Cool Weekend

It looks like we are in for a cool weekend here in Madrona.  And things are even cooler at the wine shop.  Come on by and get hip to what we have going on.

Saturday, we have Cool Wines from Cool Climes and taste touring some of the cooler regions of Europe with stops in Germany, Austria, the Jura and the Loire. 
Domaine Saint-Just, Crémant de Loire Brut $18
2016 Biohof Pratsch Gruner Veltliner $13
2016 Weinhaus Schloss Koblenz GmbH, St. Christopher, Württemberg Gewürztraminer $12
2016 Biohof Pratsch, Zweigelt $13
2011 Domaine Rolet Arbois Rouge Tradition $19
40% Poulsard, 30% Trousseau, 30% Pinot Noir

Sunday we are sticking closer to home with two wines from the Pacific Northwest.
2016 Evesham Wood Blanc de Puits Sec  $14
85% Pinot Gris, 15% Gewurztraminer
From the 1986 planting on the estate. The nose leaps from the glass with bright jasmine, honeysuckle and rose followed by a flavor of pear, balanced weight on the palate and bright acidity. It finishes with spice from the Gewürztraminer.  Organic.
Was $17 now $14
2014 Robert Ramsay Mason’s Red  $18
42% Cinsault, 19% Syrah, 19% Mourvédre, 10% Grenache, 10% Counoise
This “everyday wine” has a lot more going on it than the price suggests. Full spicy fruit in a dark Rhone style.

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.

Cool Wines from Cooler Climates

Saturday, September 15th,2pm

Some like it hot, but others like it not.  This Saturday we are taste touring some of the cooler regions of Europe with stops in Germany, Austria, the Jura and the Loire.  The cooler climate keeps the acidity high and the wines fresh.  Come join us.
 
Domaine Saint-Just, Crémant de Loire Brut $18
60% Chenin, 40% Chardonnay
This 99-acre estate is just 5 miles south of Saumur village. An area famous for heavyweight Chenin Blanc and Cab Franc, the vineyards around Saumur also produce some great Chard for blending into its sparklers. This rich Crémant has a fruity nose followed by almond, quince, and pear on the palate. This finish has an elegant creamy texture with long flavors.
 
2016 Biohof Pratsch Gruner Veltliner $13
100%  Gruner Veltliner
Biohof Pratsch is an organically certified winery in the appellation of Niederösterreich in Austria.  The Pratsch family goes back about 8 generations in the region livestock, wheat and barley and a few hectares of vines. In the early 80s Wilhelm Pratsch wanted to improve the quality of the products he sold, and switched the farming to organic.  The Gruner is herbal, fresh, and spicy with notes of white pepper, apple, and citrus on the palate.
 
2016 Weinhaus Schloss Koblenz GmbH, St. Christopher, Württemberg Gewürztraminer $12
This German Gewürzt’s earthy mineral notes are brightened by whiffs of white blossom and grapefruit in this subtly sweet Gewürztraminer. Soft acidity and feather-light texture add to its delicate feel.
 
2016 Biohof Pratsch, Zweigelt $13
Zweigelt is a cross between St Laurent and Blaufrankish (Lemberger).  The Pratsch has dark red fruit aromas with black currant, spices, and cherry. The Palate shows raspberry, cherry, spices and black pepper with a well-integrated acidity.
 
2011 Domaine Rolet Arbois Rouge Tradition $19
40% Poulsard, 30% Trousseau, 30% Pinot Noir
Désiré Rolet who in 1942 began making wine in the small region of the Jura in eastern France. In 1958, his 4 children all decided to stay in the family business and took over from their father. Since that time the domaine has acquired prime old vine vineyards in Arbois, Côtes du Jura and L’Étoile. The domaine has always been committed to sustainable farming and hand harvesting, which in their steep-sloped vineyards can be quite difficult indeed. No chemical herbicides are ever used and the soils are constantly ploughed – creating beautiful, healthy vineyards.  Rolet makes mineral-driven wines that can only come from the Jura. The wines always exhibit a focused purity and intensity of flavor which maintain the cool climate typicity of this mountainous region.  This traditional light-bodied red from the Jura region has aromas and notes of current and raspberry.

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.

It’s not too late to sign up for

Madrona Wines Monthly

and get your October box.

Can’t make the tastings,
but still want to try new and interesting wines?

Think about joining our monthly wine club –
for yourself, or for a friend as a holiday gift.

Sign up for Madrona Wines Monthly, our Wine Club where each month we pick unique selections from the hundreds of wines we taste each month. You get:

  • A hand-picked selection of intriguing wines waiting to be discovered
  • A ready supply of delicious wines just waiting for a pull of the cork
  • 10% off your wine club selections

We have several wine club levels to suit your palette and pocket:

Everyday Exploration:

Good quality wines that don’t require a special occasion. This club gives you wine for good, everyday drinking. These selections from all over the world are meant to go with food. If you buy two or three bottles a week at the grocery store, we promise you that you’ll drink better with this club! Pick your favorites and come back for more. Your choice of either six or twelve bottles a month. Choices all red, all white or 50%/50% or 60%/40% or rosés in the summer.
6 bottle selection: $50-$75 plus tax — 12 bottle selection: $ 100-$150 plus tax

Saturday Night Collection:

Classic samplings from around the world. It could be a new Cabernet from Walla Walla, or an old Barolo from the Piedmont, but they all will be excellent wines that represent their place and style. We’ll pick from some of the most exciting wine we find each month. Take our choice or tell us your preferences, and we’ll hand pick to your interest.
3 bottle selection: $75-$ 135 plus tax — 6 bottle selection: $150-$170 plus tax

3M All Week Mix:

The 3M All Week Mix offers two bottles from the Saturday Night Collection and four bottles from the Everyday Exploration so you have bottles for special occasions and bottles for every day.
6 bottle selection: $110 – $120 plus tax

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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.

Damp & Cloudy

It’s a cool grey weekend here in Madrona, but “damp and cloudy” is not the description of our weekend tastings. We have a full line or bright and clear wines to try that will chase the grey away.  We are also having the artist reception for our new show by David Kane.

Saturday, we are celebrating the upcoming harvest with a tasting of five Natural, Organic and Biodynamic wines. 
2014 Finca Viladellops Ancestral Pet Nat $28
100% Xarel-lo Vermil – 
2017 Dolina , Guerila $19
100% Pinela
2016 Domaine Victor Sornin Beaujolais Villages – $17
100% Gamay
2015 Château les Croisille, Croizillon  Cahors $14
Malbec
2014 Turner Pageot Le Rouge $20
80% Grenache, 20% Syrah

Sunday we are pouring two affordable wines from Italy.  We’ll start off with some late summer bubbles followed by a medium-bodied Nero d’Avola from Sicily.
La Biòca Ricciante  $10
Freisa 85%, Barbera 15%
This extra dry Vino Spumante pairs well fish-based main dishes, meat or mushroom-based appetizers. Fresh, crispy, red berries, bell pepper, strawberry, lime, medium-body, high acidity, bone dry.   Was $15, Now $10
2012 Curatolo Arini Coralto  $11
Nero d’Avola
Violets and red cherries, plums and hints of white pepper. On the palate this wine is medium-bodied with beautifully intense red fruit characters matched by delicate notes of spices and soft tannins.

Also Sunday from 3pm to 5pm artist David C. Kane will be at the shop introducing our new show Enigmas for Madrona.  Stop on in, meet the artist and see the new show.

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.

Natural/ Organic/Biodynamic

Saturday, September 11th, 2pm

This Saturday we going back to Nature with a tasting of five Natural, Organic, and Biodynamic wines.  These wines are made with native yeasts, little intervention, low use of SO2 and the operations conducted by the phases of the moon.  The winemaking is spot on.  Come taste how good natural can be.
 
2014 Finca Viladellops Ancestral Pet Nat $28
100% Xarel-lo Vermell
Finca Viladellops LD Ancestral is a sparkling wine made with the ancestral method (a unique fermentation), without addition of sugars or yeasts, accidentally discovered in the 16th century in Limoux.  Elaborated exclusively with the recovered grape variety Xarel-lo Vermell of old strains of Garraf. This gives it a soft color, slightly pink, and fine bubble. The wine is fragrant and aromatic, creamy and light, with a long memory. Organic and Biodynamic

2017 Dolina, Guerila $19
100% Pinela
From a small estate in Slovenia comes this indigenous varietal wine. Mago Petrič’s family’s winery is located in Vipavska Dolina and from the very beginning, they have worked organically and biodynamically.  Their Pinela is only grown in this region and nowhere else on the planet. Everything is handpicked, naturally fermented and then bottled unfiltered with just a minimal Sulphur addition, creating wines that are delicate, mineral and full of freshness. It is dry with aromas of apple, pear and herbs and a smooth round body.  Organic and Biodynamic

2016 Domaine Victor Sornin Beaujolais Villages – $17
Biodynamic Beaujolais which is as much fun to say as it is to drink.  The grapes come from vines that are 50-60 years old in the vicinity of Morgon.  The wine has aromas of red fruits-wild cherries and some black raspberries.  There’s a little bit of cranberry, currant, and a tiny bit of a beeswaxy aroma as well.  Bright and delicious.  Organic and Biodynamic

2015 Chateau les Croisille, Croizillon  Cahors $14
Malbec
Malbec is known as “the black wine of Cahors.”  Hold a bottle of Chateau Les Croisille’s “Le Croizillon” up to a light, and you’ll see why the variety is described as “inky.” This deep, dark wine offers notes of blackberry, saddle leather, cherry pie filling, cedar shavings, garrigue and cocoa. It finishes with dry mineral tannins.  Organic
 
2014 Turner Pageot Le Rouge $20
80% Grenache, 20% Syrah
This small estate is the fruitful partnership of Western Australian Karen Turner and Eastern Frenchman Emmanuel Pageot.  Their love of biodynamics led them to apply these principles to ten small parcels they now own near the town of Gabian. Almost 5h of varied soils, from gravel and schist, sandstone and basalt, to clay and limestone, provide freshness and purity, complexity and balance. A natural wine the Le Rouge is spicy, bright yet brooding.  Its expressive and heady nose of mixed red and black fruits, brioche, polished leather, iodine, tobacco and spice with grippy but ripe tannins and plenty of acidity to match, with a long, dry, pepper and spice finish and a bitter orange and black cherry taste that lingers for an age. Certified Organic and 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.

Enigmas For Madrona

Artwork by David C. Kane



Enigmas for Madrona

Works Excerpted from the Famous 37 Little Enigmas

By David C. Kane

September 2 thru November 4

Opening reception: September 9, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Madrona Wine Merchants

1127 34th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

For years, David C. Kane was an eccentric yet beloved fixture of the Seattle art scene.

Year after year he produced work praised by cognoscenti for its eerie charm, sardonic humor, and strange iconography. Since decamping for the Skagit Valley four years ago, his work has been seldom seen in Seattle, so getting to see a recent body of work is a real treat.

Let’s hope you cherry nosed wine bibbers appreciate what you’re looking at.

Take one home and watch it come alive after the second or third bottle of claret.

Fine Wines for a Long Weekend

Saturday, we are pouring some excellent values from France.  Very tasty, very little money.  That’s what we like.
2016 Château Bizard, Blanc d’ Amour $14
Viognier, Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, Roussanne
2017 Château Barbebelle, Aix du Provence Rosé Cuvée Madeleine $15
40% Grenache, 25% Cinsault, 25% Syrah
2015 Bel-Air Brouilly Cuvee Briante $18
Gamay
2012 Domaine de Mayol, Luberon Rouge $12
Syrah, Grenache, Old-Vine Carrignan
2014 Château Bizard, Grignan Les Adhémar,  $17
Syrah, Grenache

Sunday we have two Super Deals –A white Burgundy and a New Zealand Pinot Noir.  Both are tasting great and are seriously discounted.
2013 Christian Ninot, Bourgogne Blanc “Les Pellans”  $15
Chardonnay
This White Burgundy from the Côte de Beaune has lively aromas of flowers, ripe fruit and nuts. The wine is full-bodied and round with nice acidity and a long finish. Was $20, Now $15
2011 Mahi, Pinot Noir    $20
Slightly wild aromas of cherry, raspberry and strawberry. On the palate, there’s a lovely light touch to the pungent red berry, mint and mineral elements: like a good Burgundy, this Pinot offers intensity of flavor without undue weight. And its energetic finish stimulates the taste buds.  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.

French Values for Labor Day

September 1st, Saturday, 2pm

Labor Day is here and this Saturday we have some rewards for the working man (or woman).  We’ll be pouring some great value wines from France to give some respite to your hard efforts.  It is a fine line up to celebrate as we slowly turn from Summer and start thinking of the Fall.
 
2016 Château Bizard, Blanc d’ Amour  $14
Viogner, Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, Roussanne
The first production of red wines and white wines at Château Bizard in the Côtes du Rhône region dates from 1862. People did not talk about vines or vineyards at the time but “vine fields” like meadows or fields of wheat. The Blanc d’Amour has an aromatic complexity with fragrances of grapefruit, white peach, lychee and acacia flower. It shows a beautiful balance on the palate, ample and suave, with a fresh finish.
 
2017 Chateau Barbebelle, d’Aix du Provence Rosé Cuvée Madeleine $15
40% Grenache, 25% Cinsault, 25% Syrah
This rich wine is classic Aix du Provence rosé with notes of white peach and expressive, fresh, pear notes.  It is smoothly fruity, with a bright touch of acidity that gives the wine its elegant lift.
 
2015 Bel-Air Brouilly Cuvee Briante  $18
Gamay
The small Briante parcel in Brouilly has soil is silt-clay on the surface with schist and granite deeper down. It makes an aromatic wine, where plum, cherry and kirsch rub shoulders. The palate is long, the tanins are refined and there is great freshness at the finish.  
 
2012 Domaine de Mayol, Luberon Rouge $12
Syrah, Grenache, Old-Vine Carrignan
A dark and spicy Rhone value with some age on it — The Mayol has a sensual texture, some red fruits arôma and then blackcurrent fragances, a good length in mouth with finally notes of peppermint and flavor of summer.
 
2014 Chateau Bizard, Grignan Les Adhémar, Montagne de Raucoule $17
Syrah, Grenache
The Raucoule is a deep red wine from the Rhône valley AOC of Grignan les Adhémar.  The wine is aromatic and rich, expresses scents of black fruits –blackberry, sloe, cherry- underscored by notes of licorice, ripe fruits and spices and well-structured, fine and coated 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.

Smoky Wines?

It is a cloudy weekend here in Madrona, but you can still smell a bit of the wildfires mixed in with the mist.  We’re pouring a full line up of aromatic wines at the shop this weekend.  Stop by and see which one has the smoky nuance. 

Saturday, we are tasting our way around the back roads of Italy starting with some organic olive oil.
Petrizzelli Extra Virgin Olive Oil      $18
2016 Tenuta San Vito Chardonnay $18
2017 Vallevó Costa dei Trabocchi Rosé $13
2016 Cantine Federiciane,  Penisola Sorrentina,  Gragnano  $19
2016 Tombacco, Aglianico  $14
2016 Cantine del Vermentino Monti,  Cannonau di Sardegna   $22

Sunday, we are tasting two whites from Oregon’s Illahe Vineyards, their Grüner-Veltliner and Viogneir.   Normally both these wines sell for $18 but today we can sell them at a limited time discounted price.

2016 Illahe Grüner-Veltliner
This Grüner Veltliner has aromas of dried peach, honey crisp apple, and fresh cedar board. The wine is fermented partially in acacia barrels which offer herbal flavors and complex texture. The palate contains flavors of red grapefruit, graham cracker, and white nectarine. Organic. 13% alcohol by volume. Special Price $15
 
2016 Illahe Viognier
The Viognier leaps from the glass with expressive stone fruit, and floral aromas of apricot, tangerine, honey blossom and wet stone. The palate is layered with peach compote, banana peel, and lavender with a touch of uncrushed peppercorn. The wine is steel-fermented to preserve the grape variety’s food-friendly acidity and an off-dry palate. Organic. 12% alcohol by volume. Special Price $15

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.

Backroads of Italy

Saturday, August 25th, 2pm

This Saturday we are tasting our way around the back roads of Italy.  We have a Chardonnay from Tuscany, a Rosé from the Marche region, Aglianico for Campania, a Campanian sparkler, no less and big Cannonau for Sardinia. Cruise on in and give then a try.
 
2016 Tenuta San Vito Chardonnay $18
This organically grown Tuscan Chardonnay that shows plenty of terrior as well as varietal character.  Floral notes and fruit, very ripe yellow fruit and tropical aromas.  The flavors are harmonious and balanced with great freshness. 
 
2017 Vallevó Costa dei Trabocchi  $13
Sangiovese
This Rosé from the Marche region of Italy is fruity and crisp with notes of  lean strawberry, red fruit and soft florality.  It is bright and refreshing.

2016 Tombacco, Aglianico  $14
From Campania, this young Aglianico is big, rich, warming and smooth.  It has hints of cherry and red berries, with a marked vanilla and spicy note lead into an excellent mouth feel, elegant and warm, sapid and full-bodied with some spice on the long finish.

2016 Cantine Federiciane,  Penisola Sorrentina,  Gragnano  $19
Aglianico, Piedirosso, Sciascinoso
A deep sparkling red from Campagnia!  Gragnano is gently frizzante (sparkling), low in alcohol, perfumed of violets, with a distinct taste of grapes and nuances of berries. It has a slightly sweet vein balanced by savory & bitter notes. The wine has notes of blackberry, plum, cherry, and a note of bitter lemon on the finish. 
 
2016 Cantine del Vermentino Monti, Cannonau di Sardegna   $22
Cantina del Vermentino was founded in 1956 in Monti, in one of the most suitable territories and of ancient Sardinian wine region. Currently the cooperative works grapes coming from more than 200 members who confer from around the island.  Their Cannonau is full of copious rich fruit smooth tannins and a long finish.
 
Petrizzelli Extra Virgin Olive Oil      $18
The Petrizzelli is made exclusively from the Coratina Olive a very small, low yielding varietal that rewards those who have the patience to work with it.  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.

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