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The Cellar Door Team will be down in the line of totality and will be closed on Monday August 21 re-opening Tuesday August 22 at 1:30 PM

The Path Of Totality
Today Friday August 18 from 1:30 - 6:30
A selection of wines to further stir the frenzy that is the mega-eclipse! Drop buy this Friday to sample four specifically selected wines that we are excited about. Bring your eclipse glasses and drinking shoes!

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$23.99 BTL./$287.88 CASE

One of the superb Oregon Pinot releases this year, Cameron is down to the last cases of this magical Pinot Noir and given that it is the end of summer and to entice you to come in this week, we are pouring it! As usual, this cuvee is solely from Abbey Ridge and Clos Electrique Vineyards.

Typical for vintage 2015 being a flashy show-off wine, this dynamo is rich and stylish with tones of black raspberry, plenty of gentle spice, Dundee Hills mineral and a pronounced overtone of lavender and pepper which round out the finish nicely. Direct and dazzling stuff that is layered and mouth filling, this pinot goes straight to the back of the mouth to an expansive finish that is virtually never found in under 25-dollar Pinot Noir.

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$17.99 BTL./$215.88 CASE

The last time we offered this particular Southern French Rose wine was for the 2012 vintage. During the time since we have offered it, this Languedoc Pic Saint-Loup estate has made a complete change with its philosophy. Gone is the darker, saignee style. In is a lighter, almost salmon color as well as being a wine with plenty of zing and freshness, which reflects its cooler site.

35% Syrah, 35% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre and ‘listed’ at 12.5% alcohol. Smoke, lime, touches of freshly cut roses with licorice and cherry arriving on the scene to add layers of complexity. Combining a flavorful palate-presence with excellent chime, this mouth-watering marvel can be consumed in copious qualities or with grilled chicken or tuna slathered with herbs and olive oil. Not a bad combo with shellfish done in a Thai-inspired preparation.

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$24.99 BTL./$149.94 - SIX PACK

Montefalco Rosso embodies the great bond between wine and the area of Montefalco in the landlocked region of Umbria that borders Tuscany, Le Marches and Lazio. Fillipo Antonelli is a top producer in the area and with his wines; Riserva really signifies something more than just adding more shiny new barrels.

Produced from their oldest vines and finest plots, the blend of 70% Sangiovese 15% Sagrantino, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Merlot really morphs into a wine that is certain to seduce. Major-league, very deep aromas waft from the glass. Prominent blackberry, sage, cherry pit and balsamic notes follow through to a texture that is palate-staining, layered, and complex all while maintaining an airy aspect. Extensive, expansive and very Italian, at age 9, this wine is really starting to take shape and drink beautifully. Enjoy this with a slow roasted leg of lamb jacked with Italian herbs or a full-flavored meat and cheese-filled lasagna over the next 4-5 years.

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$19.99 BTL./$239.88 CASE

Yohan Lardy is the son of legendary Beaujolais vintner Lucien Lardy and these days is one of the trendiest producers in France. Initially the Les Michelons lieu dit in the Cru of Moulin-A-Vent was the first that Johan had. Since then he has grown and makes wine from Fleurie and Chenas as well.

I had the chance to sample this Moulin-A-Vent a last week and it blew my mind! From a prized section of Moulin-A-Vent, this 4-acre parcel comes from vines planted in 1950 and 1911. A burst of violet, rose, deep and dark juicy red and blue berry, spun sugar, and prevailing spicy/minerally/stony aromas roll from the glass and follow through to a texture that is both penetrating and airy. Try with everything from roasted poultry with mushrooms (of course), to salmon, or cheeses and meats. Even though we aren't thinking about it right now, this will be excellent with Thanksgiving dinner. If this entices you now, order some because it will be long gone by T-Day. Drink over the next 10-12 years.

Eclipse Hours
The Cellar Door Team will be down in the line of totality and will be closed on Monday August 21 re-opening Tuesday August 22 at 1:30 PM

Sizzling Sancerre & Oregon Pinot plus Eclipse Hours

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$23.99 BTL./$287.88 CASE

If you were to place a personal ad looking for a Sancerre, this wine would answer your call so fast that it would easily receive a speeding ticket in the speed zone on Barbur Blvd.! Young Matthieu Delaporte, grandson of the Sancerre visionary Vincent Delaporte, proudly carries on his legacy, is a serious terroirist, and captures the essence of Sancerre in every vintage. At the apex of the entire Sancerre region, the village of Chavignol would qualify as Grand Cru in just about any wine growing region.

A very special in quality vintage, the 2016 Sancerre wines are truly something to behold. A satisfying vintage that hits on so many levels, this elegant beauty is somewhat subtle with notes of powdery lemon, melon, ripe quince, and stony aspects that are the results of flint/silex and limestone soils. The fleshiness coupled with freshness, that is indicative of the vintage, is screaming on the palate; with intense tropical citrus fruits and a great depth of flavor. Culminating with a long, satisfying and lightning finish, this wine shouts out for pan-seared halibut cheeks, grilled Chinook salmon or young goat cheeses.

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$19.99 BTL./$239.88 CASE

One of Oregon's most profound producers, Evesham Wood has released their crowd-pleasing, mouth filling 2015 Pinot Noir. As usual, this five-star producer’s Willamette Valley is always a wonder wine for 20-bucks. We offered this almost a year ago and the time in the bottle has really brought it into prime drinkability.

Erin Nuccio is a super nice guy who damn near gives his wines away…they are ridiculously good for so little! Evesham Wood's 2015 is an appealing, extremely well done, honest pinot noir that performs way above its seventeen-dollar price tag. Stylish red and blackcurrant fruit permeates from the glass enhanced by intertwined cinnamon, violet and red earth. Textural depth abound, ripe pure berry notes and fine balance carry exquisitely from start to finish. This wine will take you from salmon to lamb to roasted chicken and mushroom risotto. Drink over the next 3-4 years.

For the second year, we are once again assisting our friends from the Willamette Valley Chamber Music Festival to promote their excellent events. As friends of The Cellar Door, you already know how passionate we are about both wine and music.

We loved the Willamette Valley Chamber Music Festival’s inaugural (and sold out) season last year – which was a wonderful pairing of these two passions – and are thrilled to announce that the Festival is back with partners J. Christopher and Elk Cove Wineries, pairing some of the world’s best music along with Oregon’s truly great wines.

This year’s festival has expanded to offer three concerts. Performers will include our good friends Sasha Callahan on violin and Leo Eguchi on cello, who will be joined by Portland superstars Kenji Bunch, Greg Ewer, Amelia Lukas and a few other special guests.

Mark your calendars and click here to reserve your tickets today, which include a three wine tasting! Space is limited at both wineries, and last year sold out!

Friday, August 18th, 8pm ~ J. Christopher Wines, Newberg – featuring music of Corelli, Gabriela Lena Frank, and Dvorak – $40 general admission/$20 for wine club members and children

Saturday, August 19th, 4pm ~ J. Christopher Wines, Newberg – featuring music of Mozart, Frank, and Beethoven – $40 general admission/$20 for wine club members and children

Sunday, August 20th, 2pm ~ Elk Cove Vineyards, Gaston – featuring Gabriela Lena Frank, Kenji Bunch, and Brahms’ gorgeous G Major string sextet – $40 general admission /$20 for wine club members and children

Tickets are available online now at, or by clicking the links above. Thanks for all your support – we look forward to seeing you in wine country, and to toasting this exciting second season!

Bryan & Karen

Abeja Cab, 91 point Montepulciano, Gevrey-Chambertin & more

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$19.99 BTL./$239.88 CASE

One of the fabled, rock star producers, Luigi Cataldi Madonna has been instrumental with the Montepulciano grape as well as to lift this area away from being mere trattoria wines into something more expressive and fine. Over the last decade, the trend in Italy is to return to being a traditional producer. In a desire to display their fine terroir even further, Cataldi Madonna changed their Montepulciano program drastically by eliminating the use of oak and moving solely to cement tanks for aging. The results have taken this wine into the stratosphere, receiving vaunted Tre Bicchieri Awards from Gambero Rosso as well as the 2015 receiving 91 points from Vinous:

‘Deep red-ruby. Perfumed, inviting nose combines cassis, black cherry, licorice, bitter chocolate and an extremely intense note of violet. Wonderfully juicy and fine-grained, offering a lively texture and almost aromatic set of floral and dark fruit flavors. Finishes very long, with a delicate herbal element and outstanding savory lift. This is a truly outstanding entry-level Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, so I’ll be generous in my scoring. Lots of wine for the money: very well done! – 91 POINTS VINOUS’.

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$12.99 BTL./$155.88 CASE

If you could fill your swimming pool with Chinon Rose, your choice would be Coudray-Montpensier. Just because we got a trickle of rain doesn’t mean summer is over yet, the sun and 80 degrees will be back by this afternoon.

A recent arrival, pretty aromas of little red cherries, herbs, freshly cut flowers and citrus define the aromas while brisk, mouthwatering red flavors soar on the palate. Pair it with a plate of charcuterie and cheese and serve it as an aperitif or with grilled shrimp.

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$26.99 BTL./$323.88 CASE

Quite honestly, there are not enough hyperbolic words to describe both the wines of Muga and what this producer has meant to the quality and history of the Rioja wine region. Once again, they deliver and their 2013 Reserva is drop-dead stunning. After fermentation, this selection is aged six months in large vats then transferred to small barrels for a further 24 months of aging, truly traditional practices here.

Mocha-spiked dried strawberries lavishly waft from the glass with Moroccan spices; leather and roasted earth are along for the ride. Captivating, majestic, mouth-filling, very smooth and gaining complexity as it unfolds in the glass. Lots of movement throughout as well as a drawn-out, silky finish with slight peppery tones make this a compelling and collectible wine for under 30 bucks. Drink it over the next 10-15 years with roasted pork or lamb.

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$14.99 BTL./$179.88 CASE

Made by famed high end Chardonnay and Pinot Noir producers, Jim & Bob Varner, Foxglove is their creation of California wines that are unoaked and really launch over the bar when it comes to bang for the buck. Over the last few years, many of you became acquainted with Foxglove's delicious value wines especially their Chardonnay.

It's now time for you to try one of their full-on, ravishing reds and their flavorful, generous Zin is the perfect way to get started. A whole lotta Zin, the 2014 explodes with brazen black raspberry, plenty of cracked pepper, cocoa powder and subtle briar and mineral tones follow through to a texture that is inviting, plush, generous and never ponderous. Have it with barbecued ribs or chicken.

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$23.99 BTL./$287.88 CASE

Located a mere 3 km from the Slovenian border in NE Italy’s Friuli region, brothers Gianni & Giorgio Venica are fourth generation winemakers utilizing 55 microclimates spread out over their 28 hectares of vineyards. The aim here is for purity as well as strength of varietal and for many years the resulting white wines in the bottle have been some of Italy’s terrific finds.

Friulano (the grape formerly known as Tocai Friulano) is a white grape that is native to the Northern reaches of Italy believed to originate in the Veneto region. However, it is neighboring Friuli where this grape and selection thrives beautifully. A unique white wine experience, Venica's version shares gentle herbs with sea-driven, salinous aromas along with quasi-lemongrass and perfumed nectarine aspects. The texture itself is clean, unoaked and provides lots of coverage along with tense, twangy dryness, especially on the vibrant, savory follow-through. Try with Proscuitto di San Daniele, which is a classic match. It will also work well with a smorgasbord of shellfish, too.

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$49.99 BTL./$599.88 CASE

Many of you have enjoyed Abeja's Cabernet Sauvignon in the past, and deservedly so, because upon commencing operation in 2002, Abeja quickly announced themselves as one of the greats of the new generation of Washington wines and they continue to this day.

Lavish, smoky and chock full of violet, cedar, coriander and plenty of black cherry and cassis tones that keep coming on as the wine sits in the glass. In the mouth, it is typical Abeja with its luxurious fruit, excellent structure and velvety tannins. The finish fans out like a peacock's tail and goes on for minutes. This is a mighty impressive performance from the Abeja team and the price is still fantastic. While you would not be committing a crime if you were to uncork a bottle, give it until 2019 and drink it through 2027+ for optimum pleasure.

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$9.99 BTL./$119.88 CASE

The latest entry in our 10-dollar wine sweepstakes is this everyday-drinking dry red from famed Port lodge, Warre's.

As you would expect from a Duoro wine, lots of lush dark berry tones with hints of earth, chocolate and pepper rule the day. Juicy and ripe berries coat the mouth with a soft texture and a touch of spice on the finish. This versatile fun red is perfect for weeknight drinking with cheeseburgers and other good things.

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$69.99 BTL. - LIMITED!

Lately I have been very disenchanted with the American wine media when it comes to Burgundy. It seems as though these cats sit in Beaune at either Hotel Cep or Hotel de la Poste, receive, and only taste samples of the same producers then rinse and repeat. While there are so many that are great ones that are featured in their publications and are part of my over 25 year history with the region of Burgundy, I must pose a question, does anyone else that is up and coming not make good wine? To me their lack of investigation is sheer laziness. A native Burgundian through and through, Philippe Cheron came upon good fortune when lease agreements on his grandfather’s land came up and he took control of them and now has 13+ acres in prime time Cotes-de-Nuits land. The following are my notes from visiting M. Cheron:

Premier Cru site sitting just above the village of Gevrey-Chambertin. Philippe Cheron traded a good-sized parcel of Nuits-St-Georges to obtain these Premier Cru vines. Darker presence. More wild black fruit unfolds with sage-like herbs and cracked pepper. Touch more oak but this is built to age nicely. Violet and mineral start to arrive. Complete Gevrey; androgynous broad masculine aspects along with beauty and sophistication underneath. Finishes extremely long. Wow!! This is quite a value given what many Gevrey Premiers Crus go for. Hold until 2020 and drink through 2030.