Archive for December 27, 2011

Today’s Pour

2008 Cabriz

Alfrocheiro, Tinot Roiz, Touriga Nacional

Dão

90 points Wine Spectator and #42 in Top 100 Wines of 2011: “A well-structured, muscular red, with a touch of Asian spice to the wild plum and dried raspberry flavors. Beef and mineral notes mark the finish. Distinctive, with a very sauvage allure. Drink now through 2015.” — And only ten bucks.


What’s Pouring Friday.

Come On In.

2009 L’Ecole No, 41, Walla Walla Cabernet Sauvignon $35

A new release of this wine. The 2008 was #41 on Wine Spectators top 100 list. The 2009 promises to be even better. With an elegant, old world structure, this sophisticated Cabernet shows aromas of dark fruit, earth, and fresh herbs. A seamless core of blackberry, plum, and dark cherry mingle with notes of tobacco and leather on a dusty tannin, richly structured finish. Come try it with us.

 

What’s Pouring Today?

Come Check It Out.

2009 Tamarack Cellars, Firehouse Red       $17
Columbia Valley
59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Syrah, 12% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc, 6% Malbec, 5% Sangiovese, 2% Zinfandel, 1% Petit Verdot, 1% Carmenere.

Tamarack’s ever popular Red blend is a consistent hit. Pretty notes of vanilla, blackberry, cherry and rose petals. On the palate, caramel and jammy black fruit. Well-balanced, with soft tannins and a bright acidity, leading into a lengthy, smooth finish.

Wednesday Tasters

We are running around like busy Santa’s Elves this week at Madrona Wine, but we still have time to open a few bottles for everyone to try. Today (Wednesday) we’ll be pouring:

2007 Grange Philippe Cabernet Franc Languedoc $12

Nice floral notes (violets) over dry soft fruit make this a pretty appealing wine from the South of France where all the good deals are.

2009 Enclos du Petit Chein Cheverny Blanc $10

90% Sauvignon Blanc, 10% Chardonnay More tropical flavors than you would expect in a Cheverney. This wine is from a warm vintage, but it still has some nice mineral notes. Was $13, but now a bit less.

Today We Are Tasting The ’04 Nicolis Testral.

94% Corvina, 3% Merlot, 3% Cabernet

A Super Veronesse? The grapes are dried for 3 weeks before fermentation, concentrating the flavors — lots of dried plum and cherry.

Was $20, Now $14

Sunday Feature: Damilano Barolo

For our Special Sunday Bottle this week we have:

2006 Damilano, Barolo Lecinquevigne — $35
The Lecinquevigne as the name suggests consists of Nebbiolo from five vineyards. The Nebbiolo vines range in age from 30 to 50 years old. The wine has an intense fragrance of rose, leather, tobacco, and subtle hints of violet and tar with flavors of dark cherry with a long smooth finish. Like all Barolo the wine ages for 24 months in barrel before being bottled.



Stop in and have a sample.

Bubbles!

Saturday, December 17th, 2-4pm

Ever since Dom Perignon started having his wine ferment again in the bottle, giving it an effervescence, people have loved it. Since then sparkling wine has spread the world over. Stop by the shop this Saturday when we will be trying a great sampling of Bubbly wine. It will be fun and festive.

Adami, Prosecco Garbèl $15
Garbèl, which in ancient local dialect means a dry, crisp, pleasantly tart wine, is produced from hilly vineyards in Veneto in the north of Italy. Garbèl’s 13 grams of residual sugar place it between Brut and Extra Dry. The ample nose releases crisp-edged, complex fruit notes, and the palate is full-flavored with a crisp acidity with scents of green apple, minerals, and glazed almond.

Gruet, Blanc de Noir $15
At 4300 ft. Gruet’s vineyards are some of the highest in the United States, so regardless of how hot the days get in New Mexico the temperature at night can drop as much as thirty degrees, cooling the fruit and slowing down the maturation process. Made from Pinot Noir, the Blanc de Noir is made using the traditional champagne method. It has a rich and toasty character with rich complex flavors. Winemaker’s Note: A fine salmon color, aggressive mousse and a lovely fruity wine with plenty of immediate charm and toasty aromas. There is also an explosive juicy flavor of raspberry.

Scharffenberger, Brut Mendicino $18
2/3 Chardonnay, 1/3 Pinot Noir
This California Brut is made with the traditional methode champenoise. The full malolactic style adds a vanilla cream character, producing a round and full-bodied wine. After approximately two years on the yeast lees, there are notes of freshly baked bread and pastry that enhance the more fruit-forward style of the wine. In bottle the wine develops caramel and hazelnut notes.

Louis Roederer Brut Premier $46
56% Pinot Noir, 34% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Meunier
Not a small house , Lois Roederer own 450 acres of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in Montagne de Reims, Côtes des Blancs, and Valleé de la Marne. The Brut Premier spends three years ageing on its lees, plus another six months after disgorging. The wine has fine bubbles and a nose of fresh fruit and hawthorn. The smooth and complex palate minges flavors of apple and pear with red berries and notes of toast and almonds. It got 92 points from both The Wine Spectator and The Wine Advocate.

 

Specialty Food Section Opens

Madrona Wine Merchants now carries the following specialty products, some available exclusively in Washington State.

Mama Lil’s Peppers: Pickeled Hot or Mildy Spicy. Try these local produced peppers either as a garnish for steaks, an Italian style appetizer. Save the oil for a dipping sauce.

Vignalta Herbed Sea Salt (Salle Alle Erbe delle Marlunghe): Perfect with grilled or broiled meat, fish or poultry — or just on roasted potatoes.

Arthur Bryant’s Original Recipe Barbeque Sauce: Imported directly from Kansas City, Arthur Bryants is exclusively sold in Seattle through Madrona Wine Merchants. Not only Calvin Trillin of the New Yorker’s favorite sauce, it’s the favorite sauce of Jim and Mark.

Sunday Special.

Today is the start of our Sunday Special. On Sunday we open a nicer bottle of wine for everyone to taste. Today we are pouring the 2008 Steele Red Hills Cabernet Sauvignon. Originally $30, we are offering it at $20.

Tasting Notes: A richly oaked California Cab takes a bit of a reality adjustment.

Stop in an try a sample.

TONIGHT:

Grower Champagne Tasting, 5PM

This event is SOLD OUT! Watch for our next special tasting event in January.

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