Bells Up Winery, Chehalem Mountains (Willamette Valley, Oregon) Pinot Noir “Candide” Estate Reserve 2021

($56):  Named for Leonard Bernstein’s operetta, Candide, this mid-weight, 13.6 percent stated-alcohol, Pinot Noir delivers bright red crunchy fruit with more than a delightful hint of accenting spicy savory notes.  Lip smacking acidity keeps it fresh.  It grows in the glass so don’t rush it.  Like great music, the more you listen, the more you hear, so take your time.
94 Michael Apstein Jun 18, 2024