What are designated vineyard blocks but arbitrary lines in the sand, drawn for the convenience of tractors? What happens when the lines begin to blur, when other more ancient realities begin to assert themselves – layers of geologic and organic evolution, patterns of wind and sun, all running crosswise and sideways to your neat grid of lines and squares? When the vines finally discover those underlying realities, and bring them forth into wine, then it’s time to go put something new in the bottle. 2014 was the inaugural vintage for this new series: The Shallows, The Cauldron, The Currents, and The High Wire.
These four new wines were created by Winemaker Ben Casteel to express his interpretation of the vineyard where he grew up as it enters its fifth decade. Fewer than 125 cases of each wine were produced and they are available only at the winery. Our “Beyond the Blocks” private tasting is the ultimate Bethel Heights terroir tasting.