BETHEL HEIGHTS “Casteel” Pinot Noir 2016

(Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon) $65

In 1978, twin brothers Ted Casteel and Terry Casteel and their wives Pat Dudley and Marilyn Webb all left academia and bought 75 acres in the Eola-Amity Hills of the Willamette Valley with the (then crazily idealistic) plan of planting a vineyard and teaching themselves to make wine. This wine—their 35th vintage of pinot noir—is a glorious example of the sheer elegance and complexity that Willamette Valley pinot can achieve. Gently rich and deliciously savory, the Bethel Heights pinot noirs are never rap music, but rather exquisitely slow waltzes. (13.9% abv)

94 points KM

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