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    Bethel Heights Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2011
    Pinot Noir - Willamette Valley, Oregon

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    • RP90
    Price: $27.99
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    Wine.com Quick Facts

    Professional Ratings: 90 The Wine Advocate

    Region: Willamette Valley, Oregon

    Varietal: Pinot Noir

    Other Info: Green Wines, Screw Cap Wines

    Style: Smooth & Supple

    Alcohol By Volume: 12%

    • 10%
    • 16%

    Item no. 125120

    Winemaker's Notes:

    Initial aromas of pine resin and mocha give way to new strawberries and raspberries. The wine is elegant yet lively on the palate with flavors of raspberries and Royal Anne cherries and a hint of fresh parsley. The acidity gives the wine energy and movement on the palate and fine grain tannins carry the wine to a smooth, almost ethereal finish.

    Critical Acclaim:

    From a combination of Vita Springs and estate fruit, Bethel Height's basic, Willamette Valley appellation 2011 Pinot Noir projects vintage typically juicy, tart cherry and red currant that contrast yet compliment fascinatingly and deliciously a saliva-inducing undertone of marrow-rich veal stock. There is a striking and exhilarating buoyancy here borne at least in part of the mere 12.0% alcohol. A berry seed crunch lends invigoration to a mouthwateringly sustained finish, capping an excellent value that should drink beautifully through at least 2017, though quite possibly well beyond. The option on Vita Springs fell into Casteels' laps due to a lapsed contract at what would ordinarily be considered the last minute. "We argued about whether to let the fruit hang on into November - it had already been frosted twice" relates Ben Casteel. "But it looked beautiful, with tiny clusters, and the weather was pretty good," continues Mimi Casteel, Also I thought, "let's just hang-it-out there.-- Good call! -In the end,- the report, Athose berries had nice, crunchy seeds."

    90 Points
    The Wine Advocate
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