WINE ENTHUSIAST, DECEMBER 2017
Bethel Heights 2015 Justice Vineyard Chardonnay – 94
Almost decadently rich, this seduces with aromas of toasted hazelnuts, buttery stone fruits and sweet sliced pineapple. In perfect balance and drinking beautifully, it should remain at its peak through the mid-2020s.
Bethel Heights 2015 Justice Vineyard Pinot Noir – 94
Juicy dark-purple fruits hold the center of this supple, engaging wine that's still young, with chewy tannins. There’s tangy bite to the acids and plenty of muscle for aging. Drink 2020 through 2030 and possibly longer.
Bethel Heights 2015 Casteel Pinot Noir – 93
A barrel-selection, top-of- the-line cuvée, this is intensely aromatic with black cherry, soft leather and baking spices in play. Flavors focus in the midpalate, leading into supple tannins and a smattering of cocoa powder. Overall it’s a big wine, full flavored, balanced and already drinking very well.
Bethel Heights 2014 The High Wire Estate Chardonnay – 94
The debut vintage for this cuvée, this is made from 100% Wente clone vines planted in 1977. It’s richly concentrated on the palate, layered with dried apricot, grapefruit and pineapple flavors. A lush, buttery note enwraps its long, satisfying, full-bodied finish.