2011 Bethel Heights "Estate" Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir

SKU #1154509 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 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. (DS)  (10/ 2013)

90 points Wine & Spirits

 Tarry and dense, this has a smoky scent adorning black plum fruits. It feels tense and firm, still needing some time to knit. Then serve with a smoked salmon steak.  (10/ 2013)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Deep red. Pungent aromas of cherry-cola, sassafras and mocha, with a peppery topnote. Offers tangy dark fruit flavors and hints of rose pastille and anise, along with a jolt of white pepper for finishing cut. Quite lovely right now, with no rough edges to get in the way of the wine's fruity appeal. This is a real success for an entry-level bottling from 2011.  (7/ 2013)

Wine Spectator

 This crisp, tangy style offers blackberry and lime blossom aromas and flavors, finishing quietly. Drink now through 2017.  (12/ 2013)

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By: Leah Greenstein |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/14/2014  | Send Email
This comes from the underrated 2011 vintage, and from one of my favorite Oregon producers. Its nose offers a cascade of rose petals, spices, red fruit, mulch and white pepper. On the palate, it's integrated, lovely and spicy, with a subtly tannic foundation that just needs food or a little air to tame it.

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
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United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
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Oregon

- Highly touted for its Pinot Noirs, Oregon is part of the up-and-coming winemaking industry in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Most of Oregon is directly affected by the climate coming off of the Pacific Ocean, giving it mild winters and wet summers. This makes it a difficult place to ripen grapes, but some say that the harder grapes have to struggle, the more complex they will turn out to be. Chardonnay and Pinot Gris are two important and successful grapes grown in Oregon.
Alcohol Content (%): 12.2