Bethel Heights Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2010
Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 12.8%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Aromas of ripe raspberry and strawberry with underlying notes of stonefruit, cedar, and rose petals. The palate is pure raspberries and Royal Anne cherries with orange zest and just a flicker of oak spice in the background. This wine is balanced by a bright and balancing core of acidity and fine grain tannins that will help this wine age gracefully over the next decade.
"Bright red. Raspberry, potpourri and anise on the fragrant nose. Juicy, seamless and appealingly sweet, with good energy to its red fruit and floral pastille flavors. Closes with good energy and cut, leaving rose and red berry notes behind. This wine delivers a lot of fruity crowd appeal."
International Wine Cellar
"Although sourced entirely from their immediate Eola-Amity Hills neighborhood, Bethel Height’s basic 2010 Pinot Noir is solely appellated “Willamette Valley.” As it’s designed from the beginning to be fruit-forward and refreshing, this gets 5-6 days of cold soak (whereas the typical Bethel Heights Pinot gets 3-4) and is yeasted specifically for low-temperature fermentation. Bright, sappy, fresh red berries are tinged with tamarind, clove, and vanilla on a vivacious palate, leading to a sustained and, as intended, refreshing finish."
The Wine Advocate
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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.
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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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