Estate Vineyard, Willamette Valley, OR
What we love
Founded in 1977 and managed by second generation winemaker Ben Casteel. Gnarly old vines, geologically complex hillside soils, and direct impact from howling winds all conspire to create highly energized wines. Medium-bodied with a lovely creamy texture, it fills the mouth with apple pie, yellow citrus fruits, peaches, and accents of honey and toast. Rich yet balanced, this wine stands up nicely to wines that cost three times as much.
About this Wine
Chardonnay has been the preeminent white wine at Bethel Heights since the first vines were planted in 1977. All of the winery’s operations are certified sustainable. For their “Estate” Chardonnay, Bethel Heights uses six unique blocks of Chardonnay planted between 1977 and 2001 from various sites around their estate vineyards. 455 cases produced.
94 points, James Suckling
- 100% Chardonnay
- Alcohol: 13.1% | pH: 3.3
- Winemaking: Fermented and aged 11 months in French oak, 35% new barrels Drink now through 2025
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