Good Wine and New Art

It looks like a wet weekend here in Madrona.  But here at Madrona Wine we have a lot of things going on to chase the clouds away.

Saturday, we are tasting South African wines from Morgenster. 
2019 Morgenster Sauvignon Blanc (unwooded) Stellenbosch $14
2016 Morgenster Cabernet Franc Stellenbosch $16
2014 Morgenster Cabernet Sauvignon Stellenbosch $16 
2010 Morgenster Lourens River Valley Estate Red $21
50% Cabernt Franc, 33% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot

Sunday we are off to Bordeaux for some excellent examples of the terrior. Join us as we pop over to France for an afternoon of tasting.
2015 Saint Sulpice Bordeaux Blanc  $10
Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon
Fresh lemon and Mirabelle plum notes stream through, laced with verbena and chamomile to round of the nose. This wine is fresh and dry with bright minerality on the palate. 13% alcohol by volume. Was $20 now $10
2015 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. This sturdy young Bordeaux has dark fruit flavors and spicy tannins. 13% alcohol by volume

Artist Reception
We cap off Sunday afternoon with the artist reception for Suzanne Brooker and her new show “Between Summer and Fall” that is hanging in the shop.  Come see the show and meet the Artist from 3-5pm.

Between Summer and Fall
A collection of oil studies by Suzanne Brooker

Nature is the best teacher. In these paintings I worked to better understand the patterns and chaos of organic forms through oil painting techniques.

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.

Morgenster

Stellenbosch, South Africa

Saturday, September 14th, 2pm

One of South Africa’s oldest wineries with roots tracing back to 1711, Morgenster has been owned since 1992 by the now-late Giulio Bertrand and his family, who significantly upgraded facilities and enlisted the expertise of Pierre Lurton (Cheval Blanc) along with minimalist-approach winemaker Henry Kotze to produce exceptional, age-worthy blends from and alongside their mostly estate-grown single varieties. One of the Southernmost properties in Stellenbosh, Morgenster enjoys relatively cooler maritime climate keeping the wines fresh and delicious.
 
2019 Morgenster Sauvignon Blanc (unwooded) Stellenbosch $14
A hand-harvested, unwooded Sauvignon Blanc sourced from some of the top white vineyards in the Helderberg ward. The 2018 vintage was superb for white grapes, with a dry growing season featuring significant day/night temperature variations.
 
2016 Morgenster Cabernet Franc Stellenbosch $16
Grown in mixed soils with vines averaging 5-18 years of age.  The grapes are hand-harvested, and the wine aged 12 months (6 months on lees) in used French oak barrels followed by six months of bottle ageing prior to release.  This 100% Cabernet Franc possesses classic characteristics including a nose of lush cassis fruit with notes of cinnamon and clove.
 
2014 Morgenster Cabernet Sauvignon Stellenbosch $16 
This Stellembosch Cab Sauv is drawn from younger, 10-20-year-old vines.   Henry Kotze’s minimalist winemaking affords pure expression of lush red and black fruits in an approachable, terroir driven style, with Morgenster’s trademark silky smooth tannins in the background. Hand-harvested, destemmed and fermented in stainless steel tanks with minimal extraction to preserve freshness and fruit. The wine is aged 12 months in French oak barrels followed by several years of bottle ageing prior to release.
 
2010 Morgenster Lourens River Valley Estate Red $21
50% Cabernet Franc, 33% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot
An age-worthy Bordeaux-style blend dominated by Cabernet Franc and Merlot, using estate-grown grapes from Stellenbosch’s Helderberg district.  The wine is aged 18 months in French oak barrels (30% new) followed by several years of bottle ageing prior to release. The wine is a South African classic with aromas of Blackcurrant and cherry with spicy clove, chive, anis and butter developments. Well integrated vanilla, cacao and caramel smooths over into the palate.  The wine is plush with dark berry fruits, rounded silky tannins and the signature SA smoky note.

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.

R. López de Heredia

Sunday, September 22nd, 5:30 pm

$20 (plus tax)

We received a very small allocation of white and rosé wines from Lopez de Heredia and rather than put them on the shelf we thought we have them as a special tasting. Join us Sunday evening to try these very unique wines, along with some Tapas and we’ll still get you home for Sunday dinner. Space is limited.  Sign up to save a spot.

López de Heredia began in the nineteenth century when French negociants visited Rioja looking to find quality grapes since phylloxera had decimated their vineyards. Don Rafael López de Heredia y Landeta, an enthusiastic student of wine making, followed closely in their footsteps. Don Rafael fell in love with the region. Around 1877 he began the design and construction of the complex that is today known as the López de Heredia bodega (winery), the oldest in Haro and one of the first three houses in the Rioja region.
 
López de Heredia is renowned for long aging of their wines, ageing the white wines in oak for as long as reds. After the wines spend a long time in oak, the oaky tastes and aromas are overly noticeable and unbalanced. But, when left for a few years in bottles, the rough edges of oak become polished and balanced to create a seductive bouquet of spice, bitter almonds, vanilla and walnut, trademarks of the majestic and opulent Viña Tondonia whites.
 
2009 Viña Tondonia Rosé Gran Reserva $28
60% Garnacha, 30% Tempranillo, 10% Viura
Beautiful flavors of blood orange, berries, peach skin and almonds only begin to describe this wine, which also has a silken texture unlike any other rosé you have likely ever had.
 
2010 Viña Gravonia Blanco Crianza $27
The Gravonia comes from 45-year-old Viura vines in poor and stony soil. It has aged 4 years in barrel and 5 years in bottle before release. The wine is complex, nutty and truly unique with notes of petrol, beeswax and chamomile.
 
2005 Viña Tondonia Blanco Reserva $45
90% Viura, 10% Malvasia
Iconic white Rioja. Extremely complex, spicy, nutty and herbal thanks to 6 years of oak ageing. Loads of lemon and orange peel with green tea and fresh kumquat. Its palate profile is of wax, honey and pebble stones.
 
2010 Lopez de Heredia Viña Cubillo Crianza $24
65% Tempranillo, 25% Garnacho, 5% Mazuelo, 5% Graciano
From the vineyard Viña Cubillas, whose vines average 40 years of age, with a mixture of clay and limestone soil. This crianza ages for three years, being racked twice per year and then 5 in bottle before release.
 
2006 Viña Tondonia Reserva $44
75% Tempranillo, 15% Garnacha, 5% Graciano, 5% Mazeulo
A remarkable red with no concession to modernity, this Reserva is fermented in 140-year-old wooden vats followed by six years of ageing in oak casks, the rest in bottle. The wine has complex notes of spice, leather, cherries, balsamic and cigar box with a long savoy finish.

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.

Woodinville and Coopers Creek

It is Fruit Fly season here in Madrona, and no wonder.  The corks are out of the bottles and they want to lap it up with the rest of us.  This weekend we are tasting near and far.  Come join us.

Saturday we are pouring the wines of Woodinville wonder Darby English.
2017 Native Rosé  $17
53% Mourvedre, 48% Granache from Stillwater Creek vineyard.
2015 Le Deuce Columbia Valley  $25
Viognier & Rousanne from Stillwater Creek and Stonetree Vineyards.
2013 Livewire Red Columbia Valley  $17
Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc from Stillwater Creek and Stonetree vineyards.
2016 Purple Haze Columbia Vallley  $20
Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Merlot and Petite Sirah from Dineen, Quintessence,
2014 Chaos Columbia Valley 2014  $25
52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 16% Petite Verdot and 4% Malbec from Quintessence, Dineen and Discovery vineyards.

Sunday we are tasting two deeply discounted wines from Coopers Creek in New Zealand.
2016 Coopers Creek Limeworks Chardonnay $12
A melange of vanilla, cream, sweet lemon, grapefruit, hazelnut, and subtle oak. This is a big, rich Chardonnay. It has weight, sweet fruit, beautiful texture and length. 13% alcohol by volume.  Was $22 Now $12
2014 Coopers Creek Pinot Noir  $12
A delightfully fresh, fruit driven Pinot. Black plums and black cherries on the nose intermingled with subtle French oak. Rich and firm on the palate with bold, sweet fruit. A core of ripe black cherry lingers on the finish. Was $20 Now $12

Coming up:  A special tasting of the wine of Lopez de Heredia.  Sunday evening September 22nd.  Stay tuned for more detail.

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.

Darby Winery

Saturday, September 7th, 2pm

Darby English started his Woodinville winery in 2005 marrying old-world wine making techniques with innovation and experimentation.  He sources his grapes from some pretty good vineyards: Dineen (Yakima AVA), Quintessence (Red Mountain), Discovery (Horse Heaven Hills), Stonetree and Stillwater Creek (Wahluke Slope).  The results are quite delicious.  This Saturday we’ll be pouring five of his wines. 
 
2017 Native Rosé  $17
53% Mourvedre, 48% Granache from Stillwater Creek vineyard.
A Woodinville take on the classic Bandol blend.
 
2015 Le Deuce Columbia Valley  $25
Viognier & Rousanne from Stillwater Creek and Stonetree Vineyards.
Aged 16 months in neutral French oak.  A big Rhone styled white with aromas of citrus, fresh cut flowers and minerals that are followed by lush flavors of apricot, orange peel and exotic spices.
 
2013 Livewire Red Columbia Valley  $17
Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc from Stillwater Creek and Stonetree vineyards.
Aged 18 months in French oak 25% new.
The livewire is a right bank style red that is an easy drinker.
 
2016 Purple Haze Columbia Vallley  $20
Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Merlot and Petite Sirah from Dineen, Quintessence, Discovery and Stone-tree Vineyards.
Aged 18 months in French Oak 40% new.
A Bordeaux-style blend with a bit of Petit Sirah added to put the purple in the haze.  Dense and rich, with a muscular mix of dark currant, cherry, and plum with a hint of cedar.
 
2014 Chaos Columbia Valley 2014  $25
52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 16% Petite Verdot and 4% Malbec from Quintessence, Dineen and Discovery vineyards.
Aged 18 months in French Oak barrels 60% new. This Cabernet-based blend is rich and impressively structured, with savory blackberry aromas and accents of dark cherry, currant, anise, and cedar.   The wine gains depth while holding focus and persistence. Was $35 now $25

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.

Suzanne Brooker Artist Reception

September 15th, 3-5pm

Between Summer and Fall

A collection of oil studies by Suzanne Brooker

Nature is the best teacher. In these paintings I worked to better understand the patterns and chaos of organic forms through oil painting techniques.

September 4th-November 3rd 2019

Opening reception Sunday, September 15th, 3-5pm

Laid Back Labor Day

Labor Day Weekend always seems packed too full of crowded events.  Many are crouching in a crowded campgrounds, bustling amidst the bands at Bumbershoot, or cheering on the Dawgs at Husky Stadium.  But if you skip all that. it can be a more mellow affair of hanging around the house watching the tomatoes ripen.  The weather is what those who have lived in Madrona long enough think of as perfectly pleasant.  There might even be time in the afternoon for a glass or two of Barbaresco. Al least thatis what we have planned at Madrona Wine.

Saturday we are tasting five wines from Ca del Baio, a small family producer in Piedmonte.
2018 Langhe Chardonnay “Luna d’Agosto”  $13
2017 Barera d’Alba “Paolina” $15
2014 Dolcetto di Alba “Lodoli”  $15
2016 Langhe Nebbiolo “BricdelBaio” $18
2015 Barbaresco “Valgrande”  $35

Sunday we are getting a bit buggy, with two Cicada wines from Châteauneuf du Pape Chante Cigale.
Domaine Chante Cigale makes a powerful Châteauneuf du Pape, but the Cicada is their more everyday wine. 
2018 Chante Cigale, Cicada Blanc  $14
40% Viognier, 30% Picpoul, 30% Sauvignon Blanc
A really interesting and rich blend.  The Picpoul and Sauvignon Blanc bring brightness, acidity and floral components while the Viognier rounds out the wine with honesuckle and melon flavors.
2017 Chante Cigale, Cicada Rouge  $14
80% Grenache, 20% Carignan
Chante Cigale means singing cicada (a type of grasshopper/cricket), and the Cicada red is their early-drinking any day Grenache/Carignan blend. The property has been in the family since the 19th century and is currently run by Alexandre Favier who assumed the reins at the ripe old age of 20. The domaine is planted to 40 hectares of red and 5 hectares of white on 45 different parcels throughout the appellation.

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.

Ca’ Del Baio — Piedmonte

Saturday, August 31st, 2pm

For four generations Ca’ del Baio has been a family affair.  All their wines are estate-grown, made from a wide range of varieties, some typical of the area while others are more international: the whites include Moscato, Chardonnay and Riesling, and the reds Nebbiolo, Barbera and Dolcetto. Today the Ca’ del Baio estate takes in 28 hectares of vineyards in the villages of Barbaresco and Treiso, both of which are in the Barbaresco DOCG. Come by on Saturday and taste some of these excellent wines.

2018 Langhe Chardonnay “Luna d’Agosto”  $13
This fresh and fruity wine is made with early-harvested grapes during the first weeks of September.  It has a mineral vein that comes from the soil on which vineyards are planted.  The wine is delicately floral and fruity, with notes of citrus and exotic fruits.  The flavor is dry, cool, and long, with a slightly mineral aftertaste.

2017 Barbera d’Alba “Paolina” $15
This Barbera comes from the assemblage of different vineyards, creating a fresh wine that exhibits strong, but soft Barbera characteristics.  The wine is intensely fruity, with nice hints of red currants and raspberries.  It has a fresh taste that is vibrant in the mouth, showing a long, rich, smooth flavors.

2014 Dolcetto di Alba “Lodoli”  $15
This “very Piedmontese” wine encapsulates the simple pleasures of everyday life.  It is intense and vinous, with delicate fruity overtones reminiscent of cherries, wild strawberries and blackberries; taste dry, with good balance and acidity, and a nicely almondy finish.

2016 Langhe Nebbiolo “BricdelBaio” $18
Aged in neutral barrels the BricdelBaio is a pure example of fresh Nebbiolo.  The wine is delicately fruity, conjuring up wild berries and raspberry jam.  The taste is dry, warm and well-balanced, with a nicely tannic finish.

2015 Barbaresco “Valgrande”  $35
Nebbiolo
This traditional-style Barbaresco is harvested from the vineyards that surround the winery.  It is aged only in big casks. The Valgrande shows the elegance of Barbaresco at its very best, without flaunting the muscle of Nebbiolo. It is intense, with powerful fruit, dried flowers and underbrush; taste dry, smooth and rounded, ending in a warm finish with nicely-balanced 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.

The Weekend in Spain

The weather is partially partial this weekend here in Madrona with clouds and sunshine dancing back and forth.  But Fall isn’t here yet.  We’ve got some warm weather coming later in the week.  In the meantime we are going to be tasting our way through Spain.  Come by the shop and see what’s open.

Saturday:
2017 Rezabal Txakoli Blanco  $15
100% Hondarrabi Zuri
2017 Oinoz Verdejo  $13
2015 Jane Ventura Reserva de la Música Brut Rosé  $17

100% Garnacha
2017 Viladellops, Garnatxa  $14
2012 Vina Cerrada, Rioja Reserva  $20
85% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano, 5% Mazuelo

Sunday we have two more wines of Spain open to taste.
2017 Casa de Compostela Vinho Verde  $10
60% Loureiro, 40% Arinto
Very fresh, harmonious and fruity, with a floral and citrus taste. It has a good, persistent and well-balanced finish. 11.5% alcohol by volume
2016 Mas Donis Old Vines  $11
85% Garnacha, 15% Syrah
Medium ruby with violet shades. Very nice mouthfeel and texture. Wild red and black berry flavors, cherry, spices and herbs. Well-integrated elegant smooth vanilla oaky toasty notes. Ripe and complex on the palate, with loads of sweet vibrant fruit. Medium to full-bodied with soft and velvet tannins and nicely refreshing finish. Pair with chicken, salads and BBQ.

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.

Faces of Spain

Saturday August 24th, 2pm

This Saturday we are touring the diverse faces of Spanish wine – from the crisp and slightly effervescent Txakoli to a rich well-developed Rioja.  Come take the tour with us.

2017 Rezabal Txakoli Blanco  $15
100% Hondarrabi Zuri
Rezabal is a family owned winery located in the Basque country of Spain with a vineyard of 22 hectares planted in a traditional high trellis system.  Hondarribi Zuri, a white grape variety, displays very bright, refreshing and fruity aromas and benefits from the consistent see breeze blowing in the vineyard daily, bringing great freshness, salinity and acidity to those wines. Naturally fizzy, the wine has aromas of intense fresh citrus fruits and green apple, bright acidity and low alcohol. 10.5% alcohol by volume

2017 Oinoz Verdejo  $13
From Rueda, the Oinos displays tropical, fruity aromas and floral notes of white flower, hay and fresh grass, which mingle with elegant aniseed touches. It is structured on the palate, striking a perfect balance between acidity and volume which lends it a notable freshness.  13% alcohol by volume

2015 Jane Ventura Reserva de la Música Brut Rosé  $17
100% Garnacha
The vineyards for la Musica in the Northeast of Spain are at a high location of 700 meters.  The wine is aged for 2 years on the leas setting it apart from most Cava.  The expression of this grape is notable, as well as being very delicate and loaded with fragrance. The bouquet offers up a complex variety of harmonious aromas, with notes of cherries, green apple, strawberry, and cream, pearly minerals and floral perfume with small and delicate bubbles.  12% alcohol by volume

2017 Viladellops, Garnatxa  $14
Finca Viladellops is 60 hectares of vineyards located in a 15 km mountain range along the Mediterranean coast with calcareous soils in the D.O. Penedès.  The Garnatxa is an intense, fresh, fruity wine with touches of ripe red fruit and notes of licorice, balsamic and tones of resin.

2012 Vina Cerrada, Rioja Reserva  $20
85% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano, 5% Mazuelo
A well-aged wine, this Reserva is cherry red with brick red tones. There are intense, spicy, ripe cherry and plum aromas merged with notes of tobacco, toffee, vanilla and wood. On the palate, the body is full and fleshy with excellent balance.

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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