Fall Flavors

Fall rustled into Madrona this last week bringing with it a reawakening of our love for darker red wines.  We’ll be tasting some of these all weekend at Madrona Wine.  It’s a great line up.

Saturday we are celebrating the diverse flavors of Italy with wines from Umbria, Campania, Piedmont and Veneto along with a new organic olive oil from the Marche region. The Taurasi is not to be missed.
La Vita è Bella Extra Virgin Olive Oil 
2014 Ganzo, Pinot Grigio
2013 Struzziero, Irpinia Coda di Volpe
2013 Scagliola, Barbera 
2013 Cá Salgari, Valpolicella Classico
2007 Struzziero, Campusensso Taurasi 

Sunday, we are pouring two Bordeaux & Burgundy Blowouts.  We bought the last of these two wines at great prices, but supplies are limited.

2013 Montanet Thoden, Bourgogne Garance $20
Pinot Noir
A drinking great now Burgundy from Kermit Lynch with full supple fruit and smooth tannins.  Was $32 now $20

2012 Chateau Tertre de Calon, Montagne Saint-Emilion  $13
80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc
Glimmering red robe, bouquet of grilled red fruits. Beautiful expressions of nougat and vanilla enveloped in luxurious silky red berries, flowing finish.
Was $20 now $13

Madrona Wine Merchants offers free wine tastings featuring 4-5 selections on a theme every Saturday from 2 until the bottles run out and on Sunday we offer a mini-tasting of two wines all day from 11-5.

A Taste for Italy

Saturday, September 24th, 2pm

Some flavors come just from only one place.  This Saturday we’ll be tasting some wines from around Italy that can come from nowhere else –-Umbria, Campania, Piedmont and Veneto –distinct regions with distinct wines.  We’ll also have our new organic olive oil open for tasting.  Come join us.
 
2014 Ganzo, Pinot Grigio $10
A fuller Pinot Grigio from Umbria that has well rounded tropical fruit and spice. Was $12 now $10
 
2013 Struzziero, Irpinia Coda di Volpe$18
Coda di Volpe (foxtail) is a white Italian wine grape varietal from Campania. The Struzziero is an excellent example — rich and intense with fruity floral aromas and notes of orange, citrus peel and quince.
 
2013 Scagliola, Barbera  $16
For four generations, the Scagliola family has been dedicated to the cultivation of its in full respect of nature and the biological balance of the vines on the last hills of Monferrato, on the edge of the Langhe. A bit of sand, some layers of marl and a good dose of limestone characterize the soil of this land. At the top of San Siro hill, surrounded by its vineyards, you will find the Scagliola Estate. The nose is fruit forward red fruits with some sage notes while the palate has some dried fruits kept together with Medium acid and spice.
 
2013 Cá Salgari, Valpolicella Classico $15
Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella, Molinara and Croatina
The Salgari estate dates back to 1840. The grapes for this Valpolicella are lightly dried before its 7 to 10 days of skin maceration. The wine shows fragrant notes of red flowers, fruits and prominent notes of cherries, soft tannins and good persistence. 12.5% alcohol by volume
 
2007 Struzziero, Campusensso Taurasi  $35
Taurasi Campoceraso, obtained from Aglianico grapes, is produced on the estate which bears the same name, between the municipalities of Venticano and Torre Le Nocelle. The wine is aged in oak barrels for at least 36 months. A full structured wine it can develop in the bottle for at least 25 years. The wine has an intense, refined, distinctive, persistent ethereal bouquet with hints of spices and vanilla. Its unmistakable flavor is silky and persistent with a full and rounded aftertaste.
 
La Vita è Bella Extra Virgin Olive Oil  500 ml — $15, 3 ltr — $42
The organic farm La Vita è Bella is located in a wonderful and unspoiled valley that is surrounded by soft hills, between Fabriano and Genga, two small towns in the heart of Marche region where they make a very flavorful high quality oil with spicy pepper notes. 

Madrona Wine Merchants offers free wine tastings featuring 4-5 selections on a theme every Saturday from 2 until the bottles run out and on Sunday we offer a mini-tasting of two wines all day from 11-5.

Breezy

We have a wet and windy weekend in the forecast here in Madrona.  At Madrona Wine clam is predicted as moisten our lips with some luscious wines.

Saturday we are staying close to home and trying some full wines from :Nota Bene (South Seattle) and Cedergreen Cellars (Kirkland).  They are Localishous!
2015 Cedergreen,  Sauvignon Blanc
2013 :Nota Bene, Chardonnay
2011 :Nota Bene, Una Notte
2013 :Nota Bene, Miscela
2008 Cedergreen, Merlot

Sunday, we are welcoming Fall with two Argentine Reds .

2012 Oasis del Cuyo $9
Cabernet Sauvignon
A smooth, everyday Argentine Cab with aromas of blackberry and pepper. Medium-bodied with soft tannins and a smooth mouth-feel. Was $13 now $9

2015 Santa Julia, Mountain Blend Reserva $13
70% Malbec, 30% Cabernet Franc
This blend from Argentina’s Uco Valley got a big score from Decanter but keeps its modest price. Aromas of red cherry and violet with hints of high toned spice from the Cabernet Franc precedes the plum and blueberry flavors of the fuller-bodied Malbec on the palate. The tannins are fine grained and velvety, resulting in a complex wine of both elegance and great concentration.

Madrona Wine Merchants offers free wine tastings featuring 4-5 selections on a theme every Saturday from 2 until the bottles run out and on Sunday we offer a mini-tasting of two wines all day from 11-5.

:Note Bene & Cedergreen Cellars

Saturday, September 17th, 2pm

This Saturday we are tasting wines from two local boutique wineries.  :Nota Bene Cellars is a Seattle winery run by winemaker Tim Narby, who has been making wine for three decades. Cedergreen Cellars based in Kirkland is run by Kevin & Julie Cedergreen who have made wine in both Washington and New Zealand.  Both wineries make full Washington wines that we think you’ll like.
 
2015 Cedergreen, Sauvignon Blanc $14
100% stainless Sauvignon Blanc from Spring Creek vineyard near Benton City.  The wine shows a New Zealand influence.  It is crisp, clean and delicious with an aromatic mélange of star fruit, Bartlett pear and pippin blend seamlessly with an intriguing minerality.
 
2013 :Nota Bene, Chardonnay $20
This barrel fermented Chardonnay comes from Conner Lee Vineyard is aged 10 months in barrel sur lie with batonage, and full ML fermentation.  It has lovely aromas of Asian pear, apple, white peach and vanilla.  The palate is lush and lavish, followed by a lingering, persistently minerally finish.
 
2011 :Nota Bene Una Notte $23
72% Grenache, 14% Syrah, 14% Mourvèdre
This Southern Rhone style blend comes from Stone Tree & Heart of the Hill vineyards.   It is full of strawberry and raspberry fruit in the bouquet, followed by juicy, spicy darker fruit and good structure.
 
2012 :Nota Bene, Miscela $20
68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Cabernet Franc, 13% Merlot, 3% Malbec.
Miscela is Italian for blend.  As the name suggests, this is a blend of miscellaneous varieties sourced from five different vineyards.  It has aromas of raspberry, cherry and plum, with scents of rose, sweet tobacco, cedar, rosemary and sage. The medium-bodied flavors are supple, yet deep, with notes of red licorice, medium roast coffee, pressed berries, and roasted nuts.
 
2008 Cedergreen, Merlot $36
From Conner Lee and Clifton Hills vineyards, the Merlot sees 20 months in barrel with 50% in new French oak.  “Whipping boy or muse, sinner or saint. Merlot is the way of wine. Subtle power, spice and aromatics transport you from the table to the land. Dark fruit, dust and a dry breeze spiral over the palate, beginning a conversation that will last for years.”

Madrona Wine Merchants offers free wine tastings featuring 4-5 selections on a theme every Saturday from 2 until the bottles run out and on Sunday we offer a mini-tasting of two wines all day from 11-5.

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Can’t make the tastings,
but still want to try new and interesting wines?

Think about joining our monthly wine club –
for yourself, or for a friend as a holiday gift.

Sign up for Madrona Wines Monthly, our Wine Club where each month we pick unique selections from the hundreds of wines we taste each month. You get:

  • A hand-picked selection of intriguing wines waiting to be discovered
  • A ready supply of delicious wines just waiting for a pull of the cork
  • 10% off your wine club selections

We have several wine club levels to suit your palette and pocket:

Everyday Exploration:

Good quality wines that don’t require a special occasion. This club gives you wine for good, everyday drinking. These selections from all over the world are meant to go with food. If you buy two or three bottles a week at the grocery store, we promise you that you’ll drink better with this club! Pick your favorites and come back for more. Your choice of either six or twelve bottles a month. Choices all red, all white or 50%/50% or 60%/40% or rosés in the summer.
6 bottle selection: $50-$75 plus tax — 12 bottle selection: $ 100-$150 plus tax

Saturday Night Collection:

Classic samplings from around the world. It could be a new Cabernet from Walla Walla, or an old Barolo from the Piedmont, but they all will be excellent wines that represent their place and style. We’ll pick from some of the most exciting wine we find each month. Take our choice or tell us your preferences, and we’ll hand pick to your interest.
3 bottle selection: $75-$ 135 plus tax — 6 bottle selection: $150-$170 plus tax

3M All Week Mix:

The 3M All Week Mix offers two bottles from the Saturday Night Collection and four bottles from the Everyday Exploration so you have bottles for special occasions and bottles for every day.
6 bottle selection: $110 – $120 plus tax

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Madrona Wine Merchants offers free wine tastings featuring 4-5 selections on a theme every Saturday from 2 until the bottles run out and on Sunday we offer a mini-tasting of two wines all day from 11-5.

Duras, Mondeuse & Škrlet

Last week’s grey blanket of dampness has been pulled back leaving us a weekend of end of Summer Sunshine.  At Madrona Wine we have the door back open and we are soaking up the fresh air as we sip our way through a refreshing weekend line up of wine tasting.

Saturday, we’re tasting some great wines form some small producers in France including such unusual varietals as Duras & Mondeuse.
2014 Guillaume, Chardonnay
2015 Montrose, Côtes de Thongue Rosé   
2014 Domaine Graveirette, Cotes du Rhone
2014 Domaine de Brin, Vendemia Rouge, Gaillac
2013 Domaine De Idylle, Mondeuse 

Sunday, we are featuring two wines from the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

2012 Kosovec Škrlet  $14
From the small, organically farmed estate in Croatia, this little-known grape varietal makes a refreshing wine. Škrlet has good natural acidity, great balance and high minerality in combination with nutty aromas and notes of meadow flowers, honey, lime-tree, a hint of light spices.

2011 Glatzer Sauvignon Blanc $11
A crisp Austrian Sauvignon Blanc with green and citrus fruit flavors. It has a fine, tight streak of acidity that also hints of more tropical flavors. 12.5% alcohol by volume. Was $16 now $11

We also have new art on the walls.  The Eye of the Beholder.  Selections from the Proprietors’ Collections
Taste in art is like taste in wine: personal and often eclectic.  Our current exhibition showcases some prime pieces from the purveyors at Madrona Wine Merchants private art collections.  Does their taste in art stack up against their taste in wine?  Stop by for a peek.

Madrona Wine Merchants offers free wine tastings featuring 4-5 selections on a theme every Saturday from 2 until the bottles run out and on Sunday we offer a mini-tasting of two wines all day from 11-5.

Small French — Petit Monde,

September 10th, 2pm

Small wineries, small importers, the world seen through a grape — just a few of the things we love at Madrona Wine Merchants.  Saturday we have a lineup of just that brought to us by small Portland importer Petit Monde.  We’ll be tasting distinctly French wines from some singular growing regions like Jura, Gaillac, and Savoie, as well as uncommon grapes Duras and Mondeuse.  Come tour the world with us.
 
2014 Guillaume, Chardonnay $16
Guillaume supplies vines to most of Burgundy, but their vineyards are in Jura.  Their 2014 Chardonnay seemingly fuses the soil-inflected nuttiness of a fine Jura with the detail of a white Burgundy from the Cote Chalonnaise.  This unoaked Chard is very clean and pretty with lots of creamy fruit.  Brisk acidity and smoky, chalky mineral undercurrents join with the wine’s brisk green apple fruit and sappy hazelnut expressions.
 
2015 Montrose, Côtes de Thongue Rosé   $12
65% Grenache, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Syrah
Montrose is located in the Languedoc region of Southern France, 15 km away from the Mediterranean coast.  The name refers to its geographic location on a volcano (Mont) and to the pink (Rose) flowers and almond trees surrounding the vineyard.  The domaine was founded in 1701 and is still in the family.  This Rosé has notes of red berries and peach flavors with spicy overtones making an elegant wine combining roundness and freshness. And it comes in many sizes: 1.5 ltr — $25 & 3 ltr — $58
 
2014 Domaine Graveirette, Cotes du Rhone $16
100% Grenache
A family estate on the outskirts of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape that started making their own wine in 2005 Their Cotes du Rhone is full and chewy, with firm tannins. It has lots of earth, meat, garrigue, pepper, and spice but also clean and pure with bright raspberry and black cherry fruit.
 
2014 Domaine de Brin, Vendemia Rouge, Gaillac $15
80% Duras, 20% Merlot
The family owned Domaine de Brin estate is situated on a calcareous-clay plateau surrounded by an oak wood and uses organic growing and natural vinification methods.  Their Rouge ages for 18 months in large vats without sulfur and only get a very low level sulfiting before it is bottled unfiltered.  The wine has aromas of black fruits, and mild spices.  The flavors are fruity and generous with silky tannins. 
 
2013 Domaine De Idylle, Mondeuse  $18
Le Domaine de l’Idylle nestles in the age of the valley of the Combe de Savoie, deep in Rrench Alps. The Tiollier family has been working this terroir to produce subtle fine Savoy wines since 1840.  Mondeuse is the cool, elusive, peppery red of the Savoie that is a relative of Syrah.  The wine has aromas of  black pepper, violets, black cherries and tobacco. On the palate the wine alternates waves of fig, cherry and black plum fruit with complex undertones of cinnamon, hoisin sauce and sweet pipe tobacco. Long and lingering on the back-palate, reprises of black peppercorns and crunchy pie cherries mingle with finishing notes of bright acidity, medicinal herbs and fine, supple tannins.

Madrona Wine Merchants offers free wine tastings featuring 4-5 selections on a theme every Saturday from 2 until the bottles run out and on Sunday we offer a mini-tasting of two wines all day from 11-5.

Washed Clean

The rain has washed the dust off of everything this week in Madrona.  And while the skies are a little grey for Labor Day weekend, the air feels nice and clean.  At Madrona Wine we’ve recently cleaned up on some deals and we’ll be pouring them over the weekend so you can clean up too.

Saturday we are pouring five hard working wines to reward the fruits of labor.
2013 Prechtl, Langen Was $17 now $13
2012 Cal Pla, Mas D’en Compte Priorat Blanc  Was $35 now $20
2013 Montanet Thoden,  Bourgogne Garance  Was $32 now $20
2012 Cal Pla, Mas D’en Compte Priorat  Was $35 now $20
2006 Rubinelli Vajol, Amarone  Was $65 now $30

Sunday we’ll be tasting two wines from neighboring regions of Italy. 

Giacomelli, I Campi vino Bianco  $10
50% Albarola, 50% Vermentino
From Liguria and vineyards around Cinque Terra, this coastal Italian white has aromatic complexity with hints of golden apple and hawthorn flowers, fresh-savory notes, and crisp creamy richness.

2012 Sasa Sant Antimo Rosso $12
50% Sangiovese, 20% Syrah, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot
A little Super Tuscan blend with a lot of dark juicy fruit. Very hard not to like. Was $20 now $12
 
We will be Closed Monday (as usual) and celebrating Labor Day.

Madrona Wine Merchants offers free wine tastings featuring 4-5 selections on a theme every Saturday from 2 until the bottles run out and on Sunday we offer a mini-tasting of two wines all day from 11-5.

Labor Day Specials,

Saturday, September 3rd, 2pm

Labor Day honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of the country.  Hard work deserves its reward.  This Saturday we’ll be pouring five rewarding wines with some special pricing to help you celebrate.  Put down the tools and raise a glass.
 
2013 Prechtl, Langen  $13
Grunier Veltliner
The family run estate in Austria has been making wine for five generations.  The vines for this organic single vineyard Grunier are at least 25-years-old.  As a result the wine has a lot more going on than the easygoing liter bottles.  It is packed with a crisp minerality and a good full palate. 12.5% abv
Was $17 now $13

2012 Cal Pla, Mas D’en Compte Priorat Blanc  $20
Garnatxa Blanca, Picapoll Blanca, Xarel.lo
The Sangenís family farms 20 hectares of vines located around Porrera with vines from 15 to 80 years old.  Farming is done organically, which may sound easy in such a warm and dry climate until you see the incline of some of their sites – here any kind of farming is arduous.  The Mas D’en Blanc has subtle white fruit aromas with mineral notes, hints of honey, and sweet and smoky spices.  Its creamy texture is well-marked with a mineral character and smoky notes and an elegant and long finish. 
Was $35 now $20

2013 Montanet Thoden,  Bourgogne Garance  $20
Pinot Noir
An organic Burgundy from importer Kermit Lynch that is drinking great now.  The Garance is loaded with full supple fruit and smooth tannins.  12% abv
Was $32 now $20

2012 Cal Pla, Mas D’en Compte Priorat  $20
Garnatxa Negra, Carinyena, Cabernet Sauvignon
Cal Pla’s oldest vines of Garnatxa Negra and Carinyena are located in the famed Mas D’en Caçador vineyard – arguably the Grand Cru of the village. The Mas D’en has notes of red and black fruits at their optimum ripeness, juicy and expressive with toasted notes, spiced and balsamic aromas and mineral background.  The body is full and layered with long finish. 
Was $35 now $20

2006 Rubinelli Vajol, Amarone  $30
30% Corvina, 40% Carvinone, 15% Rondinella, 10% Oselata, 5% Molinara
A big Amarone from a small producer, that is hitting it’s prime.  The Valjol has intense notes of fully ripened grapes, lots of dried fruit aromas and pleasant hints of spice. In the mouth, the wine is smooth, rich and luscious.  Only 1000 six packs of the wine were ever made.  We have just a few bottles at this great price.  16% abv
Was $65 now $30

Madrona Wine Merchants offers free wine tastings featuring 4-5 selections on a theme every Saturday from 2 until the bottles run out and on Sunday we offer a mini-tasting of two wines all day from 11-5.

Take A Break

We get a little break in the heat this weekend in Madrona with temperatures in the low 70’s.  You can also take a break and come join us for our weekend wine tastings.  We’ve got a few things lined up to please the palate.

Saturday we are pouring FIVE crisp sparklers.  We have bubbles from Australia, Spain, the Loire, and Limoux, and they are all everyday affordable.  The corks fly at 2pm and we’ll pour them as long as the bottles and bubbles hold out.
De Bortoli, Sparkling Brut 
2012 Jané Ventura, Brut Nature
Moncontour, Cremant de Loire 
J. Laurens, Cremant de Limoux Brut
J. Laurens, Cremant de Limoux Brut Rosé

Sunday we’ll be tasting a pair of French wine that offer great value as well as great taste. 

2014 La Haudinière, Muscadet Sèvre et Maine $10
100% Melon de Bourgogne
A crisp, flavorful, truly dry Muscadet for a great price. The perfect wine for a deconstructed clambake served over a week of vacation.

2013 Domaine Girard,  Malepère $11
60% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc
An unoaked blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc from a rarely seen Languedoc AOC. It is supple, with fine tannins and a smooth mouthfeel, and ripe blue and red fruit flavors that are accented by spicy notes on palate and the finish. Sustainable. Was $15 now $11

Madrona Wine Merchants offers free wine tastings featuring 4-5 selections on a theme every Saturday from 2 until the bottles run out and on Sunday we offer a mini-tasting of two wines all day from 11-5.

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