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Bethel Heights Estate Grown Pinot Noir 2016
SKU: 1844233189

Bethel Heights Estate Grown Pinot Noir 2016

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Category Red Wine
Region United States, Oregon, Willamette Valley
Brand Bethel Heights
Alcohol/vol 13.8%
From start to finish 2016 was the earliest vintage we have ever seen in the Willamette Valley. At Bethel Heights we were almost a month ahead of "normal" at every turning point in the season. The growing season was warm and wetter than usual, leading to veraison beginning in early August, the earliest we have seen. Harvest started on August 27, the first time we ever harvested fruit in August. Our last fruit was harvested on September 24, the first time we ever finished harvest before the end of September. Surprisingly, the wines of 2016 are not the uniformly opulent offerings one would expect from a year defined by its precocity. Ripeness came early, but not at the expense of purity and elegance.
Wine Spectator
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Silky and vibrant, with spirited raspberry and violet aromas that open to effortlessly complex flavors of black cherry, black tea, cardamom and other dark spices. Drink now through 2024. 2,632 cases made.

Tim Fish, December 31, 2018
Wine Enthusiast
  • we92

Deep, dense and dark aromatics spotlight blackberry and black cherry. It's a smooth well-integrated wine with a thick veneer of fruit, smoke and earth. The tannins are substantial, polished to a fine lustre, and carry a streak of graphite.

Paul Gregutt, March 1, 2019