Saturday we’re tasting our way through Iberia with some delicious wines from Spain and Portugal. The wines are crisp and summery and go great with Tapas, Paella, Jamón or any of a number of other dishes. Swing by the shop and have a taste.
Maset, Cava Brut Nature Nu Reserva $12
Macabeo, Parellada, Xarel·lo
Bodegas Maset has been making their delicious Cava for more than 200 years. The Nu Reserva has crisp, clean, citrus fruit notes of apple & pear.
2016 Aves De Sousa, Branco $13
Viosinho, Rabigato, Gouveio
This fresh Portuguese white has a very rich nose, citrus notes along with a great minerality, a rich mouthfeel and a dry finish.
2016 Cesar Langa, Frenesi $13
Merlot, Garnacha, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz
This family run winery started in the small village of Morata de Jiloca in 1867. Today the Langa family owns more than 70 hectares of vineyards spread over two Biodynamic farmed estates. The Frenesi has a very minerally aroma with spicy notes such as clove, cinnamon, pepper and vanilla. It has s ripe, even jam-like black fruit, beautiful tannins, a silky and round, muscular body.
2007 Gaston, Rioja Reserva $23
This aged Tempranillo has cherry aromas with vanilla and spicy, balsamic notes. On the palate: it provides a silky sensation of soft and at the same time elegant taste. It is fleshy, long and intense persistence.
2016 Maset, Mas Vilo Priorat $25
The grapes for the Mas Vilo are grown on steep llicorella slate slopes and terraces which are worked by mule and by hand. It is a space bathed in the dark, bright and shining tonalities of the slate, with ferruginous, reddish and rusty shades. The wine has ripe red fruit aromas (raspberry and blackberry) with mineral and balsamic recollections. On the palate it’s vibrant and flavorful, with sweet, elegant 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.