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2008 Bethel Heights Vineyard Pinot Noir Casteel Reserve Eola Amity Hills
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About Bethel Heights Vineyard

A family operation through and through, this Willamette Valley vineyard has been run by the Casteel—Dudley—Webb family conglomerate since 1977. It’s a testament to the possibilities of cooperation that 11, yes 11, family members are currently co-owners of the vineyard. There is also a profound respect for the environment here. Ted Casteel, one of the vineyard’s founders, also co-founded the Low Input Viticulture and Enology certification program for sustainable viticulture.

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2008 Bethel Heights Vineyard Pinot Noir Casteel Reserve Eola Amity Hills

Producer: Bethel Heights Vineyard
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Pinot Noir
Origin: Oregon
Region: Willamette Valley

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93 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - July/August 2011

Bright ruby-red.  Complex, spice-accented bouquet displays raspberry preserves, cherry-cola, potpourri and smoky minerals.  Energetic and precise on the palate, offering juicy red and dark berry flavors that show impressive depth and energy.  Gains weight with air, picking up a mocha note and finishing with impressive power and focus.  I'd stash this away for at least five more years.

92 Points | Wine Spectator
92 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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Simple Excitement
by Pizarro14005221
Light bouquet of strawberry and sunny earth. Body was light and old world, tempered with faint mineral, cherry with subtle brown spice and wet earth. Finish was long and balanced, big red cherry compote and with a bit of simple wood, maybe cedar or birch. 91/B+


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Pinot Noir

Adored by critics, prized by collectors, Pinot Noir is one of most tantalizing yet temperamental varietals in the world. For many wine enthusiasts, this is part of the appeal of Pinot -- it doesn't reveal its charms easily. Pinot Noir's virtue also stems from the unique characteristics of the grape. The skins are especially delicate, which accounts for the lighter color and body of finished wine. But, despite the delicacy, the best wines have excellent backbone and...
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