2009 Bethel Heights "Estate" Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir
Wine & Spirits
Aromas of sour cherry, bergamot and plum give way to a clean, fresh burst of red cherry flavor. A dusting of talc-like mineral acidity keeps the wine bright and on point. Delicious as an aperitif, or with halibut.
Light in texture and weight, but shows real presence with its strawberry and cherry fruit, with cinnamon and talcum overtones. Finishes with refinement and grace. Drink now through 2019.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Dark red. Dark berries, sassafras and anise on the fragrant nose. Plush, expansive black raspberry and cherry flavors pick up spiciness with air and show very good energy. The sweet, penetrating finish clings with spicy intensity.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2009 Pinot Noir Estate displays a bit of heat along with notes of cinnamon, clove, cedar, black cherry, and black raspberry. In the glass it reveals denser fruit than the Willamette Valley cuvee, savory flavors, good balance, and a medium-long finish. It will deliver enjoyment through 2019.
All Bethel Heights wines are Oregon Certified Sustainable. Notes from the winery: "The 2009 vintage in the Willamette Valley was warm and sometimes hot during the summer, with a couple of extraordinary heat spikes. September was atypically sunny and warm. October continued dry, but cool enough to extend hang time without losing balance in the fruit. The grapes were harvested during the first three weeks of October, with great acidity and full flavor development."