Bethel Heights Casteel Reserve Pinot Noir 2018
|Region||United States, Oregon, Willamette Valley|
Deep brilliant red. Intense aromas of ripe dark berries, candied flowers, exotic spices and mocha are joined by hints of vanilla and musky earth as the wine opens up. Deeply concentrated but lively as well, offering juicy black raspberry, cherry cola, candied rose and spicecake flavors that show excellent clarity and back-end lift. Finishes impressively long, with harmonious tannins and resonating floral and dark berry qualities. (40% new French oak)
A reserve-level barrel selection, this is a deep dive into black cherry, blackberry preserves and subtle layering of herbs, coffee grounds and dark chocolate. Absolutely luscious, it complements its ripe, forward fruit with a long, lovely, detailed finish.
Pale to medium ruby-purple, the nose of the 2016 Pinot Noir Casteel bursts from the glass with violet and lilac aromas over blueberry pie, cardamom, potpourri, bitter peel, tree bark and tilled loamy earth. Medium-bodied, the palate is packed full of blackberry and bramble berry preserves notes, with a wonderful frame of fine-grained tannins and loads of freshness, finishing very, very long with layer after layer of earth and savory notions.
Refined, yet vibrant and expressive, with flavors of raspberry and blueberry, accented by sassafras, spiced cinnamon and orange zest notes. Drink now through 2024. 306 cases made.