Archive for April 23, 2015

Spain Old & New,

Saturday, April 25th, 2pm

Spanish Wines are a fine blend of old winemaking tradition and modern winemaking process.  This Saturday we will be tasting both the old and the new ranging from a crisp Catalan Cava from the oldest sparkling winery in Spain to a 2005 from a modern young winery in Toro.  Come taste the past join the present.

2010 Mont-Ferrant Brut Reserva  $15
40% Xarel-lo, 30% Macabeo, 25% Parellada, 5% Chardonnay
Mont Ferrant , the oldest sparkling wine maker in Spain, is located in Catalonia.  All of their bottlings are crafted utilizing true Méthode Champenoise, from estate grown hand harvested grapes.  The 2010 was aged for 24 months before disgorgement.  It is complex, toasty and yeasty.  12% alcohol by volume

2013 Cune, Monopole Blanco Rioja  $13
100% Viura
CVNE (Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España) is one of the most renowned and historic bodegas in all of Spain. Founded in 1879 by the Real de Asúa brothers, it is now run by 5th generation descendants.  Their Monopole has a highly aromatic bouquet evoking ripe pear, peach, melon and white flowers, with honeydew and pit fruit flavors that expand with air. It shows good energy on the finish, picking up a bright citrus quality.

2009 Cune, Viña Real, Rioja Crianza  $15
Tempranillo
“Hand-harvested from their vineyard in  Rioja Alavesa and aged 14 months in used barrels, the 2009 Crianza has a luscious, joyful bouquet that brims with succulent kirsch and Morello fruit. The palate has a crisp cranberry and raspberry driven entry with fine, edgy tannins and a lovely crisp minerally finish. The Cune is a very fine Crianza that should age nicely over the next decade.”

2006 Reseva de la Tierra, Vega Escal Priorat $18
60% Cariñena, 30% Garnacha, 10% Syrah
Tthe fruit for this wine is grown in  Gratallops with its warmer daytime temperatures.   The vines range in age from 10 years for the Syrah to 50 years for the Carinena. The Vega Escal offers smoky red berry and black currant aromas on the nose with a touch of lavender. The palate is ripe with lush black cherry fruit, toasted oak, round tannins and a long finish.

2005 Frontaura Aponte Reserva      $32
Tempranillo
The Flagship wine from the ultra-modern Frontaura winery in Toro, the Aponte is made from 100-year-old vines and aged for 22 months in new French oak.  The wines aromatic complexity stands out with a cornucopia of fruit, spice and herb notes.  The mouthfeel is smooth and expressive with a broad deep aftertaste.

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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