Dave Nershi, publisher, writer and reviewer of Vino-Sphere, added a follow-on feature to his first piece overviewing the many stops he made during his early spring tour of the Willamette Valley. He previously published an article about how the Valley offers more varietals than just Pinot Noir, including our Helios Estate Seyval Blanc.
His second piece takes a closer look at some of the wineries he visited throughout his travels. Titled, “Our Premier Willamette Valley Pinot Noir Picks – Part 1,” Nershi notes that the Willamette Valley remains the “promised land” for lovers of Pinot Noir.
He also covers a bit of our background and what led us to the Willamette Valley to make wine. Additionally, Nershi highlights a few of the wines. Here’s what he had to say:
“The Specters’ passion for music and excellence in wine have blended in Bells Up Winery, a micro-boutique operation, producing about 500 cases of wine annually.
The winery is in Newberg on the site of a former Christmas tree farm. Tastings are by appointment only, allowing visitors a personalized experience. Bells Up produces versatile, food-friendly Pinot Noir sourced from micro-growers in northern Willamette Valley and a small selection of other Oregon-grown varieties.
The 2018 Prelude Estate Rosé of Pinot Noir is a fuller bodied rosé made from estate vineyard grapes. This is a great wine to enjoy on the winery patio overlooking the vineyard. The 2015 Titan Willamette Valley Pinot Noir is a bold Pinot Noir that aged seven months in French oak.
Bells Up has received notoriety for its recent release of its Helios Estate Seyval Blanc. Its Seyval planting is the first in Willamette Valley and the resulting wine is crisp with candied lemon flavors.“
Although Nershi’s Pinot pick was our 2015 Titan Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, the last remaining cases of that wine sold out shortly after his visit. We do, however, have the 2016 Titan in stock, as well as the 2018 Prelude Estate Rosé of Pinot Noir and several other new wines just released this spring. To book a tasting appointment or to reserve your bottles, contact us by phone or email today.