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Iberiana

It is lovely weather this weekend here in Madrona — pleasantly perfect by our Northwestern sensibilities.  Here at Madrona Wine we are topping it off by drinking some very pleasure soaked wines from the Iberian Peninsula.  It’s Spain all weekend with a quick dip into Portugal.  Stop by and join us.

Saturday we’re pouring:
2016 Kentia, Albarino Rias Baixas  $12
2015 Avancia, Cuvee de O  Godello $15
2016 Bodegas Muga, Rosado $16
60% Garnacha, 30% Viura and 10% Tempranillo
2013 Bodegas Alto Moncayo, Veraton, Campo de Borja Garnacha  $28
Cossart Gordon Madeira  5 year old Bual  $25

Sunday, we continue our Spanish adventures with two Summer Sunday Spanish Sippers — a Verdejo from the Rueda region, and a Garnatxa Negra from the southernmost portion of Catalunya. 

2016 Bodegas Shaya Arindo Verdejo  $11
A nice little wine with lemon, peach and fragrant floral aromas, a refreshing lemon pucker and notes of pear, melon, and apples.

2015 Altés Garnatxa Negra  $9
Terra Alta is located in the southernmost portion of Catalunya. The wine has dark cherry aromas with hints of hot stone lead to a tasty palate, full of fleshy fruit, with balanced tannins and a mineral thread running through the wine.

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.

Spain,

with a touch of Madeira for dessert

Saturday, August 19th, 2pm

This weekend we are back in Spain.  Saturday we’ll be pouring four Spanish wines that run the gamut from a crisp Albarino to a rich old vine Grenache.  For dessert, we’ll slip across the border into Portugal for a bit of Madeira.  It’s a great line up.  Come join us.
 
2016 Kentia, Albarino Rias Baixas  $12
A lovely unpresumptuous Albarino form the North West of Spain.  The Kentia has ripe fresh fruit with a bracing acidity that cascades across the palate.  Notes of apples, lime, peaches, flowers, grass lead to a cleansing minerality on the finish.
 
2015 Avancia, Cuvee de O Godello $15
This cuvee expresses Valdeorras’ unique slate soils and indigenous clones of Godello. Sur lie ageing and large format barrel fermentation impart a weight and complexity.  The wine has fresh aromas of white flowers and expressive fruit.   The palate offers juicy Meyer lemon and pear flavors that deepen slowly as the wine opens up showing an emphatic stony character on the incisive finish. 
 
2016 Bodegas Muga, Rosado $16
60% Garnacha, 30% Viura, 10% Tempranillo
Muga makes one of the most distinctively delicious rosados in Rioja.  From the cooler sides of the valley that Mugas grows its great reds, this rosé has complex aroma of white-fleshed fruit with stones. In the aftertaste the olfactory notes are transformed into something finer and more complex in which, as well as lychees, apricot and faint reminders of the bakery shop.  The tart fruit is still to the fore, the overall taste is softened by the fine, elegant, well-integrated lees.
 
2013 Bodegas Alto Moncayo, Veraton, Campo de Borja   $28
Garnacha
Made by Australian winemaker Chris Ringland all from Old Vine Grenache planted on mountain hillside vineyards.  The Veraton is aged in 60% new French oak and 40% new American oak for 17 months and bottled without filtration. This is a blockbuster, 100% Old Vine Grenache cuvée, with a deep-purple color, great intensity, loads of blackcurrant and black cherry fruit, with licorice, lavender and touch of graphite and earth. It is full-bodied and powerful. 
 
Cossart Gordon Madeira 5-year-old Bual  $25
Cossart Gordon, founded in 1759, is a Bual specialist, only bottling Madeira from this noble grape variety, which producing a slightly spicy and medium sweet style of Madeira. The 5-year-old shows lovely candied fruits and a rich buttery toffee quality, with refreshing acidity and even some saline notes as well.  It is smooth and lush, with loads of glazed apricot, maple, vanilla and cream flavors.

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.

Atmospheric and Celestial Events

The Perseid Meteor Shower is at full tilt tonight as chunks of space dust enter the atmosphere.  Our recent orange skies will turn back to blue or at least grey.  Monday the Sun will disappear.  This weekend at Madrona Wine we have a stellar line up of wines that will streak  across the palate and illuminate the taste buds.

Saturday we are tasting some crisp and fresh wines from the Loire. 
2016 Vignerons de Saumur, Saumur Blanc Les Pouches  $10
2016 Domaine Pierre Riffault, Sancerre Blanc  $20
2016 Henri Bourgeois, Chateaumeillant Rosé Amphores $15
2016 Gerard Fiou, Sancerre Rosé $23
2012 Alpha Loire, Cheverny Rouge, Enclos du Petit Chien  $13

Sunday we have a Cotes du Rhone Rosé and a Provence Red to fill out the weekend.

2016 Montfaucon Les Gardettes  $12
Cinsault, Counoise, and Grenache
Les Gardettes is full of strawberry, peach and other stone fruit flavors supported by good acidity and freshness.

2012 Domaine Sorin, Cotes de Provence Tradition  $11
60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 15% Carignan, 5% Mourvédre
A southern French Red powerfully flavored and full-bodied wine with complex aromas of blackberries and peppers. Was $14 now $11

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.

Loire

Saturday, August 12th, 2pm

In honor of the Perseid Meteor showers we’ll be laying out our blankets this Saturday and drinking some crisp wines from the Loire.  Not sure what to sip on your blanket?  Stop by Saturday afternoon and we’ll give you some hints.  Don’t worry about clouds; the wine will light up the night.
 
2016 Vignerons de Saumur, Saumur Blanc Les Pouches  $10
Chenin Blanc
The Pouches vineyard is located on a hillock composed of a shallow soil of very hard limestone.   The favorable exposure on the slope offers good drainage of the soil and a high precocity.  This Chenin is tangy with notes of white fruits, rose and grapefruit with a suave finish. 
 
2016 Domaine Pierre Riffault, Sancerre Blanc  $20
Sauvignon Blanc
A shop favorite, the Riffault Sancerre is blended from different terroirs; the caillottes (clay- limestone) lend fruit and freshness while flint-based soils lend minerality.  The wine is vinified in stainless steel tanks with lees stirring for more body, aroma and favors.   Look for aromas of fern, hawthorn, floral aromas, white fruits, grapefruit zest with peppery hints.   The finish displays intermingling notes of citrus zest and minerals.
 
2016 Henri Bourgeois, Chateaumeillant Rosé Amphores $15
Gamay
Henri Bourgeois is an 11 generation family estate based in Sancerre.   The Les Amphores rosé is made with Beaujolais region’s premier variety, Gamay.   The wine has is a bouquet of wild berry and red cherry, with a sprightly acidity that dances on the tongue.
 
2016 Gerard Fiou, Sancerre Rosé $23
Pinot Noir
Gerard Fiou is a small family domaine in the east of the Sancerre appellation in the town of Saint Satur. There are only a handful of producers here and the soil is unique in that it has a high percentage of silex (or flint) which typically is identified with Pouilly Fumé, which lies just across the Loire river. The domaine has 10 hectares, and they are in the process of converting to certified organic viticulture. Only 15% of the Sancerre appellation has these special silex soils. The terroir, coupled with the older vineyards (an average of 60 years old), gives the wine have a unique and intense mineral expression that is distinctly Sancerre.
 
2012 Alpha Loire, Cheverny Rouge, Enclos du Petit Chien  $13
60% Pinot Noir, 30% Gamay and 10% Cot
The little dog is named after a constellation, but also a reference to Snowy, the faithful dog of Tintin.  No cartoon, the wine offers a powerful nose of red fruits with licorice accents. In the mouth, it unwinds an ample, round and supple material, flattering a gourmet fruity (small black fruits) which finds the freshness to perfect its balance.

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 Saturday, Italy Sunday

Come beat the heat this weekend here at Madrona Wine where the AC is cranked up.  We’ll be exploring wines from around.  Come hit the trail with us.

Saturday, we are tasitng these Festive French wines:
2015 Domiane Haut de Mourier Viognier
2015 Château des Essards Bererac Sec Cuvée Prestige
2016 Domaine de Frégate Bandol Rosé   
2014 Domaine de Petit Romain Costiéres de Nimes Rouge 
2012 Chateau des Roques Vacqueras

Sunday, we are pouring two Corsican wines from Domaine Vetriccie .  These wines are both incredible values.

2015 Domaine Vetriccie Ìle de Beauté Blanc  $10
50% Vermentino, 50% Chardonnay
A Corsican Blanc with aromas of floral citrus, mineral notes, and full but crisp body. 12% alcohol by volume.

2014 Domaine Vetriccie Ìle de Beauté Rouge  $10
40% Niellucciu, 30% Sciaccarellu, 20% Merlot, 10% Syrah
A lighter Corsican red with  Mediterranean spice notes as well licorice and black currants. 12% 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.

Fantastic French

This Saturday we traipse around France sampling some of the local wines. Come join us on the adventure.
 
2015 Domiane Haut de Mourier Viognier  $13
The new vintage of this Languedoc Viognier. The wine is crisp, with floral notes mixed with a peach, citrus and mineral foundation.
 
2015 Château des Essards Bererac Sec Cuvée Prestige $15
Sauvignon Blanc & Semillion
Château des Essards is a 40-hectare estate in the region of Bergerac (east of the more well-known region of Bordeaux). Notes of stone fruit and melon. Low acidity. Medium-bodied. Serve with shellfish, crab, and lobster.
 
2016 Domaine de Frégate Bandol Rosé    $24
50% Mourvedre, 25% Grenache, 25% Cinsault
The delicate and complex nose combines notes of red fruit and mineral and spicy nuances. The mouth round and ample is supported by a beautiful vivacity. This very pleasant wine has a good aromatic persistence. A very qualitative rosé.
 
2014 Domaine de Petit Romain Costiéres de Nimes Rouge $13
90% Syrah, 10% Grenache
From Costières de Nîmes in the south of France the Petit Romain reveals fruity and fresh aromas of red fruit and spice. On the palate the wine is fat, round and warm, carpeted with jammy fruit and supported by drying tannins that make you want more.
 
2012 Château des Roques Vacqueras $20
70% Grenache, 15% Mourvèdre, 15% Syrah
A balanced Rhône red with warm aromatic spicy fruit flavors with just a touch of lavender and thyme in the background and a gorgeous powerful finish.

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.

Surf, Turf, & Great Values

It is an adventurous weekend here at Madrona Wine.  We’ll be exploring wines from the foot of the Alps mingled with sea mist from the coast of Sardinia then traipsing the Languedoc region in southern France to scoop up some great values.    Come hit the trail with us.

Saturday, we are tasting wines from Tenuta Sella in the far north of Piedmont and Contini in the clear blue of Sardinia.
2015 Contini, Vermentino Tyrsos $12
2016 Tenuta Sella, Bianco Doranda $17
2015 Contini, Nieddera Rosato $12
2015 Contini Tonaghe  Cannonau di Sardegna $13
2014 Tenuta Sella, Orbello Coste Della Sesia $17

Sunday, we are pouring two wines from Mont Gravet in the Languedoc.  These wines are both incredible values.

2016 Mont Gravet Cinsault Rosé                                             $10
A dry Languedoc rosé with aromas of raspberries and pears.

2015 Mont Gravet Carignan Vieilles Vignes                              $9
A smooth and silky old-vine red with lots of flavor and no pretensions.

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.

Italy,

The Mountains and the Sea

Saturday, July 29th, 2pm

This Saturday we are going to the ends of Italy with two wineries – one in the very north in the shadow of the Alps and one from the island of Sardinia in the Tyrrhenian Sea.  They both use their unique terrain and local varietals to make very distinctive wines.
 
2015 Contini, Vermentino Tyrsos $12
100% Vermentino
The Contini Winery has been making wine in Sardinia for over a century.  Their Vermentino is elegant and mineral-driven, this refreshing white offers alluring scents of Spanish broom, acacia flower, peach and aromatic herb. The bright, polished palate delivers ripe pear, green apple, apricot and mint alongside fresh acidity. A note of white almond closes the clean finish.
 
2016 Tenuta Sella, Bianco Doranda $17
100% Erbaluce
The Tenuta Sella estate is located in northern Piedmont, right at the foot of the Alps of Biella. It is owned by the Sella family who purchased their first vineyards in Lessona 1671. The Doranda is Intense, fruity and floral, with pear and grapefruit notes.  It is full and supple with a vibrant acidity.
 
2015 Contini, Nieddera Rosato $12
90% Nieddera, 10% other local red grapes
The origins of this variety go back to ancient times and it is found only in the Lower Tirso Valley of the island.  It is a very expressive rosé.  The wine exudes delicacy while being intensely fruity and aromatic.
 
2015 Contini Tonaghe Cannonau di Sardegna $13
90% Cannonau, 10% other local red grapes
Cannonau, the islands version of Grenache,was brought to Sardegna by the Spanish. The Tonaghe is produced from vineyards in Ogliastra, Oliena and from the Sinis peninsula. It has aromas of ripe plums and blackberries.  The palate has lovely grippy tannins; warm and full-bodied with blackberry notes and juicy, ripe plum flavor.
 
2014 Tenuta Sella, Orbello Coste Della Sesia $17
50% Nebbiolo, 20% Barbera, 15% Croatina, 10% Vespolina, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
A family blend of Northern Piedmont varietals from vineyards located in Villa del Bosco, Brusnengo and Lessona, the Orbello has complex aromas with berry and cherry notes.  The flavor is full and supple with good acidity and a long mineral finish.

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 Weekend

We’re spending the weekend in France here at Madrona Wine.  Tasting seven wines over two days from most of the major wine regions.  It is a great reason to stop by the shop.

Saturday, we have Red, White and Rosé.
2015 Chateau Laballe, le Terres Basses, Gascogne Blanc $9
2016 Chateau de la Clapiere, Cotes du Provence Rosé La Violette $18
2016 Domaine Gueguen, Bourgogne Rosé $15
2014 Domaine Laurens, Marcillac Rouge $12
2015 Domaine Charles Helfenbein “La Syrah” VDP Collines Rhodaniennes $15

Sunday, we have two Frugal French for the budget minded.

2015 Vrai Caillou Entre deux Mere  $10
40% Sémillon, 35% Sauvignon Gris, 20% Sauvignon Blanc
A great little Bordeaux Blanc. Aromas of white fruit and wildflowers. A light, fruity and pleasant wine. Very fresh.

2015 Notre Dame des Pallieres, Les Riens Cotes du Rhone  $10
60% Grenache, 35% Syrah, 5% Cinsault
A good everyday Cotes du Rhone from a Gigondas winery.

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.

Specials, Liters & Art

It is a beautiful summer weekend here in Madrona and the wine shop is bustling with all sorts of activity.

Saturday we are pouring Summer Specials that we have found from our distributors.   We’ll have 3 whites and 3 reds open for tasting.  Come snap up some bargains.
2014 Natalino, La Caplana Gavi di Gavi Was $13 now $10 
2013 Parejas Cellars Garnacha Blanca  Was $15 now $12
2014 Adriano Finado Pinot Bianco  Was $18 now $12
2010 Chateau Berneuitlh, Bordeaux Superieur  Was $12 now $10
2012 Paternoster, Sorso Aglianico Was $16 now $12
2012 El Petit Carlania, Conca de Barbera, Trepat Was $15 now $12

Sunday we’re sampling two Italian Liters.  These liter bottles are perfect for parties, BBQ, celebrations.  That’s all day 11 to 5pm.
2014 Torre Gajo, Pinot Grigio Della Venezie  $11
A big bottle of Pinot Grigio from the Alto Adage. Good body and crisp spicy fruit.       
2015 Torre Gajo  Montepulciano  $11
Torre Gajo’ Montepulciano has aromas of cherry and light spice with a palate of smooth, juicy red fruits and light earthiness on finish.

Sunday is also the Artist Reception for our new art show by Levi Perez,   Come talk with the artist from 3 to 5pm
“SENTIENT” is the latest show of drawings by Madrona artist, Levi Perez demonstrating a personal portrayal of creatures in the wild.  With a simple gesture in pen and ink, the journey begins with the extraordinary animals of the Sierras, unfolding portraits embellished with native graphics that echo respect of the First People.
“The animals feel. They are among the living. They are deserved amongst the living as friend. Respect.”  – Levi

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