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Vineyard: Bethel Heights

OwnerTerry Casteel
AppellationWillamette Valley
Story70 acres planted between 1977 and 1979 by Terry Casteel.
VarietiesPinot Noir

Wineries sourcing from this vineyard

Reviewed wines produced from this vineyard

2010 Bethel Heights Black Label Estate Grown Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir

12.5% alc., 3,000 cases, $32, screw cap. Composed primarily of older estate vineyard blocks. Aged in 30% new French oak. · Moderately deep reddish-purple color in the glass. Penetrating aromas of black cherries, dark red berries, earth and complimentary oak, that really draw you into the glass. Crisp, with a core of earth-kissed dark red stone fruits and berries, wrapped in supple tannins, offering a good cut of acidity, finishing with some aromatic persistence. A solid value priced wine that will work nicely at the dinner table. Good (+). Reviewed September 12, 2012 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2010 Bethel Heights Estate West Block Eola-Amity Hills Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

12.8% alc., pH 3.31, TA .0645, 132 cases, $50. The heart of the West Block is a 5-acre section of Wädenswil (UCD 1A) clone vines planted in 1977 on their own roots and are the oldest Pinot Noir vines at Bethel Heights. The Wädenswil tends to be late ripener with higher acidity and darker color. 100% destemmed fruit. Barrel aged 11 months in 50% new French oak barrels. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Alluring aromatics bursting forth from the glass with notes of dark berry preserves, black currants, dark cocoa, truffle and subtle herbs. Quite earthy, featuring rich black fruit flavors with hints of black tea leaf and tar, finishing with impressive fruitdriven intensity and length. The wine offers a mild grip of tannin and well integrated acidity. Quite typical of Wädenswil clone. Better two days later from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Very good. Reviewed January 19, 2013 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2010 Bethel Heights Southeast Block Eola-Amity Hills Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

12.9% alc., pH 3.45, TA 0.65, 135 cases, $50. From a 6-acre section of the estate vineyard planted in 1979 in deep red clay soil that is volcanic in origin. The vines are 100% own-rooted Pommard clone. 100% destemmed fruit. Aged 11 months in 50% new French oak barrels. Wines from Southeast Block have been bottled separately since 1991. · Moderately dark reddish-purple hue in the glass. Scintillating aromas of dark cherries, raspberry jam and cardamom spice. Intensely flavorful, tasting of ripe black fruits including cassis, and brewed black Oolong tea. The fruit has remarkable staying power in the mouth and finishes with pleasing crispness and length. An immensely satisfying wine. Reviewed January 19, 2013 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2010 Bethel Heights Estate Flat Block Eola-Amity Hills Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

12.8% alc., pH 3.45, TA 0.66, 167 cases, $58. The Flat Block is one of seven different sections of Pinot Noir planted over 37 acres in the estate vineyard. It was planted in 1979 on a flat table of the vineyard and is 100% own-rooted Pommard clone. The soil is gravelly and of a different mineral composition than the neighboring Southeast Block. This 3.3-acre block consistently has a distinctive character, usually offering the most refined and elegant Pinot Noir. Wines from Flat Block have been bottled separately since 1991. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. This is one of those wines that makes you sit up and take notice. Marvelous aromas of black cherries, damp earth, and warm s’mores. Earthy, exotic, and erotic black cherry and black berry flavors with a compliment of spice. The fruit is robed in ripe, firm but polished tannins, invigorated with bright acidity, and blessed with a charge of black cherry flavor on the dancing finish. Seduction.com. Reviewed January 19, 2013 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2010 Bethel Heights Flat Block Estate Grown Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir

12.8% alc., $58. Pommard clone planted in 1979. · Medium garnet color with slight haze (unfiltered) in the glass. Very expressive aromatics that are captivating. Perfume of oak-kissed black cherries and berry jam on toast. A cherry bombast supported by perfectly matched tannins and acidity, seductively endowed with a very soft mouth feel, finishing like a three hour movie you don’t want to end. An exceptional wine that will please any Pinot connoisseur. Very good (+). Reviewed September 12, 2012 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2010 Bethel Heights Estate Casteel Reserve Eola-Amity Hills Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

12.8% alc., pH 3.45, TA 0.75, 270 cases, $60. A blend of select barrels from several blocks in Estate vineyards and is meant to represent the best expression of the vintage. This is the only Bethel Heights Pinot Noir that carries the Casteel family name rather than a place name. In recent years, more of the chosen barrels have come from the second generation Pinot Noir blocks that are reaching fifteen years of age (The second generation vines and second generation winemaking team is reaching maturity together!). 50% clone 114 planted in 1996, 20% 667 from Justice Vineyard planted in 1999, and 30% from old vine Wädenswil clone planted in 1977. 100% destemmed fruit. Barrel aged 11 months in 60% new French oak barrels. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Fresh aromas of black cherries, black raspberries, grilled plum and rose petals. Mineralcharged middleweight flavors of red and black stone fruits and berries with beautifully balanced tannins and a refreshing riff of nervy acidity on the finish. Does not have the intense fruit flavors or density of the three block bottlings, but its vibrancy and focus is more reflective of the vintage. Very good. Reviewed January 19, 2013 WINERY » ARTICLE »