THE WINE SPECTATOR, FEBRUARY 2012

2009 Bethel Heights Vineyard Chardonnay Estate Grown – 90

($25) Tangy and appealing for its tightly knit tangerine, pear and spice flavors, finishing with zip. Drink now through 2013.

2009 Bethel Heights Vineyard Pinot Noir Casteel Reserve – 93

($60) Firm in texture up front, with a mineral cast to the dark berry, cherry, licorice and spice flavors, finishing with generosity as the finish soft-shoes smoothly offstage. Drink now through 2019. 450 cases made. –HS

2009 Bethel Heights Vineyard Pinot Noir Estate Grown – 92

($32) 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.

2009 Bethel Heights Vineyard Pinot Noir Flat Block – 93

($50) Polished, with a strong mineral note weaving through the rich blackberry and cherry fruit, melding smoothly as the finish extends. This has a distinctive profile, coming together with finesse. Drink now through 2019. 200 cases made. –HS

2009 Bethel Heights Vineyard Pinot Noir Justice Vineyard – 93

($50) Satiny, elegant and refined, this is expressive with its plum and currant fruit, hinting at floral and talc on the lively finish. The tannins are tight, but the lovely fruit comes through easily. Best from 2012 through 2019. 190 cases made. –HS

2009 Bethel Heights Vineyard Pinot Noir West Block – 92

($50) Broad, juicy, and dripping with mineral notes that weave through the rich cherry and spice flavors, all coming together seamlessly on the refined finish.  Has power and grace. Drink now through 2019.

2009 Bethel Heights Vineyard Pinot Noir Libertine – 92

($75) Ripe, focused, steely and expressive, offering a juicy mouthful of cherry, licorice, wet earth and mineral flavors that zing through the finish. This has stature and charm. Drink now through 2019. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 100 cases made. –HS

2009 Bethel Heights Vineyard Pinot Noir Willamette Valley – 90

($28) Polished, light and immensely appealing for its pretty raspberry, cream and floral aromas and flavors, lingering easily on the sleek finish. Drink now through 2015.

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