Shimmering Gems from Willamette Valley’s Bells Up Winery

Tasting Notes

It was back in 2019 (prior to the onset of the Covid shelter-in place edict) that I first met with Sara and Dave Specter at their Willamette Valley property in Newberg, Oregon.  My visit was most enjoyable, and at the end of my visit I planned to get back to their charming property to taste newly released wines in 2020.  Although the pandemic got in the way of traveling, Sara and Dave shipped samples of their latest releases for me to taste. And I am glad they did; the wines are very well crafted. Here’s a preview:

Bells Up Winery 2020 Estate Prelude Rosé of Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, OR  ($24):  This bright, electric-pink hued Rosé broadcasts a mouthwatering aroma.  Cherries and red berries on the nose lead to a refreshing mouthful of crisp watermelon, Sweetheart cherries, fresh squeezed Valencia orange juice, strawberry roll-ups, and fresh red raspberries. The juicy fruit wraps around a lively core of acidity, keeping the wine balanced from start to sunny finish.  

Bells Up Winery 2018 Estate Titan Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, OR ($40):   A brilliant shade of ruby sets the stage for the alluring aroma of forest floor and fresh berries, putting you squarely in Pinot Noir land.  It is bright and elegant on the palate with layers of raspberry sauce, black cherries, allspice, a hint of flat-leaf parsley, strawberry rhubarb pie, and cherry cola.  Elegant and well balanced, it floats seamlessly across the palate, and the spice-accented finish lingers forever.

Bells Up Winery 2019 Firebird Syrah, Summit View Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley, WA ($48):   An enticing black fruit and spice aroma wafts from the glass as this velvety smooth Syrah approaches the nose.  Well-structured with deep layers of blackberry, earthiness, cassis, grilled meat, plum, and savory elements entwining.  It displays complexity, good balancing acidity, and a backbone of chalky tannins, and melted chocolate notes add dimension to the long-lasting finish, leaving you wanting more.

Dave and Sara look forward to welcoming new and repeat customers to their scenic property, where you will be provided a delightful, tasty experience.  Springtime is a lovely time to visit! To schedule your appointment, simply give them a call at 503 537 1328.  The tasting fee is $30 per person (waived with a $75 wine purchase for each individual). For further information about Bells Up Winery, check out their website at