What to do when you realize you didn’t get anything for the eight maids a milking, nine ladies dancing, and your wife’s cousin Richard who are all showing up at you house this coming weekend? Don’t worry, Madrona Wine is One Stop Shopping for those on your list who are 21 years and older. To make the shopping easier we’ll be opening a few things to taste over the next few days.
Tuesday brave the snow is the way to go.
2017 Saint-Jacques de Siran, Bordeaux Supérieur $19
42% Merlot, 29 % Cabernet Franc, 29% Cabernet Sauvignon
Château Siran dates back to 1428. At one point in time, it was owned the grandparents of the famous French painter, Toulouse Lautrec. Their Saint-Jacques cuvée is sourced from a plot adjacent to their Margaux holdings, but outside that appellation and hence much more affordable. This wine is smooth, rich, and beautifully structured.
Wednesday Winter Solstice
2009 Siglo, Rioja Grand Riserva $22
Tempranillo – with a bit of Garnacha & Graciano
Cool and foresty in tone, this wine feels integrated, with a lovely weave to its tannins and fruit. The wine melds tannins from oak, fruit skin and seeds in notes of caraway and walnut, with a vegetal anise scent adding complexity. The texture is plump and silken, with a ping of fruit that accelerates those tannins into a savory power drive. Classical Rioja.