Archive for June 30, 2018

Stock Up For The 4th

Just a reminder that we are closed Monday and Tuesday as per our regular schedule, but this week we are also closed Wednesday, July 4th.

Saturday, we have some Summer Favorites
from Spain, France and Italy
.
2017 Avinyo Petillant Blanc  $16
2016 La Rabotine Sancere  $22
2017 L’ermitage, Costieres de Nimes Rosé  $12

2016 Lucchetti, Lacrima di Morro d’ Alba  $11
2016 Domaine Durban, Gigondas  $30

Sunday, July 1st is Canada Day and
we are pouring two wines at $12. Mark will explain how our neighbors to the north celebrate.
2013 Parejas Wysling Marsanne $12
A full-bodied dry wine with aromas of nuts, white peach and spiced pears which all contribute to richly layered flavors that coat the palate with weighty texture and a lengthy mouthfeel. 103 cases made. 13.5% alcohol by volume. Was $15 now $12
2017 Chateau Rivière Minervois $12
Syrah, Grenache
A smooth and dark Languedoc red with notes of macerated cherries, black currants, raspberries lingering with white pepper spice, garden herbs and soft tannins.

Madrona Wine Merchants offers free wine tastings featuring 4-5 selections on a theme every Saturday from 2pm until the bottles run out and on Sunday we offer a mini-tasting of two wines all day from 11-5pm.

Summer Favorites

from Spain, France and Italy

Saturday, June 30th, 2pm

The 4th of July is quickly approaching so it is time to stock the cellar and the coolers with wines for the weekend, the holiday and beyond.  Stop by the shop and have a taste of what we’ll be drinking in the coming months.  The shop will be closed Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday this next week so think ahead for Independence Day.
 
2017 Avinyo Petillant Blanc  $16
70% Muscat, 20% Macabeo, 10% Xarel-lo
This Petillant is a vi d’agulla, the Catalan name for prickly wine. This vibrant and refreshing wine is the traditional summertime quaffer of the Penedès region of Catalonia.  Bright honeysuckle and almond aromas are followed by a bracingly dry palate, with flavors of lemon peel and a faint brininess.  10.5% alcohol by volume
 
2016 La Rabotine Sancere  $22
Sauvignon Blanc
The vines for the Rabotine average 45 years, grown on a bed of broken limestone mingled with flint. Fermented in steel by way of natural yeasts, no malo and no acidifying agents; it is organic to-the-bone. It spends 8 months on its lees.  The wine is a toothbrush of wet stones cutting through lemon-lime citrus with a dust of smoke and white flower; there’s enough texture and weight to connect the big aroma to the lime-green pucker finish.  12.5% alcohol by volume
 
2017 L’ermitage, Costieres de Nimes Rosé  $12
50% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 25% Mourvèdre
A great little southern French Rosé with vibrant sour cherry-like acidity and delicate body make this dry rosé an especially invigorating thirst-quencher. Crisply concentrated with wild strawberry and raspberry flavors, it’s silken yet spry, adapting seamlessly from poolside to the dinner table.
 
2016 Lucchetti, Lacrima di Morro d’ Alba  $11
The Luchetti makes its yearly appearance at the shop.  From the Marche region of Italy, this Lacrima di Morro has a big floral quality and a little salinity from the salt air of the Adriatic Sea. Distinct and delicious
 
2016 Domaine Durban, Gigondas  $30
70% Grenache, 30% Syrah
Durban’s vineyard on the limestone upper slopes of the Dentelles de Montmirail tends toward a high-flying, pure style. The wine is robust, spicy and herbaceous.

Madrona Wine Merchants offers free wine tastings featuring 4-5 selections on a theme every Saturday from 2pm until the bottles run out and on Sunday we offer a mini-tasting of two wines all day from 11-5pm.

Stock Up For Your Pride Parties!

While a big chuck of the city is walking or watching this year’s Pride Parade, I’m behind the counter with what you need for your pride celebration in all hues – red, white, pink, bubbles, cider, vermouth, stickies (and the English say). Stop on in, we are open until 5PM.

Madrona Wine Merchants offers free wine tastings featuring 4-5 selections on a theme every Saturday from 2pm until the bottles run out and on Sunday we offer a mini-tasting of two wines all day from 11-5pm.

Weekend Challenge

The clouds are supposed to part this weekend in Madrona.  Just in time to start two great days of wine tasting at the shop.

Saturday, we have an exciting line up of Organic Wines from France, Spain and Columbia Gorge.
2015 Rosell Mir, Cava El Serralet Brut Nature  $16
2016 Rosell Mer, Pla de la Creu  $13
2017 Le Double Trouble, Grenache Rosé, Columbia Gorge $18

2014 Domaine Thillardon, Moulin á Vent  $24
2013 Domaine de Montvac, Vaqueyras Complicité  $22

Sunday, we have a match up in the World Wine Cup.  Austria vs. Spain as the two wines compete for best value.
2014 Holzer, Wagram Gruner Veltliner $9
Fuller and fruitier style of Gruner Veltliner, with big flavors of green apples, peach, grapefruit, and spice.  12% alcohol by volume. Was $12 now $9
2015 Monteabellon, Avaniel Ribera del Duero   $10
Tempranillo
Surprisingly complex and spicy, the wine has an attractive nose of spice box, blueberry and blackberry. This is followed by a medium-bodied wine with a supple texture. Was $12 now $10

Madrona Wine Merchants offers free wine tastings featuring 4-5 selections on a theme every Saturday from 2pm until the bottles run out and on Sunday we offer a mini-tasting of two wines all day from 11-5pm.

Organic Summer

Warm Weather Wines

from Catalonia, Beaujolais and the Rhone

Saturday, June 23rd, 2pm

2015 Rosell Mir, Cava El Serralet Brut Nature  $16
Macabeu and Parellada
Rosell Mir is a long-standing family estate in Penedes.  Their zero-dosage Cava sees two years of aging before release.  It has fresh aromas of white fruit and floral notes. The wine is elegant, fresh and light with persistent string and bubbles. The clean aftertaste is good, well integrated. 
 
2016 Rosell Mer,  Pla de la Creu  $13
Xarel-lo
A fresh white wine made from the Xarel-lo grape (one of the three grapes of the traditional Cava). This wine has many notes of ripe citrus fruit with a hint of almonds and herbs.

2016 Domaine de Montvac Cotes du Rhone Rosé  $15
Founded in 1860, Domaine de Montvac has been passed from mother to daughter for the past three generations. Cecile Dusserre, being the latest and a mother of three daughters of her own, stands a good chance of carrying on tradition. Ninety-five percent of Domaine de Montvac’s wines are planted in terroirs with Vacqueyras AOC or Gigondas AOC status. Their Rosé comes from the youngest vines. The wine has 50% Grenache for its roundness and finesse, 20% Syrah for structure, and 30% Mourvèdre for power and aromatic persistence.
 
2014 Domaine Thillardon, Moulin a Vent  $24
This organic Gamay is made by two brothers with small holdings throughout Beaujolais “Bright violet. Smoke-accented dark berries, candied licorice and a hint of candied lavender on the deeply perfumed nose. Sappy and focused on the palate, offering chewy boysenberry and bitter cherry flavors that show no rough edges and take a sweeter turn on the back half. In an ample but energetic style, finishing sweet, floral and very long, delivering building tannins and a hint of smoked meat.”
 
2013 Domaine de Montvac, Vaqueyras Complicité  $22
50% Grenache, 50% Mourvèdre
A small lot blend from Domaine de Montvac.   It is uncommon to see these two
varietals blended in these percentages. It is an amazingly complex powerhouse. Only 80 cases were made.

Madrona Wine Merchants offers free wine tastings featuring 4-5 selections on a theme every Saturday from 2pm until the bottles run out and on Sunday we offer a mini-tasting of two wines all day from 11-5pm.

La Fiorita Brunello

Six-Year Vertical Offer

La Fiorita was established in 1992 on a half hectare vineyard with an annual production was of just 1,000 bottles of Brunello. The first vintage was the 1993. over time they planted their Poggio al Sole vineyard and then the Pian Bossolino vineyard, increasing the annual total production to 25,000 bottles, divided by Brunello and Riserva.
 
La Fiorita was imported into Seattle starting in the late 1990’s by a small but legendary importer Riservati. The wine gained a soft spot in our heart.
 
Today, by a quirk of fate, we are pleased to offer a six-year vertical package of this Brunello. It will be great for those who remember it and for those who just want to see how a wine develops and changes over time and vintage.
 
The six-pack includes one bottle each:

LA FIORITA Brunello di Montalcino 2006
LA FIORITA Brunello di Montalcino 2007
LA FIORITA Brunello di Montalcino 2008
LA FIORITA Brunello di Montalcino 2010
LA FIORITA Brunello di Montalcino 2011
LA FIORITA Brunello di Montalcino 2013
 

6 bottle vertical $460
Limited availability
Contact us to reserve your vertical.

Dad Likes Wine!

It is Father’s Day weekend here in Madrona.  Forget the lawn tools, swing by the shop and pick him out something he’ll really enjoy.  We also have a full line up of wines for the upcoming warm weather.

Saturday, it our Rosé Roundup!  We have five very diverse wines from France, Spain & Italy to make you blush.
2017 Villa des Anges Cinsault Rosé  $11
2017 Commanderie de la Bargemone Coteaux d’Aix en Provence  $15
2016 Bodegas Muga Rosado  $16  750-ml —– 1.5ltr $35
2017 La Spinetta, Il Rosé di Casanova  $20
2014 Murgo Brut Rosé  $30

Sunday is Dad’s day and we have two all day Sunday Sippers.

2017 Clos des Lumineres L’éclat Rosé   $10
40% Cinsault, 30% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre
A dry easy drinking Rosé from the Rhone, with aromas of strawberry, and cherry with a spiciness, followed by a pink grapefruit and flint finish.  3liter box  — $25  (that’s $6.25 a bottle.)

2013 Calle, Gran Reserva Ca de Calle $15
80% Malbec, 14% Petit Verdot, 6% Merlot
Bodega Calle is an organic certified winery; all vineyards are sustainably farmed or organic. The Ca’ de Calle Gran Reserva is composed of a selection of the best barrels in the winery, so the blend changes with each vintage. The 2013 has with herbal, balsamic and spicy aromas that are marked by the elevage (vanilla, cinnamon). The palate is dark plums, bruised sage rustic and impressive with its super ripeness and firm tannins. It has quite a seductive mouthfeel, finishing with bitter chocolate.
Was $22 now $15

Madrona Wine Merchants offers free wine tastings featuring 4-5 selections on a theme every Saturday from 2pm until the bottles run out and on Sunday we offer a mini-tasting of two wines all day from 11-5pm.

Rosé Roundup

Saturday, June 16th, 2pm

While it is nice to drink Rosé all year round, when the warmer weather rolls around it just becomes a no-brainer.  This weekend is supposed to be toasty so we’ve gathered up a parcel of pinks to pour on Saturday.  We have 5 very diverse wines from France, Spain & Italy that we think will delight and surprise your palate.  They might make you blush.
 
2017 Villa des Anges Cinsault Rosé  $11
100% Cinsault! A light-bodied wine, intensely crisp and vividly fresh, it offers complex aromas of strawberries and red currants, with a hint of quince.

2017 Commanderie de la Bargemone Coteaux d’Aix en Provence  $15
30% Syrah, 30% Grenache, 15% Cinsault, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon
The Bargemone  is our go to rosé.  It has aromas of wild strawberries and red currants, with a light, floral character and a crisp, bone-dry palate with a complex long finish.  Classic Provence!
 
2016 Bodegas Muga Rosado  $16  750-ml —– 1.5ltr $35
Garnacha, Tempranillo and Viura
Muga makes one of the most distinctively delicious rosados in Rioja. It is a style referred to locally as “clarete,” which is a lighter type of rosé made by combining white wine with direct press rosé, as opposed to the saignee method where color is derived from a pre-fermentation maceration on the skins of the grapes.   It sees a brief period of time in used oak barrels. The wine shows very precise, tangy small red berry fruits, as well as some citric and apricot notes from the white wine component. This is a crisp, bracing, and unbeatable rosé.
 
2017 La Spinetta, Il Rosé di Casanova  $20
Sangiovese
The “Rhino Rosé” has aromas of sliced peaches, flowers, stones and chalk.  It is very complex with full body and round yet agile and dynamic intensity, salty, linear, energetic backbone of acidity, great structure and lovely finish.
 
2014 Murgo Brut Rosé  $30
Nerello Mascalese
This is one of the most distinctive and special sparkling wines in the world, a traditional-method bubbly made on the slopes of Sicily’s Mount Etna from Nerello Mascalese, then aged on its lees for 3 years.  This has a gorgeous faded antique rose color, with notes of ginger, strawberries, and pomegranate.

Madrona Wine Merchants offers free wine tastings featuring 4-5 selections on a theme every Saturday from 2pm until the bottles run out and on Sunday we offer a mini-tasting of two wines all day from 11-5pm.

NZ & BDX

It is a perfect Juneuary day here in Madrona with grey skies and mild temperatures.  Perfect weather to taste wines.  We have a good line up this weekend so swing by the shop and have a sip.

Saturday we are pouring New Zealand wines from Jules Taylor and her husband George. 
2016 The Better Half, Sauvignon Blanc $13
2015 Jules Taylor, Grunier Veltliner $17
2016 Jules Taylor, On The Quiet Pinot Noir Rosé $20
2015 The Better Half Pinot Noir $17
2016 Jules Taylor Pinot Noir $22

Sunday we have a pair of Bordeaux lined up to taste.
2016 Duchesse de Berry, Bordeaux Blanc $12
Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc
Aromas of fresh fruits and flowers. Harmonious on the palate, it will seduce by its freshness and liveliness if consumed young. Soft and slightly fat on the finish. 12.5% alcohol by volume
2015 Château Mayne Vieil, Fronsac $14
Merlot
A right bank claret showing nice development. A clean, relatively gentle style of Claret with smooth edges showing just a whistle of underlying richness and earthiness.

Madrona Wine Merchants offers free wine tastings featuring 4-5 selections on a theme every Saturday from 2pm until the bottles run out and on Sunday we offer a mini-tasting of two wines all day from 11-5pm.

Jules Taylor & her Better Half

Saturday June 9th, 2pm

Jules Taylor Wines source their grapes from small vineyards in the Wairau and Awatere Valleys in Marlborough, New Zealand. Well, not so much from vineyards as back corners of vineyards, rises and hollows and dry-as bits of vineyards.  Jules is the winemaker.  George Elworthy is married to Jules. He is self-described as a ‘burnt out winemaker’ – which is grossly unfair as you can’t burn wine – and is in charge of the marketing, selling, and stuff that needs doing.  When George decided to dust off his winemaking hat to create a new range of wines from Marlborough, a friendly rivalry arose and The Better Half seemed like the moniker to attach to his new project.  Stop by this Saturday as we taste through a few of Jules and Georges wines.
 
2016 The Better Half, Sauvignon Blanc $13
This crisp and characteristically Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc has zesty stone fruit aromas of peach, apricot and nectarine along with a lively citrus on its palate combined with layered tropical fruit flavors of pineapple and guava.
 
2015 Jules Taylor, Grunier Veltliner $17
The best way to describe Grüner Veltliner is that it’s a cool climate wine somewhere between an aromatic white and a chardonnay.   This NZ version is a vibrant wine bursting with lemon and white peaches with a delicate coating of vanilla and a tingly white pepper bite. It provides a nice dry backbone yet is layered and creamy with soft acidity and nutty nuances and texture from the wild ferment. 
 
2016 Jules Taylor, On The Quiet Pinot Noir Rosé $20
The grapes for this Rosé are from the Branken Hill Vineyard, which is located in the Hawkesbury area of Marlborough’s southern valleys. Jules noted a special parcel of Pinot Noir tucked into the eastern corner of the vineyard suited to Rosé. This wine is brimming with light summer fruits with pomegranate and raspberry, yet it summons patisserie accents with hints of baked fig, cinnamon and nutmeg. The palate exhibits subtle tones of natural honey dew and Manuka flower and balance between crisp dryness and its mouth-watering acidity.
 
2015 The Better Half Pinot Noir $17
This fruit-driven Pinot Noir is generous on the nose showing dark cherry, plum, and vibrant red raspberry and cranberry aromas which gradually open to reveal subtle dried thyme notes and hints of cocoa. The palate is full of vibrant bright fruit, this wine exhibits plum, cherry and cranberry flavors, well-balanced with earthy, savory undertones with a delightful layer of chocolate.
 
2016 Jules Taylor Pinot Noir $22
JT’s Pinot Noir is generous on the nose, showing vibrant aromas of dark cherry, black plum and hints of spice. The wild fermentation along with extended lees maturation have added complexity and texture to the dark cherry and raspberry characters found on the palate. The finish is dry with a nice touch of dark chocolate.

Madrona Wine Merchants offers free wine tastings featuring 4-5 selections on a theme every Saturday from 2pm until the bottles run out and on Sunday we offer a mini-tasting of two wines all day from 11-5pm.

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