It looks like we have a long stretch of grey and damp here in Madrona, but we have some wines in store that will make the clouds part.
Saturday we are tasting our way through some Italian Varietals that have a bit more going on than first meets the eye.
2015 Vinicola Nera, La Novella Sondrio $15
80% Nebbiolo, 20% Chardonnay
2016 Francesco Boschis, Freisa $ 16
2015 Francesco Boschis, Dolcetto Dogliani $16
2016 Ansitz Waldgries, Santa Maddalena $ 22
92% Schiava, 8% Lagrein
2011 Tenuta Col Sandago, Wildebacher $26
Sunday we’ll be pouring two good value reds to drive away the damp and take the chill off the bones. Shake off the blues and stop on in for a sip or two.
2016 Domaine Brunely, Ventoux $10
50% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 20% Carignan
A great value Ventoux with notes of blackberries and blueberries with chalky, peppery spice.
2015 Torre Raone, Lucanto $13
Montepulciano d’ Abruzzo
A richer than usual Montepulciano with flavors and soft fruit red berries such as blackberry, raspberry, black cherry and plum.
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.