All French, All Weekend

The Holidays are upon us here in Madrona.  As we prepare for the Solstice, we’re tasting some great wines from France that are perfect for presents or partying.  come by and taste with us.

Saturday, we run the gammon from Crozes-Hermitage Blanc  to Bordeaux.
2015 Cave De Tain,  Crozes-Hermitage Blanc  $20
2012 Olivier Morin, Bourgogne Chitry $15

2015 Château Mountfaucon, Lirac  $20
2013 Château Respide-Medeville Graves  $25
2005 Château Citran, Haut Medoc  $36

Sunday we are back at it with two more reds.
2017 Bila-Haut, Côtes de Rousillion Villages  $15
Syrah, Grenache, Carignan
Aromas of black cherry. Hand harvested, this wine is fleshy, well-structured with the warm and savage of soils of the Roussillon area.
2016 Jean-Luc Colombo, Les Collenes de Laure  $20
Syrah
Expressive nose of red fruits and spices. Fresh, round, tannins, good balance. Manual harvest. Perfect as an aperitif, accompaniment of tapas and sliced meats, or on a meal off the grill. Sustainable

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.

Joyeaux Noël!

French for the Holidays

Saturday, December 15th, 2pm

The holidays are upon us and this weekend we have a solid line up of French wines to add to the seasonal festivities.  Come by and help us toast Bon Solstice! Joyeaux Noël! Bonne L’année Nouvelle!  Or you can just make fun of our accents.
 
2015 Cave De Tain, Crozes-Hermitage Blanc  $20
Marsanne.
This Northern Rhone white has a rich nose dominated by citrus fruits and green lemon. The second nose, more complex, reveals exotic fruits (pineapple, mango), anise and bitter almond aromas. It is a well-balanced and fresh wine with a lemony finish. 
 
2012 Olivier Morin, Bourgogne Chitry  $15
Pinot Noir
A great deal on an Bourgogne Rouge. This Chitry has a fresh nose with notes of cherries and roses. Light and supple with balanced tannic structure, evolving on notes of spices and red fruits.  Organic
Was $18 now $15

2015 Château Mountfaucon, Lirac  $20
60% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 10% Cinsault
A very well-balanced Rhone Red, the 2015 has bright cherry and pomegranate fruit is laced with a light lavender thread and lightly dusty tannins, espresso and cinnamon notes.

2013 Château Respide-Medeville Graves  $25
60% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon
The nose offers brisk blackberry and briary aromas, The palate is medium-bodied with a spicy opening, nicely balanced with white pepper, cassis, leathery tannins and a long smooth finish.
Was $32 now $25

2005 Château Citran, Haut Medoc  $36
50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 50% Merlot
Here is a chance to drink a developed Bordeaux without aging it yourself.  This stunning Left Bank Bordeaux blends 50% Merlot with 50% Cabernet Sauvignon from a text-book perfect vintage. The classic ageing in part new French oak adds a toasty spiciness to the wines, while the fruit flavors have moved towards the more mature flavors of dark berry fruit, earthy notes and savory bite.
Was $48 now $36

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.

All Bubbles, All Weekend!

‘Tis the Season for Sparkling Wine!  So, this weekend we have THREE Sparkling events to choose from.  Come effervesce with us.

Saturday at 2pm we’ll be pulling the corks on FIVE bottles of bubbles.  Come early before the bubbles run out.
2016 Rosell Mir, El Serralet Rosé Brut Nature  $16
Trepat, Pinot Noir
Tessari, Garganega Brut  $15
Cave de Bissey Cremant de Bourgogne      $18
60% Aligoté, 10% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir
Champagne Moutard, Brut Grande Cuvée  $32
Pinot Noir
2017 Patton Valley, Petillant Natural Sparkling Riesling  $23

Sunday
we are off to Spain for a little Cava!  11 to 5pm

Dibon Brut Reserve Cava  $10
45% Macabeo, 25% Xarel-lo, 30% Parellada
This Catalan sparkling wine is made in the Traditional or Champagne method from organic grapes. The three grape varieties are fermented separately and then blended before a second fermentation process which takes place in the bottle for more than twelve months. Brilliant appearance. Gives off a considerable amount of small and medium-sized bubbles. The color is pale straw yellow. Good body. Smooth and silky, fresh and lively, providing a long finish.
Dibon Brut Rosé Cava  $11
Granacha
Clear red and pinkish tones. Small bubbles are gently released to form various strings that rise to the surface. Smells of fruits, raspberry and blackcurrant. Full in the mouth with a splendid bubbly sensation that fills the whole palate. Red fruit also appears, even more markedly in the nose. Long finish and great elegance.

Sunday at 5:30 is our Special Champagne Tasting!
We have a couple of spaces left for this so let us know if you want to come.
Tis the Season
Champagne Tasting
Sunday, December 9th
5:30 pm
$25 (plus tax)

We have some Vintage, some Special Club, & all Grower fantastic Champagnes to sip on.  We’ll have some appetizers to go with and still get you home for Sunday dinner.
This special tasting is s BY RESERVATION ONLY.
Space is limited to twelve people. Call or email us to save a spot.
2009 Copinet Monsieur Leonard Blanc de Blanc  $53
Durmont & Fils Solera Reserve Brut  $50
2012 A. Margaine Special Club Brut 1er  $85
Pehu Simonet Blanc de Noir Grand Cru  $85
Jean Vesselle Oeil de Perdrix Rosé  $58

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.

All Bubbles

Saturday, December 8th, 2pm

This Saturday we are getting all bubbly with a fine line up of sparkling wines.  It is a great way to get ready for the holidays, and as usual (for us anyway) we’ve come up with some less than usual example to tease the mind as well as the palate.  Come join us.  The corks pop out at 2pm. This has been a VERY popular tasting – show up sooner, rather than later. We WILL run out.

2016 Rosell Mir, El Serralet Rosé Brut Nature  $16
Trepat, Pinot Noir
A crisp and unusual, not to mention delicious rosé Cava.  Organic

Tessari, Garganega Brut  $15
From a Veneto Soave producer, this Sparkling Garganega has an intense aroma of apple, elderberry and chamomile are bewitching. Fresh and persistent on the palate, with a delightful aftertaste of bitter almonds and a playful mineral sparkle.
Was $18 now $15

Cave de Bissey Cremant de Bourgogne      $18
60% Aligoté, 10% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir
Close to Givry and Buxy, Bissey is on the cool side of the Côte Chalonnaise, giving its sparkling wines that extra freshness. This Brut is bright, crisp, laced with apples and tangy lemon zest.

Champagne Moutard, Brut Grande Cuvée  $32
Pinot Noir
The Grande Cuvee is aged for at least three years. The wine is complex and nuanced, with fine, intense bubbles. It has a seductive bouquet of pears, grilled almonds, mineral notes and apple pie followed by rich flavors of ripe stone fruits, honey and buttered toast and a remarkably ling, delicate finish.

2017 Patton Valley, Petillant Natural Sparkling Riesling  $23
An un-disgorged, unfiltered, funky bottle of bubbles, this Petillant has all of the freshness, fizz, and fun of this style, the aromatic snap and bloom of bright apples, and a whole lot of citrus, white peach, and quince. The nose is racy, but the wine is abundant.  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.

Tis the Season — Champagne Tasting

Sunday, December 9th, 5:30 pm

$25 (plus tax)

It is time again to try some Bubbles.  We have some Vintage, some Special Club, & all Grower fantastic Champagnes to sip on.  We’ll have some appetizers to go with and still get you home for Sunday dinner.

This special tasting is s BY RESERVATION ONLY.
We’ll be offering a 10% discount on these wines this evening.
Space is limited to twelve people. Call or email us to save a spot.

 
2009 Copinet Monsieur Leonard Blanc de Blanc  $53
Chardonnay
This tête du cuvée reflects the very best selections from the 2009 vintage. Both creamy yet zingy with acidity, it coats the mouth with pear, melon, and citrus, with a huge, layered 5- minute finish of marzipan, nutmeg, mulled – wine – spice, orange and Meyer lemon.

Durmont & Fils Solera Reserve Brut  $50
Chardonnay
This is made using the solera method. Dumont has dedicated one stainless steel tank that was first filled in 1991. He has been adding to the tank every year, making it at present, a blend of approximately 20 vintages.  There is a lot going on here: apple, pear, peach, apricot, lemon, lime, orange, pineapple, kiwi, butter, cream and vanilla.  Organic

2012 A. Margaine Special Club Brut 1er  $85
100% Chardonnay 
The vintage Blanc de Blancs [the “Spécial Club” bottling] from this grower based in the little-known village of Villers-Marmery at the far eastern end of the Montagne de Reims is refined, incisive, and vinous, built on understated lemon fruit, and acquiring tantalizing walnut-butter notes with time.
 
Pehu Simonet Blanc de Noir Grand Cru  $85
Pehu Simonet is a smaller producer locate in Verzenay, which is a Pinot Noir-dominated grand cru village in the Grande Montagne de Reims area. The pure Pinot gives a powerful character to this Champagne. There is terrific tension, producing a wine that is firmly structured, full of ripe flavors of white fruit and red apple skin. It’s full bodied and dry in the Pehu-Simonet style.
 
Jean Vesselle Oeil de Perdrix Rosé  $58
100% Pinot Noir
A grower Rosé Champagne from Bouzy.  Dried rose petals, orange zest, white pepper and mint give much of its high-toned aromatics, but there is plenty of depth to the fruit as well. Deceptively medium in body, the Oeil de Perdrix possesses striking finesse and exceptional overall balance. Oeil de Perdrix is an old-fashioned style of Blanc de Noirs with just a touch of color from a very short period of skin contact at pressing.

Italy All Weekend

December has arrived and it looks like we are in for a week of good winter weather here in Madrona.  For those of you in our wine club the boxes are packed and ready for pick up.  We are tasting Wines from Italy all weekend at the shop.  We are pulling the corks on  a few favorites so swing by and see what is open.

Saturday we’ll be tasting a Prosecco from Veneto, two Tuscan reds, a Barbera from Piedmont, and an Aglianico from Campania.  They are all bold wines that will help to take the damp out of December.
La Luca, Prosecco  $11
2016 Carpineto, Dogajolo Red  $13
2012 Carpineto, Chianti Classico $20
2017 Viberti, Barbera d’ Alba La Gemella  $15
2013 Vinosia, Taurasi Santandrea  $40

Sunday, we’ll start off in Abruzzo, which is east of Rome on the Adriatic for a little Pecorino. Next up we are off to Tuscany for a good value Chianti.
2017 Priore Pecorino  $12
A supple Abruzzo white with smooth citrus notes and a bit of minerality.
2016 Badia di Morrona Chianti  $12
85% Sangiovese, 15% Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah
This laid-back Chianti offers red-skinned berry and baking spice aromas. The palate is simple, with easygoing tannins and ripe red cherry and clove flavors.

Coming Up Soon!
Tis the Season
Champagne Tasting
Sunday, December 9th
5:30 pm
$25 (plus tax)
It is time again to try some Bubbles.  We have some Vintage, some Special Club, and all Grower fantastic Champagnes to sip on. 
This special tasting is s BY RESERVATION ONLY.
Space is limited to twelve people. Call or email us to save a spot.
More details coming soon.

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.

Italian Roots

This Saturday were following some classic Italian varietals back to their roots  We’ll be tasting a Prosecco from Veneto, two Tuscan reds, a Barbera from Piedmont, and an Aglianico from Campania.  They are all bold wines that will help to take the damp out of December.
 
La Luca, Prosecco  $11
Glera
The La Luca is a great everyday bottle of bubbles.  The nose instantly offers up bold orchard fruits, crisp pears, and lemon curd, all of which come together in a rich, creamy off-dry style that is extremely appealing.
 
2016 Carpineto, Dogajolo Red  $13
70% Sangiovese and up to 30% other varietals
A young “Super-Tuscan”, Dogajolo was named after the Italian word doga, meaning “stave” — the narrow strips of wood used to form oak casks. The wine is fresh and forward with a fruity and fragrant bouquet, along with some long-lasting flavors of dark berry and spice.
 
2012 Carpineto, Chianti Classico $20
80% Sangiovese, 20% Canaiolo
Carpineto’s Chianti Classico Riserva showcases and elegant display of persistent raspberry and vanilla aromas along with leather and leafy underbrush notes.  The palate offers almost-overripe plum, black cherry with a full-bodied texture and lengthy finish of black fruits.
 
2017 Viberti, Barbera d’ Alba La Gemella  $15
La Gemella was created to honor the winemaker’s mother.  This Barbera has expressive floral tones of wild rose, fresh berries and crushed mineral. Full-bodied layers of blueberry, licorice, and earth are perfectly balanced with a vibrancy of acid, silky tannins.
 
2013 Vinosia, Taurasi Santandrea  $40
Aglianico
The Santandrea comes from about 3 Ha in Paternopoli; planted at an elevation of about 700 meters above sea level on a chalky, rocky terrain, the vines are about 25 years old.  Taurasi is the Barolo of Campania.  The wine is aged for 14 months in French oak barrels and then an additional 6 months in bottle before release.  This Agliancio has very deep black and red fruits with hints of blackberries, plums, and cured olives; good acidity, ample smooth tannins and a long finish reminiscent of black cherries, tea, spices, figs, and plums.

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.

Bordeaux & BroVo

The rain is giving us a break this weekend here in Madrona.  While we are still digesting our Thanksgiving dinners, it is time turn our thoughts ahead to other meals and taste some wine.  We have two exciting tastings this weekend, so you’ll want to swing by the shop both days.

Saturday we are pouring BORDEAUX!  This is always a great tasting and today we have two with a bit of age on them.
2014 Château de Birot, Côtes de Bordeaux  $15
87% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon
2015 Château Val de Roc $18
2015 Château Siran, Saint-Jacques de Siran Bordeaux Supérieur $18
42% Merlot, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Cabernet Franc
2004 Château Grand Corbin Manuel, Saint Émilion Grand Cru $30
2009 Château Malescasse Haut Medoc $30
44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 47% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petit Verdot

Sunday we are featuring VERMOUTH!
Vermouth is made with white wine, infused with herbs and spices, sweetened with sugar and fortified with liquor. BroVo, a Vermouth maker in Woodenville, highlights Washington wine in their vermouth, all from the Wahluke Slope.   BroVo reached out to local bartenders to have them create new recipes before settling on four. This Sunday you can taste their lineup.
BroVo Witty Dry Vermouth      750ml — $20, 187ml — $12
Base is Sauvignon Blanc from Wahluke Slope. Infusion of angelica, chamomile, lemon peel, rosemary, coriander, fennel, pao d’oro bark, orange peel, burdock root, cardamom, dried rose, sage, damiana, hyssop, thyme, and marigold. Sweetened to about 1.25% sugar with a simple syrup cooked with bay leaf and vanilla bean. Recipe created by Jon Christiansen of Monsoon. 90 points, Best Buy, Wine Enthusiast
BroVo Pretty Floral Vermouth      750ml — $20, 187ml — $12
Base is Pinot Gris from Wahluke Slope. Infusion of vanilla bean, cardamom, elderflower, chamomile, lemon peel, comfrey, and angelica. Sweetened with agave nectar
 BroVo Pink Rosé Vermouth      750ml — $20, 187ml — $12
Base is Pinot Noir Rosé. A hearty rosé balanced with fall flavors, Pink is combined in a three-stage process that balances four flavor segments- herbaceous, spice, floral and citrus. The herbs include summer savory, thyme, tarragon and basil. There’s a beautiful fall spice load- clove, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. Then the citrus- orange and lemon combine with rose, lavender and rose geranium. Sweetened with agave nectar.  Gold medal, 93 points, Beverage Tasting Institute
BroVo Jammy Sweet Vermouth      750ml — $20, 187ml — $12
Base is Merlot from Wahluke Slope. Infusion of cherries, hibiscus, ginger, tellicherry peppercorns, coriander seed, orange peel, lemon peel, cacao nibs, and decaf coffee beans. Sweetened with agave nectar. Platinum medal, 96 points, Beverage Tasting Institute

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.

Fine Claret – Five Bordeaux

Saturday, November 24th, 2pm

This Saturday, after we have digested our Thanksgiving meal, we turn our sights to Bordeaux or what the British call Claret. Come join us as we taste our way through five examples of the region: some old, some new. It is a great chance to see how these wines can develop.
 
2014 Château de Birot, Côtes de Bordeaux  $15
87% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon
Located on the beautiful hillsides of Cadillac, overlooking the Garonne River 22 miles south of the city of Bordeaux, Château de Biro has been producing wine for over 200 years. Very balanced and approachable, the wine has dark fruit flavors and soft, spicy tannins and is a deliciously good value.
 
2015 Château Val de Roc $18
70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc
Val de Roc is the passion project of Laurent Vallet, chef de culture of Émilion’s famed Château Ausone. The sloping five-hectare vineyard is located northwest of St Émilion on Bordeaux’s Right Bank. It is a rich wine, offering a plush texture and silky tannins, leavened by enough acidity to age successfully for a decade.
 
2015 Château Siran, Saint-Jacques de Siran Bordeaux Supérieur $18
42% Merlot, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Cabernet Franc
Château Siran has a history in the Medoc that dates back to 1428, making it one of the oldest estates in Margaux. At one point in time, Château Siran was owned by the Toulouse Lautrec family. The owners were the grandparents of the famous French painter. 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.
 
2004 Château Grand Corbin Manuel, Saint Émilion Grand Cru $30
82% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon
This wine comes from another right bank property, located in northern Saint-Émilion, near Pomerol. It has a relatively light texture, the sweet berry fruits balanced with a layer of acidity and is still is showing its tannins, after 14 years of age. It is expressive and ready to drink.
 
2009 Château Malescasse Haut Medoc $30
44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 47% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petit Verdot
Sourced from gravelly hilltop vineyards in the Haut Medoc, this rich left bank wine is approaching maturity. Secondary animal aromas, dried fruit and richness are showing well, allowing this ripe wine to shine. The warm 2009 vintage comes out in the density and the dusty 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.

Holiday Hours

Hey, folks. We are officially in the holiday season, so you can Tuesday to your shopping days at Madrona Wine Merchants.

This week, we are open:

Tuesday 12-7
Wednesday 12-7
Thursday 11-3 (yep, we are open on Turkey Day!)
Friday 12-7
Saturday 11-7
Sunday 11-5

Gobble, gobble!

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