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Pinot, Pinot, Pinot

October 2021

It is harvest season here in Oregon and a blissfully “normal” one at that. No fires or smoke, no late-breaking torrential downpours. The 2021 vintage is shaping up to be a glorious one.

As I think you’ve probably figured out, we love all Oregon wine here at Cellar 503 and love to share new and unusual wines with you. But our first love was the traditional grape of Oregon—Pinot Noir. So we’re taking this opportunity to celebrate harvest by celebrating all things Pinot.

Our first red is a traditional Willamette Valley Pinot Noir from one of the state’s most respected wineries, Ayres. A heads up: this wine is from 2020 and has a hint of smokiness in it. We think it’s delicious and wanted to share our take on smoke influence with you. Make sure to read the tasting notes! Our second red is a club favorite wine from last year, Bluebird Hill Cellars’ Red Blend—a blend of Pinot Noir and Syrah.

Our first white is a unique take on Pinot Gris from Phelps Creek in the Columbia Gorge. Aged in neutral oak barrels rather than stainless steel, this is a great way to experience another version of Pinot Gris. Our second white is a gorgeous Pinot Blanc from Portland’s own Willful Wines.

We hope you enjoy this celebration of the season and of Pinot!