2014 Bethel Heights Pinot Noir Casteel, Willamette (750ml)

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# USBHPN14BE
Country: United States
Region: Oregon
Sub-Region: Willamette
Grape Varietal: Pinot Noir
Review Score: 94WA, 93WE, 93V, 93JS
Alcohol By Volume: 13.5%

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The 2014 Pinot Noir Casteel Reserve is more of a location-orientated cuvée since 2008, coming from two parcels within the Bethel Heights vineyard. It has a crisp and very focused bouquet with dark plum, cranberry leaf and cold stone aromas that show impressive transparency. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, very harmonious and cohesive with a supple texture, very pure with great tension and precision towards the finish. What a fabulous Pinot Noir - world class.

94 points, Wine Advocate (Issue # 225 - Jun 2016)

This is the winery's reserve-level cuvée. It's bright and high-toned, offering woody notes around lush cherry and mocha flavors. Delicious already, though more bottle age should further pull the barrel flavors into proper balance. Toasted marshmallow and caramel latté highlights adorn the buttery finish.

94 points, Wine Enthusiast (Aug 2016)

Deep red. Sexy, highly perfumed aromas of ripe red and dark berries, patchouli and candied flowers; suave Asian spice and mineral nuances add urgency. Offers juicy, palate-staining black raspberry, cherry cola and spicecake flavors and sweet vanilla and mocha qualities that emerge steadily as the wine opens up. Plays richness off vivacity with a sure hand and closes extremely long, sweet and vaguely smoky, with just a hint of dusty tannins lending shape and grip.

93 points, Josh Raynolds, Vinous (Dec 2016)

Interesting aromas of blueberries, crush stones and dried strawberries follow through to full body, velvety tannins and a juicy finish. Delicious fruit. Drink or hold.

93 points, James Suckling (Nov 2016)