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THE CELLAR DOOR'S "PIGEONS IN MARKET SQUARE" HOTSHEET
5 wines including Spain, Languedoc, Oregon & more



2008 MONTES “ALPHA” CARMÉNÈRE
$19.99 BTL./$239.88 CASE

The Carménère grape was originally planted in the Medoc in Bordeaux and is part of the Cabernet family. While virtually extinct there due to it being difficult to ripen in Bordeaux's conditions, it is alive and thriving in Chile. Montes is one of the finest and most highly-regarded producers in Chile and deservedly so – quality is superb on all levels. The Alpha bottlings are their mid-range, 20 dollar wines that deliver awesome bang for the buck and regularly taste like they should sell for much more This particular wine shows exactly why Aurelio Montes is regarded as one of Chile’s leaders. “The 2008 Alpha Carmenere is a glass-coating opaque purple with a nose of damp earth, mineral, sage, thyme, tobacco, and blueberry. Dense and full-bodied on the palate, it reveals layers of ripe fruit, lots of spice, and enough structure to evolve...It will deliver prime drinking from 2012 to 2020. – 91 POINTS – THE WINE ADVOCATE



2010 SEVEN OF HEARTS PINOT NOIR WILLAMETTE VALLEY
$19.99 BTL./$239.88 CASE

It has been so much of a thrill to see the response to the 2010 vintage for Oregon Pinot Noir, especially since they are what “real” Pinot Noirs are all about – silky, graceful, lacy and aromatic. Seven of Hearts is a Carlton-based operation run by our friend Byron Dooley and his wines take on his cerebral and thoughtful, gentle personality. The 2010 Willamette Valley cuvee is a screaming good deal. Made from grapes from the Eola-Amity, Yamhill-Carlton, Dundee Hills and Ribbon Ridge appellations in the Willamette Valley, classy, uplifting notes of red fruit dominate and are beautifully caressed by subtle smoke and a potpourri of dried flowers and maple all presented in perfect balance with fine-grained tannins and a finesseful finish. Well-focused, classic cool-climate Pinot Noir that is very accessible now and will drink beautifully over the next several years.



2009 LES CAPUCINS COTEAUX-DU-LANGUEDOC
$11.99 BTL./$143.88 CASE

Inexpensive Coteaux-du-Languedoc reds can sometimes be like playing with knives but in the case of Les Capucins, we have been quite impressed with their clean, lip-smacking red for a few vintages in a row now. 2009 is a blend of 70% Syrah and 30% Grenache showing off dark and aromatic scents of lavender-dust and thyme along with black pepper and black cherry. Ripe, supple and smooth from front to back and then finishes with classic spiciness and broadness. A perfect party or fall gathering wine. What are you waiting for??



2009 TORREDEROS RIBERA DEL DUERO CRIANZA
$16.99 BTL./$203.88 CASE

Over the last 3 years, we have really discovered that Torrederos Tempranillo wines from the high-rent Ridera del Duero region more than often find their way into our glasses. We have utilized these wines on all levels and the Crianza bottling is the 2nd step on the estate’s ladder of wines. But what a fine second step it is. Unlike the unoaked Joven offering, the Crianza is aged in barrels and reveals quite a bit more of a serious presence. Full-on aromas and flavors of blackberry, balsamic, vanilla and earthy spices are ample, expansive and chock full of character and depth. Hearty and deep, this is a wine to have with a fat Carlton Farms grilled pork chop slathered in fennel and thyme. Drink over the next 5 years.



2010 EYRIE ESTATE RESERVE CHARDONNAY “ORIGINAL VINES”
$42.99 BTL./$515.88 CASE

One of the special and remarkable offerings that our state delivers is this dynamic Chardonnay from one of the legends. Made from vines planted in Eyrie’s first decade of existence, this is an Oregon Chardonnay that competes on a world stage and is very revered. Certainly not a butterball, this wine offers complexity, depth and given the vintage, promises to be very long-lived. A combination of citrus, yellow apple, oyster shell, underlying floral aspects and subtle spice virtually glisten from the glass. Lean and sculpted however, some creaminess and prominent energy emerge from the old vines. Layered and finishes in waves, this wine has immense potential. If you enjoy white Burgundy, this is a must-try…although it will be at its ultimate from 2015 – 2025.



SPECIAL TUESDAY SIPS

with SPECIAL GUEST, CHIANTI PRODUCER EXTRAORDINAIRE, MARCO RICASOLI, OWNER - ROCCA DI MONTEGROSSI

Drop by this coming Tuesday, October 30 from 4-6:30 to meet and taste 4 superb selections from one of the most prolific producers in the Chianti Classico Zone.

Marco will be on hand chatting about his wines and signing bottles. If you want to live the Tuscan Dream here in Portland, and taste fabulous wines, do come on in and taste!!


WINES BEING TASTED:

  • 2009 Rocca di Montegrossi Chianti Classico
  • 2010 Rocca di Montegrossi Chianti Classico
  • 2007 Rocca di Montegrossi Chianti Classico San Marcellino
  • 2007 Rocca di Montegrossi Geremia Rosso


Also...Marco sent along a treat that we'll also uncork, a 25 year old version of his fabulous red Super-Tuscan 1987 Geremia Rosso

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