Archive for May 5, 2016

Local Flavors,

Saturday, May 7th, 2pm

This Saturday we are sipping close to home.  We’ll be trying local wines from Washington and Oregon.  Some are even made just down the block.  We have a tasty assortment of varietals to please the palate.

Come join us
 
2014 Naches Heights Vineyard, Pinot Gris  $13
This Washington Pinot Gris comes from the cooler Naches Heights AVA on the east facing slope just west of Yakima.  Phil Cline grows his grapes sustainably, organically and Bio-Dynamically.  His Pinot Gris has aromas of citrus, honeysuckle, peach skin and ripe pear in the front and mid palate combined with crisp flavors of apple with hints of melon.  Organic, 13% alcohol by volume
 
2015 Tertulia Cellars, Tempranillo Rosé $16
Not often see outside of Spain, this Tempranillo rosé comes from Walla Walla.  The new vintage is just released so we can try it together.
 
2013 Wilridge Winery, Clifton Vineyard Nebbiolo  $20
Wilridge is the closest winery to Madrona Wine Merchants.  Winemaker Paul Beveridge has been making Wilridge wines for over twenty years.   And his love for Italian varietals is pronounced.   Paul’s Nebbiolos have been a series of hits and misses, but the 2013 from Clifton Vineyard fruit is a definite hit.  Clean cherry fruit and enough subtitle tannins to keep you sipping.

2012 Holloran, La Chenaie Tempranillo  $23
Holloran has five estate vineyards in the Willamette Valley which they farm sustainably and organically.  Their Tempranillo is from their La Chenaie Vineyard in the Eola-Amity AVA.  The wine is clean and elegant, more Rioja than Walla Walla.

2009 Tertulia Cellars, Redd Brand Red  $12
52 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot
Tertulia Cellars specializes in terroir driven wines from the Walla Walla valley.  Their second label Redd Brand was named after a rancher by the name of Bill Redd. He was founder of the Red Meadow Bar in Helena, Montana. Cowboys and ranch hands gathered at this bar after a long day of hard and dusty labor to “wet their whistle.  The red paisley design is reminiscent of a cowboy ‘kerchief.  Both were a horrible marketing decision.  As a result, we get a good deal on this Washington blend.  The wine has aromas of cherry, coconut and black olive followed by full ripe fruit and a nice structure.  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.

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