J. Scott Cellars 2018 Albariño

Painting with the full palette of colors

Jonathan Oberlander, winemaker and founder of J. Scott Cellars, loves experimenting, dabbling, and playing with new varietals and unusual blends.

As he told the Register-Guard in2 013, “I have a buddy who has only made Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. To me that’s like painting in the colors red and blue only. You have this entire palette; why limit yourself? I go for it.” And he does. J. Scott features nineteen different wines. Which one is his favorite? Don’t ask – he’ll tell you it’s like picking your favorite child: they’re all great! (And sure enough, here at Cellar 503 we’ve already got plans to feature his wines twice this year.)

J. Scott Cellars is part of the burgeoning urban winery scene in Eugene, with a facility in an industrial park on the outskirts of town. The brick-and-mortar location is a nice step in the evolution of J. Scott.

Without a personal fortune to sink into wine, he’s bootstrapped his way up, starting with a production of just 100 cases when he started – and closing in on 2000 today.

Cellar 503 Tasting Notes

J. Scott Cellars, Eugene, Oregon
2018 Albariño

It’s hard to think of enjoying a white wine in the winter when the winds are blowing and rain is everywhere. But this Albariño is a perfect addition to your winter wine repertoire.

The flavor profile of Albariño can run the gamut from mineral and lemon and tropical fruits to nutty and spicy. When it’s young, it can be bright and lively; or you can age it, allowing richer flavors to develop.

This Albariño from J. Scott is fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks letting the beautiful citrus aromas fly out of the glass. It is deliciously fruity and lively with layers of citrus, fresh-squeezed Meyer lemon, lime, and tangerine which are backed by lovely minerality. Zesty and mouthwatering acidity pulses through the never-ending finish that can cut through the rich, heavier dishes of the season.

Last year’s edition won a very rare unanimous Double Platinum in the prestigious Wine Press Northwest wine competition. Only 250 cases made!

A Cellar 503 selection in December 2019, Spanish Varietals Washington | Albariño

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