Wine Reviewer Ellen Landis Says Bells Up’s Wines Are “Striking and Dramatic”

Three of our wines were recently reviewed by wine writer and reviewer Ellen Landis, a Certified Sommelier, wine writer, wine educator, wine event moderator and frequent judge at prominent regional, national and international wine competitions. Landis, who regularly posts wine reviews on “Ellen On Wine,” wrote about Bells Up in an article entitled, “New Discoveries in the Willamette Valley.”

In her feature, she explains the winery name, noting: “‘Bells Up’ in a music piece calls for the horn to be positioned with the bell up, which results in a more dramatic and striking level of sound. And now they are on their way to building a loyal following with the striking and dramatic wines they are crafting… Dave and Sara have captured something very special here.”

Here are Landis’ thoughts on the wines she sampled:

2018 Rhapsody Pinot Blanc, Willamette Valley: This gorgeous Pinot Blanc sourced from Plum Hill Vineyard opens with inviting scents of tropical fruit.  Blossoming on the palate are focused flavors of Bartlett pear, pineapple, Melogold grapefruit and fresh kiwi, with lime zest accents. Sur lie aging contributes to the complexity and rich mouthfeel, and the finish is persistent.

2018 Prelude Estate Rosé of Pinot Noir, Chehalem Mountains, Willamette Valley: This elegant, bone dry Rosé boasts an engaging floral aroma.  Elegant and multi-layered on the palate with watermelon, citrusy elements, cranberry, and Rainer cherry flavors intermingling with delicate herbal notes. Fresh and crisp with nice balancing acidity, it remains bright through the last sip.

2016 Titan Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley: This expressive Pinot Noir combines florals with a touch of earth on the nose. Wild cherry, loganberry jam, red raspberry, a hint of earth, savory herbs, sweet tangerine notes, and a touch of candied cherries unravel seamlessly onto the palate. Well-balanced and ethereal with fine grained tannins and a satin-like texture, it flows harmoniously to a long and gratifying finish.

We currently have these wines still in stock and available—contact us to reserve your bottles.

Additionally, all three will be showcased (along with 2016 Candide Nemarniki Vineyard Reserve Pinot Noir) at our upcoming Labor Day Weekend Open House Event, “Summer Sendoff” on Saturday, August 31 and Sunday, September 1 from noon-4:00 p.m.

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