Archive for March 28, 2013

Viña Salida With Doug McCrea,

Saturday, March 30th, 2pm

Doug McCrea pioneered winemaking with Rhone varietals in Washington State at a time when everyone else was focused on Cab and Merlot. Years later there are many Rhone blends ion the market, but very are a match for Doug’s. This Saturday we’ll be pouring the wines of his new project Salida which focuses on Spanish varietals. These wines are made in small quantities and are very limited. Doug will be here to talk about his wines. Come try them and get ahead of the curve.

 
2011 Albariño $20 750ml   $10 375ml
Albariño’s origin is in Spain’s Rias Baixas. Salias’ comes from the Dutchman Vineyard, located at about 900 feet on the shoulder of the Yakima Valley’s Rattlesnake Mountains, provides a moderate climate for the grape. In the vineyard, the berries’ flavors literally explode in ones’ mouth with remarkable intensity once ripeness has been achieved. Characteristic aromas of Albariño are redolent in the wine, displaying bold citric elements of lemon, kiwi and pineapple. The flavors are pronounced, resembling lemon, red peach skin, white pear, green melon and Pink Lady apple with a driving embrace and a crisp finish.
 
2010 Tempranillo $20
Tempranillo is the “King” of Spanish grapes most renowned in the Rioja and Ribera del Duero. Salida’s comes from the Two Coyote Vineyard located on the northern flank of the Yakima Valley at about 1,000 feet elevation. The wine’s aromas are true to Tempranillo, expressing warm spices, dusty blackberry, cigar box, tobacco and leather. The mouthfeel is soft with medium tannins. A pronounced attach yields to a gentle mid-palate followed by a rustic, fairly long finish hinting at cinnamon, cardamom, black cherry, and light vanilla oak. We believe this wine will have wonderful longevity for up to ten years in bottle.
 
2010 Tres Viños $20 750ml $10 375ml
50% Tempranillo, 25% Garnacha Tinta, 25% Monastrell
The Tres Viños blends Tempranillo with two other Spanish grapes, Garnacha and Monastrell. The Tempranillo is from Two Coyote Vineyard, while the Garnacha and Monastrell are from Olsen Brothers Vineyard, located in the far eastern end of the Valley where there is greater cumulative heat units supporting good ripeness. Aromas of deep black cherry and red plum lead to spicy elements redolent of figs, star anise and coriander, a hint of lavender, and a dark, truffle-like underpinning. The mouth-filling flavors resemble baked blackberry pie, blue plum and black current followed by a mixture of dark berries, tobacco and hint of leather.
 
2010 Fuego Sagrado $28
67% Malbec, 33% Tempranillo
A non-traditional blend, the ‘Fuego Sagrado,’ is sourced from Two Coyote Vineyard. Benefiting from extended hang time, the wine maintains good structure and acidity with a lush palate feel due to the gentle ripening. The Malbec, with aromas of blackberry, coffee, dark plum and chocolate, is enhanced and made complex by Tempranillo’s black cherry, spice, tobacco and dried herbs characters. Together, they offer a very unique marriage of wine grapes in a powerful and brooding dance.

New Zealand,

Saturday, March 23rd, 2pm

At the other end of the globe there is a beautiful little island (two really) with a lovely country side that is well suited to cooler climate grapes. The wines from there aren’t big or juicy, high alcohol, over ripe. They are well balanced with good acid, lower alcohol levels and a sense of where they come from. Come try a few of them this Saturday.

2011 Cairnbrae Sauvignon Blanc $14 — 13.% Abv
Cairnbrae or “Rocky Hill” is a boutique winery in the favored Rapaura district of Marlborough, New Zealand, neighboring the well-known Cloudy Bay and Corbans Stoneleigh vineyards.. Rich and pure, the wine reflects the powerful landscape it comes from. Lifted citrus blossom floral notes with ripe tropical aromas mingle with lemongrass and guava nuances. Ripe fruit salad tropical notes abound with textural depth and an incredibly long finish. Rich and pure, the wine reflects the powerful landscape it comes from.

2010 Mission Estates Chardonnay $14 — 12.4 % Abv
Mission Estates, located in Hawkes bay, is the oldest winery in NZ, and as the name suggests started missionaries. Their Chardonnay is aged its lees giving it a soft style that is elegant and well structured. The nose has a slight smoky toasty aroma. The palate is full with soft mouth feel and fine flavors in the mid palate. They are reminiscent of stone fruit and citrus with subtle vanilla undertones from the oak. The fresh finish is clean and persistent

2010 Cairnbrae Pinot Noir $18 — 13.5% Abv
Cairnbrae’s Pinot Noir exudes classic ripe fruit flavors. Plum, cherry and blueberry fruit notes support a warm earth and spicy complexity. Damson plums, black cherry and blueberry fruit notes are supported with a warm earth and spicy complexity. The palate is rich and full on entry with ripe dark fruits, savory complexity and supple tannins. The mid-palate is creamy whilst the finish is flavorsome and persistent.

2010 Yealands Pinot Noir $18 — 13% Abv
From Marlborough, New Zealand, Yealands is a sustainably farmed estate winery that uses sheep instead of tractors and wind turbos for power. The exposure to high sun and wind, coupled with cool nights and low rainfall produce a smaller, thicker skinned berry. His Pinot has intense fruit aromas of dark cherry and savory spice. The palate is refined with notes of plum, complemented by silky tannins and a long savory finish.

2010 Mission Estate, Merlot $16 — 12.8% Abv
Not to be confused with Washington or California Merlot the Mission Estate’s is a lighter example. The nose has aromas of plum, sweet spice and savory notes. The palate is medium bodied with generous fruit in the mid palate. The wine finishes with soft fine tannins and lingering spicy fruit aromas.

Lost in Translation:

The Lingo for Tasting Wine

From the Wall Street Journal from March 14th we have this interesting article, luckily on the free side of the site.

How do you explain “hints of blackberry” to someone who has never had a blackberry? You make your tasting notes culturally relevant.

You Say Cherries, I Say Chiuchow Master Stock

How do you describe flavors that are geographically and culturally foreign? Below, two separate sets of tasting notes for a bottle of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Grands-Echezeaux 2002 by Simon Tam, right, head of wine in China at Christie’s auction house. One write-up is for a Western audience, the other, for a Chinese one.

Tasting Notes in English

  • There are sweet, pure and classic pinot fruit aromas enhanced by subtle nuances of floral flower notes, damp earth, crushed cherries and fleshy raspberry, even a hint of aged game meat. The palate is muscular and reserved but somewhat backward. It is a very concentrated wine, but will need time to bring out its best.

Tasting Notes, Chinese translation

  • There are fragrant aromas of dates, Chinese herbal medicine and Chiuchow master stock [an aromatic, heavily flavored soy-based liquid used to poach meats], enhanced by sweet, fruity and lasting tastes, with even a hint of the sweetness of dang gui [a traditional Chinese herbal medicine]. This can be drunk now for its fruity flavor, or aged for another 20-30 years. Best to pair with crispy barbecue pork

Here is the link to the entire article: CLICK HERE

Vinotherapy?

Sounds like a good idea to me!

We discovered this poster in the lobby of a Hong Kong hotel:

Bascially it’s $15-20 USD depending on the exchange rate. Novatel CityGate in Hong Kong, 5 minutes from the airport.

We’ve got a lot going on this weekend at Madrona Wine.

Saturday we are pouring wines from the Southwest of France that you won’t want to miss.

 

Sunday is the artist reception for Seth Thompson’s new show of photographs.

 

Reception 3pm to 5pm.

Seth Thompson is showing a selection of prints from his Mexico, Cuba, and Night series. The prints are traditional chromogenic dye coupler prints made from color negative film. The artist is fascinated by the richness of color in seemingly dark scenes, at night and in naturally lit interiors, which can be recorded and made visible through long exposures of negative film. Neither the printing paper nor the color films used are available today, and these images cannot be reproduced with exactness.

 

The artist, trained to be both a literature scholar and a painter, has shown his work in New York and Mexico, as well as the Northwest. He taught color at PCNW from 1999 through 2011 and now teaches at Pratt Fine Arts center.

Join us for both events!


Magenta Room

Sud Ouest French,

Saturday March 16th, 2-4 pm

We continue our celebration of Washington wine month this Saturday by pouring a great line up of unique wines from Southwest France. Stop by and try these wines from Gaillac, Cahors, and Gascony. They are great and undiscovered values with an array of bold and intriguing flavors.

2011 Philemon Gaillac Blanc Perlé $13
60% Loin de L’Oeil, 20% Muscadelle and 20% Sauvignon Blanc. Organic
The Vieules family has had a vineyard in Villeneuve since 1804 where they grow wheat, sunflowers and grapes. A good proportion of their vines are more than fifty years old and are goblet pruned keeping yields exceedingly low. The Perlé’s freshness in is achieved by preserving some of the natural CO2 that occurs during the vinification. It has concentrated flavors of mineral and citrus.
 
2011 Philemon Gaillac Croix de Azul $13
Fer Servadou Braucol
The Croix d’Azal is produced entirely from Braucol, the name used in Gaillac for the Fer Servadou grape. It is a wonderful expression with all of its typical spiciness and woodsy floral aromas. The word “braucol” in girondin patois signifies taureau, the bull. The Croix d’Azal is no raging bull but one who lives peacefully in the pasture content to smell the flowers.
 
2010 Château Chabiran Bordeaux Supérieur $14
90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Not exactly from the southwest (but we had to throw it in) Château Chabiran lies on a high plateau just outside of Fronsac with soils of a local blue clay and red gravel. The unusually high density of plants encourages low yields and maximum extraction of the soil’s minerals. The wine is fermented in both stainless steel and cement tanks with a long maceration and aged partially in barrel and partially in tank. The wine is dense and leathery with layers of tannins.
 
2011 Mas del Périé Cahors, Les Escures $18
80% Auserrois, (Malbec), 20% Merlot
Cahors lays an equal distance from the Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean and the Pyrenees. Mas del Perié has been in the Jouves family for four generations. The domaine is located in Trespoux-Rassiels, a small village located along the chalky plateau known as Quercy Blanc. The average age of the vines is 35 years and Fabien who recently graduated from enology school is taking the vineyard toward organic certification. A minerally and leathery Malbec.
 
2009 Laffite-Teston Madiran Reflets du Terroir $18
70% Tannat, 15% Cabernet Franc, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon
Madiran is situated among the northern foothills of the Pyrenées in the heart of Gascony. Due to its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean the climate is somewhat humid with moderate temperatures that benefit from the prevailing south winds that bring warm dry air in the summer and fall. A family domain where the wine was formerly sold in bulk, they began estate bottling in 1975. The vineyards are on chalky clay soil. The average vine age is 40 years . For the Reflet du Terroir the juice stays in contact with the must for 20 days during which time the tanks are drained twice with the juice being returned on top of the cap.. It is then aged in 1 and 2 year old barrels for 12 months. The wine is big dense and tannic.

Seth Thompson, Photographer,

Artist Reception,

Sunday, March 17th from 3-5PM.

Seth Thompson
Photographs
March 6th through April 28th
Seth Thompson is showing a selection of prints from his Mexico, Cuba, and Night series. The prints are traditional chromogenic dye coupler prints made from color negative film. The artist is fascinated by the richness of color in seemingly dark scenes, at night and in naturally lit interiors, which can be recorded and made visible through long exposures of negative film. Neither the printing paper nor the color films used are available today, and these images cannot be reproduced with exactness.

The artist, trained to be both a literature scholar and a painter, has shown his work in New York and Mexico, as well as the Northwest. He taught color at PCNW from 1999 through 2011 and now teaches at Pratt Fine Arts center.

Artist Reception Sunday, March 17th from 3-5PM.

Rogue Rhônes, Saturday, March 9th, 2pm

Sometimes when you look at the spaces between things you find the hidden gems. That’s what we’re doing this Saturday with some exceptional wines from the Rhône that lie north of Chatêau Neuf du Pape and south of Cornas. This in between region produces some distinct and intriguing wines that are worth discovering. William Woodruff of Chloe Imports will be on hand to tell us all about them.
 
2011 Domaine de Couron, Viognier $12
In Saint Marcel d’Ardeche, 45 miles northwest of Avignon, the Dorthe family farms their domain that was are among the first to be officially classified in appellation Cotes of Rhône in 1937. Their Viognier comes from 27 year old organically vines and has honeyed apricot and pear aromas that are sweetly floral with subtle hints of cinnamon, good structure and balanced acidity.
 
2010 Domaine de Rozet,Côtes du Tricastin $9
Grenache (60%), Syrah (35%), Cinsault( 5%)
Originally tenant farmers, the Bernard family inherited this property in Donzere after the French Revolution. Today Dominique Bernard crafts this beautiful herb scented wine. “Bright violet and anise aromas are followed by a beam of sweet black cherry fruit, with a clean, fresh finish.”–WS
 
2011 Domaine de Couron, Marselan $10
Marselan is a hybrid of Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache. Couron’s grows on a terraced vineyards of large granite stones covering limestone. They only make 700 cases each year. “Dark and toasty, but open knit, featuring soft textured plum and blackberry fruit backed by a hint of roasted vanilla“WS
 
2009 Domaine de Couron Côtes du Rhône ‘Cuvee Marie Dubois’ $16
100% Syrah planted in 1946.
The flagship wine of Couron is made from an old vine parcel that only produces 225 cases each year. The wine is aged for 2 years before release. A few miles north and you would pay 2 to 3 times the price for this wine.” Quite toasty, with bacon and coffee notes holding sway over a core of medium-weight crushed black cherry and plum fruit. A toasty edge assumes control of the finish”
 
2009 Domaine du Grangeon, Chatus $24
Christophe Reynourd started this small domaine on the steep terraces of his grandparents farm where he grows Chatus (pronounced cha~two) an ancient 16th Century grape variety cultivated only by three estates in the Ardèche. The grapes are cultivated by hand with no herbicides or chemicals used. The wine ages for 2 year, unfined and unfiltered, before bottling. It has a bouquet of violets, purple flowers, and tanned leather. It is both supple and tannic with spices and warn leather and dark coffee.


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