Archive for February 27, 2014

Piedmont & Lombardy,

Saturday, March 1st, 2pm

The northwest of Italy is home to Nebbiolo, that amazing grape that is chameleon like:  light yet sturdy, tannic yet graceful.  This Saturday we’ll be sampling some incarnations of the grape along with some other varietals of the region.  

2011 Conti Sertoli Salis, Terrazze Retiche di Sondrio IGT, Alpium  $14 
Chiavennasca is the local name for a clone of Nebbiolo grown almost exclusively in Lombardia. This opulent white is made by vinifying the grapes without skin contact during maceration (the skins are the part of the berries that impart color to the wine). The resulting wine retains the nobility of the Nebbiolo grape but is fresh and clean on the palate. 

Pelissero, Le Natura Rosso, Barlet  $13
80% Barbera, 10% Nebbiolo, 10% Dolcetto
The name “Barlet” indicates into the Langa dialect a small barrel with tap which the peasants used to bring with them as refreshment during the tiring hours spent in the country, the so-called “meals wine”. It is suitable for daily consumption and nice to enjoy at the “merende sinoire”, the Piedmont expression to indicate an evening snack.  The fruit for the Le Nature all comes from the Lange region, home to some great structured Nebbiolos but the wine has no such aspirations.  It aims to be merely delightful.

2011 Il Vino Dei Padre, Ruche di Castagnole Monferrato  $18
Evasio Sattanino established his wine estate “Il Vino dei Padri” at Monale, in Asti, with the aim of continuing the family tradition of wine-making, growing grapes in sunny old hillside vineyards, the name of the estate, literally translated, “The Wine of Fathers”.  Their Ruche is a rare Piedmontese wine, with a striking personality.  It has an intense bouquet, with floral and spicy notes, a dry flavor, and a harmonious and velvety finish.

2005 Dessilani, Fara Novarese, Carmino  $28 
80% Nebbiolo, 20% Vespolina
Fara is a small wine growing region in the northeast of Piedmont far removed from Barolo and Barbaresco.  The whole region has only 54 acres of vineyards but produces some very distinct wines.  Like a Barolo, Dessilani’s Carmino is aged for two years in barrel and 1 in bottle before release. The wine has good fruit, along with tobacco and tea notes and supple but sturdy structure.

2012 Cantina Casteggio, Moscatto  $10 
From Oltrepo Pavese in Lombardy, Cantina Casteggio makes this half sweet, half effervescent, but totally refreshing wine.  It is very aromatic with fruit white peach and apricot aromas and flavors and a nice medium sweet finish.

Sunday Sippers, 11-5

Come Sample A German Riesling And A Spanish Monastrell

Bored this sprinkling Sunday? Swing by the shop to try a delightful German Riesling, and a wonderful Spanish Monastrell.

2012 Clean Slate Riesling    ($10)
Mosel
A bone dry Riesling with crisp mineral and citrus flavors.
10.5% alcohol by volume

2012 Juan Gil Albacea    ($10)
Monastrell
A great deal in a full Spanish Monastrell which has “black forest fruit, sweet spice and hints of smoke and aniseed.” I guess I can buy that.
NEW VINTAGE

Montinore At 2.

We are pouring some sunny wines from Montinore winery in the Willamette on this drizzly Saturday afternoon in Madrona.  Stop by and shake the damp off.  The corks come out at two.

Sunday Mark will be sampling some new arrivals as he tries to keep on top of the stock in the shop.  Come help him out.

Montinore Estate…

from the near south in Oregon.

Saturday, February 22nd, 2 pm

Established in 1982, Montinore Estate is a family owned, 210-acre Demeter Certified Biodynamic and Stellar Certified Organic estate at the northern end of the Willamette Valley along the east-facing slope of the Coastal Range foothills.  They make a wide variety of cooler climate whites and reds.  This Saturday Katy Brown of Montinore will be with us to show off a sampling of their wines.

2012 Muller-Thurgau  $15 
This playful wine has hints of peach, quince, pear, apricot, gardenias and honeysuckle on the nose.  The palate is rich with mouthwatering lime, honeydew melon, apricot and apple. It finishes clean with notes of grapefruit, pineapple and guava.  A refreshing 11% alcohol by volume.

2012 Pinot Gris $14 
This is a blend from seven different vineyard blocks, each giving something special to the final blend. Each block is fermented separately in stainless steel tanks and blended post fermentation to bring out the most amount of aromatics and a distinctive flavor profile.

2012 Almost Dry Riesling $13
The Almost Dry offers a beautiful aroma of lime, fresh flowers and tangerine with hints of lilac.  The palate has a spark of sweetness and elegant, almost silky fresh flavors of citrus accented with green apple.  The finish brings a refreshing, palate-cleansing acidity with accents of lingering grapefruit and mineral flavors. It is only 11.6% alcohol by volume and 1.6% residual sugar.

2012 Pinot Noir $20
This Pinot is Montinore’s standard bearer. The nose is complex with aromas of cherry, blackberry, dried fruit, dried flowers, cedar, lilac, clove, anise and caramel. The palate is ripe with black cherries, black plums, vanilla, tar, smoke, bittersweet chocolate and pie spice which is balanced beautifully by bright acid, all within well-structured tannins. Pair this Pinot Noir with grilled lamb, mushroom risotto, cassoulet, smoked Gouda or Delice de Bourgogne.

2011 Estate Reserve Pinot Noir $25 
This is Montinore’s Flagship wine and the commitment to the quality of this wine should not go unnoticed. More than one night Ben Thomas, the winemaker, hunkered down in the cellar and slept with the Pinots because he didn’t want to be too far away. The 100% French oak barrel program is unmistakable when you smell this wine. It is smoky-sweet, like a BBQ with hints of cola, root beer, stewed fruit, freshly turned chalky soil and blackberry jelly. The palate is reminiscent of a freshly rolled Dominican cigar, plums, forest floor and tobacco. The fine, smooth tannins and long finish round out the wine.

 

Old World Meets New World

At Madrona Wine Merchants

Rain or shine we pour wine. Since Mother Nature can’t make up it’s mind about whether to rain or since we will be doing a bit of a mashup tasting of Old World Meets New World. One from Italy just off the boat and one from Walla Walla just off the truck. Grab your bumbershoot and wander on over.

2010 Vaona Valpolicella    ($11)
40% Corvina, 30% Corvinone, 25% Rondinella, 5% Molinara
Veneto
Vaona is a small family farm with ten hectares of vines in Valpolicella. Their Valpolicella is fresh and fruit forward with elegant notes of ripe raspberry, cherry, plum and clove. Was $14 now $11
12% alcohol by volume

2012 Forgeron Blacksmith Red    ($15)
29% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Sangiovese, 18% Merlot, 18% Syrah, 12% Cabernet Franc
Not your typical Bordeaux, Super Tuscan, Syrah blend! Big body, nice full fruit and a smoth silky finish at a BBQ price.

French Today, Special Sippers Tomorrow.

It is Valentine’s Weekend here at Madrona Wine and we will have amorous French wines gushing out today starting at 2.  We love them and we think you will too.

Sunday, Mark will have a couple of sippers open to warm the heart.

Stop in and enjoy the Romance.

The French Faucet

Fantastic Wines & Fabulous Prices

Saturday, February 15th, 2pm

The French countryside produces an amazing amount of solid quality wines that, with the exception of certain much coveted plots, sell for amazingly reasonable prices.  The flow is like a faucet and Madrona Wine Merchants is happy to tap into it.  Stop by the shop this Saturday as we’ll be playing with the spigot and tasting some great wine.  Come join us.

2012 Chateaux Martinot Bordeaux Blanc.  $14
50% Sauvignon Blanc, 50% Semillon
Martinot is a 4th generation family winery in the town on Lugaignac.  Their Blanc has rich aromas of citrus and green apple.  The flavors are crisp but with good body.  

2011 Moncontour, Jovly Chinon  $14
Cabernet Franc
Moncontour is one of the oldest winery in the Loire Valley –The Château dates from the end of the 15th century. Their Chinon is completely Cabernet Franc, done in a modern style with ample fruit, ripe red fruit aromas and flavors of cassis, cherry, violets and cocoa. 

2010 Chateau du Bernat L’Exception$14
80% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc
Du Bernat is a family owned vineyard with limestone soils.  L’Exception is a full bodied Bordeaux with aromas of red fruit with touches of peppery spices and lightly smoked wood.

2012 Domaine des Homs L’Amandier, Coteaux de Peyriac  $15
1/3 Grenache, 1/3 Cinsault, 1/3 Syrah
L’Amandier is a single vineyard surrounded by Almond trees that is organically farmed. The wine is made with native yeasts and no sulphites are added throughout the entire winemaking process.  It is rich, soft and full of dark fruit flavors.

2010 Andrieux and fils Vaqueras   Vieilles Vignes $22
75% Grencahe, 20% Mourvedre, 5% Syrah
From old vine vineyards and a great year, the Andrieux has beautiful violet scents and purple-plum filled aromas. The mouth has notes of cherry, black currant, hints of light spice, and touches of sandalwood. It is well rounded, smooth, and delivers a long silky finish. 

 

Pick Up Your Snow Day Wines Here.

Now that the snow is over – stop by today from 11-5pm and pick up some good snow day wines to go with that comfort food you are having for dinner.

Today we have open (until they are gone) a couple of more bargains from Italy.

2011 Podere Il Palazzino Rosso    ($11)
Sangiovese
A Tuscan Everyday drinker that has a lot going on in it. Smoky cherry, good body, and a long finish. Was $13 now $11
Organic

2010 Menhir Salento 5passi    ($11)
Negro Amoaro
A clean and modern style, all stainless steel Negro Amaro from Puglia. Nice dark fruits, blueberry, bing cherry. Was $13 now $11
13% alcohol by volume

 

Southern Italy,

Saturday, February 8th, 2pm

It’s a little chilly in Seattle, but picture yourself on the Mediterranean, in Summer with the grape ripening in the sun and the breeze floating in off the sea.  No we can’t send you there right now but on Saturday we can pour a little of it into your glass.  Brave the Arctic blast and come taste some great wines form Campania, Sicily, and Sardinia

2012 Colosi Bianco Sicillia $10  — Sicily
Inzolia, Catarratto, Grillo 
This 24 acre estate in Salina, a small island in the Eolian Archipelago, has volcanic soils ideal for vine cultivation.  Their Bianco has aromas of flowers and vibrant fruit, round and generous fruit flavor and excellent length.

2009 Terredora di Paolo, Lacryma di Christi del Vesuvio, Rosso DOC $15  — Campania
Lacryma Christi
Terredora di Paolo focuses on rediscovering and restoring Campania’s ancient and native varietals such as Lacryma Christi. Legend is that Lucifer when cast from Heaven, desperately grabbed a piece of it with his fingernails as he fell and placed it on earth near the Gulf of Naples. Noticing the loss, the Lord wept, and where each of his tears fell the first vines grew on Earth. Whether or not that is its true origin, the wine has intense fruit aromas of cherry, raspberry, black currant and spicy overtones with hints of minerals and cloves.  The flavor is soft and elegant, with pleasant tones of mature red fruits, plums and hints of tobacco, coffee and ground pepper.

2010 Feudo di Santa Tresa Frappato $15  — Sicily
Lying close to the Mediterranean, Feudo di Santa Tresa’s vineyards benefit from cooling sea breezes.  Frappato is a native Sicilian varietal that has a thin skin and large berries. It is a lively, fruit-forward wine when vinified on its own. The wine has fresh aromas with lots of red berries and delicate sweet spices, a smooth lively acidity, with a spicy, long-lasting after taste.

2011 Nuraghe Crabioni Cannonau  $19 — Sardinia
Nuraghe Crabioni is an 85-acre property is located in Sorso, Sardegna where Cannonau is the local variety of Grenche.. The wine has sweet notes of ripe red fruit reminiscent of Maraschino cherries under spirits; lightly spiced persistent aromas; balanced with developed structure and nuanced layers that can be attributed to its rich terroir.

2009 Azienda Agricola Cos, Cerasuolo di Vittoria  DOCG $32  — Sicily
Frappato 40%, Nero d’Avola 60%
A group of friends Giambattista Cilia (C), Giusto Occhipinti (O) and Pinuccia Strano (S) began making wine together renting their parents’ lands and harvesting, pressing the grapes, and making innovative wine and their reputations started to grow.  Their Cerasuolo di Vittoria has aromas of dried cherry, chocolate, smoke, herb and  licorice It has dried cherry, truffle and smoky flavors in the mouth and a long finish.

 

Pick Up Your Hawk Wines Here.

We don’t sell no stinkin’ bull wine – but we’ve bird wine in stock for you today.

2009 Kestrel Sangiovese    ($20)
The vines are fan trained to spread the fruit out and improves exposure to sun, with only one bud per spur, and one cluster per shoot, reducing the yield At crush they draw off about 20% of the juice, this intensifies the color and flavors of the remaining wine by increasing the skin to juice ratio, making it darker and richer in body and structure. A good Wshington Sangi.

2011 Kestrel Cabernet Sauvignon    ($21)
84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Malbec, 1% Syrah
The wine is filled with dark fruit such as Van cherries, boysenberries, elk heart plums, black currants, spice, dried herbs, cigar, coffee and smoke. This expansive and generous wine is full bodied, dense, with firm tannins and a lingering finish.

 

GO HAWKS!

 

And while you are at it –
pick up some bubbles for the celebration.

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