Sprung

Spring has Sprung and here in Madrona the buds are breaking out and we are still getting lots of sprinkles to keep the new seeds from drying out.  And here at Madrona Wine we have a full line up of tasting wines to keep us from drying out.

Saturday, we are taking a small safari through South Africa. With wines from Franschhoek, Paarl, and Walker Bay.  
2015 Southern Right,Walker Bay, Sauvignon Blanc
2015 Tormentoso, Paarl, Old Vine Cinsaut
2014 Tormentoso, Paarl, Pinotage
2013 Chamonix, Franschhoek Rouge
2014 Boekenhoutskloof, Franschhoek The Chocolate Block

Sunday we have two from Château Teulon.   Since 1703, the Teulon family has farmed land in the village of Saint Gilles, south of Nimes. With Phillipe and Vincent at the helm, the wines are gentile and elegant. Since 2012 the vineyards are certified “agriculture biologique.”

2015 Château Teulon Costièrs de Nîmes  $10
Roussanne
A great little organic white.  Floral, citrus, mineral, wet rock, with lemon peel and lime with a wisp of fresh citrus. 13% alcohol by volume. Organic

2015 Château Teulon Costièrs de Nîmes Rouge  $10
60% Syrah, 30% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre
Gorgeous purity along with abundant notes of cranberries, black cherries, black currants, crushed rocks and spring flowers. Medium to full-bodied, beautifully pure and textured. Organic

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.

South African Saturday,

March 25th, 2pm

Saturday, we are heading to the other end of the globe and taking a tasting tour of South Africa.  Come see the variety of Franschhoek, Paarl, and Walker Bay.  Come take a Saturday Safari with us.
 
2015 Southern Right, Walker Bay, Sauvignon Blanc $17
Southern Right is a small Sauvignon Blanc specialist located on a strikingly beautiful 448-hectare property just behind the old fishing village of Hermanus. The wines are named after the rare Southern Right whales, which frequent the cool South Atlantic Walker Bay, 3 kms from the vineyards.  The wine is Juicy and well-built, with a solid core of lemon zest and pith notes stretching out through the finish, picking up gooseberry, jicama and verbena accents.
 
2015 Tormentoso, Paarl, Old Vine Cinsault $13
Cinsault has been grown in South Africa for many generations and blended with Cabernet and Shiraz to soften their tannins. Older, bush-vine vineyards planted without irrigation provide the grapes for this distinctive Cinsault, showing faint spice, cinnamon and red cherries on the nose, followed through by strawberries and cream on the palate. Its silky berry-fruit flavors are backed by earthy, cigar-box-aromas and soft oak tannins.
 
2014 Tormentoso, Paarl, Pinotage $13
Pinotage is the distinctly South African varietal.  This low-yielding, bush-vine vineyard gives Pinotage grapes with exceptionally concentrated flavor. The Tormentoso is a full-bodied Pinotage with hints of floral aromas and black cherries, followed by soft, rich tannins, along with plum and berry flavors.
 
2013 Chamonix, Franschhoek Rouge $20
35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 20% Petit Verdot, 11% Malbec
The Chamounix Rouge shows a generous bouquet suggests black-currant, cedar with scents reminiscent of red berries, spices and vanilla. The wine is amply structured: full, round and smooth on the palate with rich fruit and length of flavor.
 
2014 Boekenhoutskloof, Franschhoek The Chocolate Block  $33
72% Syrah, 10% Grenache Noir, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cinsault, 1% Viognier
A South African smorgasbord, the Chocolate Block sources fruit from some of the best sites in South Africa.   The Syrah and Viognier comes from Malmesbury (Swartland) and is dry farmed to ensure it deep-rooted vines with concentrated flavor and tannin structure. The Grenache is sourced from Piekenierskloof (Citrusdal) with its very sandy soils and perfect terroir for ripening this grape varietal. The Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from Franschhoek and the Cinsaut is from old bush vines on decomposed granite soils in Wellington. The 2014 is an exotic and vibrant vintage with an iron edge running alongside the inky core of prunes, mulberries, cloves and boasting floral notes. Bitter dark chocolate on the palate with cold soaked game, black fruit, hints of smoky minerality and oak spice.

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.

Opulence

Saturday we are pouring some big shouldered wines from the Pacific Coast.  Come try these rich and robust wines from Left Coast Cellars, Dunham, Fidelitas, and Duckhorn.
2015 Left Coast Cellars, Pinot Gris, The Orchards $14
2014 Dunham Cellars, Three Legged Red.  $20
2013 Fidelitas,  4040 Red $25
2013 Duckhorn Vineyards, Paraduxx Red $30
2013 Dunham Cellars, Syrah $35

Sunday, the sun is suppose to peak out and we be tasting two wines from Sicily.  The Greeks, who settled in southern Italy and Sicily, exported the art of wine-growing to Italy. They were so impressed with the mild Italian climate, which was perfect for producing wines, that they called Italy, Oenotria, or the land of trained vines. Come by Sunday and train your palate. 

2014 Birgi, Kalura Frapatto $11
A cooperative wine from western Sicily with lighter, bright, fresh fruit flavors.

2012 Tornatore, Etna Rosso  $14
Nerello Mascalese, Nerello Cappuccio
A fresh and pretty Etna wine with active aromas of white flowers and cherry notes. It is medium-bodied and has a mineral quality from the volcanic soils. Was $19 now $14

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.

Opulent Wines from the Left Coast

Saturday, March 18th, 2pm

This Saturday we are crusin’ down the coast and tasting some rich and robust wines from Washington, Oregon and California.  We gathered up wines that have full body and a lot of finesse.  We also managed to get a little special pricing for today’s tasting.  Come sample what the Pacific Coast has to offer.
 
2015 Left Coast Cellars Pinot Gris The Orchards $14
Located in Rickreall, Oregon just north of Salem, Left Coast Cellars is an estate winery with several distinct vineyards.  Originally planted in apples by the settlers of Holmes Gap, the Orchards block is now Pinot Gris vineyards.  The 45th parallel certainly does agree with this Gris. The wine has aromas of roses along with a citrus spiciness.  Citrus, straw and green apple unite in a harmonious balance that lingers long.
 
2014 Dunham Cellars, Three-Legged Red.  $20
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot & Syrah
The 2014 is an above average version of the Red Table from Dunham Cellars. The wine has aromatics of smoked brisket, creosote, black cherry and anise. The flavors are reminiscent of red cherry, anise, red currant and black olive. Lithe and polished, it finishes with a smooth mouthfeel.

2013 Fidelitas, 4040 Red $25
68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc
Fidelitas is a heavy hitting winery created by Charlie Hoppes focusing on Bordeaux varietals.  A plush Red Mountain Red, the 4040 has aromas of bright raspberry, red  cherry,  and  cola,  vanilla, sweet tobacco, and brown sugar. The palate has silky firm tannins, and red berries.
Was $30 now $25

2013 Dunham Cellars, Syrah $35
Dunham Cellars longtime winemaker Daniel Wampfler created this Washington Syrah from a blend of Lewis, Kenny Hill, XL & Phinny Hill vineyards, combining the state’s different growing regions.  The wine is loaded with aromas and flavors of red cherry, black raspberry, coffee grounds and sagebrush.  It has a wonderful tannic mineral streak that cuts through the richness.  It is a classic example of Washington Syrah.
 
2013 Duckhorn Vineyards, Paraduxx Red $30 (special tasting price)
73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 10% Zinfandel, 4% Petit Verdot
Paraduxx is Duckhorn’s Napa winery on the Silverado Trail that focus on blending. Blended around a core of 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, this is a structured and age-worthy expression of Napa juice.  Aged 18 months in oak (95% French, 5% American) of which 50% is new and 50% second use.  The nose offers deep, concentrated aromas of blackberry cobbler and rich brambly fruit. The palate is soft and rich, with balanced tannins framing lush layers of blueberry, blackberry and spice, all of which carry through to a long, supple finish.  Usually $48 we got a limited time price today on the Duxx.

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.

It’s not too late to sign up for

Madrona Wines Monthly

and get your April box.

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.

Don’t Forget Daylight Savings Wine

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.

From Brighton Bubbles to No Brainers

It looks like another grey weekend here in Madrona.  That’s why Madrona Wine is hitting the beaches (several of them in fact.)

Saturday we are tasting wines from Coastal Regions, starting with British Bubbles from Brighton on to Rías Baixas in Spain, Provence in the south of France, and onto island of Lipardi off the coast of Sicily.  The bubbles start at 2.
Digby Fine English NV Brut $46
2015 La Canna Albariño $16
2015 Bargemone,  Rose $16
2014 Mas de Gourgonnier, les Baux de Provence, Rouge  $22
2014 Caravaglio, Rosso di Munti, Isola di Salina, Sicily  $25

Sunday we are pouring two easy drinking reds that are also easy on the wallet. 

2010 Bodegas Ayuso, Estola Reserva $10
75% Tempranillo, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon
Another great bargain from La Mancha, the Estola is a  juicy blend of fruit and spice blended together with oak aging all for very small price.

2013 Pamplin, Red IQ  $15
Pamplin’s second label that kicks out a good bit of Washington juice for the money.  This Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot dominant blend comes from some top-quality vineyards including Seven Hills, Canoe Ridge, Wallula, Tapteil and Champoux.  Aromas of herb, berry, cherry and toasty spices give way to clearly high-quality barrel aged fruit.   “It’s a No-Brainer.”

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.

Going Coastal

Saturday, March 11th, 2pm

March 11 is deep in the Pisces. Neptune is all over that day so we are hitting the beaches and tasting an array of old world costal climes. Come coast along with us and see how the salt sea can influence a wine as well as the imbiber.

Digby Fine English NV Brut $46

40% Pinot Noir – 35% Chardonnay – 25% Pinot Meunier

In West Sussex “the sunniest spot in the U K” where coastal temperatures are moderated by cooler sea breezes, Digby’s vineyards are a blend of chalky and sandstone sites. The Bruts’s 12 grams dosage, is balanced by its 10 gram tartaric acid. The wine is toasty, spicy with aromas of Rainier cherries and lemon verbena. The palate adds honeyed almond and not quite baked apple pie flavors. It is fine and elegant with an incredible amount of finesse and charm.

2015 La Canna Albariño $16

Rías Baixas is on the northeastern Spanish coast just above the Portuguese border where the Atlantic Ocean cools the vineyards. This pure, chiseled Albariño has lime and stone aromas. Crisp yet comfortable, the palate delivers nectarine, apple and white-fruit flavors. It has a stony finish with crisp acidity and a leesy accent is lasting and attractive.

2015 Bargemone, Rose $16

Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault

Created by Knights Templar in the 13th century, the Bargemone estate now consists of 160 acres of sustainably farmed vines in Coteaux d’Aix, on the coast of the Mediterranean. A benchmark, dry rosé for which Provence is famous, the Bargemone offers classic aromas of wild strawberries and red currants, with a light, floral character and a crisp, bone-dry palate, This wine has a strong sense of structure, with a zesty tang as well as tannins that enhance the fruitiness of this intense and juicy wine.

2014 Mas de Gourgonnier, les Baux de Provence, Rouge $22

The Cartier family’s estate in Provence has 47 hectares of vines and 20 hectares of olive trees. Far from any pollution and having the advantage of a very hot, dry and windy climate, the Mas of Gourgonnier uses biological farming methods, following the “Nature and Progress ” laws which forbid any use of chemical fertilizer, weed killer and insecticide. The wines aromas suggest lavender, thyme and rosemary, with plums and black raspberries enlivened with a pinch of white pepper. The mouth delivers spiced cherries and plums, with hints of ginger and bass notes of dark chocolate.

2014 Caravaglio, Rosso di Munti, Isola di Salina, Sicily $25

100% Corinto Nero

The Caravagio family started making wine on the island of Lipardi off the coast of Sicily more than 500 years ago. Grapes on these wind-swept hills have always been cared for naturally, cleansed by the sea-salty air of the Mediterranean and protected from Phylloxera by the island’s mineral soils. Caravaglio’s Corinto Nero comes from these pre-phylloxera vines, many of which are more than 150 years old. This red grape is an ancient And somewhat forgotten variety. Today Caravaglio is the sole winery to make a pure Corinto Nero. The wine’s aromas of black and red raspberry, mulberry, and currants mingle with scents of roasted bread, wild sage, fennel, mint, and a kind of smoky, humid, turned-earth quality. The palate is ripe, lush, warm without feeling any excess alcohol heat or jamminess. Its herbal, scrub-brushy notes give it a ‘Mediterranean’ personality. Biodynamic and organic.

Sam Birchman Artist Reception

Sunday, March 5, 3-5pm

Drawings by Sam Birchman


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the last year I have been doing these little drawings.  Most of them involve animals
and incorporate elements of the everyday working world.

I like me drawing things that make me think about how they are put together
and how they function, or how they don’t. Mainly I just really like drawing animals.

March 3rd-April 30th – Artist Reception March 5th, 3-5pm

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.

Dreaming

We’re dreaming of spring, this weekend here in Madrona, but the forecast seems to say we have to wait a while.  We’re also dreaming of good wine, and there is no need to wait for that.

Saturday we are pouring five Bonne Française focused round the south of France.  Come see how good these French beauties are.
2014 M. Chapoutier, La Ciboise Luberon Blanc  $13
2014 Louis Latour, Valmoissine Pinot Noir  $14
2013 M. Chapoutier, La Cibois Luberon Rouge $13
2014 Hecht & Bannier Languedoc Rouge  $12
2012 Chateau Saint-Sulpice, Bordeaux Rouge  $19

Sunday, The Rosés Are Arriving! It Must Be Spring!
It’s Old World versus New World with some of the first arrivals of the 2016 Rosé Season. Either off the boat, or over the mountains, come try some fresh wines just in time for the change of seasons.

2016 Clos des Lumieres Cotes du Rhone Rosé  $10
40% Cinsault, 30% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre
Fresh off the boat the 2016’s are starting to land. Strawberry and citrus aromas followed up by strawberry and cherry flavors with spiciness, and pink grapefruit.

2016 Underground Wine Project Mr. Pink  Sangiovese Rosé $13
The new vingtage from the two bad boys Trey Busch and Mark Ryan. Crisp and floral. 

Sunday is also the Artist Reception for our new show of Drawings by Sam Birchman. 

Stop by from 3 to 5 and meet the artist and see the new show.

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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