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Châteauneuf du Pape

Library Wines


Just in time for the holidays we have received a few bottles of older vintages from Château de Beaucastel, one of most renowned Châteauneuf makers.  Looking for a special bottle for a present, for that over the top dinner, or just looking to fill a hole or two in the cellar?  This might be for you. 

Buy one of each vintage

and take $52 off (that’s 10%)


2003 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf du Pape  $130
Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf du Pape delivers a surprisingly fresh profile, yet ten years after the vintage, it is entering the early stages of maturity. Loaded with red and black currants, iron, beef blood, rolled stone, and garrigue on the nose, with no roasted fruit or over ripeness, it shines on the palate with excellent depth and richness. Medium to full-bodied, supple and integrated, with plenty of ripe fruit, it should continue to evolve for a handful of years.  WA 90pts.

2006 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf du Pape  $130
Its dense plum/ruby/purple color is followed by a big, sweet perfume of black truffles, camphor, earth, incense, new saddle leather, and loads of peppery, blackberry, and herb-infused, meaty, black cherry fruit. Deep, full-bodied, and dense, with sweet tannin, this explosively rich Châteauneuf is a stronger effort than the 2005, 2004, or 2003.  WA 95pts

2009 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf du Pape  $130
Made from this estate’s classic blend, it possesses soft tannins as well as a silky, open-knit seductiveness, a dense plum/purple color and a beautiful perfume of smoky Provencal herbs intermixed with grilled steak juices, garrigue, kirsch and blue as well as black fruits. The wine is full-bodied, unctuously textured, and silky smooth (the latter characteristic being somewhat atypical for a young Beaucastel WA 94pts

2012 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf du Pape  $130
the 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape offers a full-bodied, decadent style to go with awesome black and blue fruits, garrigue, licorice, crushed flowers and violets. The purity here is truly something, and it has fabulous mid-palate concentration, building tannin and massive texture. Given all of the fruit and texture here, it will no doubt drink well in its youth, but it should still be alive and kicking after two decades as well.  96pts WA

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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.

Brighten Up the Weekend

It is a grey December here in Madrona.  But here at the wine shop we have somethings lined up to brighten your weekend.  Make a space in your plans to stop in and add a little glow to the grey.

Saturday, all the way from the Willamette Valley we have winemaker Chris Berg of Roots Wine Co. in the shop to show off his wines.  Stop by after 2 and meet the maker.
2018 Roots Sparkling Rosé $19
2017 Roots Estate Pinot Gris $16
2017 Roots Cancilla Vineyard Chardonnay $22
2018 “Klee” Pinot Noir $19
2017 Roots Crosshairs Cuveé Pinot Noir $22

Sunday, we are taking a trip back in time.  It has been 15 years since the movie Sideways first trashed Merlot drinkers, yet we still find Merlot much maligned (and very unfairly so.)  This Sunday we’ll tray and right that by pouring two Merlots that break the stereotype.  
 
2015 Cotarella Sodale Lazio Merlot  $16
Sodale is composed of 100% Merlot.  These Merlot vines thrive on the calcium-rich, volcanic soils of Montefiascone in Lazio.  Sodale is redolent with inky black fruit, sweet spice, and mineral- all of which are woven together tightly with a degree of finesse that calls its revered cousin, Montiano, to mind. On the palate the wine is juicy yet structured with abundant tannin that is polished and supple in texture.

2010 Masciarelli Marina Cvetic Merlot  $20
Founded by Abruzzo native Gianni Masciarelli in 1981, Masciarelli and its wines have become the standard-bearer for the Abruzzo region   The Marina Cvetic is intensely dark color, virtually black; dark fruits, earth on somewhat subdued nose; massive red cherry, blackberry, red plum, raspberry on the palate.  This is really big for a merlot, more tannin and grip than you expect A year in new French oak delivers vanilla but thankfully not huge oak; drying finish that extends significantly. This is not a mild, gentrified merlot, but a big, dark red wine.  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.

Roots Wine Company

with winemaker Chris Berg

Saturday, December 7th, 2pm

In 1999, the Berg family planted seven acres of mostly Pinot Noir on the 20-acre property near Yamhill in the Willamette Valley. In 2002, they picked their first harvest of a whopping three tons, which were made into 72 cases of Pinot Noir.  Today, Roots produces approximately 5,000 cases annually.  Besides their estate fruit they also source from neighboring vineyards in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA.  While Pinot Noir is the main focus, they also make an estate Pinot Gris and a Chardonnay sourced from Cancilla Vineyard.  Stop by on Saturday when winemaker Chris Berg will be with us showing off his creations.
 
2018 Roots Sparkling Rosé $19
Chris’s pinot noir sparkler pulls off the complicated juggling act of being both delicious and affordable.
 
2017 Roots Estate Pinot Gris $16
This is a well-made Oregon Pinot Gris whose lush mouthfeel bursts with flavors of ripe pear and sweet orange blossom and then finishes with a distinct minerality.
 
2017 Roots Cancilla Vineyard Chardonnay $22
Oregon seems made for Chardonnay. 
 
2018 “Klee” Pinot Noir $19
In homage to one of winemaker/owner Chris Berg’s favorite artists, Klee is named for the famous Baus Haus artist Paul Klee.  The 2018 is vibrant and layered; the hallmarks of Oregon Pinot are all here: dark/sour cherry, plum, cola, soil, delicate body, bright acid, fine tannins. Remarkably complex at a great price
 
2017 Roots Crosshairs Cuveé Pinot Noir $22
This wine is made from grapes sourced from Roots Estate Vineyard (35%), as well as the following Yamhill-Carlton AVA sites: Saffron Fields (30%), Fairsing (20%) and Yamhill Springs (15%). All are meticulously farmed and utilize sustainable methods.  The wine ages for 17 months in barrel with 15% being new French oak. 

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.

Holiday Hours

Just a reminder that we are now open Tuesdays through the end of the year. Until the end of the year, our hours are:

Tuesday to Friday – 12 to 7pm
Saturday – 11-7pm
Sunday – 11-5pm

Additionally, we will be open Monday, December 23rd from 12-7, Tuesday the 24th from 12-5pm, closed Christmas Day. Also, for New Year’s week we will be open Monday, December 30th from 12-7, Tuesday from 12-5pm, closed New Year’s Day.

May the season be merry for one and all.

Sustenance for the Holidays

Saturday, November 30th, 2pm

December is here and we need a little sustenance to make it through til the New Year. So of course we contacted Bill Meyer of Sustenance Distributing to come pour some wines to get you through the holiday season. He’ll be in the shop this Saturday sharing his wares. Come and taste some real holiday winners.
 
Pascal Ponson 1er Cru Champagne $39
80% Pinot Meunier, 10% Pinot Noir, 10% Chardonnay
Pascal Ponson is a small grower producer from Montagne de Reims. His Brut has rich and creamy aromas of red and yellow apple, quince, lemon blossom, white mushroom, honeysuckle, hazelnut, and delicate purple flowers are woven around a strong core of mineral notes. There is a lot of complexity here for the price.
2017 Dauvissat Petit Chablis $20
Chardonnay
Made from Vincent Dauvissat’s outlier vines located above Les Clos, on limestone soils, this wine has good focus and minerality with some of the savory complexity that’s the domain’s hallmark. It is very rich with classic notes of white flowers, citrus zest and struck flint over its silky fruit.
2007 Becker Landgraf Riesling, Gau-Odernheimer Trocken $24
Julia trained as a chartered engineer, Johannes as an oenologist, subsequently making the wines at his parents’ estate in Rheingau. In 2005 they married, and Johannes joined Julia in running her family estate in Gau-Odernheim. They dry-farm with as little intervention as possible, using only organic fertilizer, and interspersing green fallow plots in the vineyards. Their vineyard sites are distinctive, but are essentially calcareous clay. This aged Riesling has a pure, mineral driven Riesling notes accompanied by all the secondary note that only age provides.
2016 Edmond Monnot Maranges Les Saugeot $26
Pinot Noir
After taking over his father’s estate, Stephan Monnot built a new winery on the steep hillside below the family home designed to facilitate all movement of the wine by gravity for a more gentle journey from press to fermentation tank to barrel. His wines offer a great ratio of price to quality. This Maranges shows hints of pine and earth, mingled with tangy cherries and silky tannins on the finish. Drinking great now.
2015Domaine de la Gonorderie, Anjou Rouge $16
Cabernet Franc
Domaine de la Gonorderie is a 30-hectare. Family-owned and operated winery located only 15km away from Angers. Their Cab franc is a light bodied red, with soft red berry aromas, a fresh acidity and mineral finish. It is great for any occasion.

Sunday we’ll be pouring a pair from Piedmonte.  Both ore on special for $12
2012 Tacchino Dolcetto d’ Ovada  $12
Ripe, clean, fragrant strawberry-raspberry-scented wine with dusty tannins and brisk acidity. On the palate it is dry, medium-bodied, well balanced, with plenty of fruitiness. 13% alcohol by volume. Was $22 now $12
2016 Cantine Valpane Rosso Pietro  $12
Barbera di Monferrato
A deep, earthy fruit nose and a palate loaded with bright, spicy Barbera fruit and smooth tannins followed by a deliciously perfumed finish.  Was $15 now $12

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.

Thanksgiving Day

We’re

OPEN

Thanksgiving Day

11am-3pm


For Those Last-Minute Wine Emergencies
(like Mom got into the Dinner Wine last night)

Holiday Hours

Starting today we’ll be open Tuesdays from Noon until 7pm through New Year’s Eve.

This Thursday, Thanksgiving, we will be open from 11am to 3pm for those last-minute wine panics.

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone,

Mark & Jim
Madrona Wine Merchants.

Countdown to T-day

We are counting the days to Thanksgiving here in Madrona this weekend.  Stop on in and get something to go with the holiday meal.  We’ll be tasting some pairing suggestions if you need some inspiration. Starting this Tuesday we will be OPEN on Tuesdays from here through New Year.

Saturday we’ll be tasting:
Son of Man Sagardo Basque style Cider  $15
2018 David Hill Estate Gewurztraminer  $21
2016 Erste + Neue Kaltereresee Leuchternburg  $16
2015 Chateau de Javernand, Chiroubles Vieilles Vignes  $21

2014 Chateau de Caraguilhes Corbiers Rouge $16

Sunday we have two moor wines perfect for Thanksgiving.
2018 Bois d’Arlene La Comtesse  $16
40% Vermentino, 40% Viognier, 20% Piquepoul
This cuvée is lively and very aromatic. Floral and tropical fruit notes can be distinguished on the first nose, then citrus fruit notes appear. We will also find these flavors on the palate. A slight minerality provided by Piquepoul is making this cuvée unique and seductive. 13% alcohol by volume
2107 Pascal Aufranc Chénas  $13
Gamay
Big scoring Gamay for little bucks. “This is so fragrant and has a very fresh array of bright and fruity, wild red fruit that is so full of life on the palate. The strawberries are so pure here. Great depth and energy. Drink or hold.” 94pts James Suckling.

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.

Thanksgiving Wines

Saturday, November 23rd, 2pm

Thanksgiving is here and this Saturday we have arraigned a fine line up of wines to match heavy feasting.  Come pick something out to go with the holiday meal.  And don’t forget the Underberg.
 
Son of Man Sagardo Basque style Cider  $15
The 2018 Sagardo is the result of an exclusive collaboration between cidermakers Jasper Smith of Portland, Oregon and Guillermo Castaños of San Sebastian, Spain. Made from fruit grown in the Hood River and Willamette Valleys, the cider is spontaneously fermented by native yeasts and bottled unfiltered and unfined.  It ferments for four months in massive kupelas (American oak foeders) before it’s ready to drink.  It is a thirst quencher with clean, bright acidity, a touch of salinity and a soft tannic structure. Aromas of pineapple and tropical fruit lead to fresh green apple on the palate, before a gently astringent finish. Shake well to reintegrate the fine lees before serving.  At 6% alcohol you can drink both before and during the meal.
 
2018 David Hill Estate Gewurztraminer  $21
Intentionally picked to retain acidity, this Gewürztraminer is crafted in a dry Alsatian style, which enhances the subtle spice aromatics of fennel and clove. On the palate, flavors of peach skin and honeydew contribute to a crisp clean finish.  It makes for a beautiful food pairing wine.

2016 Erste + Neue Kaltereresee Leuchternburg  $16
Schiava (Vernatch)
A light-bodied red with lots of cherry flavors and soft tannins from the German speaking part of the Tyrolian Alps. This is a single-vineyard wine made from Venatsch (Schiava) the smaller berried cousin to the Edelvenatch.

2015 Chateau de Javernand, Chiroubles Vieilles Vignes  $21
Gamay
This high-toned Beaujolais comes from the oldest vines on the estate.  It is a rich and full-bodied wine with plenty of the bright, full concentration that comes from old vines. At the same time, it has attractive layers of ripe plum and blackberry fruits.
 
2014 Château de Caraguilhes Corbiers Rouge $16
The Caraguilhis rouge is a delicious organic red showing juicy red and black fruit-flavors with a soft texture made from Carignan, Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvèdre grapes. Corbieres is in the Pyrenean hill country where little other than grapes grow due to the exceptionally dry conditions.  It is packed with character, warmth and a soft, enticing texture, this fantastic organic wine has great depth and intensity. With juicy ripe red and black fruits comes subtle hints of wild herbs and sweet spice, along with a gentle savouriness from Mourvèdre in the blend. This is full of Gallic character and rustic charm.  Pass the Gravy!

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.

Warming Up

We are warming up for the holiday season here at the wine shop.  Thanksgiving is less than 2 weeks away and then we roll into December which is a fun time of year to be in the wine business.  Dodge the clouds and make your way into the shop to see what’s going on.

Saturday we have and especially festive line up for T-day and beyond:
2017 Pasquale Pelissero Nebbiolo Rosato Crose   $14
2016 Werner Näkel, Spätburgunder $40
Pinot Noir
2017 Chateau Coupe Roses Minervois La Bastide $17
Half Carignan and half Grenache with 5% Syrah,
2013 Fall Line Winery Cabernet Sauvignon $25
Giovanni Bosca Cardamaro Vino Amaro  $24

Sunday we are featuring two wines from Loire Valley winemaker Nicolas Idiart that would be great with the big bird.
2016 Nicolas Idiart Chenin Blanc  $14
This dry Chenin Blanc spent 10 months on lees in order to offer a plump mouthfeel with bright ginger-led core of yellow apple and fig with a mineral-tinged finish. Organic.
2018 Nicolas Idiart Pinot Noir  $14
This Loire Pinot is a great value.  Red berries with licorice and spices. It is harmonious and balanced, with a plump fruitiness and silky texture.

Wednesday, November 20th.
There are a few tickets left for the special Giovanni Rosso this Wednesday.

The wines of
Giovanni Rosso
With Davide Rosso
Wednesday, November 20th
6 to 8pm
Cavatappi Distribuzione, 4121 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134

 
Advance tickets are required for this event for $25 (plus tax) from Madrona Wine.
 
You get to try these wines:
2017 Giovanni Rosso Etna Bianco  $38
2016 Giovanni Rosso Etna Rosso  $55
2016 Giovanni Rosso Barbera d’Alba “Donna Margherita” DOC  $22
2017 Giovanni Rosso Langhe Nebbiolo DOC  $25
2014 Giovanni Rosso Barolo DOCG  $50
2014 Giovanni Rosso Barolo ‘Del Comune di Serralunga d’Alba” DOCG  $65
2014 Giovanni Rosso Barolo Serra DOCG  $95
2014 Giovanno Rosso Barolo Cerretta DOCG  $95
2016 Ester Canale Rosso Langhe Nebbiolo DOC  $200
2015 Ester Canale Rosso Barolo Vigna Rionda DOCG  $450

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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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