Saturday Spanish

It says October on the calendar, but the weather looks like a few more days of outdoor dining.  Hopefully the only smoke will be from the barbeque.  Come pick up some of these Spanish to help wash it all down.

2021 Sierra Cantabria Rioja Rosado  $13
60% Viura, 30% Garnacha, 10% Tempranillo
Red and white grapes co-fermented to make a rosé.  Pleasing, evocative, and well-textured on the palate. This wine shines with aromas and flavors of tart red fruit, sandalwood, and light chalkiness.

2020 Mendieta Osaba Mendi Rioja  $14
Carbonic Maceration Tempranillo.  Packed with perfume on the nose, this is a very fresh, youthful rioja with intense aromas of blackberries and dashes of spices. Bursting with fruit, this wine is round and complex with licorice notes and a long finish.

2020 Pinord Diorama Ribera del Duero  $14
A full young Ribera red, with notes of eucalyptus, spice and ripe rich fruit.

2017 Grifoll Declara Predicat Priorat  $21
45% Garnacha, 45% Carignan, 10% Merlot
A powerful red wine from Catalonia, the Predicat  enchants with notes of plum, blackcurrant, plum and blackberry. Tracing the aromatics further, cocoa bean, dark chocolate and gingerbread spice come through.

2020 Alvaro Palacios Camins del Priorat  $25
55% Garnacha, 15% Syrah, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 8% Cariñena
A high scoring entry wine from Palacios.  Notes of vanilla, toast, smoke, tobacco, dark fruit, red fruit, spice box, cedar, and mushroom.  Rich flavors of black currant, blackberry, dust, leather, currant, blueberry, strawberry, cherry, bell pepper, licorice and anise.

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Wednesday-Sunday, 12-6PM

Unusual Whites from

Champagne and Burgundy

When you think of Champagne you think of bubbles, when you think of white Burgundy you think of Chardonnay.  Well, here are three wines that defy those notions.  Different?  Yes. Delicious?  Yes!!

2020 Guy & Yvan Dufouleur, Bourgogne Aligote Vieilles Vignes  $25
From old vines planted 1950’s to 1970’s in the commune of Meursault.  This shows excellent intensity of flavor and character showing ripe orchard fruits with the fine lifted floral aspect of Aligote. Notes of pear and even apricot indicate the depth and ripeness apparent here. Still fresh and lovely yet with terrific texture and surprising depth.

2019 Jean Fournier, Orgines  $35
67% Pinot Blanc, 33% Pinot Beurot (Pinot Gris)
Old School Burgundy from a time before Phylloxera wiped out most of Europe’s vines and Burgundy was re-planted with the higher-yielding Chardonnay.  It has a brush of wild honey and almond on the nose. The clean, fresh palate is well balanced with a fine line of acidity and a slightly grassy finish.  Biodynamic

Vincent Couche, Voulez Vous Couche Avec Moi?  $42
65% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay
A still white, this wine is an unusual curiosity.  From vineyards in Champagne with clay and limestone soils, this wine is aged for 2 years in clay amphora and oak barrels.  It transports all the yeasty complexity of a champagne to a still white wine.  No sulphites. Organic

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Wednesday-Sunday, 12-6PM

New Wine, New Art

Swing by this weekend and see our new show

Color and Light

Recent oil paintings by Susan Roberts which will be enlivening our walls through October.  Sunday, Susan will be here from 3 to 5 pm so stop on by and meet the artist.

You might also want to check out these two artistic wines from Sicily that have just hit our shelves.

2020 Petraio, Nero di Avola  $14
This spicy, black-fruited Nero d’Avola feels fresh, lively, and generous. The juxtaposition of deep aromas with the freshness adds an intriguing tension.

2019 Tornatore, Etna Rosso  $22
95% Nerello Mascalese, 5% Nerello Cappuccio
A uniquely rich and focused wine made of the indigenous Nerello Mascalese grape. It expresses itself with aromas of cherry juice and preserves, wild strawberry and a very characteristic volcanic and mineral intensity that is unique only to the wines of Mt. Etna’s volcanic soil.

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Wednesday-Sunday, 12-6PM

Pure Syrah

Here’s a great wine we just got in just in time for the Equinox.  Everything is in balance and the flavors have a great Autumnal depth.  No smoky taste but we have had enough of that in the air at present.

2020 Saint Cosme, Cotes du Rhone  $14
100% Syrah coming out of the southern Rhône but this has become one of the signature wines of the prestigious Gigondas producer Château de Saint Cosme. Crushed cherry and plum puree notes that meld with melted red licorice before singed juniper takes over on the finish.

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Wednesday-Sunday, 12-6PM

Rhino Wine

Two from La Spinetta

Looking for big game this weekend?  Try these two wines from La Spinetta’s Tuscan property.

2021 La Spinetta, Il Rosé di Casanova  $20
50% Sangiovese, 50% Prugnolo Gentile
Tart and juicy, with citrusy grapefruit and tangerine dominating the nose and mouth, the wine’s aromatic profile is enriched by white peach and strawberry and floral and mineral notes. This Rosè shows great clarity, with a suave, penetrating finish that lingers with a floral tenacity.

2018 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.

Shop Hours
Wednesday-Sunday, 12-6PM

Closed This Friday

Madrona Wine Merchants will be closed this Friday.
September 16th

We will be open Saturday and Sunday with Guest Proprietor Sarah Timbrook-Nugent sitting in for us while Mark & I are away doing family stuff.  Please be nice to her, we want her to come back.

Mark & Jim

Sauvignon Blanc

From simple to Sancerre

It is going to be a toasty weekend with temperatures in the mid-80s.  Perfect weather for a crisp glass of Sauvignon Blanc.  We got you covered.  Stop by and get some relief from this unusual September heat.

All these wines are 100% Sauvignon Blanc.

2021 Domaine des Forges, Sauvignon  $14
This comes from a tiny parcel of the 4th generation Forges estate that lies within the Savennieres region of the Loire. Lemon/lime citrus and Granny Smith apple flavors, with fabulous purity and focus, and has the hallmark saline minerals, and granitic, grassy aromas.

2020 Wairau River, Sauvignon Blanc  $15
A New Zealand SB with intense tropical and stone fruit aromatics with delicate citrus and floral notes, full flavored and textured. The wine has fine mouthwatering mineral acidity on the finish that refreshes the palate,

2021 Gérard Bigonneau, Quincy  $17
From a neighboring village to Sancerre, this Quincy is a soft wine, full of ripe apple and white currant fruit flavors. It’s fresh, but also has a steely edge that gives a strong texture.

2021 Capitello, Sauvignon Blanc  $20
Willamette Valley
Cool fermented and aged in Concrete Egg, with no malolactic fermentation, resulting in a crisp aromatic classic Oregon Sauvignon Blanc with a savory touch of salinity, honeysuckle, and bright citrus flavors.

2021 Domaine des Vallees, Sancerre  $25
An alternate labeling from a mystery Sancerre producer.  But it has all the right notes.  Crisp and fresh with a solid backbone of minerality.

2020 Philippe Raimbault, Les Fossiles Sancerre  $28
Fine fruit aromas with citrus flavors (grapefruit, lemon) and vivid acidity on the palate.

2021 Jean-Marie Reverdy, Sancerre Terres Blanches  $30
A single vineyard Sancerre with fresh and floral scents mixed with dried fruit aromas. The wine is supple with a beautiful volume while retaining a certain vivacity. Freshness and smoothness blend perfectly and give this wine a good balance and a pleasant aromatic persistence.

2020 Domaine Daulny, Sancerre  $30
Made from 40-year-old sauvignon blanc vines, this Sancerre captures the essence of the grape with floral, mineral and ground coffee bean aromas and grapefruit, white peach flavors.

2021 Jean Reverdy, Sancerre La Reine Blanche  $31
From a mix of soil types throughout Sancerre.  The diversity of soils brings complexity, power and minerality to the wine. It displays intense aromas of flint, citrus, white peach and linden flowers. Rich and fresh in the mouth with mineral notes, citrus fruit and a long finish.

2020 Lucien Reymond, Sancerre Silex  $37
White grapefruit, green melon, peach pit, honeysuckle, and green mango peel balanced by mineral notes of sea salt, herbs, wet stones, and crushed chalk.  Spot on Sancerre.  Biodynamic.

2020 Philippe Gilbert, Mentou Salon  $32
30-year-old Sauvignon Banc on marl over Kimmeridgian limestone.  Beautiful Sauvignon Blanc with great focus on mineral texture rather than green aromatics. Delicately briny and maritime on the nose, round and broad on the palate with a lingering chalky mouthfeel. Delicious young but has the capacity to develop its oystery-earthy side for a couple of years.  Organic/Biodynamic

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Wednesday-Sunday, 12-6PM

Sun Goddess

Deal Of The Day

2019 Fantinel, Sun Goddess  $15
Sauvignon Blanc
Produced with love and passion from sun-kissed vineyards owned by Fantinel family in Friuli Venezia Giulia in northern Italy. This is a big-shouldered Sauvignon Blanc.  Aromatic with tropical and spicy notes of yellow bell pepper, banana, and melon. The palate is particularly structured with a balance between an intense acidity and a velvety smoothness with a long finish. 12.5% alcohol by volume.
Was $20 Now $15

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Wednesday-Sunday, 12-6PM

Three Day Weekend

There are 3 days in Labor Day Weekend and you’re gonna need 3 wines to get through them.  Put these in the mix.

Monte Tondo, Garganega Frizzante  $13
Spritzy Soave! A delightful frizzante that is light, zippy, and truly delicious with aromas of citrus, pear blossom, and sea salt – all lifted by a gentle spritz

2021 Cave de Vendome, Le Cocagne Rosé   $15
100% Pineau D’Aunis
Coteaux du Vendomois
Strawberry notes at first and then grapefruit and spice hints. Round and soft taste with traces of strawberry and currant.

2017 Ravier, Mondeuse  $15
A Savoie Red.  Aromas of dark mineraled fruit, spicy and rustic hints: carnation, blueberry and damson, berry, paprika and tobacco. The mouth matches rustic and powerful expression, with gourmet and spiced aromatics, density of the minerality, and solidity of the structure.
Was $22 Now $15

Shop Hours
Wednesday-Sunday, 12-6pm

It’s Not Pinot Grigio

Deal of the day…

2017 Pojer e Sandri, Nosiola  $15
A delicious Northern Italian varietal with intoxicating fragrance, notes of citrus and hazelnuts. The vinification method involves washing the grapes and pressing in a controlled atmosphere. Both techniques have been developed in the company pursuing the aim to avoid the use of exogenous antioxidants and to preserve the varietal characteristics of the grape itself (aromas and antioxidants). Was $24 Now $15

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Wednesday-Sunday, 12-6PM