February 2012 Madrona Wines Monthly Selections

6-bottle Red Wine Club Selection

2009 Château Blouin Bordeaux                        $10
80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc
From the right bank of the Gironde, the Blouin is tasty and unassuming. Stainless steel fermented, nice dark fruit, and a medium body.

2008 Marchesi Poggio alle Sughere                    $13
90% Sangiovesse, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon

Morellino di Scansano
A good deal on this Sangiovesse blend from Maremma. Pretty versatile food wine.

2009 Chateau Saint Nabor Domaine des Santonilles            $13
Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre and Carignan
Côtes du Rhône Villages
This quality village level CDR gets an even better price.

2010 Erste + Neue Edel Vernatsch                    $11
Süditrol – Alto Adice
A lighter north Italian Red, Edel Vernatsch is the grape. A refreshing alternate for lighter fare.

2010 Charles Smith The Velvet Devil                    $11
Columbia Valley Merlot

A good rich Washington Merlot at an everyday price.

2009 Trivneto Amado Sur                            $13
73% Malbec, 15% Bonarda, 12% Syrah

The Bonarda and Syrah add more complexity and elegance than you normally get in a straight Malbec at this price.

Mixed Red and White Wine Club Selection

2010 Labbé Abymes                            $12
100% Jacquère

Vin de Savoie
A dry white from Northern France at the foot of the Alps. It has a blend of melon and citrus notes. The perfect wine for Fondue.

Toffoli Prosecco Frizante Sur Lie                        $10
Colli Trevigiani I.G.T.

Dryer than most Prosecco and with just half the fizz the Toffoli is great as an aperitif.

6 more Reds for the Full Case Club members

2009 NW Vine Project Cabernet Sauvignon                $14
Columbia Valley
A lightly oaked Washington Cabernet from Badger Mountain (just across from Red Mountain). Good flavors of licorice, black current and touch of forest floor.

2007 Villa da Filicaja Chianti Superiore                    $11
90% Sangiovese, 5% Canaiolo, and 5% Merlot

A nicely aged Tuscan Sangiovese.

2010 Saint Cosme Côtes du Rhône                    $13

Layers of dark plum, anise and crushed blackberry fruit, with black tea and graphite notes through the finish.

2008 Rivière Rayos Uva                            $13
Tempranillo, Grenache

A big Spanish blend takes a big drop in price as it switches distributors.

2008 Quinta de Cabriz Colheita Seleccionada                $10
Alfrocheiro, Tinot Roiz, Touriga Nacional

90 points Wine Spectator and #42 in Top 100 Wines of 2011: “A well-structured, muscular red, with a touch of Asian spice to the wild plum and dried raspberry flavors. Beef and mineral notes mark the finish. Distinctive, with a very sauvage allure. Drink now through 2015.” — And only ten bucks.

2010 Domaine Lafond Roc – Epine                    $14
70% Grenache, 30% Syrah

Côtes du Rhône
This family run vineyard consists of 8 hectares of rocky, sandy soil with a mix of pebbles and lime and clay. The grapes are all hand-picked, and let to macerate for 14-20 days before pressing. It is aged in cement and stainless steel tanks then racked into new oak for 3-4 months before bottling. The Lafond has aromas of ripe fruit, cherries, black currents and undergrowth followed by deep red fruit and dark berry flavors.

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