2004 Bethel Heights - Pinot Noir Southeast Block (Reserve) 1.5L

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

International Wine Cellar | Rating: 89

($40) Bright red. Racy aromas of raspberry, wild strawberry and mint. This very supple wine quickly put on weight in the glass, with the flavors taking a turn toward blackberry and blackcurrant. Round, harmonious tannins provide structure. Finishes fresh and long, with a lingering note of bitter cherry.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 126

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Average rating: 89, based on 1 reviews

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2 bottles owned by 1 collectors.

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About This Producer

As one of the first vineyards in the Eola Hills, Bethel Heights is a true Oregon wine pioneer. Five family members have owned and operated the property since 1978, with twin brothers Ted and Terry Casteel heading up vineyard management and winemaking duties, respectively. The 50 acres of vineyard land is dominated by Pinot Noir, with smaller amounts of Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, and Pinot Gris. In 1984 the family partnership established the winery, naming it after the Bethel Heights Walnut Groves, which were planted on the property in 1909. Focusing on clonally diverse Pinot Noir, Bethel Heights is among the top producers in the Willamette Valley.

Wine Varietal: Pinot Noir

Notorious for its fickle growing patterns, Pinot Noir vines prefer long, cool growing conditions and tend to mutate easily, leaving behind numerous clones and inconsistent flavor profiles. Although it is one of the three major varieties used in Champagne production, Burgundy is the traditional home of Pinot Noir. The 30-mile stretch of hills known as the Cote d'Or is valued as the world's premier production area. Pinot Noir is planted all over the world. In the United States, Sonoma, the Russian River Valley, Carneros and the Willamette Valley produce top-notch wines from this variety. Other notable countries include New Zealand, Australia, and Chile. Typical descriptors for Pinot Noir include strawberry, raspberry, cherry, mushroom, and meaty notes.

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