Bells Up Winery 2014 Titan Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $40
David Specter fled a career as a corporate tax attorney and recently launched his winery along Bell Road near Newberg, Ore., in an impressive Chehalem Mountain neighborhood that includes Medici, Privé and Zimri. This young Pinot Noir even includes a contribution from Medici’s 25-year-old own-rooted Pommard planting, and the unfiltered juice offers fanciful aromas of fruit punch with strawberry, cranberry, cinnamon bark and cola. That theme translates onto the palate, which is approachable with additional hints of strawberry/rhubarb jam and raspberry acidity. There’s just enough grip within the juicy finish for suggestions of roasted duck, red meats, salmon and robust vegetable dishes.
Production: 126 cases