Archive for October 31, 2013

Rhône & Roussillon,

Saturday, November 2nd, 2pm

This Saturday we are featuring wines from Roussillon and the Rhône Where Grenache and Syrah reign supported by an interesting court of Mourvèdre, Carignan and Cinsault.  It’s a royal combination.  Come tour the Villages.

2012 Chapoutier, Bila Haut, Côtes de Roussillon Blanc   $15
Grenache Blanc, Grenache Gris and Macabeu.
Michael Chapoutier is best known for his Rhône wine, but his second estate in Roussillon makes some distinct, well-crafted wine.  And of course if you know Braille you can read the label by touch.  The Blanc has aromas of lemon and grapefruit with smoky notes.  The palate is round, with good acidity and a fresh finish mixed with salty notes, which express the minerality of the wine.

2008 Château de Jau, Côtes de Roussillon Villages$12
52% Syrah, 30% Mourvèdre, 10% Carignan, 8% Grenache
The Dauré family has been making wine in Roussillonsince 1792.   Château de Jau is located in the southernmost foothills of the Roussillon slopes of the Corbières Mountains in French Catalonia.  The Côtes du Roussillon Villages Rouge has “arômes de garrigue, d’épicesorientales et de fruits rouges bienmûrs.”  It’s a full and supple Syrah dominate blend.

2011 Domaine des Escaravailles, Les Sablieres Côtes du Rhône $15
70% Greanche, 20% Syrah, 10% Carignan
In 1953, Jean-Louis Ferran purchased several well-situated hillside parcels above the southern Rhône villages of Rasteau, Roaix and Cairanne. He dubbed his new domaine “Escaravailles,” the Occitan word for beetles (scarabs). This was a nickname for the black-robed monks of the area’s hill-perched Catholic monasteries in centuries past. The monks knew what they were doing and so does Jean-Louis’ grandson who now runs the winery.  The Les Sablieres is a smooth and silky Rhône red. Full bodied and rounded out.

2009 Château Val-joanis Syrah Tradition.  $13
90% Syrah, 10% Grenache
Châteaux Val-joanis is located in Luberon in the shouthern Rhone.  They turn the balance of Syrah and Grenache upside down with their Syrah heavy Tradition.  It is well structured and balanced with spice notes and supple black and red berry fruit.

2011 Domaine des Escaravailles, Les Côteaux Rasteau  $20
80% Grenache, 20% Syrah
Rasteau was elevated from Village to Cru status in 2010.  The grapes that used to go into Escaravailles CDR Villages now are bottles as Cru Rasteau.  These are 50 to 60 year old vines on hillside slopes, all vinified in cement tanks.  The wine is full, rich and powerful.

 

Two Year Anniversary Celebration

& Surprise Party!

Saturday, October 26th2 – 4 pm

We’ve been open in Madrona for TWO YEARS now.  Boy, the time has gone fast.  To celebrate we’re going to open a few special bottles this Saturday.  We’ll also have a wine trivia quiz with swag prizes while they last.  What wines are we pouring you ask?  Well if we told you it wouldn’t be a surprise now would it.  Stop by and find out.
Sunday we’ll have a couple of new to the shop Italian wines open to taste.

2008 I Sassi Aglianico del Vulture        $12

2012 Campodelsole Durano                  $10

Sunday Sippers – Bubbles & A Rich Red. 11-5

This Sunday we’ll be pouring bargain bubbles and a new rich red.  Stop in.

 

 


Varichon & Clerc Privilège Blanc de Blanc    ($9)
Made from a mixture of Chardonnay, Chenin, Ugni Blanc and Colombard grapes in the méthode traditionnelle, this brut blanc de blancs has aromas of buttered toast and pears .While the wine is good the lables ae messed up.

Was $14 now $9

12% alcohol by volume

 


2011 La Celestiere VDP Vaucluse    ($12)
Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah and Alicante.
Blended from over 50-years-old vines on clay/lime stone soil, the surface is peppered with pebbles. Manual harvest . Raised 100% in concrete tanks. A full dark Rhone style wine from a CNDP maker.

What’s Happening At The Shop This Weekend.

Today at 2 we’re tasting perfection with a lineup of wines that come from their ideal locations.

Sunday we’ll be pouring bargain bubbles and a new rich red.  Stop in.

Varichon & Clerc Privilège Blanc de Blanc    ($9)
Made from a mixture of Chardonnay, Chenin, Ugni Blanc and Colombard grapes in the méthode traditionnelle, this brut blanc de blancs has aromas of buttered toast and pears .While the wine is good the lables are messed up.
Was $14 now $9
12% alcohol by volume

2011 La Celestiere VDP Vaucluse    ($12)
Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah and Alicante.
Blended from over 50-years-old vines on clay/lime stone soil, the surface is peppered with pebbles. Manual harvest . Raised 100% in concrete tanks. A full dark Rhone style wine from a CNDP maker.

Unusual Suspects:

The right place, the right vine.

Saturday October 19th, 2pm

Folks have generation looking for the best place to grow different grapes.  Sangiovese does better in Tuscany that anywhere else.  Merlot is a unique character in Bordeaux.  Tempranillo reaches it’s peak in Rioja.  This Saturday we’re pouring some less usual wines that have also found their perfect place in the world.  We’ll be showing Jaquèrre, Siegerrebe, Carmenere, Cabernet Franc and Mourvedre from the places that those grapes grow best.  Come see what you think.

2011 Jean Perrier Apremont Jacquère $13
Jacquère is a white grape that is widely planted in the Savoy region of Eastern France along the Swiss border.  The Savoy landscape is distinctly alpine. Between lakes and mountains, the Savoy vineyards hang from slopes or clutch at hillsides in little islands that produce their special growth.  Perrier’s Apremont is a nice dry herbal wine with a full round body.  It matches perfectly with cheese fondue and other food of the region.

2011 Ansellmann, Siegerrebe Spätlese $16
Siegerrebe is a hybred cross between Madeleine Angevine and Gewürztraminer. The vine is suited to colder climates as bud-burst is late and fruit ripening is very early  It easily reaches a high must weight which is unusual in cooler climates.  Ansellmann’s Spätlese shows how well the grape does in the Paltz.  The wine is very aromatic with elegant, floral and fruity fragrances reminiscent of roses, mango, passion fruit and apricot. The taste is round, rich with a mild acidity and a long finish.

2011 Tabalí Reserve Carménère  $14
Carménère was originally planted in Bordeaux and used as a blending grape to help balance out the Merlot and Cabernet.  But it wasn’t until it was transplanted to Chile that it came into its own right.  Tabalí’s Reserva has a complex nose with spices, black fruit and chocolate, and a mouthful of smooth tannins.

2011 Les Villaises Saumur Champigny $13
Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Franc is one of the common Bordeaux blending grapes, but it didn’t find its own limelight until sometime in the 17th century when Cardinal Richeliueu transported cuttings of the vine to the Loire Valley. The Les Villaises has notes of ripe cherry with a hint of violets, caramel and an earthy mineralness.

2010 Domaine Sorin, Bandol Rouge $25
Mourvèdre 85%, Syrah 10%, Carignan 5% 
Mourvèdre is the backup grape in the Rhone Valley, rarely exceeding 20% of the blend.  It also grows in Spain under the name of Monastrell.  But in Provence the grape comes alive finding a balance between full tannins, wild game and earthy notes and soft red fruit.

 

Live From The

Genevieve Tremblay

Artist Reception!

Good times at the Trembly Artist Reception – lots of pieces selling.

We are open until 5PM today.

See you soon.

Sunday Sippers

Two Grape Transplants

From France To Italy

October 13th, 11-5

2011 Terre di Gioja Pinot Nero    ($14)
Della Venezie
The Armani family viticultural origins date back to the 17th century. Terre di Gioia is the family’s newest initiative which sources their grapes from specific vineyards in “Vallagarina”, the area that connects Trentino, the Veneto, and South Tyrol. This line of wines are “vini di tavola”; table wine from agricultral regions, meant to be pleasurable, affordable reflections of the places where the vines sink their roots. A North Italian Pinot Noir with a lighter body, clean cherry fruit and smooth lingering finish. 12.5% alcohol by volume

2011 Cormòns Merlot    ($11)
Venezia Guilia
A vine of French origins, it was imported in 1880 from Gironde (Bordeaux) to Friuli, where it has found an ideal habitat, it has adapted without problems to the climate, it has developed with vigour and fertility, so much so that it has become the most widespread after the Tocai Friuliano. A northern Italian Merlot with good dry fruit and spicy notes. 13% alcohol by volume

And from 2-4pm we will be having an artist reception with Genevieve G. Tremblay.

South Africa

Saturday, October 12th, 2pm

South Africa is about as far as you can get from Madrona, but this Saturday you can go there.  We’ll be pouring some wines that show South Africa’s great value and fine complexity.  Whether it is the ten dollar Pinotage or the world class Rubicon, you won’t want to miss it.

2012 La Capra, Chenin Blanc  $10
La Capra is a project of the Fairview winery using a selection of younger trellised and older bush vines from their estate in Paarl. This Chenin is fermented in stainless steel. The palate is well-balanced with clean, refreshing acidity whilst showing good mouth feel and texture.

2011 La Capra, Pinotage  $10
Pinotage is the unique South African varietal which is a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault.   The La Capra ages in older French and American barrels for 10-12 months. The wine has notes of perfumed plums on the nose leading to ripe berries on the palate with a gentle texture and refreshing fruit acidity. Soft tannins and a hint of spice linger on the finish.

2011 La Capra Malbec  $10
This Malbec is grown on the lower slopes of Paarl Mountain. The wine was pressed off the skins early and matures 12 months in older French barrels. The wine has sweet blackcurrant on the nose.  Hints of violet follow through to the palate which is juicy and spicy. Flavors of cherry and currant linger on the finish.

2010 Essay Wines Shiraz  $10
Shiraz 87%, Cinsault 6%, Mourvèdre 6%, Viognier 1%
From Stellenbosch, the Essay Shiraz is a medium-bodied red wine with an expressive nose and a soft, lush mouth-feel. The Shiraz and Cinsault combine to give ripe plum cherry fruit on the palate with a touch of pepper spice. Mourvèdre adds complexity with savory and dark fruit aromas. The Viognier adds softness and intriguing floral notes. 

2007 Meerlust Estate Rubicon  $30
74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc
Meerlust Estate in Stellenbosch has been in the Myburgh family since 1756. In the summertime, ocean breezes and evening mists roll in from the coast to cool the vineyards. The grapes ripen slowly, thus achieving full, concentrated varietal flavors. The Rubicon is the estate’s flagship wine.  The wine has an expressive nose with violets, ripe plum, cedar wood and intense spiciness. The 2007 is still young and intense, promising further maturation potential. The palate is full bodied, structured but packed with fresh dark fruit and rounded, linear tannins.  It will continue to develop for a number of more years.

 

Leftover Dessert Wine?

Think Cocktails.

Got some left over port or other sweet dessert wine from a diner party? Think cocktails for the next night.

Recently, when in Boston this was served – a Ruby Manhattan at the top of the Prudential Building with a stunning view of the Charles River:

  • 2 parts Barrel Select Bourbon
  • 1 part Ruby Port
  • Shake over ice
  • Pour into frosted martini glass and garnish with a lemon rind twist

Which got me thinking at the end of today’s tasting and we had some Muscat left over – would this work in a cocktail as well? Yes. Try this:

  • 2 parts Bourbon or Rye (Market Price)
  • 1 part 2009 Chateau Saint Sauveur Cuvée des Moines Muscat de Beaumes de Venise    (Was $28, Now $18 for 750ml)
  • Three shakes Regan’s Bitters ($8 and lasts a long time)
  • Shake over ice
  • Pour into frosted martini glass and garnish with an orange rind twist – run it around the rim for good measure

As we head into fall, we switch from our whites and rosés to our reds and ports. Such is the season.

See you on Saturday for our South African wine tasting from 2-4pm, and on Sunday for our Italians By Way Of France tasting from 11-5 with an artist reception for Genevieve Tremblay from 3-5pm. Her art will be hanging in the shop until the end of the month.

Sunday Sippers — Just Desserts

October 6th, 11-5

With fall on it’s way – time to break out those dessert wines! We’ve found some bargains to ease you into the season. Come taste them with us.

2006 Anselmann Gewurztraminer Spätlese    ($14)
Pfaltz
About as old school German as you can get. The wine has a beautifull golden color with medium sweetness and a FAT body. Fully developed with spicy complexity. Almost dessert wine, but more like dessert itself. Drink with fatty cheese or paté. Was $25, now $14 10% alcohol by volume.

2009 Chateau Saint Sauveur Cuvée des Moines

Muscat de Beaumes de Venise    ($18)
A sweet but not heavy dessert wine from the Rhone. Was $28, now $18

 

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