Dr. Owen Bargreen, Level 2 Sommelier from the Court of Master Sommeliers and executive editor of Washington Wine Blog and International Wine Report awarded our as yet unreleased 2016 Titan Willamette Valley Pinot Noir a 91-point score. This is the fourth Titan he has reviewed and the fourth 91-point score he has awarded. We’re thrilled that, despite the significant vintage variation between each of our flagship Pinots, Bargreen has continued to acknowledge the consistency in both winemaking and sourcing that Dave has sought to achieve each year.
Additionally, Bargreen reviewed our very first estate wine, the 2017 Prelude Rosé of Pinot Noir, awarding it a very respectable 90-point score.
Here’s what he had to say about each:
2016 Bells Up ‘Titan’ Pinot Noir- This excellent Pinot Noir is sourced from the Yamhill-Carlton and Chehalem Mountain AVAs as Pommard, Dijon Clone 115 and Dijon Clone 777 are almost uniformly utilized. The nose is beautifully feminine with rose petal, guava and cran-pomegrante currently shining brightly. The palate shows delicate rose water, red raspberry, pomegranate seed and orange zest flavors. Lithe, with a wonderful mouthfeel, this is another great effort by Bells Up. Drink 2018-2028- 91
2017 Bells Up ‘Prelude’ Rose- This Pinot Noir Rose begins with aromas of white peach, wild mushroom and red cherry preserves. The palate is lithe, showing a wonderful astringency as red cherry, red raspberry and cran-pomegranate flavors mingle nicely. Mineral driven and showing nice tension, this is a great effort by Bells Up. Drink 2018-2022- 90
At this time we have roughly 30 cases of the Rosé still in stock. The 2016 Titan is slated for release in September, but if you sweet-talk Dave he *might* let you place a pre-order to reserve your bottles in advance.