It’s long been sold out, but our 2013 Villanelle Reserve Pinot Noir received a lovely review from oenophile and wine savant Kathy Merchant a Level 4 Diploma graduate of the London-based Wine & Spirit Education Trust, and Certified Specialist of Wine (Society of Wine Educators).
Through her business Vino Ventures, Kathy provides fun and educational wine events for companies, professional associations, alumni associations and private clients, and has served as faculty for the American Wine School.
In a recent blog post, “Artisanal Bells Up Winery,” Kathy shares her thoughts on Bells Up’s sold out 2013 Villanelle Reserve Pinot Noir…
Only 27 cases of the 2013 Villanelle Willamette Valley Reserve Pinot Noir were bottled and released in 2015, the inaugural year. So no surprise, it sold out quickly. But please enjoy it vicariously. In the glass, Villanelle is so light and pale, a bit cloudy as if unfiltered. Winemaker notes reveal a brief period of aging in neutral oak. Things quickly change as the savory and earthy aromas of Burgundian-style Pinot Noir leap from the glass. On the palate, there is initially a tinge of sweet bubblegum which gives way quickly to subtle notes of bright red fruit and rose petal.