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Date Printed: 3/4/2015
Bethel Heights Pinot Gris 2006
Bethel Heights Pinot Gris 2006
(search item no. 92607)
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PRICE ON 3/4/2015: $17.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 86 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 85 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This Pinot Gris comes from several vineyard sites. Bethel Heights, Elton, and Lewman are all in the Eola Hills region of the Willamette Valley. Del Rio is in the Rogue Valley of Southern Oregon. The Willamette Valley provides brightness and purity of fruit; Southern Oregon fruit gives a more lush, often floral note to the final wine. The wine was fermented cold, exclusively in stainless steel, and finished without malolactic fermentation.

Rich aromas of peach, apple, tropical fruits, hints of orange zest. On the palate citrus gives way to stone fruits, and firm acidity provides balance and a crisp, dry finish.

Pinot Gris is an excellent choice for almost any first course you may choose. Its bright, crisp flavors are an inviting palate cleanser, pairing well with a light soup, or lightly spiced Thai dishes featuring shrimp or pork. It is excellent with richer fish, such as salmon and halibut balanced by the acidity yet ripe flavors of the wine. Pinot Gris is versatile with pork, chicken, and even duck seared and served with greens as a lighter salad entrée.

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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.