Wine Advocate 88 points - The Bethel Heights 2010 Pinot Noir Estate – black- as opposed to white-labeled, and at 3,500 cases (albeit in a short vintage) by far the winery’s largest lot – is based on blocks of Pommard selection. At only 12.5% alcohol, it evinces even greater levity than its “intro-level” counterpart. Fresh red currant infused with black tea and hints of horseradish leads to a bright, spare, but infectiously juicy and polished-textured palate. This bracing, treble variation on Pinot, with its virtually disappearing tannins is as refreshing as its ostensibly lesser immediate sibling, too. It should drink well for several years. (The corresponding 2009 is simply ripe but without the levity or refreshment and much less interesting to boot.) ” (Aug 2012)
2007 was a classic, cool Oregon
vintage, similar to 2005. The summer provided adequate
heat to ripen the fruit, and the fall finished cool, allowing
the grapes to fully express their varietal character. It was a
vintage that challenged the winegrowers to be at the top of
their game. Nice weather at bloom produced a large crop
that had to be severely thinned to achieve optimum
ripening. When the fall turned rainy and cool, we
marshaled our forces to pull more leaves around the fruit,
as a hedge against botrytis, and to get more sun on the
fruit. In the end the extra effort gave us clean ripe grapes,
and wines with moderate alcohols and pure fruit character.
|WE FIRMLY BELIEVE THE OLD ADAGE THAT GREAT WINE IS MADE IN THE VINEYARD. ONCE THE FRUIT IS HARVESTED OUR PROCESS EMPHASIZES GENTLE HANDLING AND MINIMUM INTERVENTION THROUGH ALL PHASES OF WINEMAKING.