2016 Bethel Heights "Estate" Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir

SKU #1386217 93 points James Suckling

 Attractive, sous-bois aromas with plenty of interest already in this complex, fresh pinot. The palate has a very strikingly fresh array of ripe red cherries and blood oranges with an attractive, grainy, long and supple finish. Drink or hold.  (11/2018)

93 points Wine Spectator

 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.- T.F.  (10/2018)

K&L Notes

Winemaker's Notes: "Aromas of black cherry and black pepper over subtle hints of cassis, sandalwood and cola. The palate is broad and brooding; the heat of 2015 brought on thicker skins and the resulting added structure is apparent in this young wine, but vibrant acidity helps keep the young wine in balance. This should age gracefully for a decade or more. This wine blends fruit from all the different sections of our estate vineyard. It truly encompasses the entire breadth of expression at Bethel Heights from the youthful exuberance of our youngest vines planted in 2002 to the brooding, earthy complexity of our old own-rooted vines that have been knitting themselves into our landscape for forty years."


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By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/24/2019 | Send Email
Showing loads of character for a sub $30 Pinot Noir, Bethel Heights' 2016 Eola Amity Hills bottling opens with a slightly smoky aspect to its fruit, along with hints of fresh beet root. On the palate, the wine is wonderfully savory, with iron notes and a meatiness that distinguishes this young wine. It is a Pinot that should hold up nicely to braised lamb or pork dishes. As they so often do these days, Bethel Heights has made another delicious bottle of Eola Amity Hills Pinot.

By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/14/2019 | Send Email
There's a strong reason why Eola-Amity Hills AVA is pulling away from the rest of the Willamette Valley and soaring in quality. It is head-turning wines like this that are under-valued and over-delivering time and time again. The 2016 Bethel Heights displays beautiful finesse on the nose while delivering incredible intensity on the palate. With plenty of focused minerality hints of raspberry, blackberry and dried herbs it draws immediate parallels to a fruit-expressive Burgundy. Deeper and darker than Cote de Beaune, but brighter and flashier than the Cote de Nuits, it strikes an earnest chord somewhere between the two. This is a hell of a statement for an entry-level wine.

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/14/2019 | Send Email
Back in early Summer 2018 I was fortunate enough to spend a few days in the Williamette Valley attending "Oregon Pinot Camp" - a wine industry event that provides a tremendously in-depth look at Pinot Noir being produced in the region. During the event I must have tasted close to 500 wines. This particular wine was an absolute standout from the crowd! I think taken on all its merits it impressed me more than any other single wine at the event. The quality is seriously impressive. The price point is very modest. It's pure, it's truly representative of place, it's food friendly and first and foremost it's just a delicious, quaffable glass of wine. I was not surprised in the least when it subsequently picked up multiple big scores from top critics and having tasted it several times since my trip to Oregon, I remain convinced that it is a benchmark expression for the region despite its sub $30 price point.
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Varietal:

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.
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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 (%): 13.5