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2019 Bethel Heights Pinot Noir "Æolian", Eola-Amity Hills, Oregon

2019 Bethel Heights Pinot Noir "Æolian", Eola-Amity Hills, Oregon


  • 2019 Bethel Heights Pinot Noir "Æolian", Eola-Amity Hills, Oregon

    2019 Bethel Heights Pinot Noir "Æolian", Eola-Amity Hills, Oregon

    $47.99 Excl. tax

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    The 2019 Aeolian presents both purity and power; aromas of black cherry, rhubarb, and black tea, tremendous tension through the mid palate. These flavors meld over a dense core of nervy acidity and fine-grained tannins.

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    his wine is named for Æolus, the keeper of the winds in Greek mythology, and namesake for the Eola Hills of the central Willamette Valley where our vineyard is located. On most warm summer afternoons in the Eola Hills the winds rise as the sun starts its descent. Cool ocean air pours into the valley and temperatures quickly drop 30 degrees or more.

    The Æolian has evolved in the eight vintages since we started making this wine, beginning as a means of expressing the ever-changing nature of our younger blocks and now settling in, as most things do at Bethel Heights, as a wine defined by ‘place’. Three blocks planted in 2002 high above the rest of the vineyard now make up this wine in its entirety.


    United by our interest in wine, in 1977 Ted Casteel, Pat Dudley, Terry Casteel, and Marilyn Webb abandoned the academic life and, together with Pat’s sister Barbara Dudley, bought 75 promising-looking acres northwest of Salem, with 14 acres of newly planted cuttings in the ground. We moved to the vineyard in 1978 (except Barbara, who was in California working as a lawyer for farmworkers with the Agricultural Labor Relations Board) and started a new life. In 1979 we cleared and planted 36 more acres. In 1981 we harvested our first crop and started home winemaking in Terry’s basement. In 1984 we produced our first commercial vintage of 3000 cases: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc and Gewurztraminer, all Estate Grown.

    For the first thirty years Ted was responsible for managing the vineyards and Terry made the wine. Pat and Marilyn shared responsibilities for marketing and business management. Over thirty years we grew our wine production to 10,000 cases, and made common cause with our fellow pioneers to establish the Willamette Valley as the home of New World Pinot Noir.

    Meanwhile, five cousins grew up knowing the tidy rows and wild hidden places of Bethel Heights as their backyard playground, science lab and adventure park. Now they have taken their places as co-owners, co-workers, and stewards of this place.

    In 2005 Ben Casteel (son of Terry and Marilyn) took over from his father as Winemaker at Bethel Heights. In 2007 Jon Casteel (second son of Terry and Marilyn) launched Casteel Custom Bottling, a mobile bottling company that serves wineries throughout Oregon, including Bethel Heights of course. Mimi Casteel (daughter of Ted and Pat) worked with the family at Bethel Heights until 2017 when she started farming her own vineyard at Hope Well, and launched her Hope Well Wine project. Jessie Casteel grew up among the vines at Bethel Heights, but now lives in Chicago. Jessie brings a creative outlier perspective to the direction of the family business, and serves as our ambassador in Chicago and points east.

    Now there is a new generation of cousins – ten so far – who all come home to Bethel Heights for family occasions, to eat the blackberries and taste the grapes and pat the goats and walk through the ravine to Mr. Hatcher’s haunted house. This place is now for them too.


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