heights terroir that we produce, the sum of all its parts. Old vine storytelling delivered with tension and energy – these wines are the foundation of our house.

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