Winerabble Reviews Bells Up’s 2021 Prelude Estate Rosé of Pinot Noir

Winerabble’s Michele Francisco and Matt Talbot recently reviewed our 2021 Prelude Estate Rosé of Pinot Noir on their site (along with the great bottle shot in front of their epic mother-of-pearl tile backsplash!), writing:

Wow, talk about color! A 40-hour soak on the skins created a rosé that is most definitely candy apple red. Owner/winemaker Dave Specter allowed the wine to go through malolactic fermentation in neutral French oak barrels, creating a full, round mouthfeel. 

A hearty rosé with a long finish, I also discovered the wine became more and more tart as it warmed in my glass. Because of its heft, this rosé is a great bottle for people who claim to like only red wines. Brosé, anyone? 😂 Bells Up made just 101 cases so I suggest you stock up for summer–no doubt it will sell out soon!

Michele and Matt also noted Prelude’s candy apple red hue, and they have come up with one of the most unique bouquet/palate descriptors that include visual icons to drive home their multi-sensory perceptions of the wine. Check this out!

Winerabble’s amazing visual descriptors for the aromas and flavors they detect on the wines they review! All images courtesy of

On the nose they detected strawberry, Rainier cherry, green apple, lemon zest, raspberry jam, and strawberry Starburst candy. On the palate, the duo found strawberries and cream, bing cherry, lemon zest, green apple, raspberry, and red apple.

They even suggested three food pairings: Grilled steak salad; Corn chip fattoush; and Chicken, spinach and artichoke quesadillas. Sounds delicious to us!

The 2021 Prelude is currently featured on our tasting flight. To schedule a private tasting appointment — hosted by Winemaker Dave and exclusively for one group at a time — to sample it for yourself, contact us or call the winery at 503.537.1328.

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