Archive for September 27, 2012

Italian Stallions

Saturday, September 29th, 2pm


Sangiovese at LeGode
This Saturday we’ll be pouring some very classic wines from Piedmont and Tuscany, the two best stables of Italian vino. Both areas make great and affordable table wines as well as the more thoroughbred Barolo and Brunello. We’ll be pouring some of both. Come savor their equine excellence.

2010 Giorgio Zaglia, Pinot Grigio $10
From Friuli, Zaglia uses methods that have a low impact on the environment does grape cultivation; grape harvest is strictly done by hand and winemaking favors refined physical methods rather than chemical ones. Tthe Zaglia Pinot Grigio has a bouquet of acacia flowers along with crisp dry fruit and a pleasingly bitter note.

2010 Franco Molino Dolcetto $12
Franco Molino is a small, family, all estate grown winery that somehow manages to produce classic Peidmontese wines at fantastic prices. Their Dolcetto is dark and dry with a velvety body and a whallop of good cherry fruit.

2008 Fattoria Mantellassi, Il Canneto Sangiovese $9
From a family estate winerery in Maremma, the Il Canneto is and all stainless steel raised Sangiovese that shows off the pure fruit. The 2009 has arrived at the distributor’s warehouse so we get the 2008 at a great price. Was $12 now $9

2006 Franco Molino, Barolo $30
Made with selected Nebbiolo grapes of the vineyards Bricco Zuncai and Bricco Rocca, the grapes for the Barolo are harvested by hand and carried in small chests to the winery where they are immediately pressed. The wine is ripened in big Slavonian oak casks (1.500 – 3.000 ltrs) for 24 months followed by 12 months in steel tanks before being bottled. The wine is layered with plum and leather notes mixed with the classic dried cherry and spice along with chewy tannins.

2005 Le Gode, Brunello di Montalcino $38
The best Sangiovese in the world is grown in Montalcino. The best of those grapes go into making Brunello. Situated noth of Montalcino on the hill of Montosoli, the Le Gode estate extends itself over about 16 hectares of which 6 are vineyards registered for production of Brunello. The Brunello ages of three years in Slavonian oak casks followed by 8 to 10 months in bottle before release. The Le Gode has an ample velvety bouquet of small red fruits, scents of the forest and spices and vanilla along with an lush body. According to the winemaker, “A glass is advisable before any important decision.”

Wine of the French Countryside,

Saturday, September 22nd at 2pm

The different vineyards of France are known for their distinct terroir, the taste of the soil, climate and place. Saturday we’ll be pouring a diverse and tasty selection of wines from the Loire, Languedoc, Gascogne, and the right back of Bordeaux, all uniquely different and distinctively French. It is a kaleidoscope of flavor concentrated into a pleasant little corner of the weekend. Come join us.
 
2009 Domaine du Margalleau, Vouvray Brut $18
Chenin Blanc
Winemaker Jean-Michel Pieaux reserves the best of his Chenin crop for this bountiful, dazzlingly fresh sparkling wine, performing a single disgorgement following a full year of aging on fine lees. The wine is impressively complex and rich on the tongue, with notes of warm honey, lemon curd and white flowers show on the nose; the mouth delivers flavors of almonds and citrus, with savory hints of graham cracker.
 
2011 Domaine Sainte Rose, Coquille d’oc blanc $12
Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Muscat and Viognier
Domaine Sainte Rose is a family owned and run boutique winery near Servian in the Languedoc. The Coquille D’Oc White is a deliciously drinkable blend, fresh, zingy citrus fruit flavors and wonderfully peachy aromatics combine with a surprisingly rich finish.
 
2011 Chateau Pellehaut, Harmonie de Gascogne Rosé  $10
Tannat, Merlot,
Pellehaut, from the roman pila haut (high point), is owned by the Béraut family. Gaston Béraut oversees the domaine, which also includes cattle, wheat and sunflowers. His Rosé is bled from the Les Marcottes cuvee. It is bright, fruity and clean, dry and light but full of big flavors of cherry and strawberry and pineapple with a subtle hint of spice.
 
2008 Domaine Sainte Rose, La Garrigue $13
Syrah, Grenache
The garrigue is the landscape of the Languedoc. It is a wild and arid yet fragrant and delicate mix of Mediterranean flora. The flavors and aromas of thewine are reminiscent of the garrigue. It is a wine of enormous character, which has inspired rather a cult following. Scents of the garrigue such as aromatic thyme and sage mingle with jammy, red fruit and spicy, black pepper.
 
2009 Chateau Mangot Saint Emilion $26
85% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc. 6% Cabernet Sauvignon
This is a new vintage of one of our stalwart favorites. The Mangot estate covers some 37 hectares in a single stretch in Saint Etienne De Lisse. Its hillside terraces face due south and are sustainably farmed. The wine is aged in separate batches for 14 months in French oak, 40% of which is new. The Mangot has full aromas of cedar, minerals, licorice and an earthy note, followed by dry tannins and lots of dark fruit flavors that are concentrated, rounded and full on the palate.

Special Spanish Tasting,

Thursday, Sept 20th from 5:30 to 7:30

Stop by after work on Thursday when we’ll be pouring a lineup of great wines from Spain. We couldn’t pass up the opportunity to show off these great wines, so we fit in into the middle of the week. The wines are favorites of the critics and we like them as well. Drop in and have a bite of tapas, and check them out.
 
2011 Bodegas La Cana, Albarino $15
The La Cana comes from the most northern part of the Rias Baixas near the Atlantic Ocean. The vines are planted in the pergola system, traditional for this area, in Sandy soil. The wine is partially barrel fermented and rests sur lie. “Mineral, lemon zest, baking spices, and floral notes inform the nose of this round, smooth textured, savory white, with excellent volume and length.” WA 90pts”
 
2010 Bodegas Iluce, Rio Madre, Rioja, Graciano $10
Graciano is used in Rioja to add floral bouquet and complexity to their blends. Rarely is it used on its own. The Rio Madre lets the grape shine in its own right. From 20 year old vines, the wine is deep with exuberant aromas and luscious flavors of blackberries and cherries tell you this is not a Tempranillo. Not to be missed.

 
2010 Bodegas Atalaya, Laya $10
70% Grenache Tintoria, 30% Monastrell
From high altitude vines in Almansa comes this dark fruited , rich Spanish blend. Garnacha Tintorera is known for its deep color and here it coats the glass and imparts aromas of brooding black fruits, licorice, espresso, and pepper. Dense, savory, rich, round and succulent, it’s a lot of wine for the money.

2009 Bodegas Can Blau, Monsant $16
40% Carñena, 40% Syrah, 20% Garnacha
The Monsant appellation in Spain is shaped like a horseshoe surrounding Priorat. Can Blau’s estate there consists of acres of vineyards with an average age of 35 years. “Wood smoke, spice box, incense, lavender, black cherry and plum aromas are followed by a mouth-filling, round, dense wine with outstanding grip and length. It over-delivers in a big way.” WA 90pts
 
2007 Bodegas Muga, Rioja, Reserva $25
70% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha, 10% Mazuelo and Graciano.
Muga was founded by Aurora Cano and her husband Isaac in 1932, although the family were growers and did not commence winemaking themselves until the 1960s. Under Aurora’s son, Isaac Jr. Muga fostered a reputation for high quality, classic Rioja wine sourced from an almost incalculable number of tiny parcels. The Reserva is a traditional styled Rioja, aged for 6 months in wooden vats before spending 2 years in 60% new French and American oak. It has rich layered fruit that is smooth-textured and concentrated with notes of smoked meats and tobacco. WA 92pts

Kosher Wines For Rosh Hashanah And Yom Kippur.

With Rosh Hashanah starting at sundown on the 16th and Yom Kippur following on the 26th, Madrona Wine Merchants is stocking the following Kosher wines:

2010 Golan Heights Winery    $24
Chardonnay
Galilee
A butter Kosher Chardonnay

2010 Golan Heights Winery    $16
Sion Creek White
Sauvignon Blanc, White Riesling and Gewürztraminer
Galilee
Nuances of wild flowers and fresh herbs.

2010 Yarden            $16
Mount Hermon
Bordeaux Blend
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc
Emphasis on fresh red fruits, such as raspberries and cherries, but include hints of fresh herbs and black pepper.

2008 Herzog Selections        $12
Cabernet Sauvignon
Vin de Pays d’Oc
Light cassis aromas and flavor, soft mouth fee and long on the palate.

Gates BBQ Sauce Is Back!

The Gates and Sons BBQ is back in stock at Madrona Wine Merchants – yes, BBQ sauce at a wine shop. In fact, October 18th (Thursday) from 5:30-7:30pm we are hosting a BBQ Taste Off featuring the three Midwest BBQ Sauces that we feature:

Gates & Sons (Kansas City, Missouri) – The Original Choice

Arthur Bryants (Kansas City, Missouri) – The President’s Choice (Truman, Carter)

Biggs (Lawrence, Kansas) – Voted Best In Lawrence

All three sauces are in stock and priced at $6 per bottle (no sales tax).

World Wide Wines,

Far Flung Values,

Saturday, September 15th, 2pm

We search the world to fine great wines at good prices!! Well no, actually we search our distributor’s catalogs to find delicious little beauties. This Saturday we’ll be pouring a lineup of just such things. None are from here. All are from there (Veneto) and there (Mendoza), and there (Marche) and there (Gascony). It’s a bit short on theme, but long on flavor. Come join us.
 
2010 Tenuta Santa Maria Alla Pieve Soave Lepia        $15
Garganega
Tenuta Santa Maria is Bertani ‘s (of Amarone fame) private project. The Lepia is full and rich with flavors and aromas of pears and peaches with a hint of almond and nice minerality.

 
2005 Cantina Valdadige, Terra Dei Forti, Enantio        $13
Terra dei forti DOC is a small area between Veneto and Trenton, in a valley shaped by the glaciers of the Quaternary and carved by the river Adige. Enantio is an indigenous grape that was found growing abandoned in the forests of Veneto, then recued and replanted in the sandy soils of the local vineyards where Philoxera doesn’t affect the vines. The grapes are picked at a level of slight super-maturation and left on the skins for an extended period and then left to age in barrels for 15 to 18 months. The wine is ripe, dark and complex with wild berry flavors and a noted spiciness and a smoky note.

2010 Plaimont La coURtine Côtes de Gascogne        $10
60% Tannat, 40% Merlot
From a cooperative in the Southwest of France that has a very odd idea of what makes an attractive label. But inside the bottle is a dark and leathery wine with the Merlot smoothing out the edges of the Tannat.

2009 Melipal, Malbec                           $13
Melipal is a modern family run winery in Argentina producing high quality wines. Their Malbec comes from a blend of their estate organic vineyards and Las Nazarenas a vineyard with 80 year old vines. All the grapes are sustainably farmed and fermented with natural yeasts. The Melipal has lots of dark fruit and spiciness and stands out above others at this price.

Was $16, Now $13

2010 Marotti Campi Rubico Lacrima di Morro d’Alba     $20
Lacrima is a little known red variety frown in the Marche on Italy’s Adriatic coast. Morro d’Alba is the name of the village which grows the approximately 150 acres of the grape. The wine is very floral with rose and violet notes along with its bright fruit. The palate is a smooth, velvety, dry and pleasantly tannic.

Tom Hoffmann Artist Reception

Tom Hoffmann, in the yellow shirt, at the Artist Reception.

Saturday and Sunday at Madrona Wine

Saturday: We’ll be showing off some great wines from Witness Tree Vineyards starting at 2pm.

Sunday: We’re having an opening reception for the new art on the walls. Come take a gander at Tom Hoffmann’s stunning watercolors, meet Tom and try a couple of our thirsty artist wine selections, from 3 to 5 pm.

Witness Tree Vineyards &

Elemental Cellars,

Saturday, September 8th, 2pm

Witness Tree Vineyard is a 100-acre estate in the Eola Hills of the Willamette Valley named for an ancient oak which towers over the vineyard. Steven Westby is the winemaker and vineyard manager for Witness Tree and can often be found on a tractor or out walking the vineyard, checking on the crop. His use of low yields in the vineyard and minimal handling in the winery create wines of depth, elegance, concentration, and character. This Saturday we’ll be tasting the wines from Witness Tree along with one from Steve’s own label Elemental Cellars. Come give them a sip.
 
2010 Witness Tree Pinot Blanc $16
Pinot Blanc is grown in very small quantities in the Willamette Valley. Witness tree has two and a half acres in production. This limited bottling offers delightful fruit flavors reminiscent of apple and pear, balanced beautifully by a crisp refreshing acidity.
 
2010 Witness Tree Chardonnay $15
The Witness Tree Chardonnay is a blend of estate-grown Davis 108 clone, coupled with a bit of Dijon clone fruit farmed at the Stand Sure Vineyard. Upon opening the wine brings intense aromas of pineapples, mangos and other juicy tropical fruits. As it is a cooler vintage, the acidity is a bit higher-toned, yet in complete balance with fruit and alcohol content. In the mouth the wine shows exceedingly vibrant acidity balanced by a rich, very full mouth-feel of more tropical fruit, butterscotch and a kiss of toasted French oak
 
2010 Witness Tree Chainsaw Pinot Noir $20
The 2010 Chainsaw presents aromas of fresh berries, dried herbs and barnyard. It maintains a pure, clean mouth feel with a core of fresh red fruits. Ripe strawberries, Bing and black cherries, along with subtle notes of currant are accentuated by more herbal nuances such as thyme, savory and sweet marjoram.
 
2009 Witness Tree Dolcetto Remari $20
The Dolcetto comes from a 1.6 acre site exhibiting big grapey, sassy flavors! Its considerable “slurpy factor” makes it a wonderful cocktail wine, while its natural acidity gives it the power to pair exceptionally well with all kinds of cuisine. It is an interesting twist on the Piedmonte varietal.
 
2006 Elemental Cellars, Deux Vert Vineyard Syrah $20
This wine from Elemental Cellars comes from old vine Syrah (for Oregon –planted in 1995) by Deux Vert Vineyard owners Mike and Patty Green in the middle of Pinot Noir country. The wine is co-fermented with Viognier. It has fascinating, deeply complex Syrah notes of smoky violets and bacon, mineral, coffee and leather notes with vibrant berry fruit.


Tom Hoffmann Watercolors

September & October
At Madrona Wine Merchants
 
Opening Reception
September 9th 3-5pm




Artist Statement:


 
Painting is the most dependable way for me to see clearly. Looking at the world with an eye toward distilling its complexity down to a few essential washes and strokes helps me connect to whatever is most meaningful in my surroundings.
 
The elusive balance between narrative content and abstract form fascinates me. I want to see the paint as paint at the same time that I see the illusion of substance, light and space. This is the territory realist painters have always explored, I suppose. It seems inexhaustible, with a horizon that recedes as each of us approaches. The emphasis I try to put on form leaves a great deal of the work of reading content up to the viewer. I am interested in saying just enough, and not too much about what the paint describes. Some of the pleasure of interpreting the subject should be available to whoever stands in front of the paintings.

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