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The Wädenswil clone normally performs best in the warmer vintages: 1998 was a warm vintage with an unusually small crop, leading to one of the best vintages we have seen at Bethel Heights. This is clearly the most powerful wine we produced in 1998. The grapes were picked on October 6th under dry conditions. Fermentation started spontaneously on the third day, and it was pressed on the 12th day, completing malolactic the following Spring. It was racked once and bottled without filtration after 16 months in the barrel. Every vintage has its pleasant surprises, and this was ours for 1998. Deep, dark, and rich, this wine has both a youthful forwardness and great aging potential.
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.
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...Read More About Willamette Valley
Pinot Noir(PEE-noh nwahr)
Pinot Noir is a finicky grape. It only grows in
the right climate, with the right soils and the right care. Perhaps because
it is so difficult is why it is so loved. Pinot Noir hails from Burgundy, a region known for crafting the most collectible and sought-after wines from this varietal.
Not only does Pinot reign in Burgundy, it is also...Read More About Pinot Noir
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