Bethel Heights - 2018 - Pinot Noir Æolian Estate - 750 ml.
USA - Oregon - Willamette Valley
Red - Vintage: 2018 - Size: 750 ml.
Glistening ruby-red. Expansive aromas of ripe red and blue fruits, candied flowers, vanilla and baking spices; a smoky mineral flourish gains strength as the wine opens up. Coats the palate with appealing sweet boysenberry and cherry liqueur flavors that tighten up and become spicier on the back half. Shows fine clarity and floral lift on a long, velvety finish shaped by fine-grained, even tannins. 40% new oak.
This is the youngest and highest section of the vineyard, planted in 2002 on volcanic clay soils. The nose has a fresh and sweetly perfumed edge with red apples, red cherries and stones, as well as a crushed-rose note. The palate has a succinct delivery of sturdy, chiseled tannin and plenty of ripe, dark-cherry and berry flavor. Drink or hold.
Wine Spectator: 92
A burst of fruit is at the core of this structured red, with bright notes of cherry and tart blueberry accented by steely mineral and black tea accents that race toward bright tannins. Drink now through 2028. 387 cases made.