Solstice Sunday Sippers, 11-5

Come celebrate the shortest daylight of 2014 with a couple of wines that will perk up your dark evening.

 

2013 Fidelitas/Charlie Hoppes M100 Viognier $18
A full bodied Viognier from Fidelitas’ Charlie Hoppes who has more fingers in more pies of Washington wine than you can count on two hands.

2010 Muga Rioja Reserva $25
70% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha, 10% Mazuelo & Graciano.
A traditional styled Rioja, aged for 6 months in wooden vats before spending 2 years in 60% new French and American oak. Rich layered fruit that is smooth-textured and concentrated.

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. No matter what day you stop by we always have something open to sample.

Damp Dark Weekend

Happy Solstice!  We’ve reached the longest night and shortest day of the year.  To celebrate the return of the sun, we’re pour some big bold wines to light up the darkness.  It’s a rich line up that starts today at 2pm.

We are also in the midst of Chanukah the festival of lights.  And Mark will be lighting up Sunday with two Washington wines that will bring a glow.  We’ll be pouring all day:
2013 Fidelitas/Charlie Hoppes’, M100 Viognier  $18
2010 Basel Cellars, Estate Claret   $16
Come give them a try.

And for you that haven’t noticed yet, Christmas is this Thursday the 24th.  We’ll be open every day between now and then

Happy Holidays

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. No matter what day you stop by we always have something open to sample.

Bold Wines for Dark December

December 20th, 2pm

The days are short, the nights are long and the Solstice is upon us.  It is a good time for rich, full bodied wines that will keep the dark at bay.  This Saturday we’re pouring a full line up of Big Bold Wines to help survive the dark and celebrate the return of the light.  Join us.

Gruet, Blanc de Noir  $16
Pinot Noir
From the town of Truth or Consequence, New Mexico comes this American classic.  The Blanc de Noir is made Méthode Champenoise & aged for a minimum of two-years.  It has berry aromas with toasty notes, a creamy texture and an explosive juicy flavor of raspberry.

2013 Baer Shard  $20
Chardonnay
Baer makes full bodied Washington wines from their Woodinville winery including their Shard from the Stillwater Creek vineyard.  The 2013 was whole-cluster pressed and fermented and aged in 75-gallon stainless steel barrels, sur lie, with no oak contact and no malolactic fermentation. The result is refreshing and bright with notes of crisp Golden Delicious apple and Bosc pear, punctuated by zesty lemon rind.

2011 Bodegas Caro, Amancaya Gran Reserva $20
70% Malbec, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon
From Domaines Barons de Rothschild and Catena family, Amancaya presents a harmonious balance between the Argentine and Bordeaux styles.  The word Amacaya is the native Indian name of a flower found at high altitudes in the Andes in the Mendoza area.  The wine ages 12 months in oak barrels (20% new).  It shows inviting aromas of dark berry, and cassis with a streak of eucalyptus and sweet spices. The wine is full-bodied with a mouth-filling richness with enough acidity to support the ripeness.

2012 Underground Wine Project, Devil’s Playground.  $33
90% Cabernet Sauvignon 10% Syrah
A collaboration between Mark Ryan Winery and Sleight of Hand Cellars, the Devil’s Playground is big and bold, with full bodied, chewy tannins, while still retaining a silky smoothness. A hedonistic, pure pleasure style with 100% new oak & 24 months aging.

2008 Real Companhia Velha, Royal Oporto Late Bottle Vintage  $21
On the 10th September 1756, The Real Companhia Velha was founded by Royal Charter of The King D. José I.  Formed by the most important farmers of the Upper Douro and the Good Men of the City of Oporto, the Company was entrusted with the task of “sustaining the cultivation of vines, conserving the production of them in their natural pureness, in benefit of Agriculture, Trade and Public Health.. In 1781 the Company presented its Portos to the Imperial lips of Catherine of Russia, through large shipments freighted for the purpose.  Today, 233 years later, their LVB can grace your lips.  Sweet black compote spiked with shavings of black peppercorn make this a complex Late Bottled Port with approachable tannins and an herbal, eucalyptus edge.

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. No matter what day you stop by we always have something open to sample.

Give The Gift Of Wine

Show your love this holiday season with the gift of wine be it red, white, bubbles, or dessert. From single special occasion bottles to magnums and larger.

Or better yet, give them wines of the month from Madrona Wine Merchants. Choose from 3, 6 or 12 packs – your choice red/white/mixed and they can switch the mix at any time. At the beginning of each month we charge your card and send your gift recipient an email that their box is ready. Comes with tasting notes.

You get:

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

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

Everyday Exploration:

Good quality wines that don’t require a special occasion. This selection 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 level! Your choice of either six or twelve bottles a month. Choices all red, all white or anything in between.

6 bottle selection: $50 – $75 plus tax

12 bottle selection: $100 – $150 plus tax

Saturday Night Collection:

Looking for something other than “Wednesday Wine”? The Saturday Night Collection Wine Club gives you three wines a month (or six) that are a cut above the everyday.  Good for fine meals, cellaring or special occasions.

3 bottle selection: $75 – $135 plus tax

6 bottle selection: $150 – $270 plus tax

Mel’s All Week Mix:

Mel’s All Week mix is a combination of our Everyday Explorer and Saturday Night samplings. Named for one of our customers, Mel’s All Week Mix offers two bottles from the Saturday Night Special and four bottles from the Everyday Explorer so you have bottles for special occasions and bottles for everyday.

6 bottle selection: $110 – $120 plus tax

What the heck – while you are at it, sign up for yourself as well so you can compare 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. No matter what day you stop by we always have something open to sample.

Sunday Sippers – Old World & New World,

December 14th, 11-5pm

Sunday we are looking ahead to the holidays and sampling a Spanish Verdego (great with the salad course) and a bold California Zinfandel from Amador County that would pair well with that standing rib roast.

2011 Ermita Veracruz Verdejo ($10)
A quality Verdejo at a petite price. Aromas of basil & passion fruit preceed waves of tangerine, grapefruit and star fruit complemented by refreshing grassy, herbal notes and zesty acidity. Was $14 now $10
13% alcohol by volume

2010 Renwood Grandpere Zinfandel ($25)
An Estate Zin (maybe THE Estate Zin from Renwood) with their copyrighted old-vine clone Zin. “A rich mix of black current, cedar, exotic spices, tobacco, plum, and cherry pie typified by its’ juicy freshness with excellent structure, and longevity that will age well.”

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. No matter what day you stop by we always have something open to sample.

Weekend Warmers

This week’s bid wind storm has blown through, leaving us with a Sunny Weekend in the Middle of December.  How often does that happen?  And it is perfect weather to stroll on up to the wine shop and try the great things we are pouring the next two days.

Today, at 2pm we have a great line up of Festive Wines for the Holidays.  We’ve been reminded that all wines are Festive, but these are possibly more so than others.  Yo can decide for yourself.

Sunday Mark will have a new white from the old world and an old vine red from the new.
2011 Ermita Veracruz Verdejo  $10
2010 Renwood Grandpere Zinfandel  $25

That’s all day from 11 -5.

You might even get a little Christmas shopping done for the adults on your list while you’re here.

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. No matter what day you stop by we always have something open to sample.

Festive Wines from Here and There,

Saturday, December 13th, 2pm

During the winter, people all over hunker down, gather together and celebrate the past year and anticipate the next with feasting and conviviality.  Saturday we have pulled together a selection of festive wines that you’ll want to include in you hunker down.  Some come from the old world, some from close by but all will warm you through the dark and damp holidays.
 
Cave de Bissey, Cremant de Bourgogne Brut $18
Chardonnay
Close to Givry and Buxy, Bissey is on the cool side of the Côte Chalonnaise, giving its sparkling wines that extra freshness. This Brut is bright, crisp, laced with apples and tangy lemon zest, soft fruit flavors of green apples, peach & apricot along with warm notes of toasted bread. Lovely delicate bubbles linger through the finish.
 
2012 Bodegas Arzabro, Txakoli  Luzia de Ripa  $20
90% Hondarrabi Zuri (aka Petit Corbu), 10% Izpiriotza Txikia (aka Petit Manseng)
Bodegas Arzabro is a family-owned winery producing Txakolí from a 15 acres of vineyard located in Basque Country of Spain. The vineyard is named Larrimbe, meaning “my mother’s vineyard,” a fitting name for a parcel that has been handed down from mother to daughter for over four generations.  The Hondarrabi Zuri and Izpiriotza Txikia vines were planted at the beginning of the century.  The wine is aged on its lees for about 6 months giving a richness to the crisp fruit.  Luizia is a succulent and still Txakoli with lots of rich pear and citrus notes.
 
2012 Notre Dame de Laval des Vignerons of Agly, Côtes de Roussillon  $10
45% Carignan, 40% Grenache, 15% Syrah
From Roussillon in the South of France “Our Lady” is made from very old vines Carignan and Grenache.  The wine is distinguished by garrigue and laurel notes as well as its soft smooth fruit.
 
2012 Robert Ramsay Mason’s Red   $18
Ramsay is a small craft winery in Woodinville that specializes in Mourvedre, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Red blends built on fruit from Horse Heaven Hills, Snipes Mountain and Boushey Vineyards. Mason’s Red is a Syrah-based blend that changes every year-picking up the flavors and the personality of the winemaker and the vintage.  It is created as a “food friendly” wine with generous acidity to complement all foods-except maybe breakfast cereal
 
2012 Darby, Dark Side Syrah  $30
Darby English makes some of our favorite Washington wines.  His Chaos, Le Deuce, and Purple haze regularly have a spot on our shelves.  Rumored to be Darth Vader’s favorite wine, the Dark Side resides there as well. It has ripe flavors of sweet spice, blackberry, sage and a layer of smoky minerality seem to last forever. Very complex, this Syrah is big but has a velvety texture and will age nicely over the next 5 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. No matter what day you stop by we always have something open to sample.

Holiday Big Bottle Offering

Big Bottles make great gifts and are fun at parties but they’re not always the easiest thing to find.  We’ve put together a list of magnums to peak your interest.  Some of these we have is stock but most of them are special order.  Let us know if you’d like us to get any of these in for you.
 
In Individual Wooden Gift Boxes:

2010 Nicklaus Golden Bear Reserve  $125  1.5L
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc
A big gift Magnum made by Terlato wines for the great putter.  A perfect gift for the golf nut or wine lover.  Intense aromas of dark cherries and plums, layered with spicy notes of anise and clove.  Concentrated flavors of dark plum and raspberry followed by a lush, full‐bodied and bright acidity on the mid-palate.  The smooth, velvety tannins grant this wine a persistent, lingering finish.

2010 Ambassador Vineyards, Envoy Red Blend (estate grown Red Mountain.)  $98  1.5 L
Rich dark berry enveloped by smoke and dried herbs with a finish of black pepper, creamy raspberry and just a hint of minerality in the background. Medium body and spicy on the palate with creamy fruit and cinnamon spice, finishing with a hint of smoke. Nice structure without being to grippy, very pleasant to drink now but should age very nicely for 5-10 years.

2006 Herdade do Mouchao Tinto Alentejo  $84      1.5L
One of the great Portuguese wines, this is a wonderful and idiosyncratic wine, its mainstay being foot-trodden Alicante Bouschet. Spice, sousbois and meaty intensity, hints of liqueur de cassis and Provencal herbs, or their Portuguese equivalent.

2009 Palmoletino, Scarafone Rosso di Montecucco DOC $30     1.5 L
90% Sangiovese, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
Montecucco is a Tuscan appellation that begins on the slopes of Monte Amiata (the volcano facing Montalcino) and extends almost all the way to the coast.  The Scarafone has notes of violets, strawberry and cherry fruit followed by smooth light tannins.
 
Not in boxes but fun gifts!

Roederer Estate Brut, Anderson Valley $55     1.5L 
A toasty, complex domestic Pinot Noir & Chardonnay blend that is a cut above most home grown sparklers and stand up to a lot of Frenchies.. 

2007 Trefethen Vineyards, Oak Knoll District, Napa Cabernet Sauvignon $146         1.5 L
Luxury in a glass. Boasting dense, magnificently concentrated blackcurrant, dark cherry and boysenberry fruit aromas mingled with seductive dark chocolate, sage, leather and sweet vanilla scents, the wine’s intense cassis, black cherry and blackberry flavors explode on the palate, segueing into a deliciously long, savory and decadent, chocolate-filled finish. The eager will drink it now; the wise will sequester it for a decade or more.

2011 Pepper Bridge Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla $125      1.5L
83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot, 4% Malbec
From beginning to end, this was a cool year. The Walla Walla Valley experienced no 100-degree days for the first time in well over a decade. Despite the cooler weather, our vineyards were still able to reach full ripening, with harvest occurring approximately three weeks late. The longer hang time led to layered, nuanced flavors with vibrancy and natural balance.

 2010 Château Angludet (Margaux) $155      1.5L
50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, 12% Petit Verdot)
A serious Bordeaux — Full, lush, plush and plump, it is seriously generous with terrific ripe red fruits and a very polished seductive finish.

 2009 Ruggeri Corsini Barolo ‘Bussia’ $90      1.5L
There should be an exhilarating rush of freshness on the nose, followed immediately by warming broader elements, which can include candied cherries, bitter cherries, plums, strawberries and raspberries. There are also darker tones of chocolate, hazelnuts, licorice, with herbs, cinnamon and vanilla as well.

2009 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Cru Riserva ‘Montestefano’   $126        1.5L
94 Pts – AG “…this brings together the best qualities of the vintage, with a solid core of intense fruit, expressive aromatics and a measure of tannic heft that will keep the wine fresh and vibrant for many years. Dark cherry, plum, spice and leather notes flesh out on the huge, voluptuous 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. No matter what day you stop by we always have something open to sample.

Sunday Sippers – White Port Cocktails,

December 7, 2014, 11-5pm

Sunday we are looking ahead to the holidays and sampling our White Port Winter Holiday cocktail. The perfect pre-dinner drink. You know you’ll want one (or maybe two).

The Madrona

•    2 parts White Port

•    1 part Pomegranate Juice

•    1 part Sparkling Water

•    1 big twist of lime (use a potato peeler)

•    2 dashes Regan’s Orange Bitters

•    Garnish with a Bordeaux Cherry and a little of the syrup

And we will have a recipe booklet for you to take home.


Alves des Sousa Caldas White Port    ($10)
White port is one of those things most people don’t know what to do with. But try it on the rocks with citrus peel, or play around and make up a new cocktail.
Was $20 now $10

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. No matter what day you stop by we always have something open to sample.

Effervescence & Holiday Libation

We are thinking of the holidays this weekend in Madrona.  And with that in mind, TODAY we’re pouring a full line up of BUBBLES starting at 2.  This is one of our most popular tastings of the year, so don’t come too late or you might miss the fizz.

And SUNDAY, Mark is unveiling his White Port Winter Holiday Cocktail. The perfect holiday party drink.

The Madrona
• 2 parts White Port
• 1 part Pomegranate Juice
• 1 part Sparkling Water
• 1 big twist of lime (use a potato peeler)
• 2 dashes Regan’s Orange Bitters
• Garnish with a Bordeaux Cherry and a little of the syrup

Come sample his creation.

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. No matter what day you stop by we always have something open to sample.

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