Archive for March 31, 2016

Bold Wines from Northern Spain,

Saturday, April 2nd, 2pm

This Saturday we are tasting wines from the two coasts of the north of Spain We’ll start with a big white from the Atlantic side in Rias Baixas and then continue on to some big bodied reds of the Mediterranean side from Monsant, Conca de Barbera, and Priorat.  The wines full and bold as the culture they come from.  Come join us.
 
2014 Pazo de Señorans, Albariño Rias Baixas $20
From Rias Baixas on the coast of Northwest Spain, the Pazo Señorans is made with 100% Albariño grapes that grow on 35-year old vines in 20 acres of lovingly cared vineyards that receive the sea breeze from the Atlantic Ocean.   The Pazo takes Albariño to a whole new level.  The 2014 is wonderfully perfumed with round viscous body packed with a cornucopia of citrus flavors.
 
2013 Capcanes, Mas Donis Barrica, Montsant   $12   Tasting Special Normally $14
85% Grenache, 15% Syrah
In North East Spain, Montsant wraps around the celebrated Priorat. While the soils generally contain less schist than Priorat, their pricing represents much greater value.  The old-vine Garnacha in this blend is primarily from an indigenous clone called Garnacha del Pais.  The wine is barrel aged for nine months before release.  It shows wild red and black berry flavors, cherry, spices and herbs as well as smooth vanilla oaky toasty notes.  It is ripe and complex on the palate with loads of sweet vibrant fruit, soft and velvet tannins and a nicely refreshing finish
 
2012 Clos di Nit, Crianza Montsant  $12
40% Garnacha, 40% Cariñena, 20% Syrah
Clos de Nit is a Catalan phrase meaning “vineyard of the night.” The vineyards are spread out across the mountainous slopes among olive groves, forests, and stone. Loose red sands and limestone are found here. Their Crianza has red and black fruits with earth and dried fruit overtones.  Its tannins are noticeable but very pleasant and it shows a long, persistent finish. 
 
2012 Cara Nord, Negre, Conca de Barbera $17
42% Grenache, 38% Syrah and 20% Garrut
Lesser known than its neighbors, the Conca de Barbera appellation is northeast of Priorat and Montsant, and west of Penedes.  The Negre’s blackcurrant and cherry skin aromas show gentle spiciness and a touch of dried herbs. The wine is smooth and pliant on the palate, offering ripe black and blue fruit flavors and a touch of bitter chocolate with a smoky note on the finish, along with an echo of cherry and dusty tannins.
 
2013 Mas Doix, les Crestes, Priorat $25
80% Grenache, 10% Carignan, 10% Syrah
Les Crestes vineyards are situated at a height of 400 meters above sea level on hillsides of pronounced slopes, with the characteristic slate soil called “licorella”. A third of the grapes for les Crestes come from vineyards of more than 50 years old, and the rest come from vineyards with an average of 15/20 years old.  The wine has earthy, dark fruits, orange peel, chocolate, leather, cumin, and general freshness which continue in the body along with a boost of oak and dried herbal 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 all day from 11-5.

The Big 5-0

50?
Two Celebration Ports

Birthday or Anniversary, 50 years is a big number.  Looking for a special bottle to help celebrate?  These two Anniversary Release Tawny Ports might fit the bill.

1966 Taylor’s Single Harvest Port $250
This Colheita comes in its own wooden box – available special order only (arrival date is approximately mid-June.)  Orders must be prepaid on order confirmation

“The 1966 Single Harvest Tawny Port (i.e., a Colheita) is a traditional blend, aged in French and American oak. It comes in at 183 grams per liter of residual sugar. Surprisingly rich and fresh, this seems younger than its age. The complexity here is not quite as great as with some and the nuances of molasses and the like are controlled. On the other side of the coin, it has a rather sensual texture, finishing with a sugary burst. Underneath is the expected acidity and a bit of pop. Overall, it is rather seductive and quite delicious.”  94 Points Wine Advocate

1966 Oporto Kopke Colheita $223 for 750ml,  $114 for 375ml 
Intense brown color with brick halo, illustrating superbly its longevity. Presents an involving bouquet of dried fruits, with evident smoke notes, being silky and delicate in the taste. Endowed of an excellent structure and sophisticated elegance, the intensity of plum, dried figs and vanilla flavors, outline a unique and divine style resulting in a persistent finish.
more info at  http://wineworthimporters.com/products/porto-kopke-colheita-1966/

1966 Not Your Year?
Let us know what you are looking for and we’ll be happy to try and find it for you.

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 all day from 11-5.

Celebration Ports

Celebration? Birthday? Anniversary? How about getting a bottle of port that matches the year. Not all years are available as some years harvests weren’t of high enough quality for vintage dated ports.

We are excited to offer the 1966 vintage in a beautiful wooden box – available for paid pre-order for only $250. Arrival date is approximately mid-June. 750ml

94 Points Wine Advocate

“The 1966 Single Harvest Tawny Port (i.e., a Colheita) is a traditional blend, aged in French and American oak. It comes in at 183 grams per liter of residual sugar. Surprisingly rich and fresh, this seems younger than its age. The complexity here is not quite as great as with some and the nuances of molasses and the like are controlled. On the other side of the coin, it has a rather sensual texture, finishing with a sugary burst. Underneath is the expected acidity and a bit of pop. Overall, it is rather seductive and quite delicious. Note that this will be released in January 2016, part of Taylor’s old Colheita releases.

1966 Not Your Year?

We also have other vintages available in either half (375ml) or full (750ml) sizes.
These are available now by special order and require no pre-payment.

Maker

Vintage

Half

750ml

Kopke

Vintage 2011

$35

$60

Rocha

Vintage 2011

$35

$70

Rocha

Vintage 2007

$38

$60

Kopke

Vintage 2005

$38

Kopke

2005 Colheita

$19

$35

Kopke

2005 White Colheita

$27

$50

Kopke

Vintage 2004 QSL

$38

$62

Kopke

2004 Colheita

$19

$35

Kopke

Vintage 2003

$37

$63

Rocha

Vintage 2003 (500ml)

$40

Kopke

2003 Colheita

$19

$35

Kopke

2002 Colheita

$18

$32

Kopke

2002 White Colheita

$30

$55

Kopke

2001 Colheita

$18

$32

Kopke

Vintage 2000

$50

Rocha

Vintage 2000

$66

Kopke

2000 Colheita

$20

$37

Kopke

1999 Colheita

$22

$40

Kopke

1998 Colheita

$22

$40

Kopke

Vintage 1997

$57

Rocha

Vintage 1997

$58

Kopke

1997 Colheita

$40

Rocha

1997 Colheita

$19

$30

Kopke

Vintage 1996 QSL

$60

Kopke

1996 Colheita

$23

$42

Kopke

1995 Colheita

$25

$45

Rocha

1995 Colheita

$20

$35

Kopke

Vintage 1994

$50

$0

Rocha

Vintage 1991

$60

Rocha

1991 Colheita

$47

Kopke

1990 Colheita

$30

$52

Kopke

1989 Colheita

$32

$55

Rocha

1989 Colheita

$29

$40

Kopke

Vintage 1987

$69

Kopke

1987 Colheita

$32

$60

Rocha

1986 Colheita

$33

$62

Kopke

1985 Colheita

$45

$75

Kopke

1984 Colheita

$40

$75

Rocha

1984 Colheita

$40

$72

Kopke

1983 Colheita

$42

$81

Kopke

1982 Colheita

$55

$90

Rocha

1982 Colheita

$87

Kopke

1981 Colheita

$51

$93

Kopke

1980 Colheita

$50

Rocha

1980 Colheita

$

$94

Kopke

1979 Colheita

$52

$98

Rocha

1979 Colheita

$48

Kopke

1978 Colheita

$54

$110

Rocha

1978 Colheita

$50

$85

Kopke

1976 Colheita

$59

$114

Rocha

1976 Colheita

$59

$114

Kopke

1975 Colheita

$67

$124

Rocha

1975 Colheita

$57

$119

Kopke

1974 Colheita

$67

$133

Kopke

1968 Colheita

$212

Kopke

1967 Colheita

$110

$215

Rocha

1967 Colheita

$110

$170

Kopke

1966 Colheita

$114

Rocha

1966 Colheita

$223

Kopke

1965 Colheita

$125

$247

Rocha

1965 Colheita

$75

Kopke

1964 Colheita

$135

$266

Kopke

1963 Colheita

$139

$272

Kopke

1961 Colheita

$149

$290

Kopke

1960 Colheita

$170

$299

Kopke

1958 Colheita

$184

$362

Kopke

1957 Colheita

$192

$379

Rocha

1957 Colheita

$192

$379

Kopke

1955 Colheita

$212

$403

Kopke

1953 Colheita

$215

$422

Kopke

1952 Colheita

$225

Rocha

1952 Colheita

$442

Kopke

1951 Colheita

$233

$450

Kopke

1950 Colheita

$466

Kopke

1947 Colheita

$300

$603

Kopke

1941 Colheita

$390

$772

Rocha

1941 Colheita

$390

$686

Kopke

1940 Colheita

$393

$781

Kopke

1938 Colheita

$405

$801

Rocha

1938 Colheita

$334

$801

Kopke

1937 Colheita

$415

$822

Rocha

1937 Colheita

$415

$822

Availability and pricing as of 3-27-2016

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.

Easter Sunday Sippers, 11-5

In honor of Easter we have wines open from both hemispheres – a lovely “peep-friendly” German Muskat and a lighter “ham-friendly” Argentine Bonarda. Come check them out all day (well, 11am-5pm) Sunday.

 

2010 Anselmann Morio Muskat    ($10)
A floral lighter German Muskat with a lot of fruity character without being overly sweet. Great with fruit and cheese.
10.5 % alcohol by volume

 

2013 Altos las Hormigas
Colinia las Liebres    ($8)
Bonarda
Mendoza Region
Bright raspberry fruit flavors. Rich and tasty. Take this bunny home with you.

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.

Bunnies, Eggs & Daffodils

It’s Easter Weekend and the tulips and daffodils are popping up everywhere.   And here at Madrona Wine we have a few things popping ourselves.

Saturday we are pouring a great line up of wines from Piedmont.  The wines are all made by Podere Ruggeri Corsini a wine-making couple who we have followed for a number of years.  We’ll be capping the tasting with their single vineyard 2011 Barolo Bussia.  It is not to be missed.  The tasting starts at 2pm. 

Sunday, Mark will be searching for the perfect wine paring for hard boiled eggs.  Come see what he comes up with.

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.

Podere Ruggeri Corsini,

Piemonte Pefectionists,

Saturday, March 26th, 2pm

The Corsini estate was founded in 1995 by Loredana Addari and Nicola Argamante, a couple with a passion for the countryside and a love for great wines.  Their small 10 hectares estate in Monforte d’Alba, in the heart of the Langhe hills, was the perfect place for them to put their Viticulture and Oenology degrees to work.  Monforte d’Alba is the southernmost commune of Barolo known for sturdy, muscular wines due to the sandstone clay found in the soils here. The Corsini wines walk a nice line between the traditionalists and modernists.  Their wines are indicative of the place, but still are accessible and highly drinkable even at a young age.  All the grapes are sustainably farmed.  The wines are also minimally sulfured and not usually fined or filtered. This Saturday we have the treat of pouring a lineup of their wines.  Come have a taste.
 
2014 Langhe Bianco   $14
50% Arneis, 30% Sauvignon Blanc, 20% Chardonnay
This unique white blend from the Langhe immediately impresses with an engaging array of apple, pear and gooseberry aromas and a bright palate of layered fruit and crisp acidity. 
 
2014 Dolcetto  $14
Dolcetto d’Alba is a wine that is characterized by its fragrance and freshness: it has a ruby-red color with hues of violet, with a fresh, very fruity fragrance and a totally dry, rich and harmonious flavor that leaves a lingering aroma of tangy almond enhanced by the tannins.”
 
2014 Barbera d’Alba   $16
The 2014 Corsini Babera is fantastic.  It jumps from the glass with loads of ripe plum, bright acidity and rich earthy undertones that keep your palate guessing.

2011 Langhe Nebbiolo  $20
The 2011 Langhe Nebbiolo is from two different vineyard sites—one is within the Barolo appellation and the other is just outside the appellation limits. This wine has red fruits, pretty florals and spicy aromatics dominate the nose while the palate is well-structured with a nice fruitiness through the middle. The palate has a light hit of blood orange in addition to minerals and a forest floor note.  The wine is charming but sturdy and doesn’t not shy away from bold flavors.
 
2011 Barolo Bussia  $40
Corsini’s Bussiavineyard covers 1.1 hectares of 30 to 50 year old vines.  The wine ages for 30 months in a mix of new 1st and 2nd year barrels developing its character.  It has ruby red color with garnet to orange overtones. The Bussia open with a rush of fresh aromas of candied cherries, plums, strawberries and raspberries along with darker tones of hazelnuts, licorice, with herbs, cinnamon and vanilla. The ripe, solid palate offers black cherry, tobacco and espresso alongside gripping, dry tannins that leave you wanting more.

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.

The Mighty March Magnum!

We usually have two bottles open for you to try on Sunday – this Sunday we’ve got two bottles in one! The Mighty March Magnum. And it’s Organic to boot.

Massimo de Gregorio
Nero Terre Siciliane    ($25)
70% Nero d’Avola, 30% Syrah
Made by Marchesi de Gregorio in northwest Sicily, Belice Valley. The Nero is full and dark without being too fruity or over ripe (its only 13%). And a great deal at what works out to be $12.50 a bottle. Organic.
13% alcohol by volume

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.

Spring is Here

Spring arrives this weekend and here at Madrona Wine we are ready to welcome it.  Sunny or Showers we’ve got some good wines to try.  Stop in and enjoy the change of season.

Saturday we’ll be trying a selection of French wines that cover all the bases.
2013 Kuentz-Bas, Alsace Blanc
2015 Domaine Croix Belle Rosé 
2013 Laurent Gauthier, Grands Cras, Morgon

2009 Chateau La Vielle Cure, La Sacristie de la Ville Cure Fronsac
2011 Domaine Grand Veneur, Lirac Clos de Sixte

Sunday, we are cracking open a big bottle of a big Nero d’Avola blend.
Massimo de Gregorio, Nero  $25– 1.5liter
70% Nero d’Avola, 30% Syrah
Made by Marchesi de Gregorio in northwest Sicily, Belice Valley. The Nero is full and dark without being too fruity or over ripe (its only 13%). And a great deal at what works out to be $12.50 a bottle, and it is organic to boot.  13% alcohol by volume

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.

France North to South,

Saturday, March 19th, 2pm

This Saturday we are covering the some of the classic terroir driven wines of France — from the cool climate of Alsace to the warm vineyards of the Rhône and the Languedoc.  Come traipse & taste the country with us.
 
2013 Kuentz-Bas, Alsace Blanc $12
60% Sylvaner, 20% Muscat, 20% Auxerrois
The domaine as we know it today was forged through a marriage that joined the Kuentz and Bas families in 1895. Nestled in the town of Husseren-les-Châteaux, it sits at one of the highest points in Alsace, and the vineyards stretch out from the village over an area of ten hectares.   It is a dry but floral Alsatian blend that combines honeysuckle, peach and apricot flavors. Biodynamic
 
2015 Domaine Croix Belle Rosé  $10
50% Syrah, 50% Grenache
A crisp rosé from the South of France in the Languedoc region Cotes de Thongue. This lively, fruity rose has an intense nose of rose petals and pear drop candies, with a ripe juicy fruit and crisp acidity in the mouth.
 
2013 Laurent Gauthier, Grands Cras, Morgon $18
Gamay
Morgon is considered the most ‘masculine’ of the Grand Cras. This Beaujolais supports that theory. An old vine cru gamy at a great price, the Gauthier has aromas of red cherry, strawberry, black pepper, cinnamon, violets, vanilla and cedar. It is a feast for the nose.  The palate delivers a little tartness with cranberry and black earth.  It is medium bodied with grippy, dry tannins on the finish.
 
2009 Chateau La Vielle Cure, La Sacristie de la Ville Cure $18
74% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc, 4%Cabernet Sauvignon
La Sacristie is the Second wine of this Fronsac Chateau produced from the younger vines of the estate.  It showcases rich aromas of figs, plum, and a touch of coffee with slight firm tannins and a fresh and spicy finish.
 
2011 Domaine Grand Veneur, Lirac Clos de Sixte $30
50% Grenache noir, 35% Syrah, 15% Mourvèdre
The vineyards of Lirac face those of Chateauneuf du Pape on the opposite side of the Rhône river, with similar soil on sides.  Owned and farmed by Alain Jaume, the Clos de Sixte vineyard uses certified organic practices. On the nose, aromas of red and black ripe fruit (kirsch and wild Blackberry) are dominant. The mouth is full, with aromas of blackcurrant liquor and spice. Tannins are both harmonious and elegant thanks to the fleshy of the wine. The end display hints of licorice and vanilla, which give to the wine length and complexity.

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.

Sunday Sippers – Spain vs. Sicily

March 13th, 11-5

Wines from sunny climes hopefully to be matched by sunny spring weather. This Sunday we’ll be tasting an old-vine Grenache from Spain and a Frappato from Sicily. Stop in and give them a try and let us know what you think.

2014 Nicosia Frappato    ($10)
Created from an ancient grape variety typical of southeastern Sicily, this wine is distinctive for its pleasantly fragrant bouquet of fresh red fruits, raspberries and blueberries, while its taste is both lively and soft.
12.5% alcohol by volume

 

2010 Castillo de Daroca Selection Especial    ($9)
Old Vine Grenache
A great little Spanish value. Dusty earth texture and smokey black currants & blueberry fruits along with well-knit tannins.

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.


 

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