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

($50):  Dave Spector, the owner of Bells Up gives all of their wines musical references because he was a French horn player for decades.  Despite a similar stated alcohol to Candide,13.5 percent, the Jupiter (think Mozart’s Symphony #41) bottling is weightier, displaying rich, black fruit notes intertwined with a charming minerality.  It does exhibit the same suave texture and polished, fine tannins that mark all of the Bells Up Pinot Noirs.  The interplay of black fruit and savory notes continue into its long, bright finish.  It sings like a great tenor.  The silky texture means it is a joy to drink now.  Think grilled salmon.
96 Michael Apstein Jun 18, 2024