THE WINE SPECTATOR, DECEMBER 15, 2008
2006 Bethel Heights Pinot Noir Casteel Reserve – 91
Light, silky and open-textured with vivid currant and blackberry flavors, shaded with spice and black olive notes, lingering nicely on the generous finish. Drink now through 2014.
2006 Bethel Heights Pinot Noir Flat Block – 93
Lithe and open-textured, this is a wine of some delicacy, offering a lovely mouthful of cherry and spice, with hints of mint and rosemary wafting through the long, mocha-accented finish. Drink now through 2016.
2006 Bethel Heights Pinot Noir Southeast Block – 92
A lovely, round, focused and generous style that never gets weighty. Shows gorgeous blackberry and raspberry notes, with delicately floral, creamy overtones, letting the flavors sail effortlessly against almost nonexistent tannins. Drink now through 2014.
2006 Bethel Heights Pinot Noir West Block – 92
Bright, with real presence to the cherry and raspberry fruit, shaded with hints of coffee and spice on a light, lean and racy frame, persisting impressively without weight. Drink now through 2014.
2006 Bethel Heights Pinot Noir Justice Vineyard – 91
Smooth and polished, this is a vivid wine, with racy acidity and distinctive mineral-accented raspberry and strawberry flavors, hinting at watermelon as the finish lingers effortlessly. Best from 2009 through 2016.
2006 Bethel Heights Pinot Noir Jessie James Vineyard – 91
Lively, focused and generous with its floral, greengage plum-scented raspberry flavors, showing it all on a lovely open texture, with appealing transparency on the finish. Drink now through 2014.
2006 Bethel Heights Pinot Noir Seven Springs Vineyard – 91
Lithe, silky and refined, with some heft to the black cherry and grapefruit-scented blackberry flavors, lingering on the lively, expressive finish against fine tannins. Best from 2009 through 2014. fruits at the top, minerals and serious earthiness at the core — bravo.”