Sometimes wine lovers out tasting have to make a choice between a gorgeous view and really great wine. Many tasting rooms don’t have stunning views and some that do, well let’s just say that sometimes the wine isn’t more more than meh… But guess what?! Bells Up Winery has BOTH great wines and views!
Open by appointment and special weekends, including Memorial Day, Labor Day and Thanksgiving, Bells Up Winery has a nice selection of whites, reds and a rosé. And when you visit, you have a bird’s eye view across the Willamette Valley. This photo was taken on a rather stormy day so just imagine what a summer day looks like!
Here’s a photo of their newly finished, spacious wine porch from which to gaze out at the valley below!
Ok, now let’s chat about the 2014 Bells Up Titan Pinot noir. Made using a blend of Pommard, Dijon 115 and 777 Pinot noir clones, they aim to best represent and honor the growing season and harvest with this wine. As Dave Specter, owner and winemaker, concisely put it, “you don’t need a lot of technology to make a great wine.”
As we swirled and sipped, we found this Pinot noir was filled with just about every berry flavor imaginable– raspberries, marionberries, blackberries and tart blueberries along with some black and sour cherries. Earthy notes of forest floor and eucalyptus mingled with a couple dashes of both white and black pepper, ending with a smooth, mocha-like finish. It’s got bright acidity and would complement many different dishes from grilled salmon to baked mac and cheese topped with bacon bits.
Michele Francisco, a founder and regular contributor to Winerabble, a blog primarily about Pacific Northwest wines, is living the dream in Portland, Oregon. Her passion leads some to believe she's got wine running through her veins. Contact Michele at email@example.com & be sure to visit her online portfolio at www.michelefrancisco.com.