Bethel Heights Estate Grown Chardonnay 2010

Chardonnay from Willamette Valley, Oregon

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Item No. 122147
  • white wine
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  • boutique wine
  • W&S90
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Style: Rich & Creamy

Wine Style Guide

Light & Crisp

Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.

Fruity & Smooth

Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.

Rich & Creamy

Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.

Alcohol By Volume: 13.0%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
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Winemaker's Notes

Aromas of Gala apple, lemon curd, hints vanilla, yeast, and flint. On the palate the wine opens with bright preserved lemon flavors, salty mineral notes, and a tightly knit texture framed by bright, mouthwatering acidity.

The bright, bold acidity of this classic Chardonnay style lends itself to many food choices. As a contrast, it works well with rich texture and flavor, essentially cutting through and tempering the richness of the food. This wine also works well with sweet shellfish, and, given the acidity, some oyster and mussel preparations.

Critical Acclaim

"Fresh and lively, showing citrusy tamarind accents around a racy core of green pear fruit. Should benefit from a year or two in the cellar."
90 Points

"Brisk and fresh, this wine's crisp pear scents combine with lees and clay mineral accents. The flavors are delivered in lean fashion, bracing acidity guiding the wine into a warm finish. It needs a little time, but the elements are already in place."
90 Points

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Learn About Bethel Heights Map ItMap It

Planted between 1977 and 1979, Bethel Heights was one of the first vineyards in the Eola Hills, a chain of hills in the center of Oregon's Willamette Valley. The estate winery was established in 1984 and currently produces 10,000 cases of wine annually, most of which still comes from the 50 acre estate vineyard. Bethel Heights specializes in Pinot Noir, but also produces Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc.

Learn About Willamette Valley

(will-AAM-it) Named for the river that runs through the valley from Portland to Eugene, Willamette Valley is home to some of the best Pinot Noir vineyards in the Northwest. While along the same north/south line as Seattle, the Willamette Valley is protected from Pacific rains by the Coast Range on the western border and the Cascade Ranges to the east. Though sunshine is...

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Learn About Chardonnay

Chardonnay (shar-dawn-AY) White Wine's Queen Bee Like Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay can grow just about anywhere. It adapts well to different soils and different climates. While frequently paired with California, its native home lies in the vineyards of Burgundy, France. The only major white grape of the region, Chardonnay is at its best on the rolling...

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