Archive for April 25, 2013

French Explorers

Kermit Lynch, Fran Kysela & other discoveries

Saturday, April 27th — 2pm

Beyond the big names, the wine world of France is chocked full of small family estates that fly under the radar in near oblivion. This sets up nicely for savvy importers who seek them out and make their reputation on the quality and value of their wines. This Saturday we’ll be pouring a few of these discovered gems from importers Kermit Lynch and Fran Kysela as well as a couple that just found us.

2011 Domaine Joseph Mellot, Sincerite Sauvignon Blanc $10
This family run estate in the Loire produces great Sancere, Pouilliy Fumé, and Reuilly. Their unassuming Sincerite is a fantastic bargain. The wine is ripe with attractive floral notes, a light grassy aroma, a good body and a lively freshness. 

2012 Domaine de la Mordoree La Remise Rose $15
50% Marselan, 50% Merlot
Domaine de la Mordoree is a terrific estate winery imported by Fran Kysela. Located in the town of Tavel, in the Southern Rhone, the grapes are farmed by lute raisonnée (intervention in the vineyard only when necessary).Their reds are big and bold, but this rosé is much more elegant with lilting rose petal and strawberry aromas, followed by a rich and balanced palate and a lingering finish.

2011 Kermit Lynch, Vin De Pays, Vacluse $11
55% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 15% Merlot, 10% Marselan 
With this VDP, Kermit steps out of his importer role and takes on blending his own cuvee. The wine is made by Domaine de Durban, harvested by hand and ferment by carbonic maceration, then aged for 8 months before being bottled unfiltered. In the blending Kermit goes wild breaking all the rules, but comes up with a tasty wine. 

2010 Domaine Pasquiers, Sablet $15
65% Grenache, 25% Syrah,10% Mourvèdre 
Sablet is one of the more obscure appellations of the Rhone. There Jean-Claude and Philippe Lambert took over their father’s then 65 year old estate in 1999. The wine has lots of spicy, black pepper and blackcurrant flavors with a solid structure, smooth integrated tannins and a bit of licorice on the finish.

2011 Domaine Grande Veneur, Les Champauvin, Cotes du Rhone $22
70 % Grenache, 20 % Syrah, 10 % Mourvèdre
Another terrific property imported by Fran Kysela, Grande Veneur was founded by Mathieu Jaume in 1826. It is now run by Alain Jaume and turns out some great Châteauneuf du Pape. Les Champauvins is a single vineyard Rhone wine from their non-Neuf holdings. The wine is rich in blackcurrant and red fruit, minerals, along with full tannins that lend a fine and firm finish.

Sonoris Wines

with winemaker Hillary Sjolund

Saturday April 20th, 2 pm

Washington keeps sprouting new wineries like dandle ions in Spring. It’s hard to keep track of them, but this Saturday will get a bead on Sonoris Wines. Winemaker Hilllary Sjorlund worked at Pine Ridge in Napa and at DiStefano here in Washington before opening her own winery in 2011. Sonoris means “to resonate.” Stop by and see if the wines resonate with you. Hillary will be here to tell you more.

2011 Sauvignon Blanc “Pure Grace” $18
Aromas of nectarine, citrus, lemon, and golden apple. Crisp acidity, juicy mid-palate, with a hint of grapefruit and orange blossom on the finish.

2011 Viognier “Verna Mae” $22
78% Viognier, 22% Roussanne
Aromas of white peach, melon, honey, and apricot. Slightly floral on the palate with a hints of pear and herbal tea on the finish.

2009 Merlot “The Source” $30
75% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc
Aromas of red berries, raspberry, strawberry, violets, vanilla, cardamom, blueberry and tobacco leaf. Soft, silky tannins on the palate, with a slight toasted oak finish.

2008 Cabernet Sauvignon “Burney’s Blend” $40
94% Cab Sauvignon, 3% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot
Aromas of blackberry, cassis, toasted oak, cedar, baked berry, strawberry jam, black tea, cigar, black cherry, and cocoa. Lengthy, chewy tannin on mid palate and finish.

A Rosé By Any Other Name…

Quick, the sun is out. Break out the Rosé!

Put on a sweater and grab that umbrella —

It’s Springtime in Seattle — and come try some great wines for the season today starting at 2pm.  If nothing else the Bandol will warm you up.

Spring has Sprung,

Saturday, April 13th at 2pm

Sunny or Soggy, SPRING is here! So this Saturday we’ve lined up a fine selection of wines to celebrate its arrival. They are all fresh, intriguing and full of promise, just like the season. Brave the showers and come sniff the flowers.

2012 Alancia, Vinho Verde $8
Vinho Verde or “green wine” comes from the Minho province in the far north of Portugal. The green refers not to the color but the age. It is meant to be drunk young and fresh. The Alancia is crisp with a good body and that whisp of effervescence that makes it refreshing.

Eric Bordet, Poiré Authentique Sydre $18
Eric Bordet biodaynamically farms 15 hectares of heirloom orchards in Normandy with 20 varieties of apples and 15 of pears. His Poiré Authentique has a gentile mousse, and layers of pear and yeasty flavors that go on and on with just a slight hint of sweetness. Only 4% alcohol by volume.

2011 Chateau Beaubois, Cuvée Expression Rosé $9
60% Syrah, 30% Grenache, 10% Cinsault
Beaubois is a 4th generation family estate in Costières des Nîmes with 21 year old vines which they farm with Agriculture Raisonnée. This rosé is made by the saignée method (bleeding off a portion of red wine after only a short period of contact of the juice with the skins). The wine has aromas of anise, raspberries, and redcurrant along with a lively fresh mouthfeel. The 2011 is tasting great at the moment and comes at a great price with the 2012 vintage knocking at the door. Was $12 now $9

2011 Lorelle, Pinot Noir $15
From renowned Oregon winemaker J. Albin, this lighter Oregon Pinot has fresh clean fruit flavors. It is a lighter easy drinking red that would accompany any sunny afternoon of Barbeque.

2009 Lafran-Veyrolles, Bandol Rouge $30
80% Mourvèdre, with the balance being Carignan, Grenache and Cinsault. 
One of the oldest Bandol estates dating back to 1641, Lafran-Veyrolles is still a family run affair. It has 10 hectares of vineyards, of which 6.5 are Mourvèdre, with the rest in Grenache, Cinsault, and some Clairette and Ugni Blanc. The estate is known for its long keeping, well structured reds. This Bandol is warm, slightly wild, slightly soft sofa leather but essentially fabulously ripe fruit, fully integrated with oak, with hints of fresh earth, black pepper, grilled meat, cinnamon, bay, sage and a solid structure.

Forgot The Name Of That Bottle You Liked?

One of the common peeves I hear from our customers is that they got this wonderful bottle of wine from us but can’t remember the name – or they were out at a restaurant and had a great bottle and now want to special order a case. It even happens to me.

Check out this app for your smart phone.

Click on the graphic above to go to their website.

With this app you take a picture of the bottle and it will search its database for information on the wine as well as letting you add comments either public or private. Unclick the check box if you want to keep the comments to yourself. If they don’t have it in their database yet, it magically appears several days later.

One nice feature is Vivino runs on all phone platforms. Latest release for iOS and Android, previous version for Blackberry and Windows Phones, just look in your app store and search on Vivino. I have a Windows 8 phone and it runs great.

Remember: Madrona Wine Merchants offers a 15% discount on all full-case special orders. Delivery time is usually less than one week.

Piedmont! Saturday, April 6th, 2pm

The Piedmont region is in the foothills of the Alps bordering France and Switzerland. Here Nebbiolo reigns in its most interesting and complex incarnation as Barolo. The valley and the mountains do contribute to the areas noted fog cover which aides in the ripening of the Nebbiolo grape (which gets its name from the Piedmontese word nebbia meaning “fog”).   Saturday we’ll be pouring a few of the great wines from this region. We’ll have a couple classic Nebbiolos as well as a fresh Cortesse and a tangy Barbera. Stop in.

2011 Araldica, Gavi, la Luciana $15
Made from the Cortese grape, the la Luciana is a fresh, lively dry white with lemon and grapefruit citrus flavor and a lurking minerality. Great with shrimp or other shellfish. 11% alcohol by volume so you can have that third glass.

2009 Araldica, Barbera di Asti, Albera $11
Medium body wine, rich with blackberries and plums and hints of red fruit. Nice complexity due to the aging in large wood barrels giving it a spicy and harmonious finish. Pairs well with Osso Bucco, pizza; risotto.

2011 Fontanafreda, Già, Langhe Rosso $18 1 ltr.
Barbera, Dolcetto, Nebbiolo
A side project of Fontanafreda, the Gia is an early release red blending Piedmontes three big red grapes. But although it is an early release wine it is by no means simple. There is lots of dark fruit and smoky tobacco notes. What you would expect from Fontanafreda. Big Wine in a Big Bottle. 11% alcohol by volume.

2010 Damilano, Nebbiolo di Alba, Marghe $15
Damilano is a family run Barolo estate that dates back to 1890. The Marghe comes from older vines of the Langhe region. It is a great introduction to Nebbiolo the undisputed king of the Piedmont grapes. The wine has aromas of blueberry, cherry and strawberry with hints of spice, such as cinnamon, vanilla and pepper. Perfect for first courses with meat sauces, grilled and stewed red meats.

2008 Damilano, Barolo, Lecinquevigne   $35
The Lecinquevigne as the name suggests consists of Nebbiolo from five Barolo vineyards. The Nebbiolo vines range in age from 30 to 50 years old. 2008 was an excellent vintage that makes the Lecinquevigne an outstanding value. 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. Matches well with roasted meats, grilled sausages and peppers, and venison.

 

Carabella Vineyard

with Winemaker Mike Hallock,

Thursday, April 4th, 5:30 to 7:30pm

Carabella Vineyard is located on the southeast slope of Parrett Mountain in the Chehalem Mountains AVA in Oregon’s Northern Willamette Valley. The vines are planted at an ideal altitude between 500 to 600 feet. Gravelly volcanic soils-Nekia, Saum and Jory, have proven perfect for dry farming the low yielding vines. Geologist turned winemaker Mike Hallock had all of this in mind when he planted the first 49 acres of Carabella in 1996. The vineyard is Certified Sustainable, committed to using no herbicides or chemical pesticides. From his vineyard Mike produces his estate Pinot Noir, Dijon Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. “It is all about the vineyard site.” Join us Thursday after work and meet Mike and try the Carabella wines.

2011 Carabella Pinot Gris $18
Our latest ever Pinot Gris harvest. Extended clear weather well into October allowed development of citrus and floral aromas. Intriguing Asian pear flavors on the entry. The 30% neutral barrel fermentation brings some weight to the palate. Finishes nicely with crisp acidity and a hint of minerality.

2008 Carabella Dijon 76 Chardonnay $25
The Dijon 76 Chardonnay is made in a Burgundian style with minimal oak, lush texture and minerality.

2011 Plowbuster Pinot Noir $25
Dark garnet in color with vibrant blackberry and brown spice on the nose. Some black cherry and cinnamon on the entry with a soft tannins in the mid-palate and silky texture. Finishes nicely with a hint of minerality.

2010 Carabella Pinot Noir $35
This is a wonderful expression of the complex, elegant style of pinot noir for which Oregon gained its reputation. A blend of red fruit driven aromas, a bit of spice, very seamless tannins play well together. Some sultry underpinnings from some of the darker clones are beginning to assert themselves.

Winemaker Mike Hallock

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