Bethel Heights

Notes de Dégustation

WINE ADVOCATE, December 2021, Erin Brooks

2018 Chardonnay Estate – 95

The 2019 Chardonnay Estate has detailed scents of fresh quince, white flowers, roasted almonds and flinty tones, offering up more nuance over time. Medium-bodied, it has a satiny texture and layer after layer of floral fruit on the extended finish, its fresh acidity calling you in for another sip.


Pinot Noir Eola-Amity Hills Estate 2021

93 points | 5,262 cases made | Red

Sleek and handsomely structured, with expressive raspberry and red plum flavors laced with black tea, forest floor and hints of mineral, building tension toward medium-grained tannins. Drink now through 2031. —T.F.

Pinot Noir Eola-Amity Hills Justice Vineyard 2021

93 points | 336 cases made | Red

Shows finesse and detail, with youthful and multilayered cherry and raspberry flavors highlighted by spiced tea, mineral and fresh tarragon flavors that finish with refined tannins. Drink now through 2032.

Pinot Noir Eola-Amity Hills Casteel 2021

94 points | 415 cases made | Red

Capturing the essence of Eola-Amity, this Pinot is deeply structured yet supple and generous, with raspberry and blueberry flavors accented by wet stone, clove and other dusky spices. Finishes with broad-shouldered yet polished tannins. Drink now through 2032. —T.F.


"The blocks"

Pinot Noir “ Current” from the Southeast Block 2018 -96 points

Planted in 1979, this has the most striking fruit presence on the nose of all the Bethel Heights pinots with notes of blueberries and violets, as well as cocoa and blackberries. The palate has a very fleshy core of darker fruit flavors with good concentration of fruit and smoothly honed, powerful tannin. A parcel that has a real affinity with the 2018 vintage. Drink or hold.

Pinot Noir “Shallow” 2018 -95 points

Planted in 1979, this has a very complex nose with violets and a wealth of fragrant, woody spices and sous bois, as well as red and dark cherries. The palate has a very juicy feel with vertical dimension, creating levity and a vibrant feel. Succulent, lively and delicious pinot noir with a smooth, fresh, pastry-like texture at the finish. Drink or hold.

Pinot Noir “Cauldron” 2018 -95 points

Planted in 1977, this has a very attractive, ripe dark and red-cherry nose with plenty of spices, leaves and dry forest wood. The palate delivers an impression of depth with cherry and cocoa flavors, wrapped in very long, succulent and sturdy tannins. Great concentration here. This is a powerfully struck, singular note of pinot. Try from 2024.