Majestic: 2018 Casteel Pinot Noir

Perhaps the best aspect of epic vintages like 2018 is that they are gifts that keep giving. Winery release schedules are staggered; some 2018s are long gone and some won't come for another year. But let's focus on the present, the now, and what's in our glass: the new 2018 Bethel Heights Casteel Pinot noir.

After an outstanding visit to Bethel Heights last week, we can confirm that their 2018s are majestic. The flagship of them all, the only Bethel Heights Pinot to carry the family name, Casteel 2018 is Willamette Valley royalty, the epitome of the vintage. It belongs in your collection and in your glass.

$69.95 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case order ($76.95 regular)

Us: What's so spectacular about the 2018? It begins with the nose, sensationally attractive and inviting! Then layer upon layer of fruitsome rich and creamy, some vibrant with fresh-off-the-vine energy. It has broad shoulders with tons of early appeal yet it's beautifully chiseled underneath; the generous fruit conceals the taut muscular frame. The '18 Casteel can show you many sidesI think you'll love all of them.

95 points from our favorite Willamette Valley reviewer, Josh Raynolds at Vinous: "A highly complex bouquet evokes red and blue fruit preserves, incense and potpourri, and exotic spice and smoky mineral accents emerge as the wine opens up. Appealingly sweet, palate-staining black raspberry and cherry liqueur and spicecake flavors develop a hint of florality on the back half. Delivers solid punch but comes off lithe, leading into an extremely long, vibrant, floral-driven finish."