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Bethel Heights Casteel Chardonnay 2013

Chardonnay from Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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13% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

The 2013 Casteel Chardonnay has all of the characteristics Bathel Heights looks for from truly great vintages: energy, tension between the acidity and fruit, and a long harmonious finish. This wine should age gracefully over the next five to seven years.

Critical Acclaim

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W&S 92
Wine & Spirits
You can almost taste the breeze in this fresh, bright chardonnay. Its flavors lean generously toward pear, marked by a hint of lees, finishing with firmness and a racy mineral length. It should benefit from some cellar time; then serve with trout en papillote.
WE 92
Wine Enthusiast
A reserve-level, barrel-fermented cuvée, this has a fresh and creamy mouthfeel. It blends crisp tree fruits with bracing minerality, and finishes lightly with a pat of butter.
RP 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2013 Chardonnay Casteel Reserve comes from Dijon selection 76 planted in 1994 and Dijon selection 95 planted in 1999. It is whole-cluster pressed, barrel fermented and underwent complete malo. It has a surprisingly taciturn bouquet with light tertiary scents, quite earthy, with dry straw scents. The palate is well balanced with well-judged acidity, a little more concentration than the Chardonnay Estate, with quite a rich, honeyed texture on the finish that does not get too carried away. Enjoy this over the next 4-6 years.
WS 90
Wine Spectator
Fresh and refined, with a delicacy to the spicy, tobacco-accented pear and floral flavors, lingering quietly and persistently. Drink now through 2018.
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Bethel Heights

Bethel Heights

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Bethel Heights, Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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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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Eola-Amity Hills

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Running north to south, adjacent to the Willamette River, the Eola-Amity Hills AVA has shallow and well-drained soils created from ancient lava flows (called Jory), marine sediments, rocks and alluvial deposits. These soils force vine roots to dig deep, producing small grapes with great concentration.

Like in the McMinnville sub-AVA, cold Pacific air streams in via the Van Duzer Corridor and assists the maintenance of higher acidity in its grapes. This great concentration, combined with marked acidity, give the Eola-Amity Hills wines—namely Pinot noir—their distinct character. While the region covers 40,000 acres, no more than 1,400 acres are covered in vine.

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Chardonnay

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One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it is grown and how it is made. While practically every country in the wine producing world grows it, Chardonnay from its Burgundian homeland produces some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. As far as cellar potential, white Burgundy rivals the world’s other age-worthy whites like Riesling or botrytized Semillon. California is Chardonnay’s second most important home, where both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines enjoy great popularity. Oregon, Australia and South America are also significant producers of Chardonnay.

In the Glass

When planted on cool sites, Chardonnay flavors tend towards grapefruit, lemon zest, green apple, celery leaf and wet flint, while warmer locations coax out richer, more tropical flavors of melon, peach and pineapple. Oak can add notes of vanilla, coconut and spice, while malolactic fermentation imparts a soft and creamy texture.

Perfect Pairings

Chardonnay is as versatile at the table as it is in the vineyard. The crisp, clean, Chablis-like styles go well with flaky white fish with herbs, scallops, turkey breast and soft cheeses. Richer Chardonnays marry well with lobster, crab, salmon, roasted chicken and creamy sauces.

Sommelier Secret

Since the 1990s, big, oaky, buttery Chardonnays from California have enjoyed explosive popularity. More recently, the pendulum has begun to swing in the opposite direction, towards a clean, crisp style that rarely utilizes new oak. In Burgundy, the subregion of Chablis, while typically employing the use of older oak barrels, produces a similar bright and acid-driven style. Anyone who doesn't like oaky Chardonnay would likely enjoy its lighter style.

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