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Bethel Heights 2018 Pinot Noir ‘Casteel’

Bethel Heights 2018 Pinot Noir ‘Casteel’

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A ruby red fruited Pinot Noir with warm spice notes and a touch of smoky minerality with velvety tannins.

Variety: 100% Pinot Noir
Vineyard: Bethel Heights Estate Vineyard
Location: Willamette, OR
Alcohol: 13.8%
Production: 300 cases

Ruby-red in color, expansive aromas of ripe red and blue fruits, candied flowers, vanilla and baking spices; a smoky mineral flourish gains strength as the wine opens up. Coats the palate with appealing sweet boysenberry and cherry liqueur flavors that tighten up and become spicier on the back half. Shows fine clarity and floral lift on a long, velvety finish shaped by fine-grained, even tannins.

Fruit was hand-sorted and destemmed without crushing. Barrel aged 14 months on lees in 40% new French oak barrels.

From fruit on the west side of the vineyard, the Casteel Pinot Noir is a blend of the best barrels from the Bethel Heights vineyard, selected to express the epitome of that particular vintage.