Solstice Sipping

It is officially summer in Seattle.  While some folks flee for vacation, we at Madrona Wine like to stick around, hang out and enjoy the long evenings and good weather. This weekend we are tasting a lineup of wines to help the hang.  Come see what’s open.

Saturday, we are sailing the Tyrrhenian Sea with wines from Corsica, Sardinia and Sicily.
2016 Sella & Mosca, La Cala Vermentino  $16
2018 Terra Nostra, Corsica Rose  $14
2017 Planeta Vittoria Frappato  $23
2016 Firriato, Trepani Chiaramonte Nero d’Avola $14
2015 Sella & Mosca, Canonnau di Sardnga Reserva $20 

Sunday we have a pair of wines from France, starting in the mid-lands of Touraine and ending up in Gaillac in the south. Perfect wines for the summer that is upon us.
2017 Paul Buisse Touraine   $10
100% Sauvigon Blanc
For a Touraine Sauvignon, this has rich and ripe tropical fruits as well as the necessary acidity. It is fruity, with a lightly zesty texture and a soft aftertaste.
2014 Domaine des Terrisses Gaillac Rouge   $14
50% Braucol, 30% Duras, 20% Syrah
A distinctive blend from the Southwest of France.  Expressive with aromas of dark berries, spice and peppers. On the palate the wine is rich and flavorful with a powerful acidity, firm tannins and a wonderful concentration of savory flavors balanced with bright fruit.

Madrona Wine Merchants offers free wine tastings featuring 4-5 selections on a theme every Saturday from 2 until the bottles run out and on Sunday, we offer a mini-tasting of two wines all day from 11-5.

Corsica, Sardinia & Sicily

Saturday, June 22nd, 2pm

We’re spending the weekend on island time with wines from Terra Nostra from Corsica, Sella & Mosca from Sardinia, and Planeta and Firriato from Sicily.  Come see what the breezes from the Tyrrhenian Sean have blown in.
 
2016 Sella & Mosca, La Cala Vermentino  $16
Sella & Mosca’s 1,600-acre estate, I Piani, in Sardinia constitutes the second largest contiguous vineyard in Italy, covering more than 1,200 acres of vines.  Their Vermentino shows both citrus and floral notes. It is crisp and dry on the palate with youthful vitality and freshness.
 
2018 Terra Nostra, Corsica Rose  $14
Sciaccarello is a dark-skinned native grape variety from the island of Corsica, off the southern coast of France.   This Sciaccarello rosé has a slightly spicy nose (clove type) with hints of red berries (gooseberry). The flavors are frank, lively, and supple.
 
2017 Planeta Vittoria Frappato  $23
In the Mogli vineyard in southwest of Sicily, this native variety grows on ten acres of red sandy soil not far from the sea. Planeta’s Frappato is an aromatic red with notes of rose and candied violet and an elegant smoky tone, followed in the mouth with lots of red fruit with balsamic tones.
 
2016 Firriato, Trepani Chiaramonte Nero d’Avola $14
Nero d’Avola is a native Sicilian vine.  The unique characteristics of the Dàgala Borromeo estate where this varietal is grown, lends itself to shaping the wine’s complex aromatic profile from the sandy loam, alluvial soils.   
 
2015 Sella & Mosca, Canonnau di Sardnga Reserva $20 
Back to Sardinia, Sella & Mosca’s Cannonau is aged in oak barrels for at least six months then cellared for two years.  The wine has a mesmerizing scent, redolent of violets. It has a warm, dry, and harmonious palate with plumy fruit flavors and an aristocratic oak overtone.

Madrona Wine Merchants offers free wine tastings featuring 4-5 selections on a theme every Saturday from 2 until the bottles run out and on Sunday, we offer a mini-tasting of two wines all day from 11-5.

Organic French, and Corsica, of course

After our mini heat wave here in Madrona, things are back to usual.  Speaking of usual, we are going to have some great French Wines open for tasting this weekend at the wine shop.  Sometimes the same old same old is really perfect.

Saturday we are going all Organic:
2018 Château de Brézé, Clos de Midi $19
Chenin Blanc
2018 Domaine de la Graveirette, Ju de Vie Rose $12
60% Grenache, 40% Syrah
2018 La Bastide des Oliviers “Cuvée Classique” Rosé, $16
40% Cinsault, 30% Grenache, 15% Carignan, 15% Syrah
2017 Domaine Guillaume, Pinot Noir $18
2017 Domaine de la Graveirette, Côtes du Rhone $16
Grenache

Sunday, we catch a boat to Corsica.
2018 Vetriccie Ìle de Beauté Rosé  $10
40% Niellucciu, 30% Sciaccarella, 15% Grenache, 15% Merlot
A Corsican rosé with briny aromas, hint of fresh vanilla, fresh raspberry, cranberry with red and white currants notes. Crisp & fresh.
2016 Maestracci Clos Reginu  $15
35% Niellucciu, 30% Grencahe, 15% Sciaccerelu, 15% Syrah, 5% Mourvèdre
A complex blend from Corsica, lighter-bodied with smoky earthy undertones.

Madrona Wine Merchants offers free wine tastings featuring 4-5 selections on a theme every Saturday from 2 until the bottles run out and on Sunday, we offer a mini-tasting of two wines all day from 11-5.

Organic French

Saturday, June 15th, 2 pm

This Saturday we are going green with five organic wines for local importer Petit Monde.  All the wines are practicing organic, certified organic and/or biodynamic.  They are also all French and all delicious. 
 
2018 Château de Brézé, Clos de Midi $19
Chenin Blanc
From Saumur in the Loire region the Clos de Midi shows great acidity combined with a delicate, chalky texture.  It has aromas of honey, dried exotic fruits, herbal tea and sweet lemon. Although this wine is 100% Chenin Blanc, it bears the freshness of a young Sancerre, the soft richness of Chablis, but with the unmistakable charm of Chenin Blanc.
 
2018 Domaine de la Graveirette, Ju de Vie Rose. $12
60% Grenache, 40% Syrah
This Biodynamic winery is nestled between the towns of Orange, Avignon, and Carpentras with the Dentelles de Montmirail and Mont Ventoux to the east and the hills of Châteauneuf-du-Pape to the west.  Their fresh and full rosé is a big easy drinking crowd pleaser.
 
2018 La Bastide des Oliviers “Cuvée Classique” Rosé,  $16
40% Cinsault, 30% Grenache, 15% Carignan, 15% Syrah
The Mourlan family has organically farmed their 10 acres of vines certified by Ecocert since for two generations.  They built a modern cellar in 2000, equipped with thermoregulated steel tanks, allowing a perfect sanitary condition to make a sulfite free wine.  Their light rosé has true Provence style, dry and crisp with tangerine and citrus flavors that are powerful and elegant at the same time.
 
2017 Domaine Guillaume, Pinot Noir  $18
Vignoble Guillaume’s gorgeous, soil-driven 2017 Pinot Noir gleams a transparent garnet color from the bowl followed by aromas of earthy cranberries, geranium, rhubarb, and soft limestone minerals. Brisk acidity and savory tannins frame the wine’s crunchy core of red Pinot fruit, which transitions mid-palate to reveal fascinating suggestions of blood oranges, Earl Grey tea, and damp, calcareous earth. Fine tannins sneak in as the wine finishes crisp and crunchy, with layers of bright red berry and cherry fruit lifted by a persistent clay-limestone mineral undercurrent.
 
2017 Domaine de la Graveirette, Côtes du Rhone  $16
Grenache
A lot of wine for the money, Graveirette’s Côtes du Rhone is full and chewy, with firm tannins. It has lots of earth, meat, garrigue, pepper, and spice but also clean and pure with bright raspberry and black cherry fruit.  And it is biodynamic.

Madrona Wine Merchants offers free wine tastings featuring 4-5 selections on a theme every Saturday from 2 until the bottles run out and on Sunday, we offer a mini-tasting of two wines all day from 11-5.

From Spain To Oregon

After a few grey days, the sun is supposed to return this weekend in Madrona.  Here at the wine shop we have tasty wines to match the pleasant weather.

Saturday we are sipping in Spain with five great Spanish values open to taste.
2017 Pazo Señorans, Albariño  $20
2018 Borsao Rosé  $9
2017 Carlos Serres, Old Vine Tempranillo  $11
2016 Espelt Old Vine Garnacha   $12

2016 Mas Doix, Les Crestes Priorat  $25

Sunday we have a pair of wines from Haden Fig in the heart of Oregon’s Willamette Valley.  Haden Fig is one of the shops favorite Oregon Producers. 
2014 Haden Fig Chardonnay $20
A fresh, lively style of Chardonnay from the cool climate of Willamette Valley. Mouthwatering flavors of white grapefruit and green apple with bright acidity.
2014 Haden Fig Willamette Valley Pinot Noir  $20
Comprised of 50% Cancilla Vineyard, 25% Croft Vineyard, and 25% Bjornson Vineyard. Though 2014 was a warm growing season, the WV bottling is showing tremendous restraint and complexity. Dark fruit is mixed with bright cherry and raspberry, sweet damp forest and juicy acidity. Organic

Madrona Wine Merchants offers free wine tastings featuring 4-5 selections on a theme every Saturday from 2 until the bottles run out and on Sunday, we offer a mini-tasting of two wines all day from 11-5.

Spanish Summer

Saturday, June 8th, 2pm

This Saturday we’re sipping some summery Spanish wines to start the coming season.  We’ll be tasting some old vines with great value.  Come join us.

2017 Pazo Señorans, Albariño  $20
From the Rias Baixas zone of Gallicia, on the northwest coast of Spain, Pazo Señorans lies in close proximity to the sea on acidic, sandy soils created by the natural decomposition of the granitic bedrock below.  The Pazo takes Albarino to a whole new level. The wine is wonderfully perfumed with round viscous body packed with a cornucopia of citrus flavors.

2018 Borsao Rosé  $9
Garnacha
This crisp and lush Rosé from the Campo de Borja DO in northeastern Spain  a historic region that has produced wine since the late 12th century where the continental climate is mitigated by the “Cierzo” wind that cools the vineyards.  This Rosé has aromas of berries and white flowers. It is very young and fresh in the mouth, well balanced with its acidity, rich in floral nuances and spices with hints of tangerine and Asian pear.

2017 Carlos Serres, Old-Vine Tempranillo  11
The Tempranillo grapes for this wine were selected by the winemaker from their growers’ best sources of old vines, ones that are 50+ years old and in some of the best terroirs around Haro in La Rioja. The wine has aromas of fresh, red and black fruit, licorice and vanilla notes. In the mouth the fruit is intense and long, and also finishes with fresh acidity.

2016 Espelt Old Vine Garnacha   $12
The Garnacha from Espelt comes from their highest elevation vineyard, Rabós, tucked in the Albera Nature Reserve Area. These are the oldest vines on the property with centenary Garnacha Negra grows on sandy slate and granite soils which give the wine depth of minerality and complexity.

2016 Mas Doix, Les Crestes Priorat  $25
80% Grenache, 10% Carignan, 10% Syrah
A third of the grapes for Les Crestes come from vineyards of more than 50 years-old, and the rest come from vineyards with an average of 15-20 years-old. The wine is aged for eight months in two-year-old French barrels. The wine is unfined and unfiltered. Pure and freshly fruited, with wonderfully bright, expressive wild berry fruit flavors, this is a wine with balanced acidity, supple tannins, and true Priorat character with earthy, dark fruits, orange peel, chocolate, leather, cumin, and general freshness.

Madrona Wine Merchants offers free wine tastings featuring 4-5 selections on a theme every Saturday from 2 until the bottles run out and on Sunday, we offer a mini-tasting of two wines all day from 11-5.

Delicious Domestics

June has arrived here in Madrona with grey skies in the mornings and sunny afternoons.  Perfect days for trying a few wines.  This weekend we are practicing for more Trumps tariffs by drinking  domestic wines.  Come get prepared with us.

Saturday we are tasting 5 wines from Dry Creek Vineyard.  The winery is in Dry Creek in Sonoma, but they have a different picture of a boat on each of their labels.  Something to think about as you drink their very tasty wine.
2017 Dry Creek Chenin Blanc – $13
2017 Dry Creek Sauvignon Blanc – $17
2013 Dry Creek Merlot – $19
2016 Dry Creek Cabernet Sauvignon – $24
2017 Dry Creek Heritage Zinfandel – $18

Sunday we have two
Domestic Deals from Napa & Sonoma.
2017 Kivelstadt Cellars The Family Secret  Sauvingon Blanc
$15
From a small Sonoma winemaker with an old world sensiblity, this wine is a composite of two styles of Sauvignon Blanc. The 50% in barrels bring texture and depth, which is balanced by a racy zing from the stainless tank. Was $19 now $15
2016 Meadowcroft Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon $20
Dark, ripe berries with a hint of toasted oak aromas lead into dark chocolate and cassis flavors that shine through the structured, mouthfilling tannins that are silky and plush. This is sure to improve with age; best now through 2025. Was $30 now $20

Madrona Wine Merchants offers free wine tastings featuring 4-5 selections on a theme every Saturday from 2 until the bottles run out and on Sunday, we offer a mini-tasting of two wines all day from 11-5.

Dry Creek Vineyards

Saturday, June 1st, 2pm

Dry Creek Vineyard was founded in 1972 in what is now the Dry Creek Valley AVA in Sonoma County, located northwest of the town of Healdsburg.  The valley is formed by Dry Creek, a tributary of the Russian River. Before their arrival, the Dry Creek Valley was little more than a few family farms and prune orchards.  The estate now farms 185 acres.   The make a high-quality California wine without the high Napa prices.  Come taste a selection of their wines with us this Saturday.
 
2017 Dry Creek Chenin Blanc – $13
At first swirl, aromatics of honeydew melon, white peach and Meyer lemon spring forward from the glass with notes of orange blossom, honeysuckle and chamomile. On the palate, the wine is refreshing with flavors of lemon, pear and mango with a hint of green apple. The mouthfeel is lively but rich and has a subtle creaminess.
 
2017 Dry Creek Sauvignon Blanc – $17
76% Sauvignon Blanc, 15% Sauvignon Musqué, 9% Sauvignon Gris 
The Sauvignon Musqué and Sauvignon Gris adds a layer of depth and a fleshy, full-bodied mouthfeel. This wine presents tropical aromas of pineapple, passionfruit, melon and candied lemon. On the palate, flavors of lemon curd, guava, tangerines and nectarine come through with a slightly creamy, but lively finish. Small amounts of chestnut, acacia and French oak barrels add additional character and nuance.
 
2013 Dry Creek Merlot – $19
85% Merlot 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc
The 2013 vintage was “cool” in every sense of the word. A very mild summer and a crisp fall allowed the grapes to ripen slowly and fully.  The resulting wine is showing lively spices and ripe berry nuances. Aromas of red cherry, dried flowers and pepper fill the senses. The palate is full of wonderful fruity complexity, combining a mixture of red plum, black cherry and red cherry. There’s a spicy undertone and the tannins are silky and smooth.
 
2016 Dry Creek Cabernet Sauvignon – $24
78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec, 2% Petit Verdot
The Cabernet Sauvignon displays lively aromatics of black cherry, black currant and dried blueberry. Additional airing reveals nuances of dried Herbes de Provence, cola, leather and black olive. The palate is full-bodied and rich with elegant flavors of black currant and dried cranberry with notes of cocoa powder, espresso, nutmeg and cedar. The wine is fruit-forward and youthful, with fine tannins and a finish of black and white pepper.

2017 Dry Creek Heritage Zinfandel – $18

77% Zinfandel, 21% Petite Sirah, 2% Carignane
This Zinfandel presents enticing aromatics of dried cranberry and boysenberry with hints of cocoa powder, nutmeg, dried sage and cedar. On the palate, brambly flavors of blackberry and black cherry come forward with bright acidity complimented by deeper notes of dark chocolate, espresso and black pepper. The tannins are silky and smooth to lend a round, rich mouthfeel. From start to finish, this wine offers refreshing acidity paired with excellent structure and a round, rich mouthfeel.

Madrona Wine Merchants offers free wine tastings featuring 4-5 selections on a theme every Saturday from 2 until the bottles run out and on Sunday, we offer a mini-tasting of two wines all day from 11-5.

Long Weekend

It is a 3-day weekend here in Madrona.  Swing by the wine shop and stock up for the extra activities.  We are pouring French wines all weekend. Don’t miss the chance to have a taste. The sun is supposed to reemerge on Sunday so don’t forget the rosé!

Saturday we are tasting 4 single varietals from the French countryside.  They range from the familiar (Sauvignon Blanc & Pinot Noir) to the more unusual (Aligoté &Duras).  And we are throwing in a Bordeaux Blend just because.
2017 Domaine Giraudon, Bourgogne Aligoté  $15
2017 Domaine Girard,  Sancerre  $23
Sauvignon Blanc
2016 Domaine Girard, Sancerre Rouge  $22
Pinot Noir
2017 Domaine Philemon,  Croix de la Bouscarié  $14
100% Duras
2016 Chateau Platon, Bordeaux  $13

Sunday We are pouring 2 southern French wines from Bonpas–a white Luberon and a red Côtes du Rhône.
2017 Légende de Bonpas Blanc  $13
50% Grenache Blanc, 20% Bourboulenc, 20% Clairette, 10% Vermentino
Luberon
While the nose is demure, the palate of this medium-bodied white offers loads of fresh white grapefruit, peach and apricot flavors. It’s fresh and fruity yet edged by veins of salt and chalk.
2017 Légend de Bonpas Rouge  $15
Grenache, Syrah,  and Mourvèdre
Côtes du Rhône
Deep ruby-red. Expressive, with notes of fresh red fruit. Flavors of mild spices, black olives and stone fruits. Ample and supple, with velvety tannins.

Madrona Wine Merchants offers free wine tastings featuring 4-5 selections on a theme every Saturday from 2 until the bottles run out and on Sunday, we offer a mini-tasting of two wines all day from 11-5.

Pure French

Saturday, May 25th, 2pm

This Saturday’s lineup focuses on pure varietals from the French countryside.  They range from the familiar (Sauvignon Blanc & Pinot Noir) to the more unusual (Aligoté &Duras).  And we are throwing in a Bordeaux Blend just because of its good value.  Come taste with us.

2017 Domaine Giraudon, Bourgogne Aligoté  $15
Aligoté  is the other white grape o Burgundy. Marcel Giraudon has six of his 18.5 hectares planted to the grape. The wine goes through a malo-lactic fermentation which adds a lovely middle palate to its vibrant fruity and mineral qualities.  Its crisp, refreshing and offers an off the beaten path alternative as your go-to.
 
2017 Domaine Girard,  Sancerre  $23
Sauvignon Blanc
All Sauvignon Blanc from a small 2.5 hectare parcel. No oak at play here as Msr Girard keeps it crispy and fresh allowing the chalky, limestone soils to shine. The wine is full of stony, citrusy white fruits with a touch of floral lift and that super taut minerality that lingers and washes the palate. 
 
2016 Domaine Girard, Sancerre Rouge  $22
Pinot Noir
Sancerre is known for its Sauvignon Blanc but it also grows some great Pinot Noir as well.  The Girard is more friendly than Burgundy, and more pure pinot character than Oregon.

2017 Domaine Philemon,  Croix de la Bouscarié  $14
100% Duras
Domaine Philémon has been run by the Vieules family since 1804 in the
Gaillac region of southwest France.  Their vineyards are certified organic.  This pure Duras is a robust red with a distinct peppery note. 
 
2016 Chateau Platon, Bordeaux  $13
Jean-Francois Meynard and Christelle Gauthier farm 10 hectares of vineyards that have been in Christelle’s family since 1907.  The vineyards are planted with 65% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Malbec. With vines over 40 years old, grapes have excellent richness and flavor intensity of blueberry and cassis with dashes of plum, loamy earth and velvety tannins.

Madrona Wine Merchants offers free wine tastings featuring 4-5 selections on a theme every Saturday from 2 until the bottles run out and on Sunday, we offer a mini-tasting of two wines all day from 11-5.

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