Archive for November 29, 2016

Farmer Fizz –Grower Champagne

Sunday, December 4th

5:30 pm –$25 plus tax

Sunday, December 4th we’re having our Annual Champagne Tasting where we’ll be pouring the most interesting Champagnes that we’ve tasted this season.  These wines jumped out of the glass at us as we were trying quite a few bubbles. The tasting starts at 5:30pm.  We’ll have some appetizers to go with and still get you home for Sunday dinner.  The cost is s $25 (plus tax).  Space is limited so contact us if you want to attend.

Tribaut–Schloesser,  Brut Origine  $38
40% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Meunier
A low dosage blend that sits for 3 years on its lees and then blended with 15% of back vintages .  The Tribaut has aromas of dry fruit, apples, biscuits and apricots.

Bourdaire Gallois Brut  $43
100% Meunier
The aromas of this wine jump from the glass, cocoa, toasty notes and raspberry fruit with lemon peel and citrus curd flavors. The base wine for this is 2012 with 2011 blended to complete the package.

Coquillette Carte d’ Ort Brut 1er  $55
66% Pinot Noir, 34% Chardonnay
This fresh and creamy Champagne offers notes of honey graham cracker dust, toast, tangerine blossom, orange, lemon drop and crisp apple.  The extremely fine bubbles give it a delicacy and elegant taste.

2002 Moutard  Millesime $54
Chardonnay
Champagne Moutard’s cellar books date back to the 17th century.  All the grapes for the vintage champagne come from family-owned vineyards giving great control over the finished wine. The prolonged ageing on the lees create a very special champagne full of fennel thyme, honey and biscuit notes, and a fine, structured palate and a pleasing herbal finish.

Gaston Chiquet Cuvee de Reserve $55
1/3 each Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, & Chardonnay
The base wine for the reserve is 84% 2004 vintage, with the balance being 2001.  That is a lot of lees contact for the money.  Firm and yeasty, with toast and malt accents, ripe pears, peaches, hazelnuts and dried flowers come together beautifully in the glass. It naturally shows a little more oxidative character owing to the extended lees aging for a portion of the wine, but that just makes it more complex and interesting.

2006 Pierre Paillard, Grand Cru, Brut Millesime $60
50% Pinot Noir, 50% Chardonnay
Pierre Paillard is a small grower with eleven hectares of vines, all located in Grand Cru Bouzy. The winery has been in the family for eight generations. The 2006 is just released. It has complex aromas of ripe brie, lemon peel, yeasty toast and a creamy mouthfeel.

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 Host Gift, Some Etiquette.

So, you’ve been invited to dinner. What to bring as a thank you to your host? Wine makes the perfect host gift. Here are some tips to help you avoid disappointment or embarrassment.

A host gift is just that. It belongs to the host no matter how much you want to drink that bottle. It’s very likely that your host may have specifically paired wines with the meal. If you are set on drinking something you brought, arrive with a chilled Prosecco or Champagne which might signal the host you’d like a little pre-dinner bubbly, though it could also be saved to go with the dessert course. No, you don’t get to take it home if it doesn’t get opened.

There is no reason to break the bank when buying a host bottle. Even if your hosts are connoisseurs who collect $50-plus wines, there are plenty of wines in the $15 to $30 range that won’t embarrass you. There are many Pinot Noirs (always a safe bet for a red wine) along with heavier Bordeaux wines in the medium price range. Just remember that it’s tacky to brag about the price.

If your host asks you to bring wine, the more the merrier. Consider bringing two or even three bottles. By having several bottles open at the same time, you can educate yourself on wine/food pairing to see what works and what doesn’t. The fun of being asked to bring wine is that you know you’ll get to try what you brought.

Not sure what wine to bring? In addition to the wines mentioned above, a Pinot Grigio (dry, crisp white) or an un-oaked Chardonnay are good choices. Or think about dessert with a Late Bottled Vintage Port or ice wine. When in doubt, ask your wine merchant for help, that’s what we are here for.

The true test of a host gift is a bottle (or two) that you would be happy to drink yourself.

Whatever you decide to bring, it’s always nice to put a little effort into presentation with a simple (or fancy) wine bag. Follow this advice and the dinner invitations will flow.

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.

Red Friday & Weekend Effervescence

It is a nice long weekend here at Madrona Wine as we digest our turkey.

Today we are having our Red Friday Sale.
Skip the Malls and shopping frenzy at the big box stores.  Relax.  We’ll have a couple of red wine specials open to help digest that turkey.   Enjoy the afternoon off and swing by the shop for a taste.

2013 Les Terrasses d’Eole Ventoux  $10
Grenache, Syrah
From a small gravity powered winery in Provence,  this Ventoux is full dark fruit, violets, and minerals with indulgent flavors of blackberries, violets, and anise and earthy undertones.  Was $12 now $10

2012 Albino Rocca Rosso di Rocca  $13
80% Nebbiolo, 10% Barbera and 10% Cab Franc
Aromas of black cherry, licorice, menthol, graphite and black pepper. The rosso is at once sweet and energetic, with black cherry and licorice flavors accented by violet and pepper.  Was $18 now $13

Saturday we are getting all Bubbly.
The forecast for the weekend is all sparkling — at least for our wine tastings.  Saturday we are pouring all bubbles to get in the mood for the holidays.  The corks start popping at 2pm and we’ll pour as long as the bubbles last so don’t be late.

Bodegas Cruzat, Reserve Valle de Uco, Mendoz, Argentina $18
60% Pinot Noir 40% Chardonnay
Sourced from their estate grown vines at 4,600 feet elevation, the Cruzant is aged 18 months on lees and 24 in bottle in bottle before release.  The Brut Natural has no sugar added.  It is redolent of citrus, tropical fruits, jasmine, elder and linden flowers, fully blended with the aromas of fermentation and yeast lysis and a crisp freshness.

Gruet, Blanc de Noirs $16
Pinot noir
This New Mexico Méthode Champenoise is aged for a minimum of two-years, it is full of berry aroma with toasty notes and a creamy texture. Half bottles 375ml — $12

Antica Franca Brut Franciacorta DOCG  $25
90% Chardonnay, 10% Pinot Nero
Franciacorta is to Italy what Champagne is to France.  Its calcareous soils produce complex mineraled wines.  The Antica Fratta is blended out of a library of base wines and then aged 2 years in bottle. It is an elegantly fresh, vivacious and full wine characterized by pleasing aromas of fresh fruit, wild blossoms and subtle bread crust.  Big Bottles, 1.5 liter — $55

Alain Bailly Grande Reserve Brut Champagne $28
60% Pinot Meunier, 25% Pinot Noir, 15% Chardonnay
Sixth generation growers, Bailly’s estate consists of 12 hectares composed of eighty vineyard plots. The Grande Reserve has a golden tint, fine mousse, very full bouquet mingles toast, figs, fresh bread, and structured vinous aromas full of richness.

2014 Borgo Maragliano, Moscato di’Asti La Caliera  $15
A full-bodied, robust and velvety Moscato d’Asti. The intense aroma carries a fragrance of candied fruit, acacia flowers and a typical musky but delicate bouquet. Its scent of “violet” is quite unique and it is only 5% alcohol by volume so you can drink it for breakfast.

Sunday Is Cider Sunday.  And we’ll be pouring two dry ciders. Perfect for starting (or ending) all those holiday dinners and buffets.

Loisel Gosne Breton Cider $10
A bone-dry cider made with a blend of cider apples selected for their drying skin tannins.

Crossfire Crisp Harvest Cider $5
Out of California comes this dry apple cider with an artisan style.

And More Bubbles!!

Sunday, December 4th we’re having our annual Champagne Tasting where we’ll be pouring the most interesting Champagnes that we’ve tasted this season.  It starts at 5:30pm and costs $25 (plus tax).  Space is limited so contact us if you want to attend.  More info coming soon.

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.

Open til 3 on Turkey Day

I’m in the shop until 3pm for those last minute wine emergencies!

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.

How We Curate The Wines We Stock

Many of you have wondered why we are closed on Monday, others wonder how we choose the wines for our small shop.

The answer is basically the same — we are working choosing the wines we offer to you. In addition to the distributor’s representatives that stop by the shop Wednesday through Friday with anywhere from 5-10 sample bottles open, most Monday’s (especially in the fall and spring) distributors have large trade tastings – and we are there to swirl, sniff, sip and spit. It’s a hard job, but someone has to make sure you are getting the best quality and the best price.

Fall is always a crazy time for trade tastings, sometime three scheduled at the same time across the city – like today.

To give you an idea the first tasting of the day had 45 bottles open, the second, a whopping 235, the third, another 35. You really do have to SPIT!

But, there are some perks – there are some snacks to cleanse our palate.

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.

Time To Get Ready!

Thanksgiving is coming. (It’s on Thursday this year.) And this weekend at Madrona Wine we are gearing up for the Big Feast with a full line up of wines to match a groaning table.

Saturday, we’re opening some wines that can handle all the diversity and cornucopia of flavors that is Thanksgiving.  They even make the relatives more agreeable. 
2014 Haden Fig Pinot Gris
2014 Claude Lafond La Grande Piece
Jaillance, Cremant de Bordeaux, Cuvée de l’Abbaye Brut Rose 
2015 Evesham Wood, Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
2013 Domaine Des Ronze,  Beaujolais-Villages
2015 Dominio Basconcillos,  Vigna Magna,  Ribera del Duero 6 Meses

Sunday, we’re tasting the Loire wines of Saget la Pierrèier, These wines are all good candidates for the big meal. A representative from the winery will be here from 1-4 (but the wines will be open all day).

2014 Domaine de la Perriere Sancere  $25
Sauvignon Blanc
Racy notes of lemon zest, straw and chamomile lead to an echo of lightly muddled peach of the finish. It is a mouthful of fruitiness and minerality neatly combined with acidity.

2015 Saget la Perriere Rosé  $14
Pinot Noir
A Languedoc all Pinot Rosé. Aromas of rose petal, grenadine and berry fruits.  Supple, light, fresh attack on the palate. Lovely sweetness on the finish gently lifted by fresh aromas of raspberry.

2015 Saget la Petit Perriere  $14
Pinot Noir
A delightful and refreshing pinot, with red berry fruit and a hint of tannins and oak.

2014 Saget Marie de Beauregard Chinon  $17
Cabernet Franc
Marie de Beauregard Chinon is garnet red with ruby highlights and a lovely intensity of color. On the nose, the wine has aromas of coffee and sweet pepper with a hint of camphor mixed with vanilla. On the palate, aromas of undergrowth mixed with musk and blueberry. Solid structure with silky smooth tannins.

For those of you who like to put things off until the last minute, we’ll be open Tuesday and Wednesday, Noon to 7pm; Thanksgiving Day, 11am to 3 pm (don’t feel sorry for him, this is Mark’s way of getting out of cooking; and open again on Friday, Noon to 7 (Red Friday for those who prefer a glass of wine to going to the malls); plus our usual hours Saturday and Sunday.

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.

Wines for the Big Meal

Thanksgiving Day Suggestions

Saturday, November 19th, 2pm

This Saturday we are prepping for a feast and opening some wines that can handle all the diversity and cornucopia of flavors that is Thanksgiving.  They even make the relatives more agreeable. 
 
2014 Haden Fig Pinot Gris $19
Haden Fig is owned and run by Erin Nuccio who also merged with Evesham Wood in in 2010.  Both wineries emphasize minimal intervention in the winemaking.  This Oregon Pinot Gris is rich and layered from dry farmed grapes. It is Organic, Biodynamic, Sustainable and delicious.
 
2014 Claude Lafond La Grande Piece $13
Pinot Gris
From a single vineyard in the Loire, the Pinot Gris is left on its skins during its fermentation and the light pink of the grape transfers to the wine.  Light berry fruit and light apples notes with some herbal underpinnings. Was $20 now $13 
 
Jaillance, Cremant de Bordeaux, Cuvée de l’Abbaye Brut Rose  $14
100% Merlot
Jallance’s cellars at Pain de Sucre are built on a series of one-time quarries, hewn directly out of the rock, which ensures stability of temperature ideal for making sparkling wines.  Their Brut Rosé is vinified by the traditional method and sees 18 months of cellar ageing.  This wine has aromas of red fruit (raspberry and redcurrant) and a fresh hint of menthol. It has a creamy mousse. Flavors carry forward from the bouquet, with added persistent strawberry and a hint of vanilla on the finish.
 
2015 Evesham Wood, Willamette Valley Pinot Noir $21
A blend of Illahe, Mahonia, Jubilee and Sojourner vineyards make up this dry farmed Pinot Noir.  This vintage of the WV blend shows a bright nose with cherry, earthy mushroom and a slight creamy/silkiness that’s balanced by juicy acid.   It is a great value in Oregon Pinot and always a shop favorite.

2013 Domaine Des Ronze,  Beaujolais-Villages $16
From a naturally farmed  vineyard of old vines on the edge of the Morgon appellation, Domaine Des Ronze has been run by the same family for 6 generations.  The Beaujolais is dominated by ripe red fruits is structured, layering tannins and intense fruitiness in harmony. The fruit has a pure, direct line of final acidity. 
 
2015 Dominio Basconcillos,  Vigna Magna,  Ribera del Duero 6 Meses  $19
Tempranillo
A new estate in the northern part of Ribera del Duero whose undulating and sloping terrain offers varied soil types (chalk, sand, clay, loam) and diversity of terroir within the contiguous property.  The farming is organic.  The state of the art bodega, is efficiently designed to obtain maximum quality.  Their 2015 is a powerful yet elegant wine with the ripeness of the fruit being tempered by grip by soft tannins layers of oak spice and fruit.

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.

Rhône Weekend

Despite the warm weather it has been a harsh week in Madrona.  This weekend it looks like the rain is back..  Time to zip up that Gore-tex, and shake out the umbrella and come with us as we taste our way through some Côtes du Rhône.

Saturday we have a Full Rhône line up that shows the diversity of the region.
2015 Domaine Montmartel, Côtes du Rhône Blanc
2014 Marrenon, Doria Luberon Blanc
2013 Domaine Notre Dame de Pallières, Rasteau
2013 The Domaine de Fayolle, Crozes Hemitage
2012 Domaine Pignan Chateauneuf du Pape

Sunday we’ll be pouring a pair of Côtes du Rhnes from Famille Sadel as well as one of our favorite value Bordeaux.

2014 Famille Sadel, Cotes du Rhone Blanc  $15
60% Grenache Blanc, 25% Clairette, 15% Viognier
A nose of fresh and delicious scents of exotic fruits and white peaches. Well-balanced on the palate with nice acidity and delicate flavors of pineapple delivering a long and refreshing finish.

2014 Famille Sadel, Cotes du Rhone Rouge  $15
80% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 5% Mourvèdre
The vineyards are  not far from the Dentelles de Montmirail with vines are planted on stony hillsides and terraces with pebbly soil. This outstanding 2014 has a concentrated scent of old vines offering a combination of raspberry and blackberry aromas. The flavor is rich, round, and well balanced providing a long and smooth finish.

2012 Maison Givas, Montagne Saint Emilion  $18
60% Cabernet Franc, 40% Merlot
This St. Emilion satellite drinks way above its price.  Blackcurrant, cherry, and raspberry notes combine with cedar and vanilla undertones, smooth tannins and good finish. Great by itself or with cheese, red/white meats, rich pasta and vegetable dishes.

Our Sunday evening Burgunday Tasting has been Canceled until some time when the Seahawks aren’t playing with the pigskin.

Starting this week we will be open on Tuesdays noon to 7pm until New Years.

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.

Côtes du Rhône

Saturday, November 12th, 2pm

Saturday we are roaming the Rhône whose villages offer up complex variations on a theme.  The wines range from excellent quaffers for everyday drinking to complexly layered wines for better occasions.  Come roam the Rhône with us.
 
2015 Domaine Montmartel, Côtes du Rhône Blanc $11
Viognier, Roussane, Clairette
Domaine Montmartel has vineyards located in the villages of Visan, Valréas, Tulette and Saint Maurice. The owner, Damien Marres, over the last few years has been converting his entire estate to organic farming. This fresh CDR Blanc has a deliciously aromatic nose with notes of apricot, white peach, violets and exotic fruits. It is generous on the palate, and ends on a delicious and fresh finish
 
2014 Marrenon, Doria Luberon Blanc $15
60% Vermentino, 30% Grenache Blanc, 10% Roussane
The Doria comes from Marrenon’s estate in Luberon at the far south of the Rhône.  Its nose is intense and complex with ripe orchard fruits and an understated but elegant and fresh floral bouquet.  It develops honey, lemon and roasted nuts flavors onto its good finish.
 
2013 Domaine Notre Dame de Pallières, Rasteau $15
75% Grenache, 15% Mourvèdre, 10% Cinsault
Notre Dame des Pallières is a very old family estate run by brothers Jean-Pierre and Claude Roux.  The old vines run deep in the chalky-clayey subsoil and are subject to the Trignon valley microclimate. The grapes are harvested by hand and crafted following traditional winemaking methods, including complete de-stemming. They plant grass between every second row to reduce yields, use organic fertilizer and avoid chemical treatments. They see organic farming as “inevitable” for themselves and their clients, although they still use systemic treatments in difficult years.  Their Rasteau has an intense and heady nose of blackberry, embellished with white pepper, cocoa and toast. Its palate offers ripe fruit and spicy, enduring tannins.
 
2013 The Domaine de Fayolle, Crozes Hemitage $20
Syrah
The Domaine de Fayolle is a 4th generation family winery in the northern Rhône.  The vineyard is planted to old vines, with an average age of around forty years in the commune of Crozes-Hermitage mainly on the better hill slopes rather than the flatter land at the opposite side of the appellation. They are organically farmed.  The wine has nutty, black raisin, prune aromas. The fruit swells on the palate to a clear finish with chalky tannin.
 
2012 Domaine Pignan Chateauneuf du Pape $37
64% Grenache, 12% Syrah, 13% Mourvèdre, 5% Cinsault and 6% other varieties
Pignan is a 5th generation family estate with vines that are 60-years-old on average with some as old as 100 years.  The 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape has pretty strawberry, crushed flower, licorice and rose-petal aromas and flavors, medium-bodied with richness and depth, and a forward, delicious and silky character.

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.

Vermouthapalooza!

Five Open Until Five

We’re pouring these five bad boys until five – get out, enjoy the sun, sip a little Vermouth! These aren’t your grandmother’s Martini and Rossi. Great on their own, on the rocks, with a twist, or in a top shelf cocktail.

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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