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Bethel Heights Illahe Vineyards 2012 Pinot Noir

The Pinot Noirs from Illahe bear a resemblance to their neighbours - long time friends of Bethel Heights at Freedom Hill Vineyard: fragrant aromas of dried flowers and red fruits over deep earthy, almost clay-like aromas. They also have the same phenolic potential to make dense, tannic wines. Our approach, as detailed in the vinification notes, is to handle the fruit as gently as possible to capture aromas and flavours without excessive tannin. Aromas of cedar and sandalwood overlaying plum and black pepper. Richly textured and balanced, the lush fruit profile of the 2012 vintage is nicely tempered by a bright vein of acidity running through the length of the wine. The structure is rich and firm, not overbearing, leading to a wine that is approachable now but will certainly benefit from five to seven years of cellaring.

 Producer Bethel Heights
 Region Eola-Amity Hills
 Country United States
 Varietals Pinot Noir
 Alcohol 13.9% alc/vol
 Vintage 2012

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4 out of 5 starsReviewed on November 30, 2015

Wine Spectator: “Firm and focused, in an expansive style, this light-footed version melds black currant, plum and delicate spice flavors into a mouthfilling package that floats through the long finish. Drink now through 2022.” H.S, 94 Pts

About the Producer

Bethel Heights

Bethel Heights

Salem, Oregon, United States Salem, Oregon, United States

United by their interest in wine, in 1977 Ted Casteel, Pat Dudley, Terry Casteel, and Marilyn Webb, together with Pat's sister Barbara Dudley, abandoned the academic life and bought 75 promising-looking acres northwest of Salem, with 14 acres of newly planted cuttings in the ground.  They moved to the...

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