Bethel Heights Southeast Block Reserve Pinot Noir 1998

Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon

Price: $37.99 $34.19
Save $3.80 (10%)
Item No. 11176
  • WS91
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 1999
  • RP92
  • WS91

Winemaker's Notes

In 1998, poor fruit set resulted in a small crop of very high quality The grapes were harvested on October 1, before the Fall rains. Fermentation began spontaneously on the fifth day. The wine was pressed on the 18th day before going into center-of-France barrels, 40% new. The wine finished malolactic the following Spring, was racked twice, and bottled without filtration 14 months after harvest. This wine is beautifully balanced with a specificity of aroma and flavor that goes beyond Pinot noir to the place it is grown, the Southeast Block at Bethel Heights Vineyard.

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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 Pinot Noir

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...

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