Bethel Heights Æolian Pinot Noir is sourced primarily from our second-generation vines planted in the 90's in the most wind-affected sections of our vineyard. This is the epitome of our new generation Pinot noir; powerful, youthful, focused, and energetic.
Historically the Flat Block is the most graceful and aproachable of our single block wines in its youth, and 2014 proves to be no different. The deep red-fruited core of this wine is undeniable, but the texture and movement on the palate are the real stars. This wine should continue to improve with cellaring over the next 7-8 years.
Aromas of blueberry, blackberry, anise, and wood smoke. The palate shows fleshy blackberry flavors mingling with black pepper, dried cedar, and black currant, all against a lively backdrop of acidity and fine grain tannin.
Protected from the wind, basking in warmth, feasting on deep soil tipped into the pot from the rocky slopes above, the vines of The Cauldron are the pampered children of Bethel Heights. In return, they give us tender, juicy, exuberant wines.
There is a certain place on the lower west side of our vineyard where subtle fluctuations of cool and warm air currents flow through the vines. We feel them when we walk there in the summer, as if we were stepping into the sea, and we can taste them in this wine.
Perched on a rocky bench with only a slight skim of soil over bedrock, vines planted in The Shallows tind their foothold deep in the interstices between basalt boulders. Their tenacity yields wines of purity, subtlety and elegance.
Aromas of black cherry, black currant, chalk dust, and a hint of cooking chocolate. The palate is black cherries and rhubarb, all tucked inot the West Block's trademark acidity and firm, balancing tannins.
There is a certain section of the lower west side of our estate vineyard where the Æolian winds coming through the Van Duzer Corridor from the sea impact the vines most directly. This section includes two blocks of Pinot noir planted in 1996. Now 20 years old, these vines have embraced their relationship to the wind, developing unique high-tension patterns of flavor and structure in their fruit that are the essence of our 2015 Æolian Pinot Noir.
This is the only Bethel Heights Pinot noir that carries our family name rather than a place name, giving us the freedom to blend our favorite barrels to create the wine that expresses the epitome of the vintage at Bethel Heights.
6060 Bethel Heights Road NW
Salem, Oregon 97304
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