Bells Up composes handcrafted, classically styled, small batch Oregon Pinot Noir with grapes sourced primarily from micro-growers in the northern Willamette Valley. We also make a small selection of other Oregon-grown varietals.

Every Bells Up wine is named for a piece of classical music that perfectly epitomizes the wine and/or prominently features the French horn, the instrument owner and winemaker Dave Specter played for more than 20 years. Hear each piece on our Spotify playlist, here.

  • 2014 Rhapsody

    Willamette Valley Pinot Blanc

    116 cases produced. SOLD OUT. $22

    Named for George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” and sourced from the lower elevations of the north Willamette Valley, this jazzy white wine was aged sur lie in stainless steel tanks for 6 months to produce a fuller-bodied wine. No malolactic fermentation allows crisp acidity, subtle minerality and spicy characteristics to take center stage.

    NOSE: Pear blossom and fresh citrus.
    PALATE: Pineapple, kiwi and dried orange peel with a creamy finish.

  • 2016 Prelude

    Willamette Valley Rosé of Pinot Noir

    75 cases produced. SOLD OUT. $22

    Released in April, this fuller-bodied rosé is named for Franz Liszt’s “Symphonic Poem No. 3: Les Preludes.” It features equal parts Dijon clones 115 and 777 soaked on the skins for 24 hours, then pressed prior to fermentation—producing a fuller-bodied rosé. After fermentation, the wine was transferred to neutral French oak barrels for an additional malolactic ferment to smooth its acidity.

    NOSE: Wild strawberry, fresh guava and pink peppercorn.
    PALATE: Wild strawberry, peach and melon; full-bodied with a smooth, lingering finish.

  • 2014 Titan

    Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

    128 cases produced. $40

    Named for Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 in D Major “Titan,” this classic Oregon pinot noir mingles 24% Chehalem Mountains Pommard (25-year-old vines) grown in volcanic Jory soil, with 38% each of Yamhill-Carlton Dijon clones 115 and 777 (15-year-old vines) grown in sedimentary Willakenzie soil. Aged 10 months in French oak, the harmonious result epitomizes 2014’s perfect growing season.

    NOSE: Spicebox, light and fresh forest floor, caramel and black cherry.
    PALATE: Warm Oregon marionberry, vibrant acidity and a lingering, layered, blueberry finish.

  • NEW RELEASE: 2015 Titan

    Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

    116 cases produced. $40

    The 2015 edition of Bells Up’s flagship Oregon pinot noir mingles 42% Yamhill-Carlton Pommard (6-year-old vines) with 29% each of Yamhill-Carlton Dijon clones 115 and 777 (16-year-old vines), all grown in sedimentary Willakenzie soil. Aged 7 months in French oak (30% new), this bold, fruit-forward, well-structured Pinot is a result of 2015’s extremely hot summer, with 25 days of 95-plus-degree heat during the growing season and very little rain. The small clusters and berries yielded intensified flavors and aromas.

    NOSE: Black cherry, dusty rose, blueberry and thyme.
    PALATE: Lush blueberry and black cherry with fine grain tannins and a full finish.

  • 2015 Villanelle

    Tonnelier Vineyard ∞ Yamhill-Carlton AVA Reserve Pinot Noir

    ONLY 54 cases produced. $54

    This special, limited edition reserve pinot noir is named for Paul Dukas’ duet for French Horn and Piano, “Villanelle.” Distinguished by a layered, supple elegance, this wine exudes the prettiness that is Oregon pinot noir. It combines equal parts free-run Dijon clones 115 and 777 (15-year-old vines), barrel-aged for 7 months in French oak. Tonnelier Vineyard is a 3.5-acre micro-site on sedimentary Willakenzie soil, which typically yields structured wines.

    NOSE: Thyme, nutmeg, vanilla and blueberry.
    PALATE: Elegant and herbaceous with notes of blueberries, black cherry, clove and white pepper.

  • 2015 Firebird

    Summit View Vineyard ∞ Walla Walla Valley AVA Syrah

    70 cases produced. SOLD OUT. $36

    Released in April and named for Igor Stravinsky’s “Firebird Suite,” these grapes were sourced exclusively from Summit View, one of the highest elevation vineyards in Milton-Freewater, Oregon—at 1,150 feet. This site’s vines are rooted in Ellisforde silt loam, a deep, well-drained glacial soil that produces full-bodied fruit with concentrated flavors and vibrant acidity. Aged 7 months in French oak.

    NOSE: Black cherry cola, super-ripe blackberries, black licorice, lilacs and black olive brine.
    PALATE: Textured and elegant, with expansive notes of black pepper cassis, plums and currants, and a hint of cedar.

  • 2014 The Soloist (Fanfare Club Exclusive)

    Medici Vineyard ∞ Chehalem Mountains AVA Reserve Pinot Noir

    ONLY available to members of Fanfare Club. ONLY 23 cases produced. $68

    Every year, winemaker David Specter produces a limited edition vintage available only to members of Bells Up’s Fanfare Club. The Soloist is the 2017 selection. With just 276 bottles produced, this reserve pinot noir shines as a featured soloist should. The Soloist is comprised entirely of 25-year-old, Pommard pinot noir from our next door neighbor’s estate, Medici Vineyard (South Block IV), self-rooted on an acre of volcanic Jory soil at 600 feet elevation. The resulting composition is a classic, elegant, Burgundian-style Pinot Noir, full-bodied and rich in minerality with an intense finish. Cellar for at least two years, or decant, prior to enjoying. Like every soloist, this one will just keep getting better with time.

    NOSE: Orange pekoe suntea, black cherry, damp earth.
    PALATE: Full-bodied, with white pepper, black fruit and bittersweet chocolate mingling to a finish that grows as it lingers.

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