Archive for May 29, 2014

The Wines of Lebanon,

Saturday, May 31st, 2pm

They will blossom as the vine, their fragrance will be like the wine of Lebanon.” —Hosea 750 BC

Lebanon is one of the world’s oldest wine growing regions.  Most of the vineyards are located in the picturesque Bekaa Valley.  The Bekaa enjoys dry summers and has its own natural irrigation courtesy of the melting snow that runs off the slopes of the surrounding mountain ranges.  Saturday we’ll be tasting the work of two Lebanese wineries:
Château Ksara is Lebanon’s oldest and largest winery, dating back to 1857, when it was founded by a group of Jesuit monks.  All of Ksara’s vineyards are located in the central and western Bekaa Valley, at an average altitude of 1,000 meters.
IXSIR is a newer winery with selectively chosen vineyards throughout Lebanon, spread from Batroun in the North, to Jezzine in the South, and the hillsides of the Bekaa Valley in the East.

2009 Ksara Blanc De L’Observatoire  $13
Sauvignon Blanc, Muscat and Clairette
The Sauvignon gives finesse and elegance, the Muscat subtle flowery aromas, and the Clairette Fruity richness

2012 Ixsir Altitude White   $20
40% Muscat, 30% Viognier, 15% Sauvignon, 15% Sémillon
This blend of four noble southern varieties, presents an elegant swirl of golden glittering robes. Breathing an exquisite bouquet of floral aromas with hints of Muscat and notes of grapefruit, this floral and fruity blend translates into a balanced and sharp palate hinted with spicy undertones. A soft touch of acidity gives the wine a pleasant freshness.

2009 Ksara Le Prieurée   $13
This is a bright and intense ruby-red wine, with an exotic, fruity aroma with notes of licorice and spice. Made from Cinsault, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon, it is a classic yet supple wine, perfect for daily consumption.

2010 Ixsir Altitude Red   $20
35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Syrah, 26% Caladoc, 17% Tempranillo.
With a black cherry color and garnet reflections, this wine unleashes fresh aromas that vary between red and black fruits, with a touch of oak. Its unique blending gives the wine a supple and delicate character where blackcurrant and blackberry merge.

2009 Ixsir Grand Reserve Red   $36
61% Syrah, 39% Cabernet Sauvignon
Rich in minerals and saturated with Mediterranean character, this wine unleashes exuberant aromas of mature fruits and spices. Its concentrated taste enrobed in a fine texture gives it an attractive liveliness, while its rich and mellow yet always-complex palate lasts until the final touch of fruit.

Sunday Sippers

May 25th, 2014, 11-5PM

Italian BBQ Reds.



2012 Tasàri     ($9)
55% Nero d’Avola, 45% Merlot
A powerhouse Sicilian blend, with lots of plum, blackberry, licorice and road tar. Not subtle, just a lot of flavor.

2008 Manzano Cortona    ($14)
Syrah
A dry and dusty Tuscan Syrah with more herbal notes than smoke and spice. Was $18 Now $14

MWM Memorial Day Weekend.

It’s a nice long Memorial Weekend here in Madrona and for those who haven’t skipped town, it’s a good time to kick back and relax. To assist with that we’ve got a couple of fun tasting lined up.

Saturday we’ll be pouring a great flight of Italian wines that are both distinct and delicious.  That starts at 2 and goes until the bottles run out.

Sunday Mark will be tasting a couple more bold Italian reds to complement any weekend Barbeque. They’ll be open all day so stop in anytime.

Monday we are closed as usual and will be kicking back ourselves.

See you soon.

Terre d’Italiano,

Saturday, May 24th, 2pm

When it comes to grapes, the land is everything.  Certain spots just seem perfect for some varietals.  This Saturday we’ll be tasting a few wines that seem to have found their perfect spots.  We’ll be pouring Glera from Veneto, Passerina from Marche, Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Sangiovese from Tuscany and the truly unique Wildbacher.  It is a fun line up from Italy.  Come taste the terrain.
 
Case Bianche, Conegliano Valdobbiadene Brut Vigna del Cuc, Prosecco Superiore DOCG $16
A single vineyard prosecco from the heart of the DOCG the Vigna del Cuc shows subtle tones of sweet grapefruit and lemon curd followed by softer touches of peach and honey. It is round and supple with a dry-yet-fruity medium body and lingering mineral notes.
 
2012 Terre Fageto, Passerina Letizia $12
100% Passerina
From the Marche, this organically grown 3rd generation estate likes to name its wines with flair. The Ltitzia or “Joy” has pleasing apple aromas and fresh smooth flavors.

2010 Terre del Barolo, Nebbiolo d’ Alba $13
A cooperative of growers, Terre del Barolo makes some quality traditional Piedmont wines without traditional pricing.  Their basic Nebbiolo is a full structured that drinks above its price.  It has chewy tannins mixed with red cherries and floral notes.
 
2010 Piaggia, Pietranera $18
Piaggia is located right in the heart of Carmignano in Tuscany.  They follow organic methods with. Integrated insect and disease control, organic fertilizers, copper and sulphur-based products are mainly used, but the vineyards see no insecticides or herbicides, the soil between the rows of vines is tilled and low doses of SO2are used for preservation.  The Pietranera is classic Sangiovese with aromas of Cherries and Marasca cherries with elegant balsamic and spicy notes.  Full and enveloping, with a charming elegance on the palate.   
 
2007 Tenuta Col Sandago, Wildbacher $27
100% Wildbacher
From the same maker as the Case Bianche, Tenuta Col Sandago nestles among the splendid hills of the Conegliano Valdobbiadene.  Here Col Sandago has preserved and sustained the cultivation of the rare and exclusive Wildbacher a distinct and historic grape of the area.  The wine is made in a classic style aging for 20 months in 500-litre oak barrels, half new and half of first and second passage; followed by a year in bottle. The wine is intense, with notes of berry fruit, vegetal hints and spices concentrated, full with fine prominent tannins, lingering and with great nose-palate symmetry.  It is a wine that rewards aging.

Sunday Sippers –

Two From South America,

Sunday, May 18th, 11-5PM

Come explore South America at Madrona Wine Merchants this Sunday. It’s anybody’s guess what the weather in Seattle will be today.

2010 Alberti 154 Torrontes    ($10)
Sourced from two separate terroirs – La Rioja and La Salta and aged for 8 months in French oak, the wine is clean and balanced with a lovely perfume of flowers and citrus peel. Try with smoked fish or Asian cuisine. 13% alcohol by volume
Was $15 now $10


2012 Cono Sur Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva    ($10)
A barrel aged Cabernet from Chile that outdrinks its price.
Was $16 now $10

Kermit Lynch Selections,

2-4pm Today.

This afternoon California Chrome will run as the favorite and try to win the Preakness Stakes and the second leg of the Tripple Crown.  Also this afternoon we’ll be following favorites of our own as we sample some odds on wines from importer Kermit Lynch.

And stop back Sunday to see what Mark has opened for some soggy Sunday Sippers.

See you soon.

Kermit Lynch,

Saturday, May 17th, 2pm

In 1972, with a $5,000 loan and maybe a bit of gumption, Kermit Lynch opened his business in Berkeley with thirty-five cases of wine stacked on the floor. Attracted by the Old World wine cultures of Europe, Kermit became a retailer, distributor, and national importer for authentic wines that express their terroir.  His portfolio is full of gems from France and Italy.  This Saturday we’ll be pulling the corks on just a few of them. Join us.

2011 Domaine de Poujol, l’Herault Blanc Pico  $17
70% Vermentino, 20% Carignan Blanc, 10% Roussanne
From the Lanquedoc, Poujol’s Pico comes from 20 to 50 year old vines is fresh with flowery lime aromas, and a complex finish.

Tintero Garngia Rosato $10
90% Barbera, 5% Moscato, 5% Favorita
From Piedmont, Tintero makes a variety of frizante wines that are lively and refreshing.  The Rosato is slightly off dry with lots of strawberry fruit and a lot of fizz.

2011 Kermit Lynch Cotes du Rhone Cypress Cuvée $15 
Louis Barruol is the fourteenth generation in his family to be making wine in this sixteenth-century domaine in Gigondas. Louis vinifies each parcel from his own vineyards separately. Then Kermit shows up and either has a cuvée bottled unfiltered, or he blends to find the assemblage that satisfies his esthetic criteria.  Not a bad job if you can get it.  The Cypress has aromas of fresh berry and forest floor that lead to a mouth-rich black fruit and spice notes.

2011 Silvio Giamello, Langhe, Villa Gentiana $22
This Nebbiolo comes from the same vineyard as Giamello’s Barbaresco but is declassified based purely on tasting of the barrels.  The Gentiana is aged about 10 months, part in tonneaux of 5 hectoliters and part in Slavonian oak botti of 20-30 hectoliters.  It has classic Nebbiolo notes of cherry, tar and tobacco mixed with ripe red fruit and dry smoky tannins.

2010 Château Belles-Graves Lalande de Polmerol  $32
88% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc
Château Belles-Graves is a 17 hectare estate with a long history.  This Bordeaux undergoes a long maceration and ages in French oak barrels, 25% of which is new, for twelve to fifteen months.  It is bottled unfiltered, and shows classic aromas of dark fruit, cocoa, and leather with mineral notes and dry tannins on the finish.

Sunday Sippers,

May 10, 2014, 11-5pm,

Give Mom Some Italian Bubbles

Sunday we are looking ahead to good weather and sampling an Italian Frissante (slightly fizzy) and a slightly sweet Lambrusco. Happy Mother’s Day.

2010 Cordani Magnia Gutturnio Frizzante    ($10)
60% Barbara, 40% Croatina
Aromas of black cherry and spicy notes of white pepper, with a tannic, full-bodied mouthfeel and of course some fizz. Was $15 now $10

Rosenere Lambrusco    ($9)
Great fresh picked raspberry, strawberry and maraschino cherry flavors with a nice fizz and a slightly sweet finish. Was $12 now $9. 8% alcohol by volume

Andrew Rich Vintner,

Saturday, May 10th, 2pm

Located in Carlton Oregon, Andrew Rich specializes in Rhone-driven wines with a Northwest spin, sourced from some great vineyards in Washington.  Of course, being in the Willamette Valley he makes Pinot Noir too.  Andrew studied wine making in Burgundy followed by 5 years at Bonny Doon, working with Randall Grahm, before starting his own winery in 1994.  Stop in on Saturday and try some of his fine wines.

2011 Roussanne  18
From Ciel du Cheval and Alder Ridge Vineyards this Roussanne spends 11 months aging on it leas before bottling.  It shows classic aromas of stone fruits and minerals, with a palate that sacrifices a bit of 2010’s stoniness for pure lush fruit with a simply gorgeous texture.

2011 Prelude Pinot Noir $23
From the latest vintage on record is lower in alcohol but it doesn’t lack body, with an uncanny marriage of suppleness and lift. The damp earth, strawberry, and pepper of the nose carry over to the palate, and even at this early stage the tannins seem fairly soft.

2011 Tabla Rasa Red  $17
79% Syrah with Mourvèdre and Grenache
Literally “blank slate,” the phrase refers to each vintage, when the winemaker must start over with the current harvest, effectively wiping the slate clean. “Vin de Tabula Rasa” is a play on the French phrase vin de table, while “rasa” could almost be some obscure Mediterranean dialect for red.  The wine is a soft and delicious Côtes-du-Rhône wannabe that’s perfect with pasta, pizza, stews, and just about anything hot off the grill.

2011 Coup d’Etat  $30
57% Grenache, 26% Mourvèdre, 17% Syrah
Vintage 2011 was almost freakishly cool, and it shows in the Coup’s energy and tension -reminiscent of Châteauneuf.  Sage, savory, and anise emerge first, followed by both black and red fruit. There’s a suave, supple middle here and fine tannins.

2011 Prometheus Syrah $30
A blend of Klipsun, Ciel du Cheval, and Red Willow vineyards the Prometheus shows great precision on a medium-bodied frame.  With flavors of blueberry and licorice and a suave, singing mouth feel (that is, it has richness and good acidity), it can easily slumber in your cellar for half a decade or more and can be enjoyed now with rich and meaty dishes.

Andrew at work.

 

It is May Fair and Mother’s Day this weekend.
You’ll need wine. And speaking of Mother’s Day, bring her by the shop on Sunday when we’ll have two “mother friendly” wines open to sample.

Special Sunday Sipper

A look ahead at the 2012 Vintage

Châteauneuf du Pape

& other Rhône Village Wines

Sunday, May 4th

2pm

The wines are still coming from France, but this Sunday we’re offering a sneak peak at some of our favorite Rhône producers. We’ll be pouring Barrel samples that have been sent ahead of the wines arrival on these shores. Stop by and taste the future.

2012 Clos des Brusquieres Châteauneuf du Pape $45
80% Grenache, 10% Syarh, 5% Mourvedre, 5% Cinsault

2012 DomaineMoulin-Tacussel Châteauneuf du Pape $50
70% Grenache noir, 10% Mourvèdre, 10% Syrah, 10% Cinsault, Counoise,Muscardin, Vaccarèse

2012 Domian Boisson Clos de la Brussière, Massif d’Uchaux $28
60% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre, 10% Carignan

2012 Bertrand Stehelin Sablet $23
70% Grenache, 25% Mourvèdre, 5% Syrah

2012 Domiane Pierre Usseglio Lirac $25
70% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre, 10% Cinsault

2012 Domaine de la Côte de L’Ange, Côtes du Rhône $20
70% Grenache, 2-% Syrah, 10% Marselan

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