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Parrett Mountain Cellars

Parrett Mountain Cellars 2015 Barbera

Poetry in the Bottle.

In the early days, it’s often the hobbyists that lead the way. As seen in the film Pirates of Silicon Valley, it was the Homebrew Computer Club that brought together the founders of Apple (and enraged Bill Gates.)

For Oregon wine, it was the Westside Wine Club (now the Portland Winemakers Club). Founded in 1968, it is famed for giving rise to Oak Knoll and Erath wineries. Famous among winemakers, anyway. It’s still quite a well-kept secret among the public.

In the early days, members relied on musty old textbooks and experimented together. Today, the Club welcomes home winemakers of all skill levels, and has produced more than a few Cellar 503 partner wineries.

Launched by Club members Dennis and Marlene Grant, Parrett Mountain Cellars is dedicated to producing small, artisanal quantities of bold red wines and Pinot Noir.

With a tasting room coming soon, don’t expect Parrett Mountain to stay your personal secret for long!

Parrett Mountain Cellars

Cellar 503 Tasting Notes

Parrett Mountain Cellars, Newberg, Oregon
2015 Barbera

Barbera is the perfect red wine for the holidays. Low in tannins, it has a strong acid component that just cuts right through those rich foods on your table. The dark color of the wine belies a light-bodied taste that makes it eminently drinkable during those long holiday dinners.

As a wine, Barbera is a thousand years older than Cabernet Sauvignon and the third-most common wine in Italy. So, why do so few Americans know the pleasures of Barbera?

It’s simple: In Italy, it’s considered a populist wine, not something to share with foreign visitors and wine snobs. Meant to be enjoyed young, it is a great value – and delicious!

Parrett Mountain’s edition has that classic Barbera character. You’ll find notes of dark cherry, strawberries, and blackberries, as well as plum and vanilla to round it out.

A Cellar 503 selection in December 2017, Holiday Wines Willamette Valley | Barbera