THE WINE ENTHUSIAST, SEPTEMBER 2013

THE WINE ENTHUSIAST, SEPTEMBER 2013

2012 Bethel Heights Pinot Blanc Estate Grown – 92

Oregon’s Other Pinots “This estate-grown offering was a standout among several dozen tasted for this article. It’s loaded with bright fruit flavors of grapefruit and pear, and even in the ripe 2012 vintage, it maintains the trademark minerality and a detailed, focused finish.”

THE WINE ADVOCATE, OCTOBER 2013

THE WINE ADVOCATE, OCTOBER 2013

2011 Bethel Heights Vineyard Pinot Noir Estate – 90

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 […]

WINE SPECTATOR, NOVEMBER 2013

WINE SPECTATOR, NOVEMBER 2013

2011 Bethel Heights Vineyard Pinot Noir Justice Vineyard – 90

A lovely, open-textured style, offering black cherry and mineral flavors against soft tannins, lingering enticingly. Drink now through 2017. 143 cases made. –HS

THE NEW YORK TIMES, DECEMBER 19, 2013

THE NEW YORK TIMES, DECEMBER 19, 2013


Why Oregon Will Fondly Remember 2011” – Eric Asimov

The wine panel recently tasted 20 bottles of 2011 pinot noir from Oregon…People like me who love pinot noirs of finesse and restraint will adore the 2011 vintage. The best wines are clear, focused and vivacious.

2011 Bethel Heights […]

STEPHEN TANZER’S INTERNATIONAL WINE CELLAR, JULY/AUGUST 2014

STEPHEN TANZER’S INTERNATIONAL WINE CELLAR, JULY/AUGUST 2014

2012 Bethel Heights Vineyard Aeolian Pinot Noir Eola-Amity Hills – 92

Brilliant ruby. High-pitched, mineral-laced red and dark berry scents are complemented by notes of cola, anise and vanilla bean. Silky and open-knit on entry, offering sweet black raspberry and rose pastille flavors that tighten up with […]

WINE & SPIRITS MAGAZINE, JUNE 2014

WINE & SPIRITS MAGAZINE, JUNE 2014

Bethel Heights 2011 Eola-Amity Hills Estate Justice Vineyard Pinot Noir – 92

Vinous and concentrated, this has a tannic undergirding that seems a hallmark of the 2011 vintage. There’s nice polish to the texture, a vinous core supporting dried plum and black cherry scents, and a subtle earthiness […]

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, JON BONNÉ, OCTOBER 31, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, JON BONNÉ, OCTOBER 31, 2014

A dazzling dozen: The best of the 2012 Pinot Noirs, by Jon Bonné

2012 Bethel Heights Aeolian Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir ($42, 13.7%): Cousins Ben and Mimi Casteel are putting this stalwart property on an auspicious future track. Their Aeolian is a mix of vines about 15 […]

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, JON BONNÉ, DECEMBER 5, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, JON BONNÉ, DECEMBER 5, 2014

2012 Bethel Heights Chardonnay – “One of Oregon’s best Chardonnay examples…”

2012 Bethel Heights Estate Eola-Amity Hills Chardonnay ($28, 13.5%): A property better known for its Pinot, but cousins Ben and Mimi Casteel have also put forward one of Oregon’s best Chardonnay examples, from plantings that include […]

WINE SPECTATOR, NOVEMBER 2014

WINE SPECTATOR, NOVEMBER 2014

2012 Bethel Heights Vineyard Pinot Noir Flat Block – 95

Glass smooth and polished, brimming with boysenberry, plum, rhubarb pie and exotic spice flavors, coming together into a taut, medium-weight and expressive finish, persisiting impressively. Drink now through 2022. -H.S.

2012 Bethel Heights Vineyard Pinot Noir West Block – 94

Fleshy, open-textured and […]