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Date Printed: 9/20/2014
Bethel Heights Estate Pinot Noir 2008
Bethel Heights Estate Pinot Noir 2008
(search item no. 105655)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 9/20/2014: $25.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2010 Tasting Panel rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The aroma is defined by earth and forest floor, mushroom, moss, and damp earth. As the wine opens with air, these aromas give way to brambly raspberry and spice. The palate ranges from deep minerality and early bing cherries to orange zest and currant, but it is the taut core of acidity that drives this wine. We've rarely seen such concentration at these pH and alcohol levels at Bethel Heights, and it is a part of the reason Harvey Steiman calls 2008 a 'dream vintage.' This wine will reward those who seek immediate gratification, and also those seeking a well-rounded cellar.
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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.