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THE CELLAR DOOR'S LIMITED HOURS WHILE BRYAN & KAREN ARE IN EUROPE
I will be on my annual excursion to France/Italy from May 19 returning to the shop on June 5. Sharie will be manning the Cellar Door in my absence and will take care of your orders. The opening hours will be 11:30 - 3:30 Tuesday - Friday.

No Friday Sips Tasting this week, May 25. We'll resume June 1

I will have email access although with a 9 hour time difference so I will see all messages that come through and can answer any wine or other questions as needed. See you all when I return.

Ciao, Bryan







Tasty Oregon Pinot Noir - NO FRIDAY SIPS TASTING THIS WEEK

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2015 J. CHRISTOPHER PINOT NOIR
DUNDEE HILLS 'VOLCANIQUE'
$26.99 BTL./$323.88 CASE

New name, new label, yet still Dundee Hills, the newly arrived 2015 J. Christopher’s ‘Volcanique’ Pinot Noir's equivalent would be a super-group in the world of rock~n~roll! The man really dropped the hammer down on this wine because it is a stunner.

Comprised from fruit from Baptista Maresh, La Colina, Charlie’s, Abbey Ridge and Bella Vida Vineyards, this wine truly is a power, love-ballad to the Dundee Hills. Raise your lighters to the pedigree of each site because once assembled the harmony of hearty minerality, red and purple floral aromas and creamy red and blueberry fruit shines through. Silky and round in the mouth with ripe tannins and great purity of flavor. This is lovely to drink now and over the next 10 years with soft cheeses or roasted chicken that has been loaded with morel mushrooms.



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NO FRIDAY SIPS THIS WEEK
We are celebrating the long weekend and won’t be pouring wine this Friday. We will be open on today May 25 for pickups only from 11:30 until 3:30.

See you next week when we re-open Tuesday May 29 which will start our annual Settima d’Italia!






CELLAR DOOR'S WEDNESDAY WINE TWO-STEP
Rose for 8, Bordeaux at 12


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2017 OLIVARES JUMILLA ROSE
$7.99 BTL./$95.88 CASE

Drink Pink. Rose All Day. If I hear these clichés one more time I’m going to hurl. Mostly it is in this inexpensive price range that there is an ocean of bad gimmicky rose to lose yourself in, but after tasting this excellent version made from the Monastrell grape there is hope after all. In fact, you might be hard pressed to find another at 8 bucks that is this good.

Highlighted by superb candied strawberry fruit along with hints of herbs and mineral elevate from the glass. In the mouth it exudes freshness with its dry and invigorating flavors that conjure up images of biting into a slice of freshly-cut watermelon. Drink this wine through the summer with hors d’oeurves or just out on the porch while you watch life go by.



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2014 CHATEAU BEAUSEJOUR
FRONSAC ROUGE (BORDEAUX)
$11.99 BTL./$143.88 CASE

One of the great Bordeaux values that we champion, Chateau Beausejour is located in the Fronsac appellation, not far from St-Emilion. For 12 bucks, this Chateau delivers honest, soulful wines that are ‘tres Bordelais’.

Coffee, plum, violet and prototype Right Bank energy. Bright undertones and forest floor scents come out along with classic mineral. In the mouth it is suave, stylish and sneaky with its depth and dimension. Gentle spices, plenty of fruit and earth, lots of movement and expansion on the surprisingly long finish. This really punches above its weight class. Drink over the next 5-6 years.







THE CELLAR DOOR'S 'IN BLOOM' HOTSHEET
Old Vine Zinfandel, Montepulciano Gruner & more


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2015 FONTSAINTE CORBIERES
$13.99 BTL./$167.88 CASE

Domaine Fontsainte is a trailblazing estate when it comes to the large Languedoc region of Corbieres. This winery has been influential over the last 25+ years in bringing Corbieres into the forefront with clean, mouthfilling, soulful wines that respect the terroir.

The black label classic version is 60% Carignan, 30% Grenache Noir, 10% Syrah from clay-limestone soil with plenty of gravel and large stones. Forward, substantial with room-filling aromas of ripe strawberry, anisette, garrigue and cocoa tones mingle with cracked pepper and roasted earth. This wine is round, concentrated and luscious in the mouth with tannins that are ripe and integrated. Everything shows off the fruit, which moves right into the lengthy expressive finish with pepper, earth and complexity. Ideal with mushroom quiche, grilled fish, roasted chicken, or braised pork loin.



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2016 BEDROCK ZINFANDEL
'OLD VINES'
$26.99 BTL./$323.88 CASE

The mind behind Bedrock Wine Company comes from excellent wine bloodlines; Morgan Twain-Peterson is the son of famed, influential Ravenswood Zinfandel maestro Joel Peterson. Morgan is devoted to maintaining California’s heritage vines and grapes and quickly, these wines have become some of California’s most exciting.

With an average age of 80 year old vines here as well as taking a cue from Ridge and adding in grapes like Carignan, Mourvedre, Petite Sirah and others, this wine shows very impressive range. Roti, smoked raspberry, briar and subtle pepper tones are impressively penetrating. Ripe, suave, civilized and mouth filling, exactly what a good zin ought to be. The old vine density and spice spread out and follow through to the exhilarating and fine finish. While it cries out for good barbecued pork chops, it will also pair well with beef or smoked meats. These wines also have a propensity to age and this will easily develop for 7-10 years.



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2016 NIGL GRUNER VELTLINER 'FREIHEIT'
$19.99 BTL./$239.88 CASE

Gruner Veltliner is the wonder grape that goes with many foods that usually make wine taste weird. Martin Nigl produces extraordinarily transparent, mineral-drenched wines of mindboggling clarity that many wine lovers feel are among the absolute elite in Austria.

Gushing with mineral soaked lemon-lime, white peach aromas and flavors, the mineral intensity turns to a crisp and fresh mouth-feel that coats and cleanses the palate and simply doesn't quit. We adore white wines such as this and if you like fresh, intense and nervy wines, you will too. A superb effort to enjoy for these summery moments, try this delicious Gruner with everything from salad, artichokes, grilled asparagus to grilled salmon or even paella.



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2015 LA VALENTINA
MONTEPULCIANO D'ABRUZZO
$13.99 BTL./$167.88 CASE

No folks, not everything we taste is good around here, and in fact most wines fall in the below average category and never make it on to the weekly musings. That is why when we find a great value like the 2015 La Valentina we are happy to tell the world.

This wine falls into the Italian country wine category. A category that we absolutely love, as often they have lots of character and are very food friendly. One of the perennial leaders of the area, this estate rocks on all levels. The gateway wine reveals lovely aromas of black pepper, blackberry, and tar. Textbook flavors of roasted earth, savory black fruit, and lots of pepper and gaining further Montepulciano momentum as it extends to a pleasing and giving finish. A great pizza or barbecue wine that will please a bunch of red wine palates.



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2016 ANDREW WILL
CABERNET SAUVIGNON
$34.99 BTL./$419.88 CASE

Andrew Will's Chris Camarda is a Washington legend who makes extremely age-worthy wines. A few years back, Chris created the "black label" wines that give a superb experience of what this cat has to offer for a fine price. And more and more as time has moved onward, the quality of these wines has soared into heights to where others would charge $15-20 more than what this one sells for.

From two outstanding Washington sites (Champoux & Two Blondes Vineyards) this forward, lacy-smooth Cab unfolds scrumptious notes of blackberry, cassis, graphite, underlying dusty cocoa and earth along with just a kiss of smoked nutmeg. Flavorful, driving, very persistent juice that pound for pound and dollar for dollar, is one of the best Washington Cabernet values out there. Lingering and sculpted, this is serious stuff that can be accessed but will develop over the next 12-15 years.




FRIDAY SIPS

No Friday Sips Tasting this week, May 25. We'll resume June 1

SAVE THE DATE!
THE ANNUAL HAUT-RIAN DANCE PARTY
WITH SPECIAL GUEST MICHEL DIETRICH FROM CHATEAU HAUT-RIAN

FRIDAY JUNE 8 from 3:30 - 6:30

Join us Friday June 8 from 3:30 – 6:30 for Michel's annual visit to Portland to launch the new releases. Always a fun party when our friends from Haut-Rian arrive, come and say bonjour as well as to taste a lineup of excellent new vintages.

FEATURED WINES:

2017 Chateau Haut Rian Bordeaux Blanc
2017 Chateau Haut Rian Bordeaux Rose
2015 Chateau Haut Rian Cotes-de-Bordeaux Rouge
2014 Chateau Haut Rian Cotes-de-Bordeaux Cuvee Prestige