(From 2012 Vintage) This wine blends fruit from all the different sections of our 100-acre estate vineyards. This wine truly encompasses the entire breadth of expression at Bethel Heights: the youthful exuberance of the 4-year-old Ingram Lane Vineyard, the vibrancy and freshness of 13-year-old Justice Vineyard, and the brooding, earthy complexity of our old vines that have explored the depths of our soil for more than thirty years.
(From 2010 Vintage) The 2010 growing season started very slowly, with cool, damp weather through June, driving bloom into early July. Yields were very low, due in part to early season weather conditions and also due to very aggressive crop thinning to compensate for the late start. Weather continued cool through the summer into September, buta perfect Indian Summer carried the fruit to ideal maturity in late October. We waited to pick until the last possible moment, and then, with rain on the horizon, we picked all our fruit in five days between the 18th and 23rd of October. Months of anxious worry and meticulous viticulture were rewarded with wines of moderate alcohol and excellent fruit intensity. The fruit was gently destemmed, cold soaked at 45 degrees for 5 -7 days, then gradually allowed to warm up prior to yeast inoculation. The fruit was punched down twice per day at the onset of fermentation, three times per day at peak temperature (1-2 days) and then pumped over twice per day until dryness. It was barrel aged 10 months in French oak, 33% new barrels.
Robert Parker(From 2010 Vintage) Rating: 88/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 08/10/2012