Wine Advocate 90 points - Based on a 1979 Pommard planting peripheral to the estate, supplemented by younger vines from elsewhere on the property, the Bethel Heights 2011 Pinot Noir Estate displays tart-edged dark plum and cherry with a glowingly cyanic enhancement from their pits. Infusions of fresh ginger, black tea, iris root and citrus oils are as vintage-typical as the wine’s brightness of fruit. Firm yet polished at mid-palate, this finishes with zesty invigoration and interactive complexity, benefiting from the levity and prominent acidity that are likewise vintage hallmarks. In short: a quintessential and delightful 2011 Willamette Pinot that offers fine value and ought to delight through at least 2018. (Oct 2013)
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.