Bells Up Winery, Willamette Valley (Oregon) Pinot Blanc “Rhapsody” 2023

($38):  Who knew, great Pinot Blanc from Oregon?  By now, everyone knows that Oregon makes gorgeous Pinot Noir.  But Pinot Blanc?   This one, from Bells Up winery in the Willamette leads with aromatics of white flowers and follows with surprisingly good weight for Pinot Blanc, without being overdone.  Bells Up has managed to make a finesse-filled wine that has sufficient heft but only 12.7 percent stated alcohol.  It is certainly a good choice for simply sauteed fish or steamed clams.  But it has enough oomph to stand up to a heartier dish, like mussels in a tomato sauce.  Drink this crisp and refreshing white all summer.
94 Michael Apstein Jun 11, 2024