One for the Cellar –

2013 Schiavenza Barolo

The 2013 Barolos from Schiavenza just hit town along with great reviews for the vintage.  The only problem is that you need to cellar them for a few years for them to fully develop.  By that time, they will long be gone.  Let us know if you want a few for the cellar.  We are offering a 15% discount on 12 or more mix or match.
 
Schiavenza is located in Serralunga d’Alba in the heart of Piedmont’s Langhe district, celebrated for its great Barolo vineyards.  Their holdings include 9.2 hectares in Serralunga with a small 0.5ha plot in Monforte d’Alba, and include the heralded crus Prapò, Cerretta, and Broglio.  In the vineyard, they do not use pesticides or herbicides. Harvest is manual and is conducted according to the phases of the moon.  In the cellar, they use only naturally occurring yeasts, and ferment the wines in cement cisterns. In terms of aging, this is no modern barrique-aged Barolo estate: the wines here are aged for extended period of time in the traditional large Slovenian barrels called botti.  The quality here is shockingly good. Schiavenza’s wines are elegant, pure expressions of Nebbiolo.
 
2013 Schiavenza Serralunga  $35
92pts Wine Enthusiast.
Rose petal, new leather, forest floor and balsamic whiffs of menthol take the lead on this youthfully austere red. Linear and vibrant, the full-bodied palate delivers Marasca cherry, orange zest, cinnamon, licorice and an earthy hint of game. Bright acidity and taut tannins provide an age-worthy structure. Fans of classic of Barolo will love this. Drink 2023–2938.
 
2013 Schiavenza Broglio $50
95 points Wine Spectator
Mint and menthol top notes give way to cherry, plum, leather, and tobacco flavors as this red unfolds on the palate. Tightly wound and dense, showing excellent harmony overall, but will likely develop at a glacial pace. Best from 2022 through 2043.  BS (12/2017)
 
2013 Schiavenza Bricco Cerretta $55
94pts Wine Specator
Rose, cherry, plum and spice flavors languish effortlessly in this deceptively solid red.  The beefy tannins take over midway as this unfolds, yet the lasting impression is balanced, revealing tobacco and underbrush notes.  Best from 2022 to 2042. 
 
2013 Schiavenza “Prapò” Barolo $60
97 points Wine Spectator
An aromatic style of Barolo, laced with cherry, plum, leather and cigar aromas and flavors. There is plenty of sweet fruit, flesh and a dense matrix of tannins, echoing tobacco notes and picking up a mineral edge on the long aftertaste. Very complex and fresh. drink 2022 to 2040 (BS) (11/2017)

Spain All Weekend

The weather forecast looks like Rain and Wind and Cold and maybe Snow on Sunday here in Madrona.  But this is Seattle so who know how it will turn out.  No matter what the weather, we’ll be basking in Sunny Spanish Wines all weekend.

Saturday we are savoring some full-bodied wines Rioja, Utiel-Requena, Ribera del Duero and Priorat that fill the glass and the mouth with lingering pleasure.  
2014 CVNE Monopole Bianco  $13
2015 Vera de Estenas, Bobal $12
2016 Pago de los Capellanes Ribera del Duero Joven Robles $17
2013 Abadia Retueerta,  Sardon se Duero   $31
2014 Clos Figueras,  Serras del Priorat  $25

Sunday we keep it rolling with two more wines from Rioja.

2015 Carlos Serres Rioja Blanco  $10
85% Viura, 15% Tempranillo Blanco

Fresh aromas of apple and pineapple with subtle white floral characters. Fresh, fruity and lasting finish, a great balance between fruit and acidity in the mouth.
2011 Vina Bujanda Rioja Reserva  $15
Tempranillo
A great price on a Reserva this wine shows deep, spicy aromas of blueberries, leather, mocha and cacao. On the palate, orange marmalade with fir under growth and Bing cherry. Was $22 now $15

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.

Savoring Spain

Saturday, February 17th,2pm

This Saturday we are savoring some flavor packed wines from Rioja, Utiel-Requena, Ribera del Duero and Priorat.  These full-bodied wines fill the glass and the mouth with lingering pleasure.   Come have a taste.
 
2014 CVNE Monopole Bianco  $13
100% Viura.
CVNE’s reds have long been a standard in Rioja,  but there entry white is a great value.  All grapes come from the Rioja Alta, where higher altitudes and Atlantic influences make for a moderate climate which is ideal for producing wines of elegance and finesse. Soils are composed of iron-rich clay and limestone. This wine is aged in tank and bottled in January to preserve freshness and fruit. This white is fresh and bright with a firm backbone of crisp acidity that carries pear, McIntosh apple and verbena flavors and a juicy, floral finish.
 
2015 Vera de Estenas, Bobal $12
Founded in 1945 Vera de Estenas is situated at 800m elevation near the mouth of the Estenas river near the foot of the Sierra del Remedio Mountains in the heart of Utiel-Requena.  Summer brings scorching heat, but a cooling wind called the Solano brings relief, and nighttime temperatures can drop substantially due to the high elevation, helping to preserve acidity in the grapes.   This Bobal comes from 50 years old vines.  It shows a mix of bright black and red fruits, spice, and minerals.  The traditional pairing is Gazpacho Manchego, and Valencian paella made with rabbit or chicken, and snails.
 
2016 Pago de los Capellanes Ribera del Duero Joven Robles $17
Tempranillo
Pago de los Capellanes is located near the village of Pedrosa de Duero, deep in the heart of the Ribera del Duero region of Spain.   The Joven Roble is a oak aged young wine with strong black fruit, vanilla, coffee and spicy undertones.  Medium bodied, fresh and fruity. Light tannins, elegant and excellent acidity.
 
2013 Abadia Retueerta,  Sardon se Duero   $31
75% Tempranillo, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Syrah
This winemaker use to work for Vega Sicillia until he spun off on his own.  This Duero red has an intense, mature nose with mineral aromas that give way to black fruit, such as blackberry and blackcurrant. The wine has hints of licorice, redcurrant and cherries in liqueur on a backdrop of dark chocolate.
 
2014 Clos Figueras,  Serras del Priorat  $25
Garnacha, Cariñena, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon
Located on the schistuous slopes of Gratallops, a terroir responsible for the finest wines of Priorat, this second label from Figueras has focused flavors of cherry, berry, vanilla and mountain herb that mingle over light tannins, refreshed by bright acidity. The wine is not muscular but has good energy.

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 break in the clouds

It looks like the grey is parting (at least for a little bit) here in Madrona.  Mardi Gras is here, closely followed by Valentine’s day. You are going to need a little wine to go with.  It is a good weekend to get out stretch the legs and stop by the wine shop to see what’s pouring.

Saturday it is wines from Friuli & Veneto.
2016 Colutta, Pinot Grigio  $20

2016 Colutta, Ribolla Gialla, Gran Cru  $33
2016 Mauro Maschi0,  Veneto Merlot  $11
2014 Ca Salgari, Valpolicella Classico Superiore D.O.C. Ripasso Vajoi  $24
2013 Ca Salgari Amarone della Valpolicella Classico D.O.C.G  $38
And don’t miss the olive oil.
Petrizzelli Extra Virgin Olive Oil Mono Cultivate  $18

Sunday we’ll be pouring two great deals from the South of France.

2016 Mont Gravet Cinsault Rosé $10
A dry Languedoc Rosé with aromas of raspberries and pears. 12% alcohol by volume

2008 Clos Saint Georges Cuvée Chevalière $12
50% Grenache, 50% Syrah
A juicy Roussillon Red, with enough age to smooth out the edges. Kirsh, licorice and fine 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

Friuli & Veneto

Saturday, February 10th, 2pm

This Saturday we are featuring wines from the northeast of Italy in Colli Orientali del Friuli and Valpolicella. Colli Orientali is known for its outstanding whites and Valpolicella for its Amarone.  Imported importer Fulvio Longo will be on hand to show off these fantastic wines.
 
2016 Colutta, Pinot Grigio  $20
The Colutta Farm – “Bandut” is named after an ancient piece of land bought by Antonio Colutta in the early 1900s, which now belongs to Giorgio Colutta.  Colli Orientali vineyards are influenced by the breeze from the Adriatic.  This Pinot Grigio has effusive aromas of apple blossoms and quince with underpinnings of bitter almonds. It is intense with rich and refreshing flavors.
 
2016 Colutta, Ribolla Gialla, Gran Cru  $33
Truly unique, Colutta’s Ribolla is elegant, delicate and floral, with notes of jasmine and orange blossom. 
 
2016 Mauro Maschi,  Veneto Merlot  $11
The Maschi is a distinct expression on Merlot from the Northeast of Italy –and it is at a great price.
 
2014 Ca Salgari, Valpolicella Classico Superiore D.O.C. Ripasso Vajoi  $24
Corvina Veronese, Corvinone, Rondinella and Croatina
The Salgari family’s wine making dates back to 1840, when Luigi Antonio built his manor house with an underground cellar.  It has a historic rural courtyard surrounded by centuries-old cypress trees and is located in the heart of the Valpolicella Classico area in the Negrar valley. In February, the Valpolicella Superiore undergoes a light maceration and re-fermentation, mixed with skins and seeds remaining after the first fermentation of Recioto and Amarone to become Ripasso.  The wine is then aged at least 12 months in oak casks.  This Ripasso has a rich range of fragrances with persistent notes of ripe red fruits, tobacco, spices and light vanilla.  It is warm, soft and embracing, with elegant tannins, and a well-balanced structure.
 
2013 Ca Salgari Amarone della Valpolicella Classico D.O.C.G  $38
Corvina Veronese, Corvinone, Rondinella and Croatina
In September the grapes for this Amaorne are manually harvested, and the best ones are placed in small wooden trays and left to dry for at least 4 months. During this period of natural drying, called appassimento, the grapes lose about 40% of their weight, developing larval forms of noble rot such as botrytis cinerea. This mold naturally contributes to the increase of glycerol concentration, giving a softness and characteristic aroma to this great wine.  A soft pressing and slow fermentation at low winter temperatures follows.  The wine has an intense and complex bouquet of red flowers and fruitiness including notes of cocoa and vanilla. 
 
Petrizzelli Extra Virgin Olive Oil Mono Cultivate  $18
The Petrizzelli is ade exclusively from the Coratina Olive a very small, low yielding varietal that rewards those who have the patience to work with it. Come taste it.

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

World Wide Weekend

Globetrotting is on the schedule for the weekend here at Madrona Wine.  So grab your umbrella, head to the shop and come along.

Saturday, we have a full Albariño from Spain, a dark Merlot from Chile, a new juicy Bordeaux from France, a concentrated Syrah for South Africa and a big shouldered Sangiovese from Tuscany.
2015 Sin PalaBRAS, CastRoValdES  $18
2012 Tres Palacios, Family Vintage Merlot  $15
2015 Château Guillou, Montagne St. Emilion  $15
2011 La Motte, Syrah  $15
2009 Cacchiano  Chianti Classico Millenio $24

Sunday we are turning the world upside down and sampling two Southern Hemisphere wines — Peruvian Chardonnay and Australian Petite Sirah. Come shift your axis with us all day, opening at 11am, closing at 5pm. 
 2015 Intipalka Chardonnay  $12
A Peruvian Chardonnay with tropical fruit aromas. It is rounded on the palate, fresh with balanced natural acidity. Medium-bodied and a long finish. 13.5% alcohol by volume. Was $15 now $12

2015 De Bortoli Petite Sirah  $11
From Australia, an earthy Petite with dark fruit and spice 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

WINE over POLITICS

World Wine Values

Saturday, February 3rd, 2pm

Value is where you find it.  This Saturday we’ll be showing off some great values that we have found from around the globe.  We have a full Albariño from Spain, a dark Carminere from Chile, a new juicy Brodeaux from France, a concentrated Syrah for South Africa and a big shouldered Sangiovese from Tuscany.  All of them are a lot of wine for the money.  Come taste for yourself.
 
2015 Sin PalaBRAS, CastRoValdES  $18
Albariño
An Upper Case Albariño from Rais Baixais from 75-year-old vines.  Classic Albariño aromas of sea brine, tropical fruits, lees and dust precede a minerally lemony palate with tangy flavors of lemon, lime and gooseberry. This is a fresh clean example with a long stony citrusy finish.

2012 Tres Palacios, Family Vintage Carmenere  $15
The Family vintage is from select blocks of Palacios estate vineyards.  The yields are kept low to achieve strength and fruit concentration. This is a good example of serious Carmenere from Chile with aromas of blackberries and plum with graphite and coal on a masculine nose. The fruit is solid and ripe, with black cherry and chocolate with soft tannins and rich complexity.
 
2015 Chateau Guillou, Montagne St Emilion  $15
75% Merlot,  25% Cabernet Franc
A sister estate owned by the Saby family(who also own Château Rozier, Château Saint André Corbin and Château Hauchat) this St Em satellite packs a big punch with oodles of red berry fruit and mocha character.  It is an excellent value in under-the-radar Bordeaux.

2011 La Motte, Syrah  $15
95% Syrah, 5% Grenache
From the Franschhoek Valley in South Africa’s Cape winelands, the La Motte Syrah tastes of dark berries and cloves. The finish is long and features clear oak notes.
Was $25 now $15

2009 Cacchiano Chianti Classico Millenio – $24
100% Sangiovese
This is the big wine from a very old estate winery in Chianti.  The Millenio is made only in the best years and ages for 5 years before release.   Juicy and powerfully structured, this vibrant red boasts aromas of underbrush, game and mature plum.  The palate offers cherry marinated in spirits, juicy raspberry, white pepper, clove, tobacco and licorice alongside firm, velvety tannins.
Was $38 now $24

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

Celebrate St. Clouds No Corkage Night


 

10% discount
on any bottle $25

or more when you mention

St. Cloud’s No Corkage Night

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

(Offer Good Only Wednesday, January 31st, 2018)

All French, All Weekend

Madrona is grey and cloudy so we are spending the weekend in France.  Stop by and find something to brighten your palate. 

Saturday we’ll be tasting a Pear Cider from Normandy,a mineral white from Touraine, a Bordeaux from each side of the river and a rich Syrah from the Rhone.
Daufresne, Poire (Perry) Cidre Normandy $12
2016 Domaine Beausejour,  Les Grenettes, Touraine Blanc  $15
2015 Lamothe Castera, Cuveé Margaux, Bordeaux $15
2011 Clos du Roy, Fronsac $25 
2015 Chateaumar, Cuveé Vincent Syrah $17

Sunday Mark will be rolling his R’s with wines from the Rhone and Roussillon. 

2015 Château Bizard Blanc d’Amour $13
40% Grenache Blanc, 40% Viognier, 10% Marsanne, 10% Rousanne
A full and resinious Rhone white with lots of pear and apple notes.

2014 Domaine La Vista Grains Mélés  $12
Co-fermented Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre
A dry smooth dark Rousillon red with notes of black cherries, plums and layers of spice on the nose. The palate opens up into savory tannins and a chewy finish. Organic. Was $15 now $12

Wednesday January 31st: Plan ahead.  St Clouds is having No Corkage Night. Stop by the shop and grab a bottle and head over to dinner.

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.

French Flavors

Saturday, January 27th, 2pm

Join us Saturday for a taste of the rich explosive flavors of the French countryside.  We’ll be tasting a Pear Cider from Normandy, a mineral white from Touraine, a Bordeaux from each side of the river and a rich Syrah from the Rhone.  There is something for everyone. 
 
Daufresne, Poire (Perry) Cidre Normandy $12
A Perry pear is gritty, tannic and acidic, with tannins that tend to be rounder than those found in cider apples, and the pears used for perry have less malic acid than cider apples, resulting in a beverage that is less tart and more delicate. The Daufresne offers sparkling and persistent effervescence with tastes of fresh pear fruit, hints of melon and citrus, natural sediments in glass, rustic with a clean pure sweetness, balanced by refreshing acidity.
 
2016 Domaine Beausejour, Les Grenettes, Touraine Blanc  $15
Sauvignon Blanc
Beausejour is a 20-hectare vineyard on siliceous soil (sand with clays and flint) which makes for a very pleasing white.  Lemon and spice make this a fruity while textured wine. It tastes like the soil from which it comes, very mineral and flinty.  The palate is supple and fresh, with a good balance.
 
2015 Lamothe Castera, Cuveé Margaux, Bordeaux $15
85% Cabernet Sauvignon 15% Merlot
Château Lamothe-Castera, located in the Entre Deux Mers region, 50 miles from Bordeaux and has been producing wine since the 15th century. The vineyards are composed of 30-year-old vines and are farmed sustainably.  The Cuveé Margaux is made in stainless steel tanks.  The nose is of small ripe red fruits, spices, and of vanilla.  The palate is smooth with a good intensity. 
 
2011 Clos du Roy, Fronsac $25 
90% Merlot, Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
Clos du Roy is a family owned 20-hectare estate.  Their Fronsac is aged for 12 months in French oak (30% new).  The wine has a fine structure and a wealth of succulent, ripe dark-berried fruit.
 
2015 Châteaumar, Cuveé Vincent Syrah $17
The Vincent is made from 50+ year old Syrah vines growing on two parcels bordering Châteauneuf-du-Pape.  This vineyard is completely sustainably farmed.  The wine is rich and dark with aromas of blackberries, blueberries, and dark spices. Sultry black pepper and black cherry fruit appear on the palate, swirling with earthy 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.

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