We were honored when international wine writer LM Archer of binNotes: Affordable Burgundy + beyond arranged to drop in for a private tasting appointment during her late July visit to the Willamette Valley.
Archer regularly contributes to Wines and Vines magazine, South Bay Accent magazine, the Oregon Wine Press and basil + salt magazine, as well as writes for France Today, Wine-Searcher, and more. A specialist in the wines of the Burgundy region, she holds Bourgogne, Master Level and French Wine Scholar designations from the Wine Scholar Guild.
The visit was absolutely lovely, and Archer was a delight to host. So we were even MORE honored and incredibly humbled when she posted this piece in her ongoing series, “The Hedonistic Taster,” about our story and her thoughts on our wines last week.
Here’s a few small highlights of her thoughts about three of our wines, all of which she recommends decanting for at least a half-hour before enjoying (we totally agree)…
2014 Titan Pinot Noir: “This lyrical, light-hearted wine pavanes across the palate with melodious ease. Inspired pairing with pan-seared sea bass, cranberry beans and celery coulis.” (binNotes rating: 91 points)
2015 Titan Pinot Noir: “A lovely harmony between dark and light notes, this wine adds coloratura to any meal, spurring lively conversation.” (binNotes rating: 92 points)
“I’d recommend Bells Up 2015 Titan Pinot Noir for a traditional American Thanksgiving dinner, given its savory notes and crescendo of cranberry and spice on the palate.” – LM Archer
2015 Firebird Syrah: “A deep-tenored wine of subtle power that pairs well with hearty winter fare in front of a roaring fire…This wine ripples across the palate with surprisingly suppleness and grace.”(binNotes rating: 92 points)
“Bells Up 2015 Firebird Syrah wine talks softly and carries a big finish.” – LM Archer
Click here to read the entire feature, as well as to explore Archer’s thoughts on some other Willamette Valley producers. Want to pick up some of that 2015 Titan Pinot Noir for your Thanksgiving and other holiday meals? You can do so in person at our Pre-Thanksgiving AND Post-Thanksgiving Open Houses, or call 503-537-1328 to arrange a shipment.