Archive for November 30, 2017

Tuscany

Saturday, December 2nd, 2pm

Tuscany is known for Sangiovese, a grape that expresses itself in wide array of character ranging from fresh and light to richly complex.  This Saturday we’ll be exploring a few examples of this multi-charactered grape as well as a few other specimens of Tuscan Terroir.  Stop in and join us.
 
2016 San Felice, Vermentino Perolia  $13
85% Vermentino, 15% Sauvignon Blanc
Vermentino from southern Tuscany – blended with a little Sauvignon Blanc to add aromatic complexity.  The Perolia is an incisive white with crisp apple, citrus and gently herbal characters. The palate has good body and a creamy texture, with lemon, lime, floral notes and a pleasing minerality.
 
2014 San Felice, Chianti Classico$16
Sangiovese, Colorino, and Pugnitello
This medium-bodied Chianti Classico offers complex, long-lingering aromas, with nuances of dark cherry, raspberry and sweet violets. Appealingly dry, it is smooth, rounded, with a well-balanced and savory palate.
 
2015 Campogiovanni, Rosso di Montalcino $20
Sangiovese
Savory and spicy from the start, this Rosso di Montalcino offers a unique bouquet that is a notch more complex than your standard Rosso. Along with the cherry and blackberry tones you should expect, you also get a licorice, cola and balsam herb that give the wine its authentic Sangiovese personality. The Palate has ripe fruit flavors of raspberry and blackberry jelly.
 
2013 Barone Ricasoli, Brolio, Chianti Classico Riserva $30
80% Sangiovese, 15% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
Barone Ricasoli is one of the oldest wineries in Italy, starting in 1141. This wine is made from a selection of estate vineyards.  The lands vary much one from another from sandstone to marl, marine deposits, and limestone.  The wine has delicate spicy notes of wild berries, cherry and hints of vanilla. The palate has sweet and harmonious tannins in balance with the acidity with a plush mix of black cherry, plum, licorice, tar and tobacco aromas and flavors. 
 
2013 Tenuta Argentiera, Poggio ai Ginepri, Bolgheri Rosso   $20
50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Syrah, 20% Merlot & 5% Petit Verdot
Bolgheri is located in the west of Tuscany close to the Lugurian Sea and favors Bordeaux varietals. The Ginepri has a broad and deep olfactory landscape.  On the nose, it shows fruity aromas of cherries, plums, fresh blackcurrants with hints of white flowers and typical Syrah pepper notes.  The Palate is soft and complex with sweet tannins and an enjoyable freshness and an enjoyable fruity flavor with a spicy underpinning.

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.

Bold & Bubbly

It is the weekend after Thanksgiving here in Madrona. As we were creative about what to do with leftover turkey, we decided to go Bold and Bubbly — with the wines that is.

Saturday we have a lineup of Bold, Rich Wines to please the palate.
2013 Christian Ninot, Bourgogne Blanc “Les Pellans” $20
2014 Christophe Pichon, St. Joseph $27
2013 Quinta da Romaneira “R de Romaneira” $15
2015 Ken Wright Cellars, Tyrus Evan, Claret “Ciel du Cheval” $18
2011 Quinta da Romaneira, Late-bottled Vintage Porto $26

Sunday we’re pouring Affordable Bubbly from Italy and France. Stop in and stock up.

Borgo Maragliano Brut  $12
Chardonnay
From the Piedmont this is a non-prosecco bubbles. Fresh with bright acidity and steady effervescence. The aromas are of citrus fruit, almonds and the aromas of freshly baked bread. Was $15 now $12

J. Laurens Cremant de Linoux Brut Rosé  $15
60% Chardonnay, 25 % Chenin, 15 % Pinot Noir
The Brut Rosé has a gentle yeastiness accompanying its effusive effervescence, but the real story is its rich, tangy, full-in-the-mouth, appealing fruit.

Reminder–
Our Barolo Tasting has been moved a week to Sunday, December 3rd.  Contact us if you want more info or to reserve a spot.

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.

A Feast for the Palate —

Post Tday Tasting

Saturday, November 25th, 2pm

December is soon upon us and that calls for some full-body wines to wet the tongue and warm the soul. Shake of that tryptophan turkey hangover and come feast on these delicious wines.

2013 Christian Ninot, Bourgogne Blanc “Les Pellans” $20
Chardonnay
This White Burgundy from the Côte de Beaune has lively aromas of flowers, ripe fruit and nuts. The wine is full-bodied and round with nice acidity and a long finish. Who doesn’t like Chardonnay?

2014 Christophe Pichon, St. Joseph $27
Syrah
Christophe Pichon owns four hectares of 35-year-old Syrah in St. Joseph, which he hand harvests. It has a lovely crispy bacon and hedgerow fruit nose, while the palate is very intense yet remains juicy and supple, with precise black and red fruits. There is a good oak structure to the wine, with black pepper and vanilla on a powerful and long finish.

2013 Quinta da Romaneira “R de Romaneira” $15
Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Syrah. Tinto Cão
Quinta da Romaneira has been making Port from their estate grapes in the Douro for 260 years. In 2004 the estate was taken over by new owners who branched out in to dry wines. Their R has a fine and delicate nose and soft ripe red fruits on the palate. The Syrah gives extra perfume and spice to this rich wine.

2015 Ken Wright Cellars, Tyrus Evan, Claret “Ciel du Cheval” $18
43% Merlot, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petit Verdot
Made from one of Washington’s best vineyards, Ciel du Cheval, by one of Oregon’s most famous winemakers, Ken Wright. After more than a decade making Ciel du Cheval Claret, Ken decided to focus even more on Pinot Noir. He canceled his fruit contract with Ciel du Cheval. This is the last vintage. Opening with black cherry and red berry fruit exhibiting nice polish, picking up hints of tobacco, sage and black currant through the finish, which adds subtle grip.

2011 Quinta da Romaneira, Late-bottled Vintage Porto $26
40% Touriga Nacional, 30% Touriga Franca, 20% Tinta Roriz, 10% Tinto Cão
This LBV ages for 5 years in wooden vat to give it the character of an aged port. The wine has intense aromas of crushed berries and red fruits. It is rich and elegant on the palate with spice, raisins and red fruit flavors and a velvety but firm tannic structure that’s leads to a luscious long finish. It is ideally served as an accompaniment to rich cheese, dessert, or on its own at the end of a meal. This wine is unfiltered and will continue to develop in the bottle. As a result, it may throw a light deposit and need decanting.

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.

Date Change for Barolos

Too many people were out of town or busy this coming weekend, so we are moving the date for our Barolo Tasting to December 3rd. Let us know if you want to come.

Barolo & Barbaresco Tasting
Sunday, December 3rd
5:30pm
$25 (plus tax)

 
Looking to warm up the dark nights. Come join us for our Special Barolo & Barbaresco Tasting. We’ll be pulling the corks on Five Nebbiolo kingpins and seeing how they stack up. The tasting starts at 5:30 after the shop closes and we’ll have some tasting appetizers to match the wines. It’s a great way to recover from Thanksgiving. Space is limited so contact us to reserve a spot.
 
2013 Pasquale Pelissero Barbaresco Cascina Crosa $25
This single vineyard Neb from a small family estate has earthy aromas of leather, truffle, violet, ripe black cherry and a funky whiff of game on this. The approachable palate offers fleshy dark cherry, cranberry, clove and a hint of licorice. And it has an incredible price. Was $32 now$25

2012 Podere Ruggeri Corsini, Barolo “Bussia” $40
This single vineyard Barolo is from Monforte d’Alba. Ripe berry, violet, leather and menthol aromas lead the nose. The firm palate offers mature cherry, crushed raspberry, licorice and sage alongside assertive, tightly wound tannins that need to unwind.
 
2013 Luigi Pira , Serralunga Barolo $37
Pira’s Serralunga racked up a lot of points from the critics for the money. “The 2013 Serralunga is a gorgeous Barolo from Pira in this vintage. Attractive aromatics of fresh strawberries and cherries are laced with spices and floral nuances. Balanced, focused and beautifully structured with a lovely polished texture and wonderful length on the finish. This impresses from start to finish, and as always the standard Serralunga Barolo from Pira is simply outstanding”. 93pts IWR
 
2009 Schiavenza di Pira, Broglio Barolo $50
Broglio is a village of Serralunga d’Alba with south east exposure with loamy ground, and slimy deeply calcareous soils. A combination of cherry, licorice, leather, spice and tobacco notes gives way to solid tannins. All the elements are there, and the long finish picks up a black tea accent.
 
2008 Borgogno, Barolo Le Teorie $80
A special bottling of the 2008 Barolo, the le Teorie is from Cannubi, Liste, Fossati and San Pietro delle Viole vineyards. After at least four years aging, it is bottled and labelled and is ready to stimulate intellectual reflection. A wine which at table can stimulate discussion of the most refined topics. 6 different labels take your pick or get the set. The regular labeled 2008 got 92pts from Vinous.

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.

Preparations

Thanksgiving Day Hours: We will be open on Thanksgiving from 11am to 3pm in case you realize you need more wine at the last minute. (This is really just a way for Mark to get out of cooking, but don’t tell anyone.)

And of course, in the meantime, we are TASTING WINES!

Saturday, we are pouring five wines to go with the big upcoming feast. Come find a match for your meal. (The real secret is that the wines taste great the rest of the year as well.)
2015 Bricco Barlolomeo La Colomberg $15
2015 Tenuta Col Sandago, Wildbacher Brut Rose $20
2015 Broadly Pinot Noir Willamette Valley $20
2015 Domaine Brotte, Côtes du Rhône Villages Cairanne $15
2006 Malvera, St Guglielmo $22

Sunday, we’ve got two Washington State wines to show off to your holiday guests.

2014 Northwest Cellars Chardonnay $10
80% Chardonnay, 20% Viognier
The Viognier in this blend adds a little complexity to the Chardonnay, making it perfect for the holiday table. Nice acidity. Was $16 now $10.

2014 Robert Ramsay Mason’s Red $18
42% Cinsault, 19% Syrah, 19% Mourvedre,
10% Grenache, 10% Counoise
This “everyday wine” has a lot more going on it than the price suggests. Full spicy fruit in a dark, smoky Rhone style.

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.

Thanksgiving Wines

Saturday, November 18th. 2pm

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and that raises the question — what wine to have with the big bird. If you are stuck for an answer, we have five wines we are pouring on Saturday that will fit the bill. They are all innovative answers to the cornucopia of flavor that is Thanksgiving. The real secret is that they are great the rest of the year as well. Come have a taste.
 
2015 Bricco Barlolomeo La Colomberg  $15
Produced with Cortese grapes, the wine has notes of nectarine, apricot and broom flower. On the palate it is fresh, zesty and persistent. It is a versatile wine which is great as an aperitifs or through out any meal.
 
2015 Tenuta Col Sandago, Wildbacher Brut Rose  $20
Tenuta Col Sandago, nestled among the hills in Veneto is the only vineyard in Italy to grow Wildbacher (wild stream) — an Austrian grape that makes this great rosé. The Brut Rosé is an elegant, pale pink sparkling wine with delicate notes of wild strawberry and rose petal.  It can cut through gravy with sparkling precision.
 
2015 Broadly Pinot Noir Willamette Valley  $20
Broadley is a family owned and operated vineyard and winery established in 1981. The estate vineyard is farmed using sustainable and organic farming practices.  The wine has raspberry and cherry aromas, with hints of cranberry, spice and subtle mushroom/earth. Flavors of black raspberry, pomegranate, leather and earth open mid-palate sliding to the back of the tongue. Pinot is the go to red for the annual feast.
 
2015 Domaine Brotte, Côtes du Rhône Villages Cairanne   $15
Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah, Carignan
This Châteauneuf du Pape-based estate continues makes a bevy of beautiful wines from the Southern Rhône. In almost all cases, the wines over-deliver. The Cairanne is no exception. It is focused, with a graphite spine carrying crushed plum and warmed cherry notes. Light tea and anise hints run through the finish. It is ready to arm wrestle the cranberry sauce.
 
2006 Malvera St Guglielmo  $22
70% Barbera, 25% Nebbiolo, 5% Bonarda
An aged Piedmont Rosso that spends 24 months in barrel before bottling, and several years after in the bottle to blend its great flavors. Yes, the wine is 11 years old and only costs $22. Aromas of blackberry, prunes and tobacco. The wine is powerful but velvety with blackberry, vanilla, and leather notes. It is both full and elegant. Pass the stuffing.

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.

Barolo & Barbaresco Tasting

Sunday, November 26th, 5:30 pm

By Reservation Only, $25 (plus tax)

Looking to warm up the dark nights.  Come join us for our Special Barolo & Barbaresco Tasting. We’ll be pulling the corks on Five Nebbiolo kingpins and seeing how they stack up. The tasting starts at 5:30 after the shop closes and we’ll have some tasting appetizers to match the wines. It’s a great way to recover from Thanksgiving. Space is limited so contact us to reserve a spot.
 
2013 Pasquale Pelissero Barbaresco Cascina Crosa  $25
This single-vineyard Nebbiolo from a small family estate has earthy aromas of leather, truffle, violet, ripe black cherry and a funky whiff of game on this. The approachable palate offers fleshy dark cherry, cranberry, clove and a hint of licorice. And it has an incredible price. Was $32 now $25

2012 Podere Ruggeri Corsini, Barolo “Bussia” $40
This single-vineyard Barolo is from Monforte d’Alba. Ripe berry, violet, leather and menthol aromas lead the nose. The firm palate offers mature cherry, crushed raspberry, licorice and sage alongside assertive, tightly wound tannins that need to unwind.
 
2013 Luigi Pira, Serralunga Barolo   $37
Pira’s Serralunga racked up a lot of points from the critics for the money.  “The 2013 Serralunga is a gorgeous Barolo from Pira in this vintage. Attractive aromatics of fresh strawberries and cherries are laced with spices and floral nuances. Balanced, focused and beautifully structured with a lovely polished texture and wonderful length on the finish. This impresses from start to finish, and as always the standard Serralunga Barolo from Pira is simply outstanding”.  93pts IWR
 
2009 Schiavenza di Pira, Broglio Barolo  $50 
Broglio is a village of Serralunga d’Alba with southeast exposure with loamy ground, and slimy deeply calcareous  soils. A combination of cherry, licorice, leather, spice and tobacco notes gives way to solid tannins. All the elements are there, and the long finish picks up a black tea accent.
 
2008 Borgogno, Barolo Le Teorie  $80
A special bottling of the 2008 Barolo, the le Teorie is from Cannubi, Liste, Fossati and San Pietro delle Viole vineyards. After at least four years aging, it is bottled and labelled and is ready to stimulate intellectual reflection. A wine which at table can stimulate discussion of the most refined topics. Six different labels take your pick or get the set. The regular labeled 2008 got 92pts from Vinous.

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.

Art & Wine

It is a busy weekend here at Madrona Wine Merchants.  We are putting together a series of Special Tastings for the upcoming weeks (more about those soon).  And Sunday from 3 to 5 is the Artist Reception for our new show: The Discovery Park Series by Charles Prutting.  Come by and see the work and meet the painter.  But first there are wines to try!

Saturday we have an interesting lineup of versatile wines to prepare you for the upcoming Holiday Season.
2015 Torii Mor Pinot Gris  $15
2014 Torii Mor, Pinot Noir Willamette Valley  $20
2016 Allegrini ,Valpolicella  $15
2013 Allegrini , Palazzo della Torre  $19

2014 The Underground Wine Project, Devil’s Playground Cabernet $30

Sunday we are featuring two Spanish favorites.  Both go well with food or sip fine by themselves.

2015 Monteabellon, Avaniel Ribera del Duero  $10
Tempranillo

Surprisingly complex and spicy, the wine has an attractive nose of spice box, blueberry and blackberry. This is followed by a medium-bodied wine with a supple texture. 
Was $12 now $10

2013 Triton, Mencia  $13
From Bierzo the Triton has a sweet nose of blueberries, black raspberries, wet stones and white flowers. The wine is medium-bodied with supple tannins, good opulence and surprising intensity.  It throws a bit of sediment at the end so watch that last sip.

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.

 

Gear Up for the Holidays

Saturday, November 11th, 2pm

The days are short, they sky is cloudy, there is a nip in the air, it’s time to PARTY. This Saturday we are featuring some wines to help get the Holiday Season going. We’ve got some wines that will go with a big Thanksgiving meal as well as a little impromptu get together. Drop by and join us.

2015 Torii Mor Pinot Gris $15
Torii Mor made their first wine in 1993, which makes them old school for the Willamette Valley. Their Pinot Gris is a blend from Kraemer Vineyard; near Silverton, Willamette Valley appellation and Olson Vineyard; in the Dundee Hills. This Pinot Gris has refreshing acidity, framed by pear notes and delicate anise notes. Juicy and mouth-filling, this wine has a long-lasting finish.

2014 Torii Mor, Pinot Noir Willamette Valley $20
A blend of 12 vineyards, Torii Mor’s Noir has rich aromas of fresh raspberries, sweet and plump dark cherries and fresh, delicate mushrooms. The flavors are fresh, with an amount of sweet darker cherries; the mid palate carries on that velvet-fruity goodness to a long, enjoyable aftertaste of pure Oregon Pinot Noir.

2016 Allegrini,Valpolicella $15
65% Corvina/Corvione, 30% Rondinella, 5% Molinara
From Allegini, one of the big wigs of Veneto winemaking, this wine is Classic Valpolicello without trying to be Ripasso. It shows fragrant fruit with prominent notes of cherries, echoed by fresher hints of pepper and aromatic herbs, typical of Corvina and Corvinone, the historic varietals of this appellation.

2013 Allegrini, Palazzo della Torre $19
70% Corvina Veronese, 25% Rondinella, 5% Sangiovese
Allegrini owns this estate where they make this baby Amarone. The vineyard surrounds Villa della Torre, a splendid masterpiece of Renaissance architecture. A small percentage of the harvested grapes are left to dry out until December and then added to the previously vinified fresh grapes. The result is a velvety, well-balanced red wine that proffers mature, pulpy fruit.

2014 The Underground Wine Project, Devil’s Playground Cabernet $30
90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Syrah
The Underground Wine Project is a collaboration between Washington wine makers Mark McNeilly (Mark Ryan Winery) and Trey Busch (Sleight of Hand Cellars). Their Devil’s Playground shows pure Red Mountain Cabernet character, with loads of ripe red fruits, currants, cocoa nibs, and spicy tobacco. This dense Cabernet is already immediately and undeniably delicious. It has the stuffing and tannin profile to age for at least a decade, but don’t feel bad if you crack a bottle open sooner than later.

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.

All French

The temperatures have dipped this weekend in Madrona as we head into Daylight Saving time.  So bundle up and come to the shop where we have a full weekend of fantastic French wines to try.  And Sunday morning don’t for get to Fall back.

Saturday we are featuring five French wines that are green as well as being delicious.  They are all organic, biodynamic and created with respect for the environment.  And you don’t want to miss the Champagne.  The cork pops at 2pm.
Liebart-Regnier, Champagne Brut  – $42
2015 Domaine le Croisille, Croizillon Cahors – $14
2015 Domaine de l’Olivette, Coteaux de la Cabrerisse Rouge – $13
2015 Domaine Turenne,  Cuvee Bastien $16
2015 Domaine Melody,  Crozes Hermitage Premier Regard $29

Sunday we have two more French reds to try.

2012 Gonnet Rasteau, La Mado  $12
80% Grenache, 20% Syrah
Highly aromatic with lovely concentration of fruit on the palate, and a great price. Was $15 now $12

2016 La Chanteleuserie Bourgueil  $15
Cabernet Franc
A classic dry Cabernet Franc from the Loire with dark berry fruit and red steak minerality.

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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