It’s always an absolute delight to hear what Nathan and Courtney Marton of Winery Reflections have to say about our wines. The pair, who visited us back in 2019, are wine writers, reviewers, spouses and oeno-academics. They recently shared their review of our 2020 Prelude Estate Rosé of Pinot Noir.
Here’s what they had to say:
Plump red cherry, rose hips, tart strawberry. Wild raspberry, plucked pine needle, orange zest. Brilliantly expressive and electric pulses of crushed cranberry, pomegranate, and rhubarb radiate with outstanding freshness and vibrancy throughout a playfully primary and delightfully fruit-driven display. Notes of evergreen and fresh forest air gradually emerge to provide just a pinch of natural complexity offset by wafts of carnations and subtle floral lift. A slight hint of tilled loam compliments understated earthiness that does not detract from the irresistibly cheerful and crunchy fruit core.
Gorgeously deep and contemplative on both the nose and the palate while simultaneously remaining thoroughly delicate and drinkable; exhibiting surprising power and concentration for a rosé without abandoning exciting energy and nuance. Medium in body with light tannin fleshed out by beautifully pronounced acidity. This 2020 “Prelude” Estate Rosé of Pinot Noir by Bells Up Winery is an incredibly bright and juicy creation from the Chehalem Mountains.
While pale-colored salmon-hued rosé remains by far the most prominent style of pink wine on the market today, the tremendous surge in the popularity of the rosé genre in recent years has allowed for a wide range of distinct styles to flourish. This bottling, crafted by Bells Up Winery using Pinot Noir sourced from their estate vineyard in the Willamette Valley’s Chehalem Mountains, wonderfully showcases a unique darkly colored rosé that is just as complex as it is refreshing.
This wine dances in the glass with expansive aromatics of tart and succulent red fruits delicately enhanced by fresh forest tones, subtle florals, and mild earthiness. Its deliciously bright and youthful fruit profile is truly a joy to experience at this stage, and yet this should also be extremely exciting to follow as it ages for 3-5 years. So much fun.