Archive for December 10, 2015

Put a Bow on It!

Bold Wines for the Holidays,

Saturday, December 12th, 2pm

‘Tis the Season! And this Saturday we’re pouring a lineup of robust wines for the holidays that work well for celebrating and gifts.  Come raise a glass with us.

2014 Cà dei Frati,I Frati, Lugana $19
Trebbiano
The I Frati is grown on the glacial soils south of Lake Garda from 10 to 35 year old vines. The warmer days give wine more weight and intensity than those from to the east. The cool nights from the moderating influence of the lake ensures the grapes retain nice aromas and acidity. This complex, lees aged white has concentrated, fresh aromas of white flowers, peaches and ripe lemons. On the palate it has excellent depth and richness and a lovely crisp, lively finish.
 
2011 Basel Cellars, Claret  $20
45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42 Cabernet Franc, 7% Malbec, 6% Merlot
The new vintage of this favorite Bordeaux style blend from Walla Walla is from the cooler 2011 vintage.  The wine spent 20 months in barrel and shows hints of ripe cherry, cedar, perfume and pencil shaving aromas. Its red berry fruits integrate well smooth tannins and a good acidity framing the structure. The wine is classy and restrained with dark fruit and lingering notes of tobacco and leather.
 
2012 Ancient Peaks, Zinfandel  $18
Ancient peaks estate Margarita Vineyard stands alone as the southernmost vineyard in the Paso Robles region, tucked beneath the peaks of the Santa Lucia Mountains just 14 miles from the Pacific Ocean. The Zinfandel offers fresh aromas of raspberry jam and dried cherry with notes of white pepper and cocoa. Supple, rounded flavors of briary blackberry, cherry and cedar unfold with trailing vanilla accents. A savory spiciness lingers on a smooth, refined finish.
 
2008 Scacciadiavoli, Sagrantino di Montefalco DOCG $40
Sagrantino is indigenous to the hills of Montefalco in Umbria It is believed that the name comes from the early cultivation of the grape by monks for sacramental uses (Scacciadiavoli means drive away devils). What better holiday wine?  The wine is a dark purple, nearly black color with thick legs, and aromas of intense red fruit, plums, spice earth and leather. It has a big flavor with lots of good mouth drying tannins.
 
2011 Chateau Loupiac Gaudiet   $18–750 ml & $10–375ml
95% Semillon, 3% Sauvignon. 2% Muscadelle
A satellite of Sauternes, Château Loupiac Gaudiet’s vineyards face southward, on the hills that overlook the river Garonne in the village of Cadillac with vines that average 47 years. The morning mists and sunny autumn afternoons enable the “Botrytis Cinerea” to develop.  The grapes are picked by hand, in successive harvesting as soon as the Botrytis Cinerea appears.  This makes a great dessert wine with notes of passion fruit, dry apricots and honey. The taste is a delicious combination of crispness and rich fruit.

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.

Winter Warmers,

Sunday Sippers, December 6th, 11-5pm

Sunday we are pouring two wines that may come in handy later in the week or later in the year. Both are new arrivals for the holidays. Come have a taste.

2009 Château Barrabaque Cuvée Antoine    ($13)
Cannon Fronsac
The Cuvée Antoine is from a plot of 35-year-old vines & aged in second and third fill barriques. Blackcurrants and jammy dark fruit aromas lead to a robust palate full of more blackcurrant, cherries, a touch of vanilla spice and good supple tannin structure.
Think Bar-B-Que!

2009 Brusset Les Boudalles    ($10)
Grenache, Syrah, Carignan
A full and soft southern Rhone.
Was $12 now $10

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.

Bubbles & Burgundy This Weekend

It is the first weekend of December here in Madrona. We are looking forward to a fun month of eating and drinking and general festivity. And at Madrona Wine we have a few things going on this weekend to start it off.

Saturday we are having our annual all bubbles tasting with 5 frothy delights for your palate.  From the bone dry Brut Sauvage from Gruet to the amazingly rich Banniere Masterclass Champagne.  The corks come out at 2pm and it goes for as long as the bottles last. Come early, this tasting is always popular.

Sunday, we’ll will be pouring two Festive French Reds.

2009 Château Barrabaque,
Cannon Fronsac, Cuvée Antoine  $13
The Cuvée Antoine is from a plot of 35 year old vines & aged in second and third fill barriques.  Blackcurrants and jammy dark fruit aromas lead to a robust palate full of more blackcurrant, cherries, a touch of vanilla spice and good supple tannin structure. Think Bar-B-Que!

2009 Brusset Les Boudalles $10
A full and soft southern Rhone at a great price.
Was $12 now $10

And to top it off . . . Beautiful Burgundies.
There are still a few spots left Sunday Evening for our ever so classy Burgundy tasting.  For $20 you can taste:
1998 Pierre Morey, Bourgogne Aligote 
2011 Merlin, Pouilly Fuissé Clos des Quarts

2011 Vincent Girardin, Pommard Les Vignots 
2004 Lignier, Morey Saint Denis 1er — Les Chaffots  
2012 Bouchard, Gevery Chambertin 
We start at 5:30 on Sunday, have a few snacks to go with the wines and you can still get home for Sunday dinner.  Space for this tasting is limited so contact us to reserve a spot.

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 Bubbly,

Saturday, December 5th, 2pm

The holidays and effervescence somehow just go together.  This Saturday we are pouring 5 frothy delights for your palate.  From the bone dry Brut Sauvage from Gruet to the amazingly rich Banniere Masterclass there is something for everyone. We are only opening one bottle of each wine so you’ll want to come promptly for this tasting. The corks come out at 2pm and we’ll be pouring the wine for as long as the bubbles last. 
 
Gruet Brut Sauvage Blanc de Blanc  $18
Chardonnay
From New Mexico comes zero  dosage domestic bubbles!  Aromas of bright mineral notes followed by traces of green apple, lemon Meringue pie, with a hint of daisy. This wine finishes with bright, crisp acidity on the palate with a light yet long finish. With limited residual sugar, the Sauvage is for the sparkling connoisseur who appreciates bone dry acidity.

Foss Marai, Prosecco Extra Dry  $15
A fruity, round, better quality bubbles from Veneto. Heady aromas of green apple, jasmine and wisteria almost jump out of the glass. On the frothy palate, notes of chopped, aromatic herbs add interest to the core of Bartlett pear and white peach. A soft mousse offsets the fruit flavors.
 
Domaine J. Laurens, Cremant de Limoux  $17
60% Chardonnay, 30% Chenin Blanc, 5% Mauzac, 5% Pinot Noir
Cremant de Limoux is the official name for a sparkling wine from Limoux in southern France near Carcassonne where sparkling wine was born.  The Laurens has zingy lemon-lime flavors which evolve into fuller pineapple and citrus, and light, cardamom-like spice.  Its rich yeasty character adds breadth and weight.
 
2010 Jean-Francois Merrieau, Touraine “Bulles” $20
90% Chenin Blanc, 10% Chardonnay
From the Loire, the Bulles is organically grown and aged on the lees for 18-20 months. The wines low dosage results in a refreshing, crisp wine, with a bright nose of apple and pears with hints of citrus. The palate is creamy and rich and the finish is juicy and long with lots of depth and a pretty label. 
 
Banniere, Masterclass Grand Cru Brut Champagne  $50
59% Pinot Noir, 41% Chardonnay
From a Grand Cru vineyard in Bouzy, the Masterclass has bright, luminous, golden bubbles with mixed aromas of dried fruit and minerality.  The palate is long and smooth with a well-balanced complexity.

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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