Bethel Heights Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2010
Bright red. Raspberry, potpourri and anise on the fragrant nose. Juicy, seamless and appealingly sweet, with good energy to its red fruit and floral pastille flavors. Closes with good energy and cut, leaving rose and red berry notes behind. This wine delivers a lot of fruity crowd appeal.
Although sourced entirely from their immediate Eola-Amity Hills neighborhood, Bethel Height’s basic 2010 Pinot Noir is solely appellated “Willamette Valley.” As it’s designed from the beginning to be fruit-forward and refreshing, this gets 5-6 days of cold soak (whereas the typical Bethel Heights Pinot gets 3-4) and is yeasted specifically for low-temperature fermentation. Bright, sappy, fresh red berries are tinged with tamarind, clove, and vanilla on a vivacious palate, leading to a sustained and, as intended, refreshing finish.