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Date Printed: 8/30/2014
Bethel Heights Estate Grown Chardonnay 1999
Bethel Heights Estate Grown Chardonnay 1999
(search item no. 38155)
Wine Spectator rating: 86 points
PRICE ON 8/30/2014: $13.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This is a fruit driven wine with a blend of ripe apple, pear and peach flavors. Silky-textured, beautifully balanced, with well-integrated toasty oak and a long finish.

With its crisp fruit and restrained use of oak, this is an essentially food-friendly Chardonnay. It plays especially well with buttery sauces and dishes with a citrus component. A perfect match, discovered at a winemaker dinner at Oregon's renowned Steamboat Inn, was a rich, creamy Butternut squash soup.

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About Bethel Heights Vineyard:

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.