Bethel Heights Estate Grown Pinot Noir 2016

Bethel Heights Estate Grown Pinot Noir 2016

SKU 59281


From start to finish 2016 was the earliest vintage we have ever seen in the Willamette Valley. At Bethel Heights we were almost a month ahead of "normal" at every turning point in the season. The growing season was warm and wetter than usual, leading to veraison beginning in early August, the earliest we have seen. Harvest started on August 27, the first time we ever harvested fruit in August. Our last fruit was harvested on September 24, the first time we ever finished harvest before the end of September. Surprisingly, the wines of 2016 are not the uniformly opulent offerings one would expect from a year defined by its precocity. Ripeness came early, but not at the expense of purity and elegance.
Category Red Wine
Region United States, Oregon, Willamette Valley
Brand Bethel Heights
Alcohol/vol 13.8%
  • ws93

Wine SpectatorSilky and vibrant, with spirited raspberry and violet aromas that open to effortlessly complex flavors of black cherry, black tea, cardamom and other dark spices. Drink now through 2024. 2,632 cases made.

Tim Fish, December 31, 2018
  • we92

Wine EnthusiastDeep, dense and dark aromatics spotlight blackberry and black cherry. It's a smooth well-integrated wine with a thick veneer of fruit, smoke and earth. The tannins are substantial, polished to a fine lustre, and carry a streak of graphite.

Paul Gregutt, March 1, 2019
  • wa91

Wine AdvocateThe 2016 Pinot Noir Estate is pale to medium ruby-purple with beautiful scents of warm blackberries and black cherries with notes of bramble berry and blueberry compote plus meaty touches of charcuterie and pink peppercorn. Medium-bodied, it has a good core of black fruits in the mouth, with a frame of grainy tannins and plenty of freshness, finishing long with blue fruit and perfumed soil notes. 2,400 cases produced.

Erin Brooks, August 31, 2018

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