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2009 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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2009 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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92 Points | International Wine Cellar , July/August 2012

Ruby-red.  Spicy, fragrant aromas of dark berries, cherry pit and anise, with a suave floral quality in the background.  Sappy, chewy and sweet, offering deeply pitched dark fruit flavors firmed by juicy acidity.  Dusty tannins add shape and grip to the long dark fruit-dominated finish.

93 Points | Wine Spectator
91 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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02/04/2014
by Bauer13876827
Well known vineyard and a good year. Found this wine to be thin and lacking the elegant fruit one would expect. I have 5 more to try so maybe it was just the bottle

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