Think Big

The grey days of January require a little something extra.  One bottle sometimes isn’t enough.  Fortunately, a little extra something is at hand.  Try a liter bottle, you get an extra glass (think of all the fights this could save).  Or a Magnum, you get a second bottle (perfect for when you invites that couple over that brings a wine they grabbed at Trader Joes.)  Expecting more folks?  Just go for the Big Boy, (scroll down and start the marinara sauce.)


2018 L’Archetipo Litrotto Bianco  $20
Marchione, Verdeca Fiano, Falanghina
A skin contact white with scents of citrus, yellow fruits and aromatic herbs are wrapped in a marine and Mediterranean breath. The taste is fresh and delicate. Organic/Biodynamic.

2020 Peaceful Living Calcarius Orange Wine  $26
Falanghina, Puglia
A funky, cloudy liter of skin contact white from an organic farmer in southern Italy. Falanghina grown on limestone soils, given 5 days of maceration on the skins developing into a deeply hued orange wine. Fermented with indigenous yeast, no filtering or fining and a small addition of sulfites at bottling only.  Organic.

2020 Kiki & Juan Vino Tinto  $15
70% Bobal, 10% Tempranillo, 20% Macabeo.
Co fermented with Macabeo (a white grape) this Vinho Tinto is a fresh Spanish wine with bright aromatics of sour cherry, framboise and juniper.  Organic, Vegan.

2017 L’Archetipo Litrotto Rosso  $19
30% Montepulciano, 20% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Primitivo, 10% Susumaniello
The Litrotto spends 36 months in steel tanks. It has a fine and quite intense fruity and mineral nose. This red blend is balanced, quite tannic, fine and quite tasty.  Bio-Dynamic

2013 Giá Langhe Rosso  $18
Barbera, Dolcetto, Nebbiolo
An easy going Langhe Rosso in a liter bottle. The wine has intense red fruit and violet aromas that make your mouth water for the first sip which is pleasantly dry, smooth and perfectly balanced. This young wine shines with ripened plums and cherries.

Podericellario È! Rosso  $20
Hand-harvested into small bins. Spontaneous fermentation. Ten days maceration. Aged in 100hl cement tanks for one year. Bottled with minimal sulphur (~10ppm) and without filtering or fining. It is a great red with a little chill on it.  Organic, Natural.

Magnums (1.5 liters)

2015 Avia Cabernet/Merlot  $10
60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot
From Goriska Brda in Slovenia, this red blend is a crowd pleasing deal.  Aromas of cherry, blackberry and currants combine and result in flavors that are full bodied yet smooth.

2015 Bousquet Malbec  $20
A big bottle of big wine, punchy and grapey on the nose, this bright Malbec feels edgy. Flavors of spicy black cherry and kirsch finish solidly, with a hint of chocolate flavor.  Organic.

2017 Tombacco Aglianico  $30
The big bottle from Campania in in Southern Italy, Tombacco’s Aglianico is big, rich, warming and smooth. Hints of cherry and red berries, with a marked vanilla and spicy note lead into an excellent mouth feel, elegant and warm, sapid and full-bodied with some spice on the long finish.

2014 Dry Creek Vineyard The Mariner  $60
69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Petit Verdot, 9% Merlot, 8% Malbec, 2% Cabernet Franc
This delicious Bordeaux-inspired blend comes from several prized estate and hillside vineyards in the Dry Creek Valley. At first swirl, the wine displays aromas of blueberry, vanilla and cherries. Several more minutes reveal hints of clove, cinnamon, black licorice and mocha characters. The palate has dark berry flavors along with cedar sweetness and cassis. It finishes with black pepper, boysenberry and a hint of barrel spice. Good acidity will help this wine to age beautifully for years to come.  Was $95 now $60  1 bottle available

2014 Pelissero Long Now Langhe Tosso  $80
50% Nebbiolo, 50% Barbera
Long Now expresses the concept of long-standing.  The nose reveals rich aromas of ripe fruit, blackberry, raspberry and red cherry, framing the subtle notes of vanilla.  Velvety, enveloping, fruity and elegant. It closes with a finish of great length.  1 bottle available

2014 Comte de Lauze Châteauneuf-du-Pape  $82
80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Cinsault
Spicy, cedary nose of blackberries and fresh herbs lifted by a note of lavender; medium- to full-bodied, savory black cherry flavors fill the mouth. Ready and willing.

2008 La Fiorita Bruenello de Montalcino  $145
Alluring from start to finish, this boasts cherry, earth, spice and mineral flavors. Firmly structured, remaining vibrant and long on the finish. Best from 2015 through 2026.

The Big Boy (5 liters)

2015 San Felice Chianti Classico  $133
80% Sangiovese, 10% Pugnitello, 10% Colorino
Aromas of dark cherry, raspberry and sweet violets. Dry and medium-bodied, it is smooth, rounded, and well-balanced with a savory palate. Get the party started right.

Winter Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 12-6PM

Holiday Hours

Happy New Year

We hope you all have a wonderful holiday as we bid adieu to 2021 and welcome in 2022.  Best wishes for the New Year.

Holiday Hours:
Friday — New Year’s Eve — Noon to 6
Saturday — Closed New Year’s Day
Sunday — Noon to 6

We will be closed Monday and Tuesday and reopen on Wednesday with our regular schedule: Wednesday to Sunday — Noon to 6pm

Stay safe and warm,

Jim & Mark
Madrona Wine Merchants

And More Bubbles

2022 is coming up on the horizon and we have our shelves stocked with Cava, Prosecco, Cremants, as well as Champagne and other bubbly things.  Here’s a few last-minute additions, but just stop in and see what’s on the selves.  But don’t miss the last item on this email.  The weather outside is frightful. . . .But tonight we’re gonna party like it’s 1999!  Why not?  Skip to the bottom to see the 1999 Vintage Champagne.  Call ahead to reserve yours for New Year’s Eve.

2020 Col Sandago, Wildbacher Brut Rosé  $20
A distinct bubbly from Northern Italy.  Delicate, fresh and alarmingly easy. Pale pink, laced with cherry and black forest fruits, a twist of bitters and a suggestion of fragrant rose.

Pierre Trichet, Authentique Premier Cru Brut  $40
53% Pinot Meunier, 25% Pinot Noir, 22% Chardonnay
A reserve Champagne (a blend of several vintages), pleasant and well made, with a fine bubble, predominantly black grape varieties.  The effervescence is dynamic and the mousse is generous. On the nose; yellow fruits and citrus, enhanced with hazelnuts and noble vegetal notes. The palate; a minty, spicy, even peppery universe. Round, fresh and balanced wine

De Saint-Gall, 1er  Brut Blanc de Blancs  $44
A step into chardonnay refinement with fresh-lemon and brioche aromas. The palate is crisp, elegant and focused. Neat lemon and pastry flavors.

Vincent Couche, Chardonnay de Montguex Extra Brut  $65
Grown in a single parcel in Montgueux. It is an assemblage of three different vintages and long rest on its yeasts (at least 8 years) before disgorging. Crispy, fruity and creamy Champagne Extra Brut with incredible depth.  Biodynamic

2015 Liébart-Régnier, Ecélia Vintage Brut  $53
75% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay
This Vintage Champagne sees 4 years cellar ageing and very low dosage (6 g).   Ripe wheat and slightly peaty notes give character, which is further reinforced by the Pinot Noir. The confit fruit, musk and cinnamon deliver its trademark maturity and olfactory complexity. Smooth and fleshy mouthfeel with a dense, silky texture. Dried fruits, grains, wet tobacco and ginger notes make for a rich and varied aromatic spectrum. The Chardonnay led finish has zippy notes of orange zest and cinchona bark.

1999 Vincent Couche, Sensation  $145
50% Pinot Noir, 50% Chardonnay
Vincent, a man of calculated genius, waited nearly two decades before disgorging and releasing this wine.  Tonight, we’re going to party like it’s 1999!

Holiday Hours
Tuesday to Friday Noon to 6pm
Closed New Year’s Eve
Open Sunday January 2nd Noon to 6pm

Stocking Stuffers

The Solstice is here, we are turning the corner on more daylight. Christmas is just a few days away, and New Year’s is on its way. Happy Holidays!! Here are a few things that might come in handy.

Stuffers (half bottles, 375ml)

Champagne Canard Duchêne Authentic Brut  $26
45% Pinot Noir, 35% Pinot Meunier, 20% Chardonnay
Authentic Brut epitomizes the Canard-Duchene style, where freshness and intensity bring together nobility and nature. A blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, the wine is characterized by fresh fruit aromas jostling with brioche notes. The fruit aromas carry through to the palate and intermingle with pastry notes.

2013 Albert Bichot Bourgogne Rouge, Vieilles Vignes  $10
Pinot Noir
Old-vine Pinot, bright cherry flavor with a touch of earthiness and mineral.

2010 E. Guigal Châteauneuf-du-Pape  $27
70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre
Rich, textured and medium to full-bodied, with ample black cherry, olive tapenade and subtle meatiness, this traditional effort stays pure and lively, with fine tannin emerging on the finish.

2009 Château De Cérons Cérons  $20
90% Sémillion, 5% Sauvignon Blanc, 5% Muscadelle
The richness of the vintage is very apparent in this luscious, still-young wine. A dry core of botrytis rests on flavors of bitter-orange marmalade, apricot, acidity and spice from wood aging.

2008 Château Aney Haut Médoc $15
65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot
A full and smooth Medoc with lots of deep fruit and the right amount of age.

To Albalá Fino 3 Fases Electrico  $14
Pedro Ximenez
When ordering Electrico in Córdoba one need only say “Shock Me!” (Dame un calambrazo). Pastry and brine notes from the flor yeast add complexity to the retained varietal personality. Naturally balanced and pure, this Fino is unmatched in its food pairing versatility.

2015 Valdespino Manzanilla Deliciosa en Rama  $12
Deliciosa En Rama is around 6 years of average age and made with grapes from the pago Miraflores. Its solera system consists of six criaderas and the solera stage. The En Rama version is said to maintain some energetic youthfulness while showing the complexity that comes with age. Only one bottling is made each year in spring.

Kopke, 10 year old Tawny  $20
A blend of different vintages averaging 10 years old. 375ml


2021 Chateau Buffiat, Les Lutins Beaujolais Nouveau  $17
100% Gamay
Better late than never. This Nouveau just arrived in time for Christmas, and it has little elf stockings on the label.  What more could you want?

Solstice Sipping

2019 Troon, Vineyard Druid’s Fluid  $18
Southern Oregon terroir in a “Cotes du Rhone” style blend, crunchy red fruit like fresh cranberry, tart pomegranate, and ripe red cherries with undertones of herbaceousness and pepper. Biodynamic, Vegan

Holiday Hours

Christmas Week
Tuesday to Friday noon to 6
Closed Christmas Day
Open Sunday December 26th, noon to 6

New Year’s Week
Tuesday to Friday, noon to 6
Closed New Year’s Day

Old World Gifts

Looking for a special bottle to slip into someone’s stocking?
2011 Pierre André, Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru –La Maltroie  $65
A quality Burgundy from a primier Cru vineyard. Full fruit, slatey minerals, toasty biroche and layered complexity.

2017 Olivier Leflaive, Meursault  $83
Aged in wood, this blend of parcels from across Meursault shows the richness for which the appellation is famed. It contrasts that with acidity, freshness and crisp citrus. The combination has produced a wine that can age further.

2014 Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard, Chassagne-Montrachet Rouge  $60
Pinot Noir
If terroir is key in Burgundy, the Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard is ready to unlock every door in Chassagne-Montrachet including Pinot Noir.  Developed and ready to drink.

2014 Bouchard, Le Corton Grand Cru  $135
Pinot Noir
The Bouchard Père & Fils Le Corton is a classic. This red is marked by ripe, crunchy cherry and raspberry fruit, accented by rich loam and chalky mineral notes. Firm, yet balanced and long on the spice- and smoke-tinged aftertaste.

2011 Muga, Prado Enea Rioja Gran Reserva  $85
80% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha
The most structured Prado Enea ever. A reduced center palate that is so compact with dark fruit, dark mushrooms and cedary spice. Full body. Wonderfully polished tannins and a long, long finish. Electric acidity. Muscular and well toned. –99pts James Suckling

2010 Altesino, Brunello di Montalcino  $103
Expressive aromas of eucalyptus, juniper and wild rosemary give way to sweet berry flavors, though the juniper, rosemary and emerging mint accents linger. This is like a walk in the woods, with a fresh, elegant frame. Best from 2017 through 2030

2007 Massolino, Barolo Margheria  $140
The 2007 Barolo Margheria is fabulously ripe and explosive in its dark red fruit, leather, licorice and anise. Medium to full in body, the Margheria possesses superb delineation and nuance to match its elegant personality. It turns exuberant again on the finish, where floral, minty notes add lift and freshness. The 2007 Margheria is a wonderfully complete, regal Barolo from Massolino.   Ready to Rock!

2016 L’Arco, Rúbeo  $81
40% Cabernet Franc,  30% Corvina, 15% Rondinella, 5% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Molinara
During the harvest the clusters are selectioned and dried on matts for about 60 days.  The Rúbeo is an original mix between traditional and international, with an intense ruby red color, spiced bouquet, great structure and elegance.

2015 L’Arco, Amarone della Valpolicella  $120
55% Corvina and Corvinone, 35% Rondinella, 10% Molinara
A wine that exudes strength, unwavering character and unrelenting beauty. Anticipate some smokiness. Aromatics tend toward violets and dark plum – and on the palate and complementary smorgasbord of chocolate-covered cherries, savory herb notes and deep, dark baked berries. Exquisite tannins, lingering finish.
2008 Bertani, Amarone della Valpolicella  $140
80% Corvina Veronese, 20% Rondinella
Aged Amarone from one of the big guns.  First there are the typical notes of plum, cherry and morello cherry on the nose, followed by a great variety of tones: nuts, tea leaves, licorice and spices. On the palate there are hints of red berry fruits, softened by plush vanilla notes, in perfect harmony with the acidity and tannins

2019 Clos du Caillou, Les Safres Chateauneuf du Papes  $77
95% Grenache, 5% Syrah
Caillou’s flagship CNDP.  The Les Safres is impressively rich and ripe, delivering velvety layers of black cherries and blueberries, combined with hints of dried spices and dark chocolate. Full-bodied, expansive in the mouth and long on the finish,

2015 Delas Chante Perdrix Cornas  $64
Big scoring Syrah.  Licorice, tarragon and mineral black fruits. Full bodied, juicy and ripe with balancing acidity. Lots of life and a lifted glint on the finish. Drinking Window 2019 – 2029.

2011 Reserve de la Comtesse Pauillac  $79
53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc
Pichon Lalande’s second wine, the 2011 Reserve de la Comtesse offers juicy, cherry, red and black currant notes as well as a medium-bodied, elegant, finesse style. It is already drinking well and should continue to evolve nicely for another decade.

2008 Clos du Marquis, Saint Julien  $86
55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot
A single parcel owned and made by Léoville-Las-Cases, the Clos du Marquis has a lovely nose of black cherry and violet, complicated by graphite and minerals. Full and sweet on entry, with ripe red and black fruit flavors, smooth tannins and a long, clean finish. A standout wine from 2008.
Was $105 Now $86

2008 Château Rauzan-Ségla, Grand Cru Margaux  $142
62% Cabernet Sauvignon,  38% Merlot
Here is 2008 with a velvety texture yet the underlying bright acidity comes through at the same time. Medium to full body, firm and chewy tannins and a fresh finish. Very pretty and energetic.

Magnums (1.5 liters) bigger is better.
2014 Pelissero, Long Now Langhe Tosso  $80
50% Nebbiolo, 50% Barbera
Long Now expresses the concept of long-standing.  The nose reveals rich aromas of ripe fruit, blackberry, raspberry and red cherry, framing the subtle notes of vanilla.  Velvety, enveloping, fruity and elegant, it closes with a finish of great length.

2014 Comte de Lauze Châteauneuf-du-Pape  $82
80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Cinsault
Spicy, cedary nose of blackberries and fresh herbs lifted by a note of lavender; medium- to full-bodied, savory black cherry flavors fill the mouth. Ready and willing.

2008 La Fiorita, Bruenello de Montalcino  $145
Alluring from start to finish, this boasts cherry, earth, spice and mineral flavors. Firmly structured, remaining vibrant and long on the finish. Best from 2015 through 2026.

Holiday Hours
Tuesday-Sunday, 12-6PM

Gift ideas from close to home

Looking for a special bottle for the wine lover on your list.  Here are a couple of ideas from our domestic stock.  But don’t stop there, come in a browse around.  We have plenty of other options available.

2019 Woodward Canyon, Chardonnay  $42
Old Vine Shard (over 40 years old) from Walla Walla. Aromas of peach, melon, and light starfruit notes marry perfectly with the beautifully understated oak creating a subtle spice and vanilla. Whole cluster pressing gives delineated fruit flavors. The texture and weight create a very nice mouthfeel and leave ripe fruit flavors of nectarine, peach, and apple.

2017 Soléna, Hyland Vineyard Pinot Noir  $50
As with Soléna’s other Pinots from this vintage, both the finished alcohol and percentage of new French oak have been pulled back significantly from the 2016s, to good effect. This wine has fresh cranberry fruit and highlights of bark, dark chocolate and black tea.

2019 Foundation Cellars, The Silence  $38
Rockgarden Vineyard Syrah
This wine is unmistakably from the Rocks District. The stem influence is upfront, with notes of grilled asparagus, Stargazer lily, fresh parsley and flowers in front of black and green olives. The palate brings an abundance of savory flavors, with gravel notes on the finish.

2018 Cadence, Ciel du Cheval Vineyard  $45
38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Cabernet Franc, 19% Merlot, 12% Petit Verdot
Lots of classic Red Mountain tannins and minerality as well as notes of cassis, currants, dried herbs, graphite, and loamy soil define this beauty, and it’s medium to full-bodied and wonderfully balanced, with a round, expansive mouthfeel and a great finish.

2018 JB Neufeld, Yakima Valley Cabernet  36
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
A four vineyard blend in JB’s Yakima Cabernet. A full fisted but not heavy handed Washington Cabernet.

2016 Joseph Phelps, Napa Cabernet  $65
76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec, 2% Cabernet Franc
The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is ultra-concentrated with dense black fruit, anise, roasted coffee, ripe blueberries, cedar box and graphite. A fresh and focused wine with creamy texture and a long luscious mouth feel with dusty earth, baking spices, sweet vanilla and fresh fig notes.

2018 Woodward Canyon, Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon  $110
93% Cabernet, 5% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec
Intermingling aromas of baking spice, cedar, graphite and ripe blackberries develop in the glass. Flavors of black fruits blend beautifully with pencil, cigar box and exotic spice of new French oak. The texture is soft but firm with beautifully integrated tannins offering a rich, long finish.

2017 Sinegal, Napa Valley  $50
82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec, 4% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot
This high scoring Napa Cab exhibits elegant aromas of ripe raspberry, plumb and black cherry, with notes of rose petal, cinnamon and all spice. The subtle oak spice tones are well integrated with the fruit and floral aromas in this wine. On the palate there is a silky texture with smooth tannins and long lingering finish. Flavors of candied cherries, and blackberry kirsch are intermixed with secondary notes of vanilla bean, mocha and coca nibs.  Was $100, Now $50

Holiday Hours
Tuesday-Sunday, 12-6PM

Champagne – The Real Deal

Sometimes you just need a glass (or two) of genuine Champers.  Here’s a few we have in stock for the holidays.
Magic Door, La Cle de la Femme Brut  $36
Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier
The grapes are grown in top vineyards sites in the Marne Valley. These vineyard sites are made of sedimentary soils of calcium, silica, and limestone which impart layers of minerality into the wine.  It is then left on the lees for 20 months.  It shows expressive aromas of apple and white pear along with more subtle notes of almond, buttered toast and baking spices.

Liebart Regnier, Les Sols Bruns Brut $37
60% Pinot Meunier, 20% Pinot Noir, 20% Chardonnay
Cellar aged for 3 years with a subtle nose with a predominance of apricot and yellow peach. Delicate menthol, biscuity fragrances add richness with a lively tension from the citrus, predominantly pomelo flavors, this full-bodied wine has a delicate tartness to get your juices flowing. It is multi-layered and full of character.  The dominance of Pinot Meunier means that its fruitiness is already enjoyable, pushing attractive citrus and fresh pineapple flavors forward.
Collet, Brut  $40
50% Pinot Meunier, 30% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Noir.
Notes of white flowers, citrus. Stone fruit, such as quince, apple, crisp pear as well as white peach. Small delicate touches of spices, cumin, anise and herbs, black tea and lime tea. Light pastry notes, like the puff pastry of an apple tart.

Pascal Ponson, 1er Cru Prestige Brut  $43
80% Pinot Meunier, 10% Pinot Noir, 10% Chardonnay
A small grower producer from Montagne de Reims.  The Brut has rich and creamy aromas of red and yellow apple, quince, lemon blossom, white mushroom, honeysuckle, hazelnut, and delicate purple flowers are woven around a strong core of mineral notes.

Paul Dethune, Grand Cru Brut Reserve  $50
70% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay
A good price for a grand cru, the reserve is made up of older vintages. Its intense nose has aromas of underbrush, honeysuckle and bergamot. Its freshness and liveliness are combined with its creamy flavor and a delicate honey finish.

Liebart Regnier, Blancs de Blanche Brut  $40
Lightly spicy and packed with citrus, this is a tensely fresh Chardonnay. The brightness adds to the minerality of this delicious wine, texture and fruit working well together.  This champagne is silky-smooth, rich and indulgent on the palate.

Le Brun Servenay, Melodie En C Grand Cru  $41
The bouquet is excellent, wafting from the glass in a blend of pear, delicious apple, limestone minerality, fresh almond, hints of the pastry cream to come, white flowers and gentle upper register smokiness. On the palate the wine is brisk, full-bodied and rock solid at the core, with a youthful personality, slightly coarse mousse, fine focus and grip and a long, nascently complex finish.

Wafflart-Anoniolli, 1er Cru Blanc de Blanc  $56
From the premier cru village of Sacy, in the Petit Montagne, comes an exceptional producer, Thierry Wafflart. Unlike typical Blanc de Blancs from the Cote de Blanc, this expression of Chardonnay balances the acidity with roundness and depth, revealing luscious complexity with hints of soft fruits and earthy aromas. This wine will upend your previous notions of Blanc de Blanc.

2009 Tribaut Schloesser, Millésime Brut  $55
60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay
Made from a single year’s harvest and blended with 20% Pinot Noir vinified in large casks (foudres). This cuvée shows good maturity with a powerful vinous backdrop with weighty richness and toasty nut flavors blended with the crisp citrus.

Pascal Ponson, Rosé de Gentes Dames 1er Brut  $48
68% Pinot Meunier, 15% ‘Vin Rouge’, 8.5% Chardonnay, 8.5% Pinot Noir.
Textbook Rosé Champagne smell and taste of strawberry, wild cherry and cranberry lead the way. Orange scone, red apple and faint yellow rose petal follow behind. Great fruitiness, partly explained by the 10 G/L dosage, which falls squarely in the Brut range as it lifts the fruity flavors up.

Holiday Hours
Tuesday-Sunday, 12-6PM


‘Tis the Season, and we’ve selected s few sparkling wines to help get everyone in the spirit.  We think these are a bit above your cut rate Cavas, but still affordable enough to PARTY!

Tullia, Sparkling Brut Rosé  $14
Pinot Noir and Chardonnay
Created from estate-grown fruit in Loncon di Annone Veneto, Tullia Brut Rose offers bright floral aromatics, a lively, fruit-forward palate and a delicate spiciness, complemented by a satisfying effervescence.

Leon Manbach, Crémant d’Alsace Rosé  $21
Pinot Noir
Crisp Alsatian Pink Biodynamic Bubbles.

Domaine Bonnet-Huteau, Nuit Boréale  $18
80% Chardonnay, 20% Melon de Bourgogne
Sparkling French bubbles from Sèvre et Maine appellation, the heart of Muscadet.  Fresh and elegant wine with aromas of white fruits.  Organic, biodynamic

Clos Roussely, Favorite Blanc de Blancs Brut  $23
100% Chardonnay
Loire Valley Methode Traditionelle, Vin Mousseux de Qualité.  24 to 36 months on leas.  Great and very pure dry Blanc de Blancs, with notes of brioche ripe fruits and minerals — fine, complex and elegant.  Great value here.  Organic

Vigneti Pittaro, Brut Metodo Classico  $23
Chardonnay and Chardonnay Mousqué
Friuli’s answer to Champagne.  Aged 36 months on leas. The Brut has a fine and persistent perlage. On the nose the yeast notes are well pronounced with memories of bread crust and delicate sensations of dried fruit and exotic fruit.

Contrdi Castaldi, Franciacorta Brut  $20
80% Chardonnay, 10% Pinot Nero, 10% Pinot Bianco
A fresh, creamy sparkling with attractive aromas of dried apple, lemon zest, honey and candied walnuts. Sharp acidity, balanced by a creamy mousse with lovely almond character on the finish.

Antica Fratta, Franciacorta Brut  $25
90% Chardonnay, 10% Pinot Nero
Franciacorta is to Italy what Champagne is to France. The calcareous soils producing 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.

Holiday Hours
Tuesday to Sunday, 12-6PM

Festive French

It is December and the holidays are here.  We’ve stocked up on a few new French wines to match those upcoming special dinners.

2018 Château de la Crée Les Tourelles Montagny 1er  $28
100% Chardonnay
Primer Cru Burgundy at a great price.  This single vineyard wine has aromas are acacia, mayflower, honeysuckle, bramble flowers with notes of hazelnut, white peach and ripe pear. In the mouth, the wine is fresh, young at heart, frisky, alluring, and rich. Refinement and delicacy are harmoniously matched to a durably well-built structure.

2019 Alain Gautheron Chablis  $29
100% Chardonnay
The Domaine Gautheron hews mostly to the style of classic Chablis.  When they use barrels for elevage, they do so with a light touch. The result is wines that show clean, pure, Chardonnay fruit mixed with a stony minerality.

2018 Domaine Jean Royer Châteauneuf du Pape Blanc  $35
50% Grenache Blanc, 30% Bourboulenc, 20% Clairette
Lovely aromatics of nectarine, tangerine, white flowers, and orange pith. On the pallet, it’s fresh and lively, with good body.  The stone fruit and orange citrus flavors pick up a touch of fennel frond as they coat your mouth and a refreshing burst of orange and lime pith and chalky minerality makes your mouth water and gets you ready for the next sip.

2020 Cattin Orange Pinot Gris  $22
This Pinot Gris Orange gets a bright orange color due to the long peel + pit contact. In the nose you indeed smell lemon and orange peels and thick spices. In the mouth you taste the full complexity of the same tones but then candy confit, melon, mango and pepper.

2019 Domaine Vincent Paris Granit 30 Cornas  $45
The Granit 30 designation refers to the soil, the approximate age of the vines, and the slope on which they are planted.  Aromas are a cloud of camphor, black pepper, lillies, gravel, roasted plums, smoked meat. It leads with pure dark fruit with a smoky mid-palate, and a savory, mineral finish. The tannins have a gentle grip. Prime Northern Rhône Syrah with just enough force to reel you in.  Organic, Biodynamic.

2010 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Saint Joseph Domaine de la Croix des Vignes  $55
This 100% Syrah has a nose of crushed blackcurrant, raspberry and blackberry. On the palate the wine is full bodied with clear, brilliant fruit flavors, mineral, spice and earth. Aged and ready.

Holiday Hours
Tuesday-Sunday, 12-6PM

Just when we weren’t looking. . .

We turned our back to cook the turkey and a slew of Italian wines slipped in the door.  Good thing they fit nicely into holiday parties and dinners.

Contrdi Castaldi, Franciacorta Brut  $20
80% Chardonnay, 10% Pinot Nero, 10% Pinot Bianco
A fresh, creamy sparkling with attractive aromas of dried apple, lemon zest, honey and candied walnuts. Sharp acidity, balanced by a creamy mousse with lovely almond character on the finish.

Cantina di Sorbara, Lambrusco Salamino  $13
Made from Salamino grapes (yes little salamis).  Beautiful freshness here with freshly soaked blueberries, elderberries, spearmint and rosemary. Dry, balanced and medium-bodied, drawing on a fine thread of bubbles and precise, cutting acidity.

2016 Lunelli, Pietragrande Trentino Bianco  $13
85% Chardonnay, 15% Sauvignon Blanc
From Northern Italy, aromas of white flowers, apples and pears and hints of aromatic herbs. It is lively, refreshing and tangy; mouth-filling, rounded fruit on the front palate gives way to appealing citrus-like notes and mineral hints on the finish.
Was $18 Now $13

2019 Cantina Colterenzio, Alto Adige Gewürztraminer  $19
Enticing aroma of tropical fruit, cloves and cinnamon. It only takes one sniff to know this is not only going to be good but also offer a lot of different layers. The wine tastes thick, luscious and complex. It’s somewhat sweet but carries it remarkably well thanks to plenty of acidity. Citrus and tropical fruit, baking spice, minerality and more await as you sip. It ends dry, with lingering spice and tart fruit.

2017 La Spinetta, Il Nero di Casanova  $18
100% Sangiovese
Aromas of wild cherry, black currant and sweet plum. On the palate, this wine offers silky tannins and a fruity chewy finish as well as lots of cherry with elegant richness. A funky and intense wine.

2016 Campo a Matteo, Chianti Reserva  $15
80% Sangiovese, 10% Canaiolo, 10% Ciliegiolo
A Reserva at normalie pricing.  Savory, full-bodied, black cherries and berries. The supple mouth feel and focused taste of cherry flavors make our Chianti a pleasant and traditional Tuscan wine

2018 San Felice, Il Grigio Chianti Classico Riserva  $20
This Reserva represents the perfect blend of the traditional and the modern. It spends some 24 months in oak, with about 20% in small barriques, and one year in the bottle.  Black cherries with summer black truffles and dark wood on the nose. A medium-to full-bodied red with medium, round tannins and lovely fruit. It firm and flavorful.

2018 Cesari, Jústo  $14
60% Corvina, 40% Merlot
This wine is an appassimento style wine – the grapes are dried for a short period of time – about 20 days. Notes of ripe fruit and cherry are evident. A bold structure, yet with a smooth and velvety mouthfeel.

2018 Ronchi di Pietro L’Ánime de Nestre Tiare  $20
A rescued indigenous varietal from Friuli.  Wild berry bouquet, including wild blackberry, raspberry and blueberry. Round and warm taste, full-bodied and with elegant tannicity.

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