Archive for March 30, 2014

Sunny Spain Sunday Sippers, 11-5

With the sun at least partially out we head to Spain for a couple of lovely sunny Spanish wines. Until 5pm today we will be tasting:

2013 Armas de Guerra Mencia Rosé    ($12)
One of the more deliciously distinct Rosés to come into town. Dry, floral aromas with crisp tropical flavors like mango, papaya and lime. The perfect wine for a litle gardening.
13% alcohol by volume

2010 Ramón Bilboa Rioja Crianza    ($10)
Tempranillo
A great price on a very fruity Rioja with 14 months in barrel and 8 in bottle before release. Lots of fruit, vanilla, and spice.

Stop on in, say hello, and sip a bit.

 

Pinots:

Old World / New World

Gris / Noir

Saturday, 29th, 2pm

This Saturday we’ll be doing a little compare and contrast of Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir pitting the home team up against a couple of European stalwarts.  Come discover the beauty and strengths of both worlds.

2013 Lorelle Pinot Grigio  $10
Lorelle is the second label for J. Albin Winery of Hillsboro, Orogon. John Albin has been growing pinot noir from his estate Laurel Vineyard since 1981 and is the former winemaker/vineyard manager for King Estate.  The Grigio is an outstanding value at $10.  The new vintage has just been released.  Come and see what it’s like.

2010 Diehl, Grauer Burgunder 1 ltr.  $12
Weingut Diehl sits at the foot of the Württemberge Mountains amid the picturesque countryside, surrounded by vineyards and a fascinating view of the Stuttgart basin.  The Diehls started making their own wine rather than selling their grapes in 1972.  They use selective hand picking and a gentle winemaking, which blends tradition and modern enology.  The Grauer Burgunder is all Pinot Gris and a world apart.

2012 Mas de Boislauzon, Chaussynette Rosé  $9
Grenache, Syrah 
Every match off needs an intermission.  This Rosé from a 5th generation Chateau Neuf du Papes winemaking family should prove a great diversion. With the 2013 vintage of Rosés rolling into the market we are finding some 2012 wines left at a great prices.  Was $15 now $9 

2012 Lorelle Pinot Noir  $15
It is hard to beat the Lorelle Pinot Noir for value.  This solid, fresh and clean Pinot is from the exceptional 2012 vintage in the Willamette drinks amazingly well without being overly simple.  

2011 Domaine Camus-Bruchon, Savigny-Pimentiers Vieilles Vignes $40
Lucien Camus-Bruchon, his wife Bernadette and their son Guillaume farm some 9.2 hectares of vines, mostly Pinot Noir.  Lucien took over from his father in 1971 and he’s the sixth generation, son Bill is the 7th.  This Vieilles Vignes bottling comes from a single vineyard of 89 year old vines.  It is a beautiful Pinot with sweet cherry aromas, dry, firm fruit and elegance and minerality with an impressive length and depth on the finish.  It is a classic Burgundy.

 

New Releases from ANIMALE,

Saturday, March 22nd, 2PM

Far away in the deep upper reaches of a land known as Ballard, Matt Gubitosa toils away in small carefully organized cellar, slowly crafting the wines called ANIMALE.  The wines are intense and full flavored made from select vineyards in Eastern Washington where well-drained soils, cool nights, low yields, small berry size, limited irrigation, and late harvests result in special grapes that make unusually complex wines.  Grapes you won’t find in your typical CMS Washington blend.  Come by on Saturday, meet Matt, and try the new wines of his 2011 vintage.

2011 Dolcetto – Columbia Valley $25
This Piedmontese grape finds a new home on Waluke Slope.  It shows intense cherry aromas and flavors with a soft but lingering finish.  24 cases produced

2011 Cabernet Franc – Yakima Valley $25
Inspired by the great reds of the Loire Valley, the Cab Franc is elegant and spicy with notes of chocolate, clove, and fresh berries and suggestions of citrus peel.  24 cases produced

2011 Tempranillo – Yakima Valley $25
This classic Spanish varietal takes on a new persona in Prosser.  The Tempranillo is tangy and lithe, complex and intriguing 24 cases produced

2011 Petite Sirah –  Yakima Valley $26
From a vineyard in Sunnyside planted especially for ANIMALE, the 2011 Petite Sirah is a muscular wine with burly tannins lurking beneath its dark full fruit. 24 cases produced

2011 Carmenere – Red Mountain $25
This interesting and intense “lost grape” of Bordeaux that was reborn in Chile also shows up to state a claim in Red Mountain.  The Carm has saturated red/black color and flavors of fresh berries, mixed herbs, tobacco and roasted red peppers.  It is full bodied and vigorous with a lengthy finish. 32 cases produced

Artist Reception: Patty Haller

March 16th, 3-5pm


 

 

Patty Haller

“Natural Magnuson”

March through April

 

Artist Reception March 16th, 3 to 5 pm

 
 

This series of paintings is inspired by the wetlands and native plants at Magnuson Park.  As the old Navy base is repurposed and the wetlands rehabilitated, the native plant life is reclaiming its space in natural history.   Some of these paintings are based in reality, and some in my imagination.  I am exploring casein and gouache as alternatives to my traditional oil paints, and I’m enjoying the fresh drawing quality I get with this approach.  

Chile Today, Hot Tamale.

It is a fun weekend here at Madrona Wine.  Saturday we’re tasting a fun flight of wine from the different regions of Chile. That starts at 2pm.

Sunday we’re hosting the artist reception for our show of new paintings by Patty Haller.  That’s from 3-5 pm.  Come meet Patty and check out her work.

And of course there will be something to taste all day.

Vinos de Chile,

Saturday, March 15th, 2pm

Chile is a long, narrow country dominated by the Andes to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. Its vineyards cover an 800-mile stretch of land with a range of varied and diverse micro climates from the hotter and drier regions in the north to the wetter and cooler regions in the south. Chile has a long viticulture history from the 16th century when the Spanish brought vinifera with them.  In the 19th century, French varieties were planted.  Stop by on Saturday as we tour the vineyards.

2012 Undurraga, U Chardonnay/Riesling  $10  (Central Valley)
85% Chardonnay, 15% Riesling
Don Francisco Undurraga, an enterprising man in the 19th century, was one of the pioneers of winemaking in Chile and founder of Viña Undurraga with plants he brought over personally from France and Germany.  Today Undruuaga has expanded its holding into most of Chile’s wine regions. For this wine the Riesling underwent twice weekly lees resuspension for 3 months, while 20% of the Chardonnay was aged with oak .The blend is a wine smooth rich bodied wine with a bit of spiciness.

2011 Leyd a Pinot Noir  $14 (Lyeda Valley)
Viña Leyda is located at the west side of the Coastal Mountain Range of Chile, just 7 kilometers from the Pacific Ocean.  They pioneered viniculture in this valley, creating the new designation of origin, D.O. which is named after them. The Pinot Noir is made in a fruit driven style showing its cold climate influence. Aromas of blueberries and strawberries mingle with earthy mineral and herbaceous notes.  

2011 Undurraga Aliwen Cabernet Sauvignon/Carmenere   $14 (Rapel Valley)
60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Carménère 
Carménère a almost forgotten Bordeaux varietal has thrived in Chile.  The Aliwen ages nine months in French and American oak. Notes of ripe fruit, spices and oak perfectly blend delivering a wonderful aroma. The wine has great body, sweet tannins and a long elegant finish.

2010 Cousiño-Macul, Finis Terrai $26  (Maipo Valley)
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah
Founded in 1856, Cousiño Macul is the only winery in Chile amongst those established in the 19th century that continues in the hands of the original founding family.   The Finis Terrai offers a complex nose, in which notes of wild berries, blueberry, raspberry, and blackberry can be felt, as well as a subtle French oak aroma, in perfect balance with the fruit. In the mouth plum and strawberry, accompanied by a slight sweetness, principally from the merlot, can be found. It’s intense, balanced and round, with ripe tannins and a long finish.

2009 Undurraga, Terrior Hunter Syrah  $20  (Limarí)
The Terroir Hunter is Undurraga’s to make wines best suited to each region.  This savory, meaty Syrah is made in tiny quantities and hails from the remote region of Limarí near the Atacama desert in the north of Chile where the semi-arid, cool climate with alluvial terraces of calcareous soils makes bright and mineraled Syrah, This wine has key notes of black pepper, smoke, and tar that accent the wine’s plush and concentrated core of black fruit.

Spain Saturday /Sicily Sunday

Saturday starting at 2, we’ll be pouring several spectacular Spanish selections.

Sunday we’re sipping in Sicily with some wines from Colossi: their Bianco and Rosso.

It is also the Saturday Art Walk and we have a new show from artist Patty Haller.

Brave the soggy sprinkles and stop by and survey the sights!

A Taste of Spain,

Saturday, March 8th, 2pm

This Saturday we’ll be tasting some tasty wines gathered from the Spanish landscape.  We have a lovely Galacian white, a very old vine La Machian Bobal, a solid value Rioja, a heavy hitter from Zamora and a dry Amontillado from Jerez.  Join us.

2012 Vina Reboreda, Blanc  $12
65% Treixadura, 35% Torrontés
Viña Reboreda’s vineyards comprises 40 hectares on the Miño River Soils vary from alluvial  and stony near the river to outcroppings of slate, granite and chalk on the higher west-facing slopes.  The Blanc is a crisp, freshly aromatic and versatile dry white wine with impressive complexity and persistence. Treixadura provides savory consistency while Torrontés adds floral and spice notes.

2011 Vega Tolotas, 11 Pinos, Bobal Old Vine $11
Manchuela lies to the northeast of  La Mancha between the Júcar and Cabriel River valleys, and well above the coastal plains of Valencia and Alicante. It is the ancestral home of Bobal, one of Spain’s most interesting and underappreciated red varieties.  Vega Tolosa founded in 1905, has 150 hectares of organically farmed vines, of which 100 acres is head-pruned Bobal, all over 80 years old.  The wine is partially oak-aged, with varietal notes of wild mountain herbs, red fruit and minerals.

2010 Lorinon, Tempranillo, Tinto  $13
Lorinon’s tinto is aged 14 months in American oak, with partial malolactic in new French oak. The wine has spice and leather notes complementing the deep blackberry fruit and ferrous minerality of Rioja’s red soils. It is Mouth-filling yet fresh, with the structure for improving in bottle for a number of years.

2006 Alejandro Fernández , Dehezia La Granga $18
Alejandro Fernández and his wife Esperanza Rivera, having created Tinto Pesquera and Condado de Haza in their native Ribera del Duero, looked farther afield to Zamora and in 1998 started Dehezia La Granga, with planting 325 acres of old-clone Tempranillo from his vineyards in Ribera del Duero. The fully-extracted must undergoes malolactic fermentation in new oak, and a meticulous racking and aging program achieves natural clarification. The wines are bottled after two years in the barrel.  Purity of fruit accompanies concentrated texture and weight, with excellent balance and expression enhanced by two years in bottle prior to release.

Bodegas Hidalgo la Gitana,  Napoleon Amontillado  $20  500ml
Founded in 1792 by José Pantaleón Hidalgo, Bodegas Hidalgo is still owned by the sixth generation of the family, and is the last remaining family business to produce its own unblended, single-solera Sherries made from its own estate vineyards. True amontillados are naturally aged versions of the best finos, and are totally dry. The Napoleón is long, lean and elegant in style.

 

Stock Up On Mardi Gras Wine.

Stock up on your Mardi Gras Wine at Madrona Wine Merchants. Today we will be tasting two lower-alcohol content wines that might help Fat Tuesday not turn into Fat Hangover Wednesday.


From France we have a white:

2011 Domaine Uby Gascogne Blanc    ($8)
80% Columbard, 20% uni Blanc
A southern French white with lots of citrus flavors and good round body. It outdrinks it’s modest price.
11.5% alcohol by volume

From Italy we have a red:

2011 Castaldi Francesca Belevedre    ($14)
Crotina, Uva Rara
From the north of Piedmont, this unusual medium body red with citrus and berry fruit along with some smokey tannins.
12% alcohol by volume

Don’t be blue, have that second glass.

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