This Saturday we’re sipping some summery Spanish wines to start the coming season. We’ll be tasting some old vines with great value. Come join us.
2017 Pazo Señorans, Albariño $20
From the Rias Baixas zone of Gallicia, on the northwest coast of Spain, Pazo Señorans lies in close proximity to the sea on acidic, sandy soils created by the natural decomposition of the granitic bedrock below. The Pazo takes Albarino to a whole new level. The wine is wonderfully perfumed with round viscous body packed with a cornucopia of citrus flavors.
2018 Borsao Rosé $9
This crisp and lush Rosé from the Campo de Borja DO in northeastern Spain a historic region that has produced wine since the late 12th century where the continental climate is mitigated by the “Cierzo” wind that cools the vineyards. This Rosé has aromas of berries and white flowers. It is very young and fresh in the mouth, well balanced with its acidity, rich in floral nuances and spices with hints of tangerine and Asian pear.
2017 Carlos Serres, Old-Vine Tempranillo 11
The Tempranillo grapes for this wine were selected by the winemaker from their growers’ best sources of old vines, ones that are 50+ years old and in some of the best terroirs around Haro in La Rioja. The wine has aromas of fresh, red and black fruit, licorice and vanilla notes. In the mouth the fruit is intense and long, and also finishes with fresh acidity.
2016 Espelt Old Vine Garnacha $12
The Garnacha from Espelt comes from their highest elevation vineyard, Rabós, tucked in the Albera Nature Reserve Area. These are the oldest vines on the property with centenary Garnacha Negra grows on sandy slate and granite soils which give the wine depth of minerality and complexity.
2016 Mas Doix, Les Crestes Priorat $25
80% Grenache, 10% Carignan, 10% Syrah
A third of the grapes for Les Crestes come from vineyards of more than 50 years-old, and the rest come from vineyards with an average of 15-20 years-old. The wine is aged for eight months in two-year-old French barrels. The wine is unfined and unfiltered. Pure and freshly fruited, with wonderfully bright, expressive wild berry fruit flavors, this is a wine with balanced acidity, supple tannins, and true Priorat character with earthy, dark fruits, orange peel, chocolate, leather, cumin, and general freshness.
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.