Archive for December 28, 2014

Into The New Year

New Year’s Eve is approaching and at Madrona Wine we’re sipping our way into it. 

Today (Sunday)  from 11 to 5, Mark will be pouring two wines to toast the passing of 2014.

2012 Stephen Vincent Chardonnay  $13
A toasty, but not overly buttery California Chardonnay.

2008 Grand Caumont, Corbières, Impatience  $16
45% Syrah, 45% Old-Vine Carrignan, 10% Granache
Now why do they call it impatience when the current release is 2008. Intense & powerful with black berry fruits, violet & pepper aromas dominated by dark berry fruit flavors, this wine is well balanced & structured with good length & a lingering finish.

New Year’s Week Schedule:
We’re open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from noon to 7
Closed New Year’s Day
And then back open on Friday, January 2nd.

Stop in and pick up some bubbles to say goodbye to 2014 and don’t forget a nice bottle for New Year’s Day dinner.

Madrona Wine Merchants offers free wine tastings featuring 4-5 selections on a theme every Saturday from 2 until the bottles run out and on Sunday we offer a mini-tasting of two wines all day from 11-5. No matter what day you stop by we always have something open to sample.

Sunday Sippers, December 28th, 11-5pm

Come sample a couple of new arrivals to the shop. A lovely California Chardonnay and an older French Beauty. We are pouring all day, from 11-5. Stop on by.


2012 Stephen Vincent Chardonnay ($13)
A toasty, but not overly buttery California Chardonnay.

 


2008 Grand Caumont Impatience ($16)
45% Syrah, 45% Old-Vine Carrignan, 10% Granache
Corbières
Now why do they call it impatience when the current release is 2008. Intense & powerful with black berry fruits, violet & pepper aromas dominated by dark berry fruit flavors, this wine is well balanced & structured with good length & a lingering finish.

Madrona Wine Merchants offers free wine tastings featuring 4-5 selections on a theme every Saturday from 2 until the bottles run out and on Sunday we offer a mini-tasting of two wines all day from 11-5. No matter what day you stop by we always have something open to sample.

Ring in the New,

Saturday December 27th, 2pm

The End is Near!!  2014 that is.  2015 is on its way and to help with the transition we’ve lined up some bell ringing wines to pour on Saturday.  No auld lang syne here.  These are new acquaintances to welcome the New Year.  Stop in and have a sip.
 
Moutard Grande Reserve Champ Persin Brut  $39
Chardonnay
A Blanc de Blancs from a single vineyard in Côte des Bar just under 2 hectares in size. The wine ages more than three years in Moutard’s caves.  The wine has aromas of apple, peach, and guava.  The palate is wonderfully focused with tight lemony fruit and a creamy mouthwatering acidity.
 
2009 Gerard Fiou Le Grand Roe Sancerre  $22
Sauvignon Blanc
Fiou is a 24 acres, family estate with organically farmed 60 years old vines grown on Silex soil which the Sauv. Blanc loves.  Part of the wine is vinified in “cement” tanks and another part in new oak barrels.  The wine is matured on its fine lees, regularly suspended by “bâtonnage” for 10 months.  It has a very expressive bouquet of tropical fruit with a surprising texture driven by a complex minerality and a refreshing citrusy finish.  Was $30 now $22
 
2011 Domaine Notre Dame des Pallières, Gigondas $19
75% Grenache, 15% Syrah and 10% Cinsault
Notre Dame des Pallières is a family estate where the old vines go deep in the chalky-clayey subsoil.  An elegant nose of black fruit is followed by a remarkable palate of blackcurrant, thyme, licorice and tobacco character. It finishes bright and long, with very good focus and lingering florality.
 
2010 Leaf & Vine Haystack Peak Cabernet  $22
This small California winery run by wine maker Tim Keith that focuses on small production site specific, single varietal wines.  The Haystack Peak Napa Cabernet stands up with its fancy neighbors. The wine ages in 100% French Oak (50% new) and is bottled unfiltered and unrefined.  Only 6 barrels were produced.  The wine shows Aromas of spice, Cigar box and earth along with white pepper, black cherry, a sweet structure and a dry lingering finish.
 
Bodegas Dios Baco, Oxford 1970  $15  — 500ml
Pedro Ximénez
Oxford 1970 is Dios Baco’s younger Pedro Ximénez Sherry.  To concentrate flavors and sugar content, the Pedro Ximenez grapes are spread out on straw mats to dehydrate. Just before the grapes become raisins, the fruit is pressed and the wine is made then resulting wine is aged in a 35 year old Solera.  The wine is thick and intense, full of raisins and dried prunes with hints of coffee and sticky toffee.

Madrona Wine Merchants offers free wine tastings featuring 4-5 selections on a theme every Saturday from 2 until the bottles run out and on Sunday we offer a mini-tasting of two wines all day from 11-5. No matter what day you stop by we always have something open to sample.

Holiday Hours

We are open this evening until 7PM, Christmas Eve (Wednesday) 12-7, closed Christmas, but open again on Friday from 12-7, Saturday from 11-7, Sunday 11-5.

For New Year’s Week we are open 12-7 Monday-Wednesday, closed Thursday for New Year’s Day, then back open on Friday.

Madrona Wine Merchants offers free wine tastings featuring 4-5 selections on a theme every Saturday from 2 until the bottles run out and on Sunday we offer a mini-tasting of two wines all day from 11-5. No matter what day you stop by we always have something open to sample.

Solstice Sunday Sippers, 11-5

Come celebrate the shortest daylight of 2014 with a couple of wines that will perk up your dark evening.

 

2013 Fidelitas/Charlie Hoppes M100 Viognier $18
A full bodied Viognier from Fidelitas’ Charlie Hoppes who has more fingers in more pies of Washington wine than you can count on two hands.

2010 Muga Rioja Reserva $25
70% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha, 10% Mazuelo & Graciano.
A traditional styled Rioja, aged for 6 months in wooden vats before spending 2 years in 60% new French and American oak. Rich layered fruit that is smooth-textured and concentrated.

Madrona Wine Merchants offers free wine tastings featuring 4-5 selections on a theme every Saturday from 2 until the bottles run out and on Sunday we offer a mini-tasting of two wines all day from 11-5. No matter what day you stop by we always have something open to sample.

Damp Dark Weekend

Happy Solstice!  We’ve reached the longest night and shortest day of the year.  To celebrate the return of the sun, we’re pour some big bold wines to light up the darkness.  It’s a rich line up that starts today at 2pm.

We are also in the midst of Chanukah the festival of lights.  And Mark will be lighting up Sunday with two Washington wines that will bring a glow.  We’ll be pouring all day:
2013 Fidelitas/Charlie Hoppes’, M100 Viognier  $18
2010 Basel Cellars, Estate Claret   $16
Come give them a try.

And for you that haven’t noticed yet, Christmas is this Thursday the 24th.  We’ll be open every day between now and then

Happy Holidays

Madrona Wine Merchants offers free wine tastings featuring 4-5 selections on a theme every Saturday from 2 until the bottles run out and on Sunday we offer a mini-tasting of two wines all day from 11-5. No matter what day you stop by we always have something open to sample.

Bold Wines for Dark December

December 20th, 2pm

The days are short, the nights are long and the Solstice is upon us.  It is a good time for rich, full bodied wines that will keep the dark at bay.  This Saturday we’re pouring a full line up of Big Bold Wines to help survive the dark and celebrate the return of the light.  Join us.

Gruet, Blanc de Noir  $16
Pinot Noir
From the town of Truth or Consequence, New Mexico comes this American classic.  The Blanc de Noir is made Méthode Champenoise & aged for a minimum of two-years.  It has berry aromas with toasty notes, a creamy texture and an explosive juicy flavor of raspberry.

2013 Baer Shard  $20
Chardonnay
Baer makes full bodied Washington wines from their Woodinville winery including their Shard from the Stillwater Creek vineyard.  The 2013 was whole-cluster pressed and fermented and aged in 75-gallon stainless steel barrels, sur lie, with no oak contact and no malolactic fermentation. The result is refreshing and bright with notes of crisp Golden Delicious apple and Bosc pear, punctuated by zesty lemon rind.

2011 Bodegas Caro, Amancaya Gran Reserva $20
70% Malbec, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon
From Domaines Barons de Rothschild and Catena family, Amancaya presents a harmonious balance between the Argentine and Bordeaux styles.  The word Amacaya is the native Indian name of a flower found at high altitudes in the Andes in the Mendoza area.  The wine ages 12 months in oak barrels (20% new).  It shows inviting aromas of dark berry, and cassis with a streak of eucalyptus and sweet spices. The wine is full-bodied with a mouth-filling richness with enough acidity to support the ripeness.

2012 Underground Wine Project, Devil’s Playground.  $33
90% Cabernet Sauvignon 10% Syrah
A collaboration between Mark Ryan Winery and Sleight of Hand Cellars, the Devil’s Playground is big and bold, with full bodied, chewy tannins, while still retaining a silky smoothness. A hedonistic, pure pleasure style with 100% new oak & 24 months aging.

2008 Real Companhia Velha, Royal Oporto Late Bottle Vintage  $21
On the 10th September 1756, The Real Companhia Velha was founded by Royal Charter of The King D. José I.  Formed by the most important farmers of the Upper Douro and the Good Men of the City of Oporto, the Company was entrusted with the task of “sustaining the cultivation of vines, conserving the production of them in their natural pureness, in benefit of Agriculture, Trade and Public Health.. In 1781 the Company presented its Portos to the Imperial lips of Catherine of Russia, through large shipments freighted for the purpose.  Today, 233 years later, their LVB can grace your lips.  Sweet black compote spiked with shavings of black peppercorn make this a complex Late Bottled Port with approachable tannins and an herbal, eucalyptus edge.

Madrona Wine Merchants offers free wine tastings featuring 4-5 selections on a theme every Saturday from 2 until the bottles run out and on Sunday we offer a mini-tasting of two wines all day from 11-5. No matter what day you stop by we always have something open to sample.

Give The Gift Of Wine

Show your love this holiday season with the gift of wine be it red, white, bubbles, or dessert. From single special occasion bottles to magnums and larger.

Or better yet, give them wines of the month from Madrona Wine Merchants. Choose from 3, 6 or 12 packs – your choice red/white/mixed and they can switch the mix at any time. At the beginning of each month we charge your card and send your gift recipient an email that their box is ready. Comes with tasting notes.

You get:

  • A hand-picked selection of intriguing wines waiting to be discovered
  • 10% off your wine club selections
  • A ready supply of delicious wines just waiting for a pull of the cork

We have several wine club levels to suit your palate and pocket:

Everyday Exploration:

Good quality wines that don’t require a special occasion. This selection gives you wine for good, everyday drinking. These selections from all over the world are meant to go with food. If you buy two or three bottles a week at the grocery store, we promise you that you’ll drink better with this club level! Your choice of either six or twelve bottles a month. Choices all red, all white or anything in between.

6 bottle selection: $50 – $75 plus tax

12 bottle selection: $100 – $150 plus tax

Saturday Night Collection:

Looking for something other than “Wednesday Wine”? The Saturday Night Collection Wine Club gives you three wines a month (or six) that are a cut above the everyday.  Good for fine meals, cellaring or special occasions.

3 bottle selection: $75 – $135 plus tax

6 bottle selection: $150 – $270 plus tax

Mel’s All Week Mix:

Mel’s All Week mix is a combination of our Everyday Explorer and Saturday Night samplings. Named for one of our customers, Mel’s All Week Mix offers two bottles from the Saturday Night Special and four bottles from the Everyday Explorer so you have bottles for special occasions and bottles for everyday.

6 bottle selection: $110 – $120 plus tax

What the heck – while you are at it, sign up for yourself as well so you can compare notes.

Madrona Wine Merchants offers free wine tastings featuring 4-5 selections on a theme every Saturday from 2 until the bottles run out and on Sunday we offer a mini-tasting of two wines all day from 11-5. No matter what day you stop by we always have something open to sample.

Sunday Sippers – Old World & New World,

December 14th, 11-5pm

Sunday we are looking ahead to the holidays and sampling a Spanish Verdego (great with the salad course) and a bold California Zinfandel from Amador County that would pair well with that standing rib roast.

2011 Ermita Veracruz Verdejo ($10)
A quality Verdejo at a petite price. Aromas of basil & passion fruit preceed waves of tangerine, grapefruit and star fruit complemented by refreshing grassy, herbal notes and zesty acidity. Was $14 now $10
13% alcohol by volume

2010 Renwood Grandpere Zinfandel ($25)
An Estate Zin (maybe THE Estate Zin from Renwood) with their copyrighted old-vine clone Zin. “A rich mix of black current, cedar, exotic spices, tobacco, plum, and cherry pie typified by its’ juicy freshness with excellent structure, and longevity that will age well.”

Madrona Wine Merchants offers free wine tastings featuring 4-5 selections on a theme every Saturday from 2 until the bottles run out and on Sunday we offer a mini-tasting of two wines all day from 11-5. No matter what day you stop by we always have something open to sample.

Weekend Warmers

This week’s bid wind storm has blown through, leaving us with a Sunny Weekend in the Middle of December.  How often does that happen?  And it is perfect weather to stroll on up to the wine shop and try the great things we are pouring the next two days.

Today, at 2pm we have a great line up of Festive Wines for the Holidays.  We’ve been reminded that all wines are Festive, but these are possibly more so than others.  Yo can decide for yourself.

Sunday Mark will have a new white from the old world and an old vine red from the new.
2011 Ermita Veracruz Verdejo  $10
2010 Renwood Grandpere Zinfandel  $25

That’s all day from 11 -5.

You might even get a little Christmas shopping done for the adults on your list while you’re here.

Madrona Wine Merchants offers free wine tastings featuring 4-5 selections on a theme every Saturday from 2 until the bottles run out and on Sunday we offer a mini-tasting of two wines all day from 11-5. No matter what day you stop by we always have something open to sample.

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