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FRIDAY SIPS
Drinking Is The Ultimate Filter
Today Friday December 15 from 2:00 – 6:00 (note different times)
Tis the season for Themeless Tastings! Drop by to taste four superb quality wines including the release of the epic Volpaia Coltassala Chianti Classico


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2013 Volpaia Chianti Classico Riserva ‘Coltassala’
$49.99 btl./$299.94 – six pack

Perched on the hillsides of Radda in Chianti, Volpaia, one of the grand names of Chianti, have long made sophisticated, debonair Chianti. Traditionally-made and maintaining the fragrant, perfumed floral traits that are what Radda in Chianti are all about, this wine has such a classy and ethereal tone about it.

Finely detailed Chianti with shimmering elegance, red fruit characteristics and a generous finish that has an earthy purity along with roasted Tuscan herb notes underneath.



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2014 Robinson Reserve Pinot Noir
$13.99 BTL./$167.88 CASE

The ultimate in unicorn Oregon wine is the 15-buck version that’s actually good. This wine consistently brings it and offers way too much value for such a small price. Robinson Reserve is from a warmer site yet the 2014 never becomes a caricature wine.

Drinking wonderfully now, buxom, ripe aromas teem with wild black cherry, earth and alluring herbs. Mouth-filling and dark-toned although supported very nicely by bright strawberry tones. The tannins are very supple and this is a 2014 that is certainly qualifies as an excellent every day Pinot. Plenty of length and detail, this wine can be enjoyed with friends but certainly carries over to the dinner table, too. Enjoy it through 2019.



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2012 Sergent Madiran
$17.99 BTL./$215.88 CASE

If you like big reds and France then this is your choice! Domaine Sergent is a family owned Domaine that is adeptly operated by sisters Brigitte & Corinne Dousseau. Made with 100% of the native Tannat grape, this wine is fully destemmed and elevated in barrels, one-third being new.

Two years in a row having tasted this wine my notes have been consistent but I liked my initial two word description when tasting this on a rainy morning at a hotel in Paris, ‘benevolent power’. Savory and singular with dense aromas highlighted by mint, black licorice, tar, sandalwood and freshly ground espresso play nicely off blackberry fruit. Vinous, structured yet vinous and maintaining a very personable quality along with its dark side. Higher notes arrive on the long, gripping, very lingering finish. Drink this dark red wine through 2023. A prototype wine to match with cassoulet but it also pairs well with duck, grilled lamb skewers, strong cheeses, pate or a roasted porchetta.



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2015 Pillot Chassagne-Montrachet Rouge ‘Vieilles Vignes’
$39.99 btl./$479.88 case

The village of Chassagne-Montrachet is home to some of the greatest white wines in the world; however, 40% of the wine that emerges from these vineyards is red and made from Pinot Noir. Many of you have consumed numerous bottles of Laurent Pillot’s top-level white and red wines over the many years that we have featured them. I have been asking to score some of this fabulous Chassagne-Montrachet Rouge and finally, Laurent has allotted us some and we are over the moon excited to offer it and even more thrilled to share some tastes with those who come in this afternoon!!

Harvested from four small plots planted between 1959 and 1969 and aged in 20% new oak, this miniscule production red wine is a hair-raising Burgundy and Cotes-de-Beaune value. If an emoji could come across everyone’s screen to illustrate this wine, it would be one of a cherry. Undercurrents of peppercorn, nutmeg and licorice, there is not a mean bone in this wine’s makeup. Vinous from the old vines, very tasteful and fanning out on the palate, this wine extends, persists and is charming, enticing and scrumptious. A second taste reveals more structure and Cotes-de-Beaune brightness. Gorgeous to drink now and over the next 7-10 years.









It's Festivus Day!
Even better, it's A Cameron Festivus with special guest, John Paul from Cameron Winery!
Today, December 13 from 5:00 - 8:00
$10.00 TASTING FEE AT THE DOOR FOR THIS EVENT
Even better than when you were a kid on the morning of December 25th is this 2nd annual holiday ritual featuring four wines from one of Oregon's long time Pinot Noir and Chardonnay influences.
Festivus jocularity and traditions will be celebrated featuring:
  • - Opening Ceremonies with the Official Poet Laureate of Festivus, The Right Reverend David Bennett
  • - The Airing of Grievances
  • - Feats of Strength
  • - Afterwards perhaps a Karaoke and Dance contest (this part is probably doubtful becuase after a bit of Clos Electrique, many of us don't know how to or will be able to groove ;-)
FEATURED CAMERON SELECTIONS

2015 Cameron Pinot Noir ‘Abbey Ridge'
2015 Cameron Pinot Noir ‘Clos Electrique'
2015 Cameron Chardonnay ‘Clos Electrique'
2016 Cameron Dundee Hills Chardonnay
...perhaps an older Cameron or two may appear and we encourage anyone to bring one...or old Burgundy, Barolo, Champagne, etc., etc. if you’d like to share!
If you are unable to attend and wish to know more about and the pricing for these wines, email and we'll send the details to you.







THE CELLAR DOOR'S 'KINGS OF THE NORTH - AGAIN' HOTSHEET
2015 Red Burgundy, Oregon, Washington, 93 pt. Spain & Pinot Gris


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2016 TRIOLET PINOT GRIS
$23.99 BTL./$287.88 CASE

Vallee D’Aosta, Italy. Alpine Pinot Gris at its finest. Refined with bright and uplifting tones.

Perfumed rock dust and minerally flavors dominate with crisp melon, smoked apple and fresh lemon. Intense but due to the cool alpine conditions as well as morainic soils, this wine races and glides on the palate like a mountain waterfall. A great wine to pair with white fish in sauce, sautéed or grilled salmon and vegetable-laden pasta dishes. Drinking beautifully now and will continue to for another 3 to 5 years.



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2014 ROBINSON RESERVE
PINOT NOIR
$13.99 BTL./$167.88 CASE

The ultimate in unicorn Oregon wine is the 15-buck version that’s actually good. This wine consistently brings it and offers way too much value for such a small price. Robinson Reserve is from a warmer site yet the 2014 never becomes a caricature wine.

Drinking wonderfully now, buxom, ripe aromas teem with wild black cherry, earth and alluring herbs. Mouth-filling and dark-toned although supported very nicely by bright strawberry tones. The tannins are very supple and this is a 2014 that is certainly qualifies as an excellent every day Pinot. Plenty of length and detail, this wine can be enjoyed with friends but certainly carries over to the dinner table, too. Enjoy it through 2019.



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2014 L'ECOLE NO. 41 MERLOT
COLUMBIA VALLEY
$27.99 BTL./$335.88 CASE

L'Ecole No 41 is well known for high-quality Merlot since 1983 with the release of their Columbia Valley. It was their focus on small-lot merlots, that are not filtered or fined, and are produced in a traditional Bordeaux style that instantly gave them elite status. These wines are the real deal and are inspired by the finesse & great balance that is achieved in the best bottles of Bordeaux but have a level of richness from the Columbia Valley & Walla Walla climate.

The blend here is 80% merlot, 10% cabernet franc, 7% Malbec and 3% Petite Verdot blended from eight major sites in the Valley...Seven Hills, Klipsun & Pepperbridge just to name a couple. Rich black cherry, raspberry, sweet vanilla-scented tobacco, saddle leather and plums steeped with cinnamon stick flow from this opaque wine. Those ripe fruit flavors follow on the palate with even more rich exotic spice filling the mouth with ripe tannins and a fine voluptuous mouthfeel. Drink now over the next 8-10 years.



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2015 RAUL PEREZ BIERZO
'ULTREIA ST-JACQUES'
$19.99 BTL./$239.88 CASE
93 PTS - WINE ADVOCATE

One of the real good guys in the wine world and along with the Palacios family, Raul Perez has been a force since the initial explosion of Bierzo nearly 20 years ago. He is not only a generous soul; he is also one of the leaders for change in the area, leading to better focus on terroir with the Mencia grape.

‘The 2015 Ultreia St Jacques is the entry-level red for the Ultreia range and is amazingly good for the price. Produced from old vines, this is a serious wine, with juicy fruit, a fine palate and good freshness for the conditions of the year. They have included new vineyards that they have been working for the last four or five years, so they are able to bottle a little bit more wine. This is a great value....Raúl Pérez should need no introduction by now. With a clear focus on terroir, the wines are often named after the places or vineyards where the grapes come from, and the range is very wide. He has changed U.S. importer, and the prices in the states have seen a significant decrease. – 93 POINTS, THE WINE ADVOCATE



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2015 PILLOT POMMARD 'TAVENNES'
$49.99 BTL./$599.88 CASE

Laurent Pillot is one of the Chassagne-Montrachet's prime-time players for his whites but over the last 15 years, his prowess with reds from the Cote-de-Beaune region has become equally as formidable. These wines are some of the best-kept secrets in the world of top drawer Pinot Noir. Through marriage, Laurent has scored red wine vineyards from several grand villages within the Cotes-de-Beaune.

2015 is an exemplary vintage for red wines in the Burgundy region and these wines show so well early and have immense potential. Tavannes is a single vineyard within Pommard, of which a portion is Premier Cru. Pillot owns a little under 1½ acres of relatively old Pinot Noir vines and this wine is quite remarkable given its price. Sexy, sultry nose with ironstone riding shotgun alongside ripe currant on top of blackberry, cep and semi-exotic spice. Fanning out and seducing the palate yet having plenty of structure, spine and depth all without being old-fashioned virile, hard-nosed Pommard due to Laurent being one of a group of young producers who are re-defining the image of this famous appellation. Chewy, lingering red-tones shine on the nicely formed finish. A super Red Burgundy (French Pinot Noir) that will drink and develop for 12-14 years.



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2015 PILLOT VOLNAY
$49.99 BTL./$599.88 CASE

Laurent Pillot’s Volnay may well be the most prolific value in his lineup of 2015 reds.

Pole vaulting perfume! Very exciting from the get-go! Touches of oak up front with cinnamon and clove spiciness. Peppercorn and lacy strawberry fruit abound. Youthful as to be expected. Deep and structured with Premier Cru depth. Should be, 2 of the 5 sites are Premier Cru (Ronceret and Brouillards), Laurent doesn’t bottle them separately as there isn’t enough to make for a full cuvee. Lovely persistence and spreads out impeccably. Here’s where the curse words of excitement commenced, use your imagination. I’d opt to hold this one for another year or two and it will develop exquisitely through 2028+.



THE BIG PUSH – Last minute gift ideas
*OLIVE OIL/WINE COMBOS*

We have a cool selection of oils that we can pair with a bottle of wine in all price ranges then gift-wrap for you. Inquire!

*LOTS OF LOCAL WINE OPTIONS*

Plenty of new releases available. Take advantage and impress your family and friends with the quality of our wines!

*SPECIAL COLLECTIBLE WINES*

The vinotemp is full of "special"!!

*WE DO GIFT CERTIFICATES*







HOLIDAY BUBBLEBATH
The Cellar Door's 20th Annual Holiday Champagne Tasting
The long anticipated announcement. Our annual Holiday Bubblebath is now upon us and this year being out big 20th version, we decided to snazz things up and make a very special night. A few months back I pulled up some of our earliest incarnations of this uber popular event and we are featuring producers from the first three all of which remain some of our go-to favorites. Five, well essentially six, vintage offerings including something new and very special from the legendary Champagne Gosset.


Wednesday December 6, 2016
Altabira City Tavern at Hotel Eastlund
1021 NE Grand Ave, Portland, OR 97212

$115.00 PER PERSON
Reservations are now being accepted. 55 seats and 55 only. Email or call early because given the mighty lineup and that it is Numero 20, it will sell out.
Not only is Champagne a Celebratory Tipple, it pairs exceptionally well with food. The team at Altabira will be preparing a menu to pair with this exquisite range of four flights. We will announce the menu very soon

The 20th Anniversary Bubblebath Lineup

  • 2006 Pol Roger Brut Vintage
  • 2008 Louis Roederer Brut Vintage



  • 2004 Gosset ‘Celebris’ Extra Brut
  • Gosset Brut ‘Cuvee 15 Ans de Cave a Minima’



  • 2004 Billecart Salmon Extra Brut
  • 2006 Bollinger Brut Rose



  • J. Lassalle Brut Premier Cru
  • Gratien Brut Classique






SEATING IS LIMITED – SECURE YOUR SPACE TODAY

The BubbleBath is always our most popular tasting. As mentioned in previous years, we have actually heard of divorce threats from Champagne-loving spouses if they are unable to obtain a seat. Seating is limited to 55 and they will go quickly! Call 503-221-7435 or email [email protected] (or click the link below) to reserve. A credit card is needed to secure your reservation. Cancellations must be made 72 hours prior to the event when we have to guarantee a total.