Forbes Rates 2017 Candide Among “Best Pinot Noirs Willamette Valley Has To Offer”

We got props in FORBES! Squeeee!

Wine writer and reviewer Michelle Williams and Bells Up winemaker Dave Specter

Dave and I are super excited to share that wine writer and reviewer Michelle Williams (also of Rockin Red Blog: A Song In Every Glass), included our 2017 Candide Nemarniki Vineyard Reserve Pinot Noir in her latest Forbes article, “36 Of The Best Pinot Noirs Willamette Valley Has To Offer.”

Named for Leonard Bernstein’s operetta of the same name (which was based on the 1759 novella by Voltaire), Candide is comprised of two heritage clones of Pinot Noir: 71% Wadenswil and 29% Pommard. The wine was then barrel aged 12 months in French oak. The grapes were sourced entirely from 9-year-old vines in Nemarniki Vineyard in the Chehalem Mountains AVA.

Based in Dallas, Texas, Williams is one of the 15 Most Influential People in Wine, and widely acknowledged as one of the 10 Best Wine Accounts to Follow. We were thrilled to host her back in January for an in-person visit.

Here’s what she wrote:

“This past year I took a deep dive into the fruit of their labor, studying and tasting dozens of Pinot Noir wines throughout the valley—resulting in this extensive list of what I consider some of the region’s top bottles. Selecting one bottle from each of these producers was excruciating. I recommend getting to know each of these wineries and journey through their entire portfolios.”

2017 Bells Up Winery ‘Candide’ Nemarniki Vineyard Reserve Pinot Noir ($54) delivers notes of dark and red berries, Herbs de Provence, fresh lavender, cherry cola, exotic spice, youthful, vibrant

That’s the excellent news. The not so excellent news for Pinot lovers is that we now have fewer than 10 cases of 2017 Candide (also highly praised by Washington Wine Blog and Ellen on Wine) in stock. So if you want some, please email us at or call 503.537.1328 as soon as possible to reserve your bottles.

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