Bethel Heights Estate Grown Pinot Noir 2012
Wine SpectatorSoft and appealing, with gentle blackberry and black plum flavors riding easily over polished tannins and lingering on the expressive finish. The tannins are well-integrated, the flavors persistent. Drink now through 2022. 3,338 cases made.
Wine AdvocateThe 2012 Pinot Noir Estate Grown comes from various parcels around the estate that was cropped October 2-19 and sees ten months in French oak, 24% in new oak. There is lucidity and brightness on the nose, armed with vivacious red cherry and strawberry fruit that are uncomplicated but full of energy and the essence of "Pinoté." The palate is medium-bodied with quite a sharp, slightly coarse opening. Strangely, this is almost more like a 2011 than 2012 Oregon Pinot Noir with quite an intense spicy/herbaceous finish. Drink over the next 2-3 years.