Archive for June 29, 2014

Sunday Sippers – Duex du France

June 29, 11-5pm

This Sunday it is Madrona vs. France as we try a lovely white and a red in the World Wine Cup competition.

Stop by this Sunday for our French Sippers from 11-5. These two guys just arrived in our shop and I’m excited to try them. Come join me.

2013 Le Chevalier de Novato Picpoul de Pinet    ($11)
A good crisp and full lip smacker for oysters or sunny afternoons.
12% alcohol by volume

2012 Terres d’Avignon Réserve des Armoiries    ($16)
Grenache and Syrah
Another big, lush Côtes du Rhône blended up by Kermit Lynch.

Garage Sale Saturday At Madrona Wine Merchants

It is Garage Sale Day in Madrona (you can get a map at Cupcake Royale),  a great way to rummage for treasures.  You won’t have to look too hard because we’ll be pouring some world class treasures from Italy this afternoon starting at 2pm.  We’ll have the late addition of the 2007 Mastro Janni, Brunello di Montalcino, a wine you won’t want to miss.

Sunday, we’ll be opening two French wines: A new Côtes du Rhône from Kermit Lynch and a crisp Picpoul to welcome back the Sunshine.

Stop in and give them a try.

Exceptional Italians,

Saturday, June 28th, 2pm

The classic wine regions are often predictable.  In Burgundy you know what’s in the bottle.  Bordeaux is the same.  But Italy has so much diversity in its plantings that it regularly surprises.  This Saturday will be pouring some fresh surprises that should delight any palate.  Stop by and try these uncommon wines.

2010 Colterenzio Lafóa Sauvignon Blanc $25
Colterenzio is located in a sunny position on a rounded ridge between the village of Girlan and the hamlet of Schreckbichl in Alto Adige at an altitude of 430 meters with optimum sun-exposure. The soils are sandy, with gravely mineral deposits.  Their reserve Sauvignon Blanc is only made in the best years.  It is crisp, full and has world class minerality and now a great price. Was $40, Now $25

2013 San Giovanni Il Chiaretto Valtènesi $20
Groppello, Marzemino, Barbera and Sangiovese
This unusual blend of grapes from Lombardy makes a full and lively rosé with lots of tropical floral notes, and raspberry and strawberry fruits.  It proves that world class Rosé doesn’t need to be French.

2011 Tascante Ghiaia Nera Etna Rosso $12
“From the blackened sloped of Mount Etna, the Ghiaia Nera is a pure expression of Nerello Mascalese. The Tasca family purchased vineyard land on Etna and began releasing a series of volcano-based wines about five years ago. The grape’s natural tannins have been softened and the wine shows generous fruit tones, mineral shadings, leather, tobacco and exotic spice.”  Wine Advocate – 91pts — Was $20 now $12

2009 Luigi Pira Barolo Serralunga $40
Nebbiolo
Serralunga d’Alba is a wildly beautiful and dramatic corner of the Barolo appellation. It’s the most rustic and rugged of them all, and its vineyards usually produce the boldest expressions of Nebbiolo. The Pira comes from 50 year old vines from Pira’s vineyards in the three most prestigious crus in the Serralunga “Margheria,” “Marenca,” and “Rionda.” The wine has elegant and complex aromas with notes of leather and hay, earth and spice. The flavor is persistent and supple with a good balance between tannins and acidity.

2010 Jacopo Biondi Santi Braccale $20
80% Sangiovese, 20% Merlot
“Jacopo Biondi Santi comes from the famous Brunello family. A big super Tuscan with dark rich fruit and dry chewy tannins along with mineral and herb notes.  Decant before drinking and the wine really opens up.  “The 2010 Braccale is a dense and compelling expression of Sangiovese Grosso (with 20% Merlot) that shows hints of wild Mediterranean brush and herb for added elegance and class. At its core are dark fruit nuances and lingering tones of crushed mineral or dry earth. The wine drinks beautifully right now, thanks to its softly velvety tannins. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2018.”—Wine Advocate

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Spanish Sunday Sippers On Solstice + 1.

Stop by this Sunday for our Spanish Sippers from 11-5. These two guys just arrived in our shop and I’m excited to try them. Come join me.

2012 Marina Alta Bianco    ($10)
Muscat de Alexandria
A floral and fruity Spanish white that calls for a bucket of ice and a warm afternoon.Was $13 now $10
11% alcohol by volume

2012 Isidro Milagro 5 Oros Rioja    ($12)
Garnacha
From 25 to 50 year old vines in Rioja, this Grenache has bold, dark cherry flavors with spicy tannins and hints of chocolate

Happy Solstice

It is SUNNY out for the longest day of the year, and to celebrate we’ll be pouring some fresh Northwest wines from Gilbert and Pamplin.  Gilbert’s Rosé of Mourvedré is perfect for the afternoon.  The tasting starts at 2.

Sunday, Mark will be pouring two new Spanish wines that have just arrived at the shop.   That’s all day from 11 to 5.

Stroll in and sip something for the Solstice.

Gilbert & Pamplin,

Saturday June 21st, 2pm

This Saturday we’re showing new wines from two Northwest vintners.  We’ll be pouring wines from a long time favorite of ours, Gilbert Cellars, as well as a big red from a new discovery, Pamplin Family Winery.  Stop by and get acquainted.
 
2013 Gilbert Cellars The Grower White  $15
70% Chardonnay, 30% Riesling
An unusual blend of Washington’s two premier white grapes, is made even more mysterious by the fact that there is no mention of the grapes on the label.  Instead there is the story of Curt Gilbert, a fruit grower, who started buying vineyards in 2001.  The two varietals complement each other perfectly showing off the best qualities of both grapes.
 
2013 Gilbert Cellars  Mourvèdre
Rosé  $14
This 100% Mourvèdre from the 24K Vineyard on Wahluke Slope was intentionally fermented cold in order to retain its delicate rose petal aromatics and bright fruit character.  Ripe homegrown strawberries and cream over lightly toasted angel food cake make up the core aromas as the wine is gradually revealed through a veil of lees. The palate is fresh, lean, and focused, with a current of acidity.
 
2012 Gilbert Cellars, the Pilgrim  $15
34% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Cabernet Franc, 16% Malbec, 16% Syrah, 5% Dolcetto, 3% Pinot Noir
The Pilgrim like The Grower is an unusual blend that at first glance looks like a kitchen sink blend of leftovers, but tastes like it is by design.  It is 13 months in neutral 225L French Oak barrels and tastes fresh and fruit driven.
 
2011 Gilbert Cellars Alobroges  $20
47% Syrah, 35% Grenache, 18% Mourvedre,
Gilbert’s Rhone-style blend, named for pre-Roman viniculturalists, comes from their Doc Stewart & 24K vineyards, on Wahluke Slope.  It spent 17 months in 25% new oak barrels (90% French & 10% American) and has aromas of blackberry, plum, and Bing Cherry deepen and subtle aromas of sage, smoke, and baking spice.
 
2010 Pamplin Winery JRG Red  $27
74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot
Named for the kids, the |R|G Red Wine is dominated by classic Cabernet Sauvignon varietal character. It exhibits a complex montage of cassis, cherry, blue fruits, earth, olive brine and sweet oak spice. On the palate, it is focused and vibrant with a burst of cherry, red raspberry and cassis that echoes through the fine grained, fully-integrated finish. It possesses mouth-coating plushness. The tannins are polished and sugary. This is an elegant wine of subtle nuance that reveals more facets as it evolves in the glass. Decanting will provide worthwhile benefits. Additional cellaring will reward those with patience and it should be in its prime from 2017 to 2025 or just drink it now.

Portuguese Sunday 11-5

Welcome to sunny Portugal as we try a lovely red and white from the Land of Ports….

2009 Quinta do Infantado Douro Red    ($14)
30% Touriga Franca, 30% Touriga Nacional, 30% Tinta Roriz, 10% Other red varieties
A full rich estate red from a quality Port producer. Lots of ripe pie cherry, Kirsh, and smooth tannins.

2011 Quinta das Maias Vinho Branco    ($10)
Malvasina Fina, Encruzado, Sercial and Verdelho
A dry Portugese white with, full and rounded flavors of melon and apple.

It’s Pouring At Madrona Wine Merchants…

This Saturday we have a great tasting of Rhône wines from Xavier Vignon featuring his 2007 Châeauneuf du Pape.  It is one you won’t want to miss.  That starts at 2pm.

Sunday Mark will be pouring two new Portuguese wines for all the dads on Father’s day.

Take a break from the World Cup and stop on by.

Xavier,

Saturday June 14th, 2pm

Xavier Vignon, an oenologist from the University of Montpellier, worked as a winemaker in Alsace, Champagne, Saint-Emilion, Burgundy and Languedoc-Roussillon before settling in the Rhône Valley 15 years ago. Xavier is the consultant oenologist for large number of Châteauneuf du Pape estates, including prominent estates like Raymond Usseglio, La Gardine, Jerome Quiot, Beaurenard, La Nerthe, Mont Redon, Marcoux, Grand Veneur.  In 2002 he decided to start making his own wine from purchased grapes from his many contacts.  This Saturday we’ll be trying a great line up of his wines.  Don’t miss it.
 
2012 Grimaud, Cuveé du Golfe de St. Tropez Rosé  $10
Syrah, Grenache, and Cinsault
Before we jump into the Xavier wines we’ll be pouring this lighter rosé with peach and strawberry notes is priced to move as the 2013 gets delivered on Monday.
Was $16 now $10
 
2013 Le Petit Xavier Blanc   $17
50% Sauvignon, 30% Picpoul, 20% Grenache Blanc
The Le Petit wines are blended from grapes from the Languedoc and the Rhone that Xavier epitomizes as “Fruit, flowers, spices & foremost fun”. The blanc offers notes of citrus, tropical fruit followed by floral white flowers.  On the palate the wine offers plenty of freshness.
 
2013 Le Petit Xavier Rouge $17
50% Syrah, 50% Grenache
The Le Petit rouge displays notes of pepper, red fruits, and floral notes including violet. The palate is rich, fresh with a mineral finish.
 
2010 Xavier, Cotes du Rhone  $17
60% Grenache, 25% Mourvèdre, 15% Syrah
A very solid Rhone assembled from a large number of plots throughout the appellation combining the many soils types that can be found in the Rhone valley: limestone, clay, clay and limestone, or grave.  Parker: “the 2010 Cotes du Rhone was aged in wood barrels (one-third) and tank (two-thirds). It possesses copious notes of garrigue, loamy soil, balsam wood, underbrush, kirsch and blacker fruits. This medium-bodied 2010 is ideal for consuming over the next several years.”
 
2007 Xavier, Châteauneuf-du-Pape  $50
55% Grenache, 35% Mourvèdre, 10% Syrah
This CNDP is a blend of the three soil types of Châteauneuf-du-Pape soils: galets roulés, sand and terres graveleuses.  The Grenache comes from 90-year-old vines, the Mourvedre from 75-year-old vines, and the rest from vines of at least 25 years of age. The Grenache is aged in tank and the Syrah and Mourvedre are kept in small oak casks.  Parker: “The 2007 . . . exhibits an extraordinary bouquet of garrigue, smoked meats, black cherries, blackberries, licorice and Asian soy. With stunning power, opulence, body, richness and purity, this brilliant Chateauneuf du Pape will age effortlessly for 15+ years.”

Lots Going On This Sunday…

There is lots going on Madrona Wine Merchants this Sunday—from 11-5pm we have our Strange Bedfellows Sunday Sippers.

This Sunday we are exploring a crisp German and dark and lenghty Frenchman. Strange bedfellows indeed – enjoy the Rosé on the deck while manning (or womanning) the barbeque and the Red with the meal. Stop in for a sample…

2013 Von Buhl Spätburgunder Trocken Rosé    ($20)
Pinot Noir
An ultra-crisp pinot rosé with good solid fruit underlying the bright acidity.
12.5% alcohol by volume

2011 Domaine Ollier Taillerfer Les Collines      ($14)
Carignan, Grenache, Syrah
Faugères
A dark and lenghty Languedoc red.

And from 3-5PM we are having an artist reception for Suzanne Brooker.


Suzanne Brooker

Women in Paint

May 4th-June 29th 2014

ARTIST RECEPTION: June 8th from 3-5PM

This collection of paintings includes portraits from naturalistic realism to interpretations of invented color that express human gesture.

Suzanne teaches drawing and painting at the Gage Academy of Art. She is the author of Portrait Painting Atelier: Old Master Techniques and Contemporary Applications, (Watson-Guptil 2010). Her second book, The Elements of Landscape Oil Painting: Techniques for Rendering Sky, Terrain, Trees and Water will be available in spring 2015.

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