Tasting Highlights

Saturday, January 6th our tasting theme was: Bodegas Garzón: Wines of Uruguay – and fun was had!

In a surprise, we had the importer AND the US Brand Ambassador for Bodegas Garzón on hand.

Mele (the Brand Ambassador) is originally from Uruguay and provided lots of interesting facts about both the winery and her country. And she shared the news that Wine Enthusiast named Garzón’s Tannat Single Vineyard (91pts) as a Top 10 Editor’s Choice. Congratulations.

Next time you are in the shop – think Uruguay!

 

Northwest Specials

Saturday, January 13th, 2pm

 It’s January and we started looking around for some good deals to quench our post-holiday thirst.  We didn’t have to look too far.  This Saturday we are pouring five wines from the Pacific Northwest that all have special pricing to ease the pain when the Visa bill arrives.  Swing by and slurp up some great values.
 
2015 Kestrel Viognier  $12
Aromas  of lychee, apple, pear, citrus, flowers and rose water.  The flavors echo the aromas, bright fruit with a touch or restraint.  A touch of sweetness is noticeable at first but the high acidity cuts through the viscosity and makes the wine nice and crisp.
Was $20 now $12

2014 J Meuret, Les Chenes Pinot Noir $18
What looks like a French Burgundy is actually an Oregon Pinot from the Maison Bleu folks.  The vineyard is in Hood River.  The wine has aromas of boysenberry, pipe tobacco, fresh morels, cedar and rose petals.  The flavors are of black cherry, anise, red currant, fine grain tannins and a balanced acidity.
Was $45 now $18…don’t ask, just buy it while you can at this price.

2014 Maison Bleue Metis  $15
55% Syrah, 33% Grenache, 16% Mourvèdre
A well balanced red blend from Prosser that  opens with red cherry, rose petals and smoked pork shoulder. This leads to deep flavors of black tea, black cherry, coffee grounds and baking spices. The wine is polished and has a wonderful texture, showing nice opulence from the warm vintage.
Was $30 now $15

2012 Kestrel Sangiovese  $12
This wine is garnet in color with deep red accents at its margins. It possesses aromas of dark chocolate, red cherries, cassis, pomegranate, oak, and dried herbs. On the palate it is extremely well balanced. The fruit flavors are mixed with notes of vanilla, cedar and toast. 
Was $20 now $12

2013 Saviah Cellars, Cabernet Franc  $20
A Walla Walla wine that we got a great deal on — this Cabernet Franc opens with earthy aromas of nutmeg and fresh cracked pepper and bright cherry and bramble berry notes. Supple, well textured tannins support the flavors of red fruit, anise, and blackberry. Smooth barrel spice influences and lively acidity fill the palate and lead to a spice-dusted raspberry finish. 
Was $30 now $20

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.

Malvirà Wine Lunch at Cascina Spinasse


Malvirà Wine Lunch
at Cascina Spinasse

Tuesday, January 16th
Noon to 2pm
3-courses with wine
$55 per person (+ tax & gratuity)

Malvirà was established in the 1950s by Giuseppe Damonte, in Roero in the Piedmont region. Today, Malvirà’s wines are made from their Estate fruit, organically farmed on 104 acres across 6 vineyards. They are one of the most ardent proponents of the Arneis grape. Arneis needs careful farming. According to Massimo Damonte, who oversees viticulture at the Estate, the secret to great Arneis lies in old vines. The average age of Malvirà’s Arneis is 40‐50 years old. Vine age helps to inhibit yields, allowing the plant to channel more of its energy into higher quality fruit. In addition to Arneis, Malvirà grows Favorita, Roero (100% Nebbiolo), Barbera, and Birbet.

We’ll be pairing Malvirà’s great wines with Spinassse’s incredible food. We’ll be pouring:

Sparkling Arneis

2015 Langhe Favorita

2010 Roero Rosso

2013 San Michele Barbera d’Alba

2006 San Guglielmo Langhe Rosso

Renesium Passito (mostly Arneis)

Call {206} 251-7673 for a reservation

Cascina Spinasse
1531 14th Ave.
Seattle WA 98122

 

Wines For The New Year

The New Year is upon us, so it’s time to try some new wines! Saturday is all wines from Bodegas Garzón in Uruguay. Here’s the lineup:

2016 Garzón  Albariño Reserve  $16
2015 Garzón Cabernet Franc Reserve  $19.
2015 Garzón Marselan Reserve  $19
2015 Garzón Tannat Reserve  $19
2015 Garzón Tannat Single Vineyard  $29

Come Sunday we are back to the Old World with an Italian Rosé and a French Red.

2016 Castel Sallegg Legrein Rosé  $12
Notes of raspberry, strawberry, jam, and roast coffee. It is full on the palate, with a fine, well-integrated acidity, a good structure with a pleasant mellowness and a good length. 13% alcohol by volume. Was $17, Now $12

2015 Vidal-Fleury Ventoux  $14
60% Syrah, 30% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre
A Syrah-heavy Southern Rhone Red with fresh berries and spice. Full bodied, ripe and fresh on the palate, driven by berry fruit.

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.

Bodegas Garzón:

Wines of Uruguay

January 6th, 2018, 2PM

From its 205,000 sq. ft. winery, Bodegas Garzón produces some of Uruguay’s best wines, including two we are sampling today that are 100% Tannat. Originally planted by Basque settlers, Tannat could be considered the national grape of Uruguay today. I had the pleasure of visiting Uruguay this last November – stunning scenery, wonderful food, amazing wines. Come join me while Jim is in sunny California.
 
2016 Garzón  Albariño Reserve  $16
Pale yellow with greenish reflections, this Albariño is intense in the nose, with peach and citrus notes. There is a freshness and minerality mid-palate that is superb, with remarkable acidity and a round, crisp finish.

2015 Garzón Cabernet Franc Reserve  $19
Intense purple color with violet highlights, this varietal has mineral aromas of ripe peppers, spices and fruits of the forest, along with a subtle note of dark chocolate and smoke from select barrels. In the mouth, there are layers of soft tannins, combining prunes and ripe blackberries with fresh notes of eucalyptus and mint, making it delightfully complex.

2015 Garzón Marselan Reserve  $19
Deep red color, the Marselan presents a powerful aroma that combines notes of red fruits, mineral, mint, and eucalyptus. Smooth on the palate coupled with an intense and long ending, it results in a wine distinguished by an expression of ripe red fruits with mineral.

2015 Garzón Tannat Reserve  $19
A juicy, full-bodied wine. Rich purple in color with very fresh aromas reminiscent of red and black fruits such as plums and raspberries along with a delicate spicy nose. In the mouth, it is presented with a strong personality. Its mature tannins and minerality transform it into a wine with great soil identity.

2015 Garzón Tannat Single Vineyard  $29
With a ripening time ranging from 12 to 18 months in untoasted French oak barrels, this noble Tannat Single Vineyard 2015 is perfect to accompany dishes such as lamb, cured cheese such as the Parmesan, or a delicious duck confit cassoulet. Apart from those dishes, which highlight its spiced notes, it is the ideal ally for the traditional French cuisine.

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.

New Art Show In January

Suzanne Brooker

Painting with Paper: Collage Works


January 3rd-February 25th

Artist Reception Sunday January 14th, 3-5pm

My interest in collage began in 1980’s as an extension of my work as a filmmaker. Like a single still taken from a movie, each piece explores the interaction between photographic realness and abstract imagery.

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.

Ending It Right,

Two Days of New Year’s Bubbles

We are ready to kick 2017 out the door and welcome in 2018.  Of course, that requires lots of bubbles.  This weekend we’ll be opening them throughout the day (The cork will come out of the Champagne at 1pm both days.)  Come by and raise a glass with us.
 
Saturday, December 30th
 
Manoir du Parc, Rosé Cider   $8
This Rosé cider from Normandy is made with pink fleshed apples and is delicious by itself or with that weekend breakfast.  3% alcohol by volume
 
Dopff & Irion, Cremant d’Alsace Brut  $16
50% Pinot Blanc, 50% Auxerrois
A complex glass of bubbles with lots of toasty, creamy, yeasty notes along with apple and citrus fruit flavors.

Philippe Deval, Cremant de Loire Brut Rosé $17
Cabernet Franc
A very striking salmon colored Rosé with red berries (strawberries, raspberries) aromas. The flavor is crisp & elegant, with fruit and berry shades and refreshing aftertaste.

Champagne Moutard, Brut Grande Cuvée  $30
Pinot Noir
The Grande Cuvee is aged for at least three years. The wine is complex and nuanced, with fine, intense bubbles. It has a seductive bouquet of pears, grilled almonds, mineral notes and apple pie followed by rich flavors of ripe stone fruits, honey, buttered toast and a long delicate finish.

Sunday December 31st
 
Art of the Earth, Prosecco Frizzante  $14
Notes of green apple and discreet floral undertones. It is refreshing and lively finish with exquisite perlage.  And it is Organic.

De Bortoli, Sparkling Brut  $12
Chardonnay, Pinot Noir
An Austrailian Sparkler with fresh fruit and citrus notes, creamy bubbles and a clean, crisp finish. A good value bubbly.

Antica Fratta, Brut Franciacorta DOCG  $25
90% Chardonnay, 10% Pinot Nero
Franciacorta is to Italy what Champagne is to France. The calcareous soils produce complex mineraled wines. The Antica Fratta is blended out of a library of base wines and then aged 2 years in bottle. It is an elegantly fresh, vivacious and full wine characterized by pleasing aromas of fresh fruit, wild blossoms and subtle bread crust.
 
Champagne Duval Leroy, Brut Reserve $45
Made using mainly Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier plus 10% Chardonnay, the Reserve is drawn from 15 crus, and there is a generous addition of reserve wines. It is a finely knit Champagne, this layers vibrant acidity and a lacy mousse with delicate flavors of patisserie apple and pear, biscuit and ground ginger, and shows a subtle smoky note on the lasting finish.

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.

Before Christmas

Christmas is coming and it is Festivus for the rest of us here in Madrona. But before we open our presents, we need to open a few more bottles of wine.  We’ve found some goodies under our tree that we would like to share with you.

Saturday — 11 to 7pm
2013 Colterenzio,  Lafoa Sauvignon Blanc  $25
2014 Joseph Phelps, Napa Cab  $65

Sunday — 11 to 5pm
2011 Paul Reitz, Santenay  $25
2014 Raymond Usseglio, Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvee Girard  $30

Happy Holidays!

Holiday Samplings

The Solstice is here and Christmas is on the way and we are opening some special seasonal samples to help make us merry.  There is something new every day and maybe a even a few surprises.
 
Thursday, December 21st
2012 Nitída,  Caligraphy  $23
54% Merlot,  21% Cabernet Franc, 17% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot
A burly South African blend with rich blackberry, cassis and cherry flavors with tobacco and cedar notes.
 
Friday, December 22
2015 Villa Sparina, Gavi di Gavi  $14
Cortese
A delicious Piedmont dry white, soft textured yet richly flavored.  Was $20 now $14

2013 Tintero, Barberesco  $24
Nebbiolo
A fresh, ready young Barbaresco with core of cherry and red currant fruit backed by fine, food-friendly tannins and complex notes of rose petals, limestone soil, camphor, and fennel. Notes of violet, cinnamon, and cherry blossoms mark the wine’s lingering, smoky, tannin-dusted finish. Bright and generous, yet structured.  Was $30 Now $24

Saturday December 23rd
 2013 Colterenzio,  Lafoa Sauvignon Blanc  $25
Very intense fruity notes, reminiscent of elderflower, acacia flowers and sage; associated with fine wood flavors; a wine with pithy acidity and lingering finish.  Was $40 now $25

2014 Joseph Phelps, Napa Cabernet  $65
84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc.
A classic Napa Cab.  The 2014 is supple, with silky tannins, dark plum, blackcurrant and licorice-infused fruit with a touch of spice, a lushness on the attack and mid-palate, and a silky finish.
 
Sunday December 24th
2011 Paul Reitz, Santenay  $25
Pinot Noir
Drinking great right now. Good aromatic intensity reveals notes of red and black fruits.  An ample and rich wine, with flavors of smooth cherries.  Was $40 now $25
 
2014 Raymond Usseglio, Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Girard  $30
90% Grenache, 4% Mourvèdre, 4% Syrah, 2% Cinsault, 2% Counoise
From 80 year old vines, the Cuvée Girard shows a touch darker fruit and possibly more concentration, with building tannin and a solid finish.  Was $43, 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.

The Corks Pop at 2

The moisture has returned to Madrona this weekend.  But don’t let the dampness dampen you Holiday spirit.  We have a couple of tastings here at Madrona Wine to make the season bright.

Saturday it is Bubbles!
Come effervesce with us.  The corks fly out at 2pm and we’ll be pouring for as long as the bubbles and bottles last.
Cune Cava Brut $11
Antoine Simoneau, Touraine Brut Blanc $13
Domaine de Saint-Just, Crémant de Loire Brut $20
Champagne Lallier, Grande Reserve, Grand Cru Brut $48
Maison Parigot & Richard, Cremant de Bourgogne Rosé $24

Sunday we head to California to warm up with.  We’ll have a Napa Sauvignon Blanc and a Central Coast Zinfindal from the sunny state.  Both are great for parties. 

2016 Markham Vineyards   $14
Sauvignon Blanc
Napa Valley
Crisp and bright, with honeysuckle and tropical floral notes. Enjoy with food, or just on its own.

2014 Four Vines Old-Vine Zinfandel  $14
A full-bodied Central Coast Zin at a good price. 35 to 80-year-old vines. Dark berry notes, a hint of spice, ripe plums and black & blue berries.

Next Week as we lead up to Christmas we are going to opening a lot of fun stuff to taste at the shop.  Swing in and see what’s pouring.

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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