Holiday Samplings

The Solstice is here and Christmas is on the way and we are opening some special seasonal samples to help make us merry.  There is something new every day and maybe a even a few surprises.
 
Thursday, December 21st
2012 Nitída,  Caligraphy  $23
54% Merlot,  21% Cabernet Franc, 17% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot
A burly South African blend with rich blackberry, cassis and cherry flavors with tobacco and cedar notes.
 
Friday, December 22
2015 Villa Sparina, Gavi di Gavi  $14
Cortese
A delicious Piedmont dry white, soft textured yet richly flavored.  Was $20 now $14

2013 Tintero, Barberesco  $24
Nebbiolo
A fresh, ready young Barbaresco with core of cherry and red currant fruit backed by fine, food-friendly tannins and complex notes of rose petals, limestone soil, camphor, and fennel. Notes of violet, cinnamon, and cherry blossoms mark the wine’s lingering, smoky, tannin-dusted finish. Bright and generous, yet structured.  Was $30 Now $24

Saturday December 23rd
 2013 Colterenzio,  Lafoa Sauvignon Blanc  $25
Very intense fruity notes, reminiscent of elderflower, acacia flowers and sage; associated with fine wood flavors; a wine with pithy acidity and lingering finish.  Was $40 now $25

2014 Joseph Phelps, Napa Cabernet  $65
84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc.
A classic Napa Cab.  The 2014 is supple, with silky tannins, dark plum, blackcurrant and licorice-infused fruit with a touch of spice, a lushness on the attack and mid-palate, and a silky finish.
 
Sunday December 24th
2011 Paul Reitz, Santenay  $25
Pinot Noir
Drinking great right now. Good aromatic intensity reveals notes of red and black fruits.  An ample and rich wine, with flavors of smooth cherries.  Was $40 now $25
 
2014 Raymond Usseglio, Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Girard  $30
90% Grenache, 4% Mourvèdre, 4% Syrah, 2% Cinsault, 2% Counoise
From 80 year old vines, the Cuvée Girard shows a touch darker fruit and possibly more concentration, with building tannin and a solid finish.  Was $43, now $30

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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