Mother’s Day

Mom needs a glass (or two) of wine for all you have put them through….and we are here until 6PM tonight to help you.

Mark and Jim

Pet Nat

Petillant Naturel, aka “Pet Nat,” is a traditional method of producing sparkling wine where the wine is bottled prior to the completion of primary fermentation without adding additional sugar and the fermentation finishes in the bottle. No disgorgement and no dosage they are cloudy and have extra yeasty flavors.  Here are two we currently have at the shop.

Moutard, Pet Mout  $14
Chardonnay
Made by our best selling Champagne maker Motard.  The Pet Mout has fine bubbles.  The aromas of citrus fruits, floral and mineral go very well with freshness and elegance in mouth in addition to an acidity which allows balance between aromatic power and softness.  Fun summer wine.
12% alcohol by volume

2020 Lunaria, Ancestrale (Pet Nat) Sparkling Brut  $20
Pinot Grigio
A “Pet-nat”from Abruzzo made with native yeast and no added sugar. Brut Nature.  The Lunaria has a beautiful cloudy pink color and aromas and favors of strawberries, ripe pear, and apple. Lees contact creates complexity and aromatic intensity.  Biodynamic
12% alcohol by volume

Our Current Hours

Wednesday-Sunday, Noon-6PM

Crisp and Spicy

We’ve picked up some great deals recently on Grüner Veltliner and DRY Riesling From Austria and Germany.  These wines are great with Asian food or just sipping by themselves on a sunny afternoon where the lower alcohol makes them deliciously refreshing. If you want a bit of comparison, check out the Oregon equivalents from Teutonic Wine Company or Balboa’s Washington State Grüner.

Riesling

2016 Weingut Neiss Riesling Trocken  $15
A crisp Riesling from the Phalz. dry, mineral, and chiseled. This wine is no exception and shows all the hallmarks of Riesling. From the petrol nose to a lime-zested, white flower, citrus fruit core.  12.5% alcohol by volume.  Was $19 Now $15

2018 Domãne Wachau Federspiel Terrassen Riesling  $15
Present and pronounced on the nose this wine displays stone fruit, delicate lime, and hints of ripe pear. On the palate there are flavors of juicy white peach and subtle hints of apricot. This wine is well balanced by a refined structure, very fresh, crisp and plush acidity.  12.5% alcohol by volume.  Was $23 Now $15

2016 Schloss Lieser, Riesling Estate Feinherb  $16
This medium-dry wine has aromas of fruit and slate that lead to a fresh and round palate with a salty finish. The native yeasts bring more complexity, more texture, but they don’t lose the clarity that makes the wines of the Mosel so special. Was $22 Now $16

2018 Domãne Wachau Federspiel Bruck Riesling  $18
From a very cool and stony gneiss spot in the Spitzer Graben, the Bruck Riesling shows a fine and aromatic and spicy bouquet of apricots and white blossoms mixed with 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.  Diesel lovers delight.  12.5% alcohol by volume.  Was $30 now $18

2016 Teutonic Wine Company Willamette Valley Riesling  $20
Wonderfully drinkable Riesling – very light and bright – honeysuckle notes.  Perfect sushi wine.  12.36% alcohol by volume

Grüner Veltliner

2019 Domãne Wachau Federspiel  Terrassen Grüner Veltliner  $12
Hand-picked  from  steeply  terraced vineyards  throughout  the  Wachau  valley. The Terrassen has aromas of green apple, white pepper, hints of mango, balanced with delicate herbal notes. This Federspiel is a traditional example of Grüner Veltliner with its medium-body crisp acidity, juicy fruits and white spice on the finish.  12.5% alcohol by volume.  Was $18 Now $12

2018 Domãne Wachau Federspiel Liebenberg Gruner Veltliner  $18
Liebenberg has a rather cool influence producing wines that are elegant and have subtle minerality. This wine shows hints of Golden Delicious apple, white peach, spicy notes of pepper and subtle hints of tropical fruit on the nose. The palate is pronounced with a salty character, juicy fruit and lively acidity that complement the long-lasting powerful mouthfeel.  12.5% alcohol by volume.  Was $30 Now$18

2018 Balboa Grüner Veltliner  $15
Exotic aromas of lime blossoms, crushed rocks, citrus and pink pepper corn with spicy floral notes. Bright acidity with flavors of lemon, lime and grapefruit leading into guava and fresh peach.  12.5% alcohol by volume.  Was $25 Now $15

2019 Teutonic Wine Company Grüner Veltliner  $24
Grüner Veltliner from Oregon.  Nice and rich, with bracing acidity to break things up. It smells like apples and briny sea spray. This wine is a bit tart but has a nice grip to it.  11.28% alcohol by volume

Our Current Hours

Wednesday-Sunday, 12-PM

Run for the Rosés

Kentucky Derby 147

The first Saturday in May

While the horses back east are competing for flowers, we have a full field of Rosés going head to head for weekend entertainment.  You can pick a favorite or go for the long shot.  There are no losers in this race.

2020 Rotaton Cellars Rosé  $10
Chenin Blanc with a dash of Syrah
A great little value rosé from Cali with a beautifully floral bouquet of budding roses. The palate confirms the nose with subtle floral aromas secondary to the wonderfully ripe peach and stone fruits which greet you upon the first sip.

 2020 Radley & Finch Cinsault Rosé  $12
100% Cinsault from Western Cape, South Africa with notes of strawberries and hint of lemon pith.  Soft and silky on palate, where ripe strawberries and hints of lemon continue with a touch of melon.  Organic

2020 Ferrandiere Grenache Gris Rosé  $13
From the foothills of the Pyrenees, this is a crisp and easy Rosé with aromas and flavors of thyme, sour cherries in greek yogurt, mint, and cashew nougat with a supple, crisp, light body and a sleek, breezy finish that presents notes of underripe watermelon.

2020 Quartre Tours Aix en Provence  Rosé Classique  $14
40% Grencahe, 15%Cinsault, 15% Syrah, 15% Cab Sauv
Fresh and delicate, with fruity notes (pomelo, green apple, red fruits) and a hint of spice.  Delightfully refreshing with flavors of red currants, strawberries and grapefruit.

2016 Castelmaur, Vin-Gris Corbieres Rosé  $14
80% Grenache, 10% Carignan, 10% Cinsault.
A classic Gris de Gris wine with salmon hues. Delicate strawberry nose, seamless and fine pointed. Still tasting great after 5 years.

2019 Corte Giacobbe Pinot Griggio Ramatto  $15
Freom Veneto, this Pinot Grigio, picks up its color from 12 hours masceration of it skins.  It is aged 3 months on it leas.  The wine has notes of tropical fruit, such as pineapple and heightened by subtle floral notes of spring wildflowers. Elegant and silky smooth on the palate. Is it a rosé?  Is it an Orange Wine?  Is it both?

 2020 Anne Amie, Rosé of Pinot Noir  $15
A Willamette Valley rosé with aromas of strawberry, orange blossom, citrus pith, wet stone.  The flavor has notes of rhubarb compote, marmalade, pink grapefruit, and honey.  Crisp and yummy.

2020 Chapoutier, Bila Haut Rosé  $15
Cinsault, Grenache
Red fruits, and gentle floral aromas with crisp mineral flavors with a hint of citrus in the lingering finish.

2018 Domaine Pélaquié, Tavel  Rive Droite Rosé  $18
60% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre, 20% Cinsault
Smooth, generous and fruity, with an amber-shaded color of incredible intensity.

2020 Domaine Des Annibals, VAR Rosé  $20
60% Cinsault, 30% Syrah, 10% Grenache
A classic Provence, striking in its depth as its exuberant nose of raspberry, lime, mint, and warm sand. Its organic viticulture and pedigree as the oldest winery in the appellation show on the unusually rich palate of strawberries and blueberries, with a crystalline minerality that lends freshness heading into the persistent red-berried finish. Not only is this legendary winery certified organic, they are now 100% solar powered!  Organic

2019 La Spinetta, Il Rosé di Casanova  $20
50% Sangiovese, 50% Prugnolo Gentile
Aromas of sliced peaches, flowers, stones and chalk very complex with full body and round yet agile and dynamic intensity, salty, linear, energetic backbone of acidity, great structure and lovely finish.

2018 Famille Bourgeous, Les Jeunes Vignes Sancere Rosé  $22
Pinot Noir
This refreshing, very fruity rosé will seduce you with its bouquet of ripe red fruits. It’s fresh and particularly well-balanced in structure and aromas.

Our Spring Hours

Wednesday-Sunday, Noon-6PM

Orange Wines

Orange wine is a type of wine made from white wine grapes where the grape skins are not removed, as in typical white wine production, and stay in contact with the juice for days or even months. This contrasts with conventional white wine production, which involves crushing the grapes and quickly moving the juice off the skins into the fermentation vessel. The skins contain color pigment, phenols and tannins that would normally be considered undesirable for white wines.  These wines have been described as robust and bold, with honeyed aromas of jackfruit (a fleshy tropical fruit), hazelnut, brazil nut, bruised apple, wood varnish, linseed oil, juniper, sourdough, and dried orange rind. On the palate, they’re big, dry.  Some of them are only slightly different from “Normal ” whites and some are very unusual.  And the degree is all a matter of taste. We’ve recently added a few new ones to our collection.  Here’s what we stock.

2019 Fratelli Cozza Figlia Della Notte, Pinot Grigio Ramato  $11
Ramato (Italian for “auburn” or “copper”) wines are produced by macerating Pinot Grigio grape must with its skins. The skins’ pink hue give the wines color.  Look for aromas baking spice, dried fruit, tropical fruit and herbs with good structure and tannin.

2019 Corte Giacobbe Pinot Griggio Ramatto  $15
From Veneto, this Pinot Grigio, picks up its color from 12 hours maceration of it skins.  It is aged 3 months on it leas.  The wine has notes of tropical fruit, such as pineapple and heightened by subtle floral notes of spring wildflowers. Elegant and silky smooth on the palate. Is it a rosé?  Is it an Orange Wine?  Is it both?

2018 L’Archetipo Litrotto Bianco  $20
Marchione, Verdeca Fiano, Falanghina
Scents of citrus, yellow fruits and aromatic herbs are wrapped in a marine and Mediterranean breath. The taste is fresh and delicate.  Organic/Biodynamic

2017 Mosmieri Kakhuri, Rkatsiteli  $15
From Georgia here is an affordable introduction to “Orange Wine”  Hand-harvested grapes are pressed and then macerated along with the seeds and skins in stainless tanks  for more than 5 months.  This amber colored wine has a delicate bouquet of fresh quince and dried fruits, with mild tannins, complimented with pleasant finish.

2018 Nine Oaks Rkatsiteli Orange Wine  $30
The grape Rkatsiteli is one Georgia’s most popular. A deep amber color with full-body, the wine expresses notes of pear skin and dried apricot, with savory layers of black tea, beer hops and peat. The tannins are noticeable and structured, and the fruit flavors will continue to evolve beautifully for hours after being opened.

2017 Viñedos Verticales Filitas Y Lutitas  $27
90% Moscatel, 10% Pedro Ximénez
A very aromatic, long skin contact wine.  Complex and very mineral, with notes of white flowers and subtle hints of sherry.  Organic

2018 Klet Brda Krasno  $20
40% Ribillo Gialla, 30% Malvasia, 30% Sauvigonnasse
Krasno is the highest village in Brda region of Slovenia, with a long wine tradition and an abundance of excellent sites.  This Orange Wine sits sur lie for 6 months.  The fresh and elegant white blend has an impressively mineral, full taste and delicate aromas of ripe white fruit, spices and wildflowers.

2017 Anatolikos Vineyards Orange Wine  $62
Malagousia and Asyrtiko are spontaneous fermented in amphora, in contact with the skins for 270 days.  The wine is aromatic with quince, honey and apricot aromas. Great balance on the palate with soft tannins relaxing the sweetness of the fruit.  Organic

Our Spring Hours

Wednesday-Sunday, Noon-6PM

Three Washington Cabernets

With Big Markdowns

We like Washington wines but often find that their prices don’t fit our everyday budgets.  But every so often we find a deal that matches up with Wednesday night burgers.  Right now we have three Washington Cabernets that use to sell for $20 and above but now we can offer at under $20.  If you see a favorite and want to order a full case you can take 15% off of that.

2015 Cougar Crest, Cabernet Sauvignon  $15
This Walla Walla estate grown Cab was allowed to thoroughly ripen on the vine, flavors of red currents, violets, herbs, pepper, and spice compliment a rich mouth feel. The finish is long with tobacco, caramel, and toast aromas.
Was $30 now $15

2015 Ashton Troy, Cabernet Sauvignon  $18
This Cabernet Sauvignon from the Columbia Valley AVA is rich and full-bodied, with an elegant tannin structure. It opens with aromas of black cherry, blackberry, and ripe plum and is followed by hints of spiciness and minerality.
Was $30 now $18

2017 Basel Cellars, Cabernet Sauvignon  $19
Columbia Valley AVA –The perfumy characteristics of this wine are immediately noticeable. Pretty notes of ripe blackberry, raspberry and plum bring out an expressive fruit element on the bouquet. Cigar box and warm leather intensify the aroma. This elegant Cabernet boasts sweet, red fruit in the mid-palate. Firm acid and integrated tannin build great structure in the mouthfeel.
Was $39 now $19

Our Spring Hours

Wednesday-Sunday, Noon-6PM

Good Deals and Big Scores

Here are a few new wines that rolled into the shop the past couple of weeks.  There is everything from a marked down Pinot Gris, to an unusual Slovenian Red, to some high scoring Barbaresco from Cantina del Pino (of which we get a very limited allocation).   In between them all there is a sure match for our changing Spring weather.
 
2017 Livon, Braide Grande     Pinot Grigio   $20
Highbrow single vineyard Pinot Grigio from Friuli  The wine has a bouquet of spices and flowers; on the palate it is dry, full-bodied, almost rough with an aftertaste with a note of nutmeg.  Was $32 now $20

2019 Domaine de l’Arfentière Mâcon Uchizy  $15
Chardonnay
From the Macon village of Uchizy in southern Burgundy. It is a fresh and juicy unoaked Chardonnay, with layers of apple, citrus and earth. Crisp and clean with a refreshing finish.

2019 Corte Giacobbe Pinot Griggio Ramatto  15
From Veneto, this Pinot Grigio, picks up its color from 12 hours maceration of it skins.  It is aged 3 months on its leas.  The wine has notes of tropical fruit, such as pineapple and heightened by subtle floral notes of spring wildflowers. Elegant and silky smooth on the palate. Is it a rosé?  Is it an Orange Wine?  Is it both?

2019 Domaine Alexandre Cady Anjou Rouge  $18
Cabernet Franc
Here is a satisfying Loire red designed for the summer. It has bright aromas recalling freshly picked, ripe red fruits. This is a juicy, supple wine, which could be enjoyed gently chilled.  Organic

2019 Krasno Goriska Brda Red  $15
40% Cabernet Franc, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot
From Slovenia, this blend is a distinctly mineral authentic wine with a character only found in the Goriška Brda region. Notes of bramble and red cherries followed by a grassy note. the taste is medium-bodied, boasts a gentle texture and a quite long finish. 
 
2018 G.D. Vajra Langhe Rosso  $17
Predominately Nebbiolo, Barbera and Dolcetto with smaller quantities of Freisa, Albarossa, Pinot Noir.
Intense and rich on the nose, it is both concentrated and harmonious: flowers and fruits to give way to hay, tobacco, spices. Bright summer berries on the palate with graphite veins lead to the discovery of a series of sensations.

2018 Bettini Rosso di Valtellina  $17
Nebbiolo
A great value from Upper Piedmont.  This Neb has a light dusty nose of well-aged red fruit followed by a medium palate of cherry, earth and touches of dried flowers. The refreshing finish shows balanced acids, grainy tannins, and light tar notes. Definitely a wine for Pinot lovers!

2016 Cantina del Pino, Barbaresco  $40
Nebbiolo
The 2016 Barbaresco is a knock-out. And it is, for lack of a better word, the entry-level wine in this range. Freshly cut flowers, mint, cinnamon, red berry fruit and orange zest are some of the notes that lift from a Barbaresco that is all class. There is plenty of structure, but the purity of the fruit is so striking that the tannins are not especially noticeable. The 2016 is a stunning wine,  –95pts Vinous.

2016 Cantina del Pino, Orvello Barbaresco  $55
Nebbiolo
Their single-vineyard Cru, the Orvello is rich and sumptuous, even in aroma. Cherry, raspberry, currant and rose flavors abound, shaded by iron, tobacco and hints of wild juniper and thyme. Balanced and firmly structured, with a long, detailed and mouthwatering finish. Best from 2023 through 2040. — 96pts Wine Spectator

Our Spring Hours

Wednesday-Sunday, Noon-6PM

Fresh Rosé & Spritzy Vinho Verde

t’s going to be a warm weekend here in Madrona.  Fortunately, the new crop of Rosé is starting to trickle in, and we are stocked up on Vinho Verde.  Both are perfect for afternoon sipping.  Get that sunscreen on and enjoy the weather.

2020 Rosé

2020 Rezabal, Txakoli Rezabal Rosé  $15
Hondarrabi Belza
This vivacious rose from the Basque region in northern Spain has lip-smacking acidity, wild strawberry, sea salt and fresh grapefruit impressions that make for a delicious thirst quencher. 10.5% alcohol by volume

2020 Breca, Rosé  $10
Garnacha
An elegant rosé made from this 100% Garnacha de Aragón, characterized by delicate fresh, lively, floral aromas with flavors of strawberries and pomegranate with a smooth creamy mouthfeel..

2020 G.D. Vajra, Rosa Bella Rosado  $15
Nebbiolo, with small amounts of Barbera and Dolcetto.
2020 Rosabella is floral on the nose, with roses, pomegranate and cherry and
shows a mineral imprint in the mouthfeel.  12.5% alcohol by volume

2020 Quartre Tours, Aix en Provence  Rosé Classique  $14
40% Grencahe, 15%Cinsault, 15% Syrah, 15% Cab Sauv
Fresh and delicate, with fruity notes (pomelo, green apple, red fruits) and a hint of spice.  Delightfully refreshing with flavors of red currants, strawberries and grapefruit.  13% alcohol by volume

2020 Anne Amie, Rosé of Pinot Noir  $15
A Willamette Valley rosé with aromas of strawberry, orange blossom, citrus pith, wet stone.  The flavor has notes of  rhubarb compote, marmalade, pink grapefruit, honey.  Crisp and yummy. 13.4% alcohol by volume

Vinho Verde

Ponte da Barca Este, Vinho Verde  $9
A fuller Vinho Verde than most.  The wine has lemon zest and herbs on the nose. Clean, light citrus on the palate along with a slight spritz on the tongue.  11% alcohol by volume

2019 Adega de Moncã, Vinho Verde  $10
Alvarinho and Trajadura
There is a small amount of CO2 in the wine, and it has a ripe, aromatic nose but it is bone dry on the palate and finishes very clean. The wines from this northerly sub-region are generally considered to be a little more ripe and complex than the classic Vinho Verde style.  12% alcohol by volume

2019 Vera, Vinho Verde  $10
60% Arinto, 30% Azal, 10% Loureiro
100% estate fruit, estate bottled, low RS and a very light carbonation.  The wine is clean, lively flavors of lime, ripe pink and yellow grapefruit.  Bring on the sunshine.  12.5% alcohol by volume

Our Spring Hours

Wednesday to Sunday, Noon to 6PM

Sunshine Sipping

We have a stretch of nice weather ahead this week.  It’s time to find that place on your porch, patio or garden to sip a little wine, soak up some sun and shake off the winter mold.  Here’s a few suggestions to accompany your weekend.

Aval Artisanal Gold Cidre  $3.50  12 oz can
Combines 5 varieties of apples exclusively from Breton, representing the 4 main categories of apple (bitter, sweet, bittersweet and acidic). This unique blend gives the drink a crisp and citrusy taste. It’s the perfect balance between subtle sweetness and refreshing bitterness.  6% alcohol by volume

2019 Vera Vinho Verde  $10
60% Arinto, 30% Azal, 10% Loureiro
00%estate fruit, estate bottled, low RS and a very light carbonation.  The wine is clean, lively flavors of lime, ripe pink and yellow grapefruit.  Bring on the sunshine.  12.5% alcohol by volume

2018 Palazzo Malgara Inzolia  $12
A crisp and refreshing Sicilian White.  Aromas of white flowers and lemon citrus.  The palate is full with good structure, and notes of subtle herbs, kiwi and lemon fruit.  Good match for shellfish or sunshine.  13% alcohol by volume

2016 Weingut Neiss Riesling Trocken  $15
A crisp Riesling from the Phalz. dry, mineral, and chiseled. This wine is no exception and shows all the hallmarks of Riesling. From the petrol nose to a lime-zested, white flower, citrus fruit core.  12.5% alcohol by volume   Was $19 now $15

2018 Domaine des Forges Chenin de Loire  $14
Chenin de Loire is from St. Aubin de Luigne, in the south of the Loire Valley, where the vines are low yielding and are on a base of some of the finest schist soils to be found in the region. Lively aromas of fresh Golden Delicious apples, and some floral characteristics. Beautifully fresh and crisp on the palate, with apple crispness and a lingering and vibrant finish.

2018 Massimo Bassani Isola Augusta Fruili Chardonnay  $15
Refreshing Friuli Chard with aromas of  fine dry bread crust. The palate is dry, soft, full bodied and well structured.  13% alcohol by volume

2014 Marques de Caceres Antea Rioja Bianco  $15
93% Viura, 7% local Malvasía
This limited edition white wine, fermented on its fine lees, in new oak barrels,  reveals an intense and complex  bouquet  of  apples  and  white  peaches  with  a  depth  of  mature  pears  and  refined  toasted  notes.  13% alcohol by volume

2020 G.D. Vajra Rosa Bella Rosado  $15
Nebbiolo, with small amounts of Barbera and Dolcetto.
2020 Rosabella is floral on the nose, with roses, pomegranate and cherry and shows a mineral imprint in the mouthfeel.  12.5% alcohol by volume

2017 Palazzo Malgara Negroamaro Puglia  $12
From the region of Puglia near the town of Lecce Intense dark red color, aromas of liquorice and cinnamon, dry, velvet flavor of mixed fruits and herbs with a pleasant aftertaste of liquorice and raspberry.  13% alcohol by volume

2018 Luigi Bosca Lujan de Cuyo DOC Malbec  $20
Intense violet color with aromas of cherry and ripe plum. Spiced, with mocha and blackberry hints. Gracefully sweet, with a persistent, delicate perfume and an elegant structure.

2015 Poblets del Montsant   $24
75% Grenache, 10% Carignan, 10% Syrah, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
From the neighboring Do of Priorat, comes this rich red wine.  Red fruits on the nose evolve to a more spicy, balsamic, toasty character and great freshness. Full and rich in the mouth showing hints of oak and a delightful spiciness. The tannins are present but not overbearing. A delightful, elegant Montsant with a fresh and persistent finish.

Our Spring Hours

Wednesday-Sunday, Noon to 6PM

Grab the Wine by the Horn

Cowhorn Vineyard

Cowhorn Vineyard is located in the Applegate Valley in southern Oregon, just a few miles north of the California border. They grow about 25 acres are planted to wine grapes growing grape varieties historically associated with the Rhône wine region of France.  They are certified Biodynamic.  Their wine is all estate grown with the winery is about 100 feet from the vineyard.

Due to the vagaries of distribution we picked up a bit of these two wines at a great discount. Come check them out.

2017 Cowhorn Spiral 360  $15
30% Viognier, 40% Marsanne, 30% Roussanne
Rich fruit flavors of apricot and mango take lead and are rounded out by notes of honey and ginger. The French oak influence is apparent in this wine’s opulence and the subtle notes of baking spice on the finish. This wine is food friendly, but our favorite way to enjoy it is on the patio after a long summer day.  Natural Biodynamic. Was $25 now $15

2016 Cowhorn Marsanne/Roussanne  $15
64% Marsanne, 36% Roussanne
From Applegate Oregon, this Rhone style blend is fresh and lively 5 years from harvest.  Test tasted on an early April afternoon in the garden.  Full bodied and built of lush apple, apricot and peach flavors. Touches of fruit skin flavors add depth and texture.  Natural Biodynamic. Was $30 Now $15

Our Spring Hours

Wednesday-Sunday, Noon-6PM