Sunny Summer Sipping

The sun has returned to Seattle and Saturday at 2 we have a great line up of summery French wine.  Stop by the shop and give them a try.  We’ll have the rosé cold and if it gets too warm we’ll turn on the air conditioning.

Sunday Mark will be pouring more French:  a white from the Savoy and one of our favorite rosés.  Enjoy the weekend.


French Finishers

Saturday, July 26th, 2pm

Saturday is the last day of the Tour de France and by the time we open we’ll know who crossed the line first.  At 2pm we’ll be celebrating some winners of a different kind with a tasting of French wines that endure the test.  One sip and you’ll want to finish the bottle. 
 
2012 Domaine Trotereau Quincy $19
Sauvignon Blanc
Quincy was the second recognized appellation in France, second only to Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Southwest of Sancerre, this relatively small appellation of 200 hectares has sandy, silex-ridden topsoil with an undercurrent of pink limestone.  Sauvignon ripens fully here while retaining a very interesting aromatic profile, with violet and lavender notes along with full fruity citrus.  The Trotereau gives a lot of Sancerre a run for the money.
 
2013 Triennes Rosé $16
Mostly Cinsault with some Grenache, Syrah and Merlot
Triennes is a reference to Triennia, the festival for Bacchus, which was held every three years during Roman times.  The winery was started by two Burgundians, Jacques Seysses and Aubert de Villaine, joined by a Parisian friend, Michel Macaux, who wanted to develop the potential of Provence wine.  The Treinnes Rosé has a bouquet of strawberries and white flowers with hints of vanilla and smooth full fruited mouthfeel.
 
2012 St Germain, Rouge de Savoie, Vieilles Vignes  $17
Gamay
This non-Beaujolais Gamay comes from old vines in the Savoy.  It has wonderful savory aromas, a bit of a saltiness in the mouth from the limestone, and pretty good grip in the mouth with a bit of tannin as well to balance the red fruit.  It is a great summer red that can be served slightly cool.
 
2011 Château L’Ermitage Rouge  $10
40% Shiraz, 40% Mourvedre, 20% Grenache.
L’Ermitage’s rouge has a modern feel. On the nose there are plum, blueberry and cassis notes along with a little cinnamon. It is spicy and ripe on the palate and finishes with supple tannins.
 
2010  Triennes, Saint Auguste  $18
Syrah, Cabernet-Sauvignon and Merlot
Saint Auguste is Triennes’ flagship wine, coming from a selection of their best cuvées.  The wine is rich with alluring aromas of ripe black cherries, nutmeg and clove.  The palate is full of life with plenty of structure.  Drink it now or watch it develop over the next ten to fifteen years.


Italy vs Washington

Sunday July 20th

Mark is touring Irish wine country, but in his absence we’ll be pairing two Sangiovese:

Il Volano, a Tucscan blend of 75% Sangiovese and 25% Merlot which is on special for $10.

and

Waving Tree’s Estate Sangiovese from the Columbia Gorge $15

Come see how the local boys stack up.


Old World Wine Tour,

Saturday July 19th, 2pm

Join us on Saturday as we do a bit of the Tour de France with two side trips into Spain and Italy.  It is a great line up of Old World wines that have come our way at solid prices.  Stop in and have a sip with us.

2009 Château de la Bigotière, Muscadet Sur Maine  $11
Melon de Bourgogne
Chateau de la Bigotière located in the the Loire Valley, is made up of 54 hectares, cultivated by the same family for three generations. The wine has floral aromas, and a distinctive sur Maine character. It shows a lot of body due to the ripe year, but it still has enough crispness to make it good with the standard shellfish.
 
2013 Torre Gajo Pinot Grigio Delle Venezie  $11 ltr.
A Pinot Grigio from a growers’ cooperative in a big bottle, the Torre Gajo is a great value with good body and crisp spicy fruit.
 
2013 Cave de Loire, Les Caprices d’Ines Rosé d’Anjou, $12
Grolleau
Grolleau is derived from the French word grolle, “crow” for the deep black berries of the grape. It is commonly made into rosé wine in Anjou. Les Caprices has a beautiful dress with pink highlights. The palate is frank and flavors already present in the nose grow in a balance of sweetness and freshness. Tasting is extended by a good length.
 
2012 Bodegas Isidro Milagro, 5 Oros Rioja, Vendimia Seleccionada  $12
Garnacha
From 25 to 50 year old vines in Rioja, this Grenache has bold, dark cherry flavors with spicy tannins and hints of chocolate.
 
2010 Château Franc Grâce-Dieu,  Saint Emilion Grande Cru  $29
70% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc
Situated beside Château Figeac and 2 kilometers from Chateau Cheval Blanc, Franc Grâce-Dieu benefits from a complex soil of brown sand, clay and rich iron deposits. This “privileged” terroir produces well-structured and well balanced wines with pronounced red-fruit aromas, leaving a velvety mouth feel with a cashmere-like silkiness. It is a rich and complex Bordeaux with a lot of leathery & mineral nuance.


Germany vs Argentina

In The Madrona Wine Cup.

Today Madrona Wine Merchants we are celebrating the World Cup Final with the Madrona Wine Cup Final – its Germany vs Argentina. Whichever sells the most is the winner! Come vote with your pocketbook.

Representing Germany we have:

2010 Lenz Moser Grüner Veltliner    ($10)
Austria
Light with spicy overtones.
12% alcohol by volume

And representing Argentina:

2012 Altos las Hormigas Colinia las Liebres    ($8)
Bonarda
Mendoza Region
Bright raspberry fruit flavors. Rich and tasty. Take this bunny home with you.

As a bonus round, from 3-5pm we are having an artist’s Reception for Shirley Rudolph’s new show Wine and Roses.

How cool can you get? With the air-conditioning on, we know cool.


Weekend Activities!

It’s a warm and toasty weekend in Madrona with temperatures reaching levels that Seattleites feel duty bound to complain about.  But don’t worry, we have a few things to take your mind off the heat wave and help you chill out. The AC will be running at the shop all weekend!

SATURDAY–The wines for the Bastille Day Rosé tasting starting at 2 will be cool and fresh.

SUNDAY—GR vs ARG!!World Cup Wine–We’ll be pouring a representative from each country.  According to FIFA rules, the country that sells the most bottles on Sunday will be the winner.  Referee Mark will be keeping close score–All Day.

SUNDAY—3 to 5 pm—Artist’s Reception for Shirley Rudolph’s new show Wine and Roses.  How cool can you get?


Bastille Day Rosé,

Saturday, July 12 — 2-4pm

July 14th is Bastille Day — commemorating the start of the French Revolution.  To celebrate we’ve rounded up a rabble of rosés crisp and fresh enough to quell any monarchy.   Stop by on Saturday and take some home to the stockade.

Dopff & Irion, Cremant d’Alsace Brut Rosé   $18
Pinot Noir
A sparkling rosé from one of our favorite Alsace winemakers, the Brut Rosé is a light pink with tinges of orange. The bouquet is full of red berry fruit with a lively, round and elegant palate with pleasant, long-lasting aromas.

2013 Bieler Pere Et Fils, Rosé Provence   $10
55% Syrah, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Grenache, 3% Cinsault, 2% Rolle
This rich, deeply colored rosé from 5 hillside vineyards of Coteaux d’Aix en combines the rich flavors of a red wine with the refreshing qualities of a white. The Bieler Rosé is cranberry-red in color with aromas of raspberry, cherry, strawberry and a distinct minerality. The finish is long and refreshing.

2013 Château D`Or Et De Gueules, Les Cimels Rosé  $13
40% Mourvèdre, 40% Cinsault, 10% Syrah, 10% Grenache
Another outstanding Nimes pink the Les Cimels has a light gooseberry color. Its elegant nose combines harmonious aromas of fresh fruit.  The mouth is all together crunchy, full, long and complex.  The description sounds better in French but you get the idea.

2013 Domaine Sainte-Eugénie Corbières Rosé   $10
80% Cinsault, 10% Grenache, 10% Syrah
This Cinsault heavy rosé comes from 30-50 years old vines.  It has an attractive raspberry-pink color. And displays fresh raspberry notes with a slight touch of mineral and dried herbs with a dry finish.

2012 Secco Italian Bubbles Brut Rose , IGT Veneto  $12
80% Raboso Piave, 20% Pinot Noir
After we storm the Bastille we head down to Italy to finish with some more bubbles.
Like kids in a candy store, this unusual blend from Prosecco country is a
combined effort from Charles Smith and two Venetian sisters, Ginevra and Olivia
Casa.  The wine has a brilliant color, with notes of rich strawberry and Italian
cherry along with subtle biscotti and a hint of red vines and Necco Wafer.


Sunday Sippers,

Madrona vs. France,

July 5th, 2014, 11-5PM

This Sunday it is Madrona vs. France as we try a lovely white and a red in the World Wine Cup competition.

Stop by this Sunday for our French Sippers from 11-5. These two guys just arrived in our shop and I’m excited to try them. Come join me.

2011 Perrier Chignin Bergeron    ($12)
Roussanne
A Rousanne from Savoie with notes of apricots and violets. Was $20 now $12

2013 Domaine de Thulon Beaujolais Villages    ($10)
Gamay
A clean and mineraled gamay with good cherry fruit.
12.5% alcohol by volume


Saunter On By And Have A Sip

It is a very laid back holiday weekend in Madrona, and at the wine shop we can’t decide whether to keep the door open or turn on the air conditioner.  But either way this afternoon we will cool down with some fresh ciders from local Dragon’s Head Cider from Vashon Island.  They are crisp and refreshing and perfect for a lazy afternoon.  That starts at 2pm.

Sunday we’ll be pouring a couple of new arrivals from France:
A dry and flavorful Roussanne from the Savoie and a light and mineraly Gamay from Beaujolais.  Need we mention that they are both great deals. 

Saunter on by and have a sip.


Open July 4th From Noon to 4PM

“Sky rockets in flight. Afternoon delight.” That’s what we have for you today – An afternoon of delights for the Fourth of July.

Today we will be sampling a recent California arrival:

2011 Trim Cabernet Sauvignon ($12)
A good solid California Cabernet that delivers a lot for the money. Not Napa, but a good everyday drinker.

Today is the perfect day for Wine Club Members to pick up their July selections.


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