The shipping containers are still backed up at the ports, and what does get unloaded is getting hit with exceptionally higher shipping costs. The result is that the price on newly arrived wines is going up. Don’t be surprised to see some cost increase on some of your favorites. Both our suppliers and us here at Madrona Wine are trying to mitigate this as much as possible. Let’s hope the situation sorts itself out before too long.
In the meantime, here are a few deals where the price has gone down. They take a little of the sting out.
2019 Menard Gaborit, Muscadet Sevre et Maine $13
Melon de Bourgogne
Fresh, fruity, hints of white flowers, and iodine aromas. The palate has aromas of white flesh fruits, citrus, green apple, minerality. Organic
Was $16 now $13
2018 Domãne Wachau, Federspiel Bruck Riesling $18
From a very cool and stony gneiss spot in the Spitzer Graben, the 2018 Ried Bruck Riesling Federspiel shows a fine and aromatic and spicy bouquet of apricots and white blossoms mixed with fir needles and truck stop nuance. Lean and strong on the palate, with intense and spicy fruit intermixed with crystalline flinty notes. It’s lithe but intense and concentrated. A diesel lovers delight..
Was $30 now $18
2019 Nortico, Alvarinho $13
A young, fresh white wine with the characteristic bright acidity and aromas of peach and grapefruit. Nortico is light and delicate, lovely as a “porch-sipping wine” to drink on its own. Also a terrific seafood wine, particularly with salty, fattier dishes like fish tacos or broiled oysters.
Was $15 now $13
2011 Weinbau Erich Sattler,Zweigelt $12
Zweigelt is Austria’s most widely planted red. The wine matures on the lees for six months and is bottled after minimal filtration. This wine is dense and juicy with hints of strawberries and fresh herbs on the nose. It exhibits ripe fruit on the palate, reminiscent of plum with pleasant acidity and pepper. It is an elegant wine with a spicy balanced finish.
Was $20, now $12
2014 Gerard Bertrand, Languedoc Rouge $12
A rich red from the south of France. Complex aromas of ripe red fruit, backed by notes of licorice, gingerbread and scrubland.
Was $16 now $12
2013 Gerard Bertrand, Tautavel $12
50% Grenache, 35% Syrah, 15% Carignan
An intense, radiant robe with a subtle brown tinge. Intensely fruity on the nose, with red fruit and raspberry aromas underpinned by complex, spicy notes. A wonderful combination of supple tannins and delicate notes of scrubland and spices on the palate.
Was $20, now $12
2015 Finn Hill, Merveille Merlot $15
Stillwater Creek Vineyard
Aromas of red currant, dried cherry and toasty oak, the latter an indicator of the 21 months in 100% new French barrels. On the palate is where it comes alive with more cherry and currant flavors with dusty tannins and age-worthy pomegranate acidity.
Was $30 now $15
2016 Finn Hill Vivant, Malbec $18
The 2016 vintage exhibits an inky purple-magenta color and wafts perfumed aromas of crushed black and red berries on wet gravel, with hints of molasses and bay leaf. The pour delivers predominant fruit notes of blackberry, boysenberry, red currant, and blueberry. The finish brings mellow plum-skin acidity and tannin.
Was $30, now $18