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Bethel Heights Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Estate Grown 2008

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The aroma is defined by earth and forest floor, mushroom, moss, and damp earth. As the wine opens with air, these aromas give way to brambly raspberry and spice. The palate ranges from deep minerality and early bing cherries to orange zest and currant, but it is the taut core of acidity that drives this wine. This wine will reward those who seek immediate gratification, and also those seeking a well-rounded cellar.

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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
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Editorial Reviews for Bethel Heights Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Estate Grown

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,040
4.00 5
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: Wine Fire
577933841
3.50 5
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
883982167
4.00 5
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
272179103
4.00 5
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
588946109
3.50 5
02/06/2011

Three and a half glasses



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The aroma is defined by earth and forest floor, mushroom, moss, and damp earth. As the wine opens with air, these aromas give way to brambly raspberry and spice. The palate ranges from deep minerality and early bing cherries to orange zest and currant, but it is the taut core of acidity that drives this wine. This wine will reward those who seek immediate gratification, and also those seeking a well-rounded cellar.

Dietary Information: Organic


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