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Bethel Heights Pinot Noir Casteel Reserve 750ml 2011
Sku: 1868787*
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Country: United States
Region: Oregon
Sub-Region: South Willamette
Appellation: Eola-Amity Hills District
Grape Varietal: Pinot Noir
Type: Still wine
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Wine Advocate 89 points - In 2011, as in 2010, relates Ben Casteel of the 2011 Pinot Noir Casteel Reserve, ””we found ourselves building this wine around two relatively young blocks right outside the winery that were good, but made pretty rustically phenolic wines in 2007 and 2008 that we didn’t feel merited longer barrel time. Then, in 2009, I just assumed we’d gotten them riper and that’s why I liked them so much. But here we are in a cool and a cold year building our reserve wine around them. Something changed.”” One plausible hypothesis is that the roots simply needed to reach a point where the plant could channel the inherent potential of those particular sites. Having relayed all of this, though, I must say that I miss the primary juiciness here that’s characteristic of the best 2011s, and I tend to think that is on account of the nearly half new wood reinforcing the material’s native tannins. Fortunately, there are both deeply meaty savor and pronounced salinity that serve for welcome stimulation of the salivary glands, which in turn helps one over the roughness of the tannins. Nor do I mean to imply that ripe fruit is lacking; it’s just somewhat along the line of dried cherry and cranberry. There is an energetically tart, almost savage intensity to this wine’s finish. I’d want to revisit it in a year or two before handicapping its bottle potential, other than to say that the tannins will almost certainly be prominent for the rest of this decade. (Oct 2013)

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