Husband-and-wife wine reviewers Nathan and Courtney Marton of Winery Reflections have been graciously sampling and writing about our wines for several years now (they even paid us a visit back in 2019). So, of course, we sent them the latest release of our flagship wine — 2018 Titan Willamette Valley Pinot Noir — last spring. They posted a review encapsulating their thoughts back in early October (on our 20th wedding anniversary actually). And they liked it!
Here’s what they wrote:
Barely-ripe Bing cherry, plucked rose petal, tart pomegranate. Juicy cranberry, spring forest floor, rhubarb purée. A delightfully energetic and elegant fruit core led by strawberry, wild raspberry, and orange peel dances with expressive yet delicate beauty as complicating impressions of wild lavender and carnations bolster aromatics with a range of pretty floral overtones.
Notes of evergreen, pine cone, and fresh forest air contribute charming natural character while a dusting of coriander, cardamom, and cinnamon reveal wonderfully delicate bits of spice. Subtle suggestions of iron and loamy soil expose pleasant hints of earthiness that gracefully complete the aromatic and tremendously interesting display.
Excitingly bright, high-toned, and lifted on the nose while remaining admirably pretty, soft, and dainty on the palate; exhibiting an authentic and intriguing presentation that is both nicely complex and flawlessly balanced. Just under medium in body with mellow tannin carried by deliciously high acidity. This 2018 “Titan” Pinor Noir by Bells Up Winery is an alluring and approachable red from the Willamette Valley.
Unlike some of the world’s most powerful and robust red wine grapes, Pinot Noir is unique in that it is valued as much for its delicate ethereal qualities as it is for its depth and complexity. This bottling, crafted by Bells Up Winery using Pinot Noir sourced from vineyards in the Chehalem Mountains and Yamhill-Carlton, brilliantly captures the distinct combination of purity and prettiness that only world class Pinot can possess.
This wine playfully bursts with layers of tart and crunchy red fruits bolstered by lifted florals, clean forest tones, gorgeous spices, and pleasant earthiness. While it is enjoyable today for its youthful energy and juiciness this should improve nicely with another 5-10 years of cellaring, and is sure to impress anyone who enjoys high quality Pinot Noir. Excellent.