Great Northwest Wine top 100 wines of 2014: 30-21

By on December 29, 2014

22. Bethel Heights Vineyard 2012 Aeolian Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills, $42

Screen Shot 2014-12-28 at 6.58.44 PMBrothers Ted and Terry Casteel helped pioneer the Eola-Amity Hills near Salem, Ore., when they planted their vineyard beginning in 1977. Today, Ben Casteel is the head winemaker, and Bethel Heights’ wines are as good as ever. Using vines that are up to 20 years old, he has crafted one of the superb wines form the region. Aromas of crushed red fruit, black licorice, vanilla bean and baking spices give way to flavors of pomegranate, boysenberry and raspberry. It has beautiful concentration now and will undoubtedly continue to become even greater for those with the courage to cellar this for a half-decade or more.

Production: 2,390 cases

Alcohol: 13.7%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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