Archive for July 27, 2019

A little bit of everything…

The weather looks to be a little bit of everything this weekend in Madrona, with cloudy and showers giving way to summer sun.  At least that is the forecast.  But for sure we have some tasty wines from France and Italy open for tasting here at the shop.

Saturday it is France.
Veuve Moisans Brut, Blanc de Blancs $12
Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc.
2017 Chateau Vignol, Entre deux Mers $14
60% Sauvignon Blanc, 15% Sauvignon Gris, 15% Sémillon, 10% Muscadelle,
2015 Joseph Castan, Côtes du Rhône Villages, Plan de Dieu $15
Grenache and Syrah
2015 Château Les Hauts de Plaisance, Haut Medoc  $15
50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc
2014 Château Eugénie,  Cuvée Réservée de l’Aïeul, Cahors  $20
90% Malbec, 10% Tannat

Sunday it is Italy.
2018 Serre dei Roveri Roero Arneis  $14
Arneis
The Sartirano family’s Serre dei Roveri wines include Barolo, Barbera, Gavi, Barbaresco and Moscato d’Asti. Their Arneis is floral-scented, whose delicate aromas belie the wines’ relatively full bodies and generous flavors – typically of pear and apricot rounded out with a creamy hint of hazelnut. Great pairings would be spaghetti with garlic and olive oil, calamari, Waldorf salad. 12.5% alcohol by volume
2018 Uggiano Montesperso  $10
Sangiovese di Toscana
Ruby red with violet reflections. Pleasant and lingering bouquet recalling cherries and floral notes, predominantly rich violet. Dry, soft and balanced on the palate. A harmonious finale, leaving a very fine and lasting taste. Pair with savory first courses, roasted and stewed meats. 12.5% alcohol by volume

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.

Ah France!

Saturday, July 27th, 2pm

This Saturday we breath in a breath of fresh air from France.  Lively Bubbles, a crisp white, a Rhone red, a beautiful Bordeaux and a dark Malbec.  Swing by the shop for a sip.

Veuve Moisans Brut, Blanc de Blancs $12
Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc.
An elegant, lively Blanc de Blancs with a fruity, floral nose and complex, elegant flavors. Its lively qualities are the result of a lengthy aging process with the grape pulps. It shows a w well balanced acidity and gives a smooth long finish.
 
2017 Chateau Vignol, Entre deux Mers $14
60% Sauvignon Blanc, 15% Sauvignon Gris, 15% Sémillon, 10% Muscadelle,
The Vignol is full of apple and pear flavors. Its crisper side offers a more lemon and tangy citrus character. These two elements are coming together in a balanced wine.
 
2015 Joseph Castan, Côtes du Rhône Villages, Plan de Dieu $15
Grenache and Syrah
The Castan Plan de Dieu is a very harmonious Côtes du Rhône with fine, dark fruit flavors and spicy notes from a lesser known (so good value) appellation. Its palate offers black berries, spices and herbal hints. Its texture is pleasantly structured and round on the palate. The tannins are soft and initiate a fruity finish.
 
2015 Château Les Hauts de Plaisance, Haut Medoc  $15
50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc
This second wine from Château Pontoise Cabarus has a complex aromatic nose of red fruit, berries, coffee, and spice. The palate has a delicious balance of fruit, tannins, and acidity this wine tastes of cherry and blackberry, with a hint of coffee and chocolate.
 
2014 Château Eugénie,  Cuvée Réservée de l’Aïeul, Cahors  $20
90% Malbec, 10% Tannat
The “black wine” of France, this Malbec from Cahors is aged eighteen months in barrel, giving an aromatic complexity (notes roasted, vanilla, dark chocolate, very ripe black fruit, violet), The palate has a “gentle power” of velvety tannins, concentrated, and full of fruit and freshness.  13% alcohol by volume

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.

Weekend Wellness

It looks like we are in for a beautiful weekend here in Madrona.  Here at the wine shop we are making it even better with summery sampling of tasty wines.  Come have a taste and improve your weekend as well.

Saturday we have five pure varietals from Italy.
2017 Vallevo, Trebbiano $10
2016 Marangona, Lugana, Tre Campane $18
2015 Agostion Pavia, Barbera di Asti Moliss $20
2017 Anna Maria Abbona, Dolcetto di Dogliani Sori Dij $21
Barbolini, Grasparossa di Castolvente Lambrusco $15

Sunday we are cracking open two Rosés from “the Continent” to keep up with our warm weather.
2018 Regaleali, Le Rosé  $14
Nerello Mascalese
Le Rosé offers delicate aromas of cherry, raspberry, blackberry, and, appropriate to its name, rose petals. Rich on the palate with refreshing acidity and a long, flavorful finish, this is what Sicilians enjoy in the summertime.
2018 J P Bourgeois, Elicio Rose  $13
60% Grenache, 40% Syrah
The Elicio has aromas full of fresh red raspberry notes, the palate confirms the aromas revealed by the creamy nose. Very fruit forward, this wine can be enjoyed with your everyday meals or by itself.

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.

Pure Varieties

Saturday, July 20th, 2pm

This Saturday we’re experiencing the pure flavor of five Italian grape varietals. The wines are focused and fresh, and very distinct.  Join us as we taste our way through Trebbiano, Verdicchio, Barbera, Dolcetto and Lambrusco Grasparossa.
 
2017 Vallevo, Trebbiano  $10
From a small co-operative winery in the Abruzzo region, this Trebbiano has aromas of almond, citrus and a hint of herbs. It is bone dry and finishes with a very attractive hint of apple-skin.
 
2016 Marangona,  Lugana,  Tre Campane  $18
The Lugana appellation is around the base of Lake Garda, one of the most beautiful places in Italy. Lugana is in fact made of a kind of Verdicchio, which is known near Lake Garda as Trebbiano di Lugana or Turbiana.  Tre Campane means ‘three bells,’ signifying the three communes of Lugana where the grapes for this cuvee are grown.  The Tre Campani has the aroma and flavor of almonds, herbs, citrus and a hint of apricot.  It is long and medium-bodied, with very fresh acidity. 
 
2015 Agostion Pavia, Barbera di Asti Moliss $20
Agostino Pavia and his sons Giuseppe (‘Pino’) and Mauro make this single-vineyard Barbera from old vines and aged in large Slovenian oak ovals (‘botti’) and 500L barrels; it is the closest thing to a traditional Asti but cleaner and more concentrated. (These larger oval barrels, usually made of Eastern European oak, give the wine only a hint of oak aroma, when new, and a different texture.) This Barbera has the aroma of raspberries with a hint of herbs.  The palate has a broad, meaty quality from the aging in large barrels and good acidity, not to mention a long, persistent finish.
 
2017 Anna Maria Abbona, Dolcetto di Dogliani  Sori Dij $21
The quality of Dolcetto from the village of Dogliani has been skyrocketing in the last few years, and Anna Maria’s work is a good example of this. Her oldest vines were planted by her grandfather in the thirties, and the vineyards are steep and perfectly exposed. Sori’ is Piedmontese dialect for the sunny south face of a hill. This is classic Dogliani Dolcetto, fermented and aged in stainless steel. It shows great color, reddish purple and violet-tinged, aromas of blueberries and tealeaf, and some tea tannins to go with the abundant fruit on the palate.
 
Barbolini, Grasparossa di Castolvente Lambrusco  $15
Lambrusco is a family of grape varieties, Lambrusco Grasparossa is the particular variety of Lambrusco, and Castelvetro is where it’s from (near Modena). The grapes are estate grown and fermented into a dry red base wine, then batches of the base wine are re-fermented in special reinforced tanks to add bubbles. The wine is bottled in a champagne bottle with a champagne cork. This wine bears no resemblance to the mass-produced Lambrusco that was popular some years ago.   The wine is an attractive purplish red with vigorous purple foam when poured.  The aroma is of plums and black fruit; medium weight on the palate, dry and plummy, with a faint bitterness at the finish.

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.

Bastille Day Weekend

This Sunday is Bastille Day, which gives us a great excuse to drink French wines all weekend long.  Sunday is also the Artist Reception for our new show by Hillary Moore. Here’s the line up.

Saturday we are drinking Summery Things from France: White, Bubbles, Pink, & Poulsard.  The bubbles pop at 2pm.
2017 HB Pomerol Picpoul $13
2014 D’Orschwihr Cremant d’Alsace Extra Brut Rosé $21

2018 La Croix Belle Rosé $10
2018 Moulin de La Roque, Les Adrets Bandol Rosé $23
2015 Domaine Rolet Arbois Vieilles Vignes Poulsard  $24

Sunday we have a pair of very affordable wines from the Lanquedoc by Pech Céleyran.
.2014 Pech Céleyran Cuvée Ombline Blanc  $9
Chardonnay, Viognier, and Muscat
A blend that exceeds it parts. The nose is composed of aromas of white flowers, grapefruit, with a hint of almond. In the mouth, it is fresh, fruity, with a beautiful roundness.
2016 Pech Céleyran Cuvée Ombline Rouge  $9
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Malbec
Balanced and delicious, this blend has inviting notes of red berry, fresh herbs, plum, blackberry and a hint of leather. Cuvée Ombline is sustainably-grown, hand-picked and an excellent value.

Artist Reception Sunday 3 to 5pm
Dreamy Landscapes, Whimsical Patterns
by Hillary Moore 

Hillary Moore is an illustrator whose artwork is inspired by the whimsical, magical qualities of the natural world. Working in watercolor, gouache and graphite, she loves exploring patterns from nature and bringing dreamy landscapes to life. As a life-long lover of children’s literature, she is especially interested in illustrating images that capture the wonder of a child’s perspective.

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.

Summery Things from France

White, Bubbles, Pink, & Poulsard

Saturday, July 13th, 2pm

Forget what the weather is here.  Forget what the weather is there.  Drop by and taste some great wines this Saturday at the wine shop and get ready for Bastille Day.
 
2017 HB Pomerol Picpoul $13
100% Picpoul
A traditional local variety planted on sun-drenched hillsides in the Mediterranean garrigue (garrigue is the name given to open scrubland made up of low-growing, dwarf bushy shrubs including holm oak, juniper, broom and wild herbs such as rosemary, thyme and sage). The vines are 15-20 years old. The wine has fine aromas of grapefruit and exotic fruit with Lime flavors and focused acidity—the hallmarks of Picpoul.  It is crisp and fresh and ready for summer or shellfish.
 
2014 D’Orschwihr Cremant d’Alsace Extra Brut Rosé $21
Pinot Noir
This rosé has spent 3 years on slats which gives it its persistent bubbles.  The nose opens gently towards red fruit notes, the fine and distinguished palate finds a fine balance between liveliness and silky structure.
 
2018 La Croix Belle Rosé $10
50% Syrah, 50% Grenache
This lively, fruity rose is filled with ripe, juicy fruits, rose petals and pear drops.  It has an intense nose of rose petals and pear drop candies, with a ripe juicy acidity in the mouth.
 
2018 Moulin de La Roque, Les Adrets Bandol Rosé $23
70% Mourvèdre, 20% Grenache, 10% Cinsault
Les Adrets means “Sunny Side” as the vineyards that produce Les Adrets sit upon hillsides facing south east, steep enough to require the growers to plant the vines in stone wall terraces called “restanques”.  Les Adrets is produced from younger vines planted in the five diverse Bandol soil types: rudist limestone, Triassac pebbles, black marl, sandy marl, and red sand.  This wine is warm, ripe and fruity. Red-berry flavors have a smoky edge as well as crisp perfumed acidity, giving richness and freshness at the same time.
 
2015 Domaine Rolet Arbois Vieilles Vignes Poulsard  $24
100% Poulsard
The Rolet is made exclusively from the low yield production Poulsard grapes from 50 year old vines and then aged in older large casks for 12 months.  The Vieilles Vignes has a nose red fruits, strawberries and cherry — pleasant acidity and bright red fruit lead the way, with subtle spice and a gamey, wild undertone. On the palate there is a good balance of fine tannins making it an extremely pleasant wine.

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.

Hillary Moore Artist Reception

July 14th, 3-5PM


Dreamy Landscapes,
Whimsical Patterns

Hillary Moore

Hillary Moore is an illustrator whose artwork is inspired by the whimsical, magical qualities of the natural world. Working in watercolor, gouache and graphite, she loves exploring patterns from nature and bringing dreamy landscapes to life. As a life-long lover of children’s literature, she is especially interested in illustrating images that capture the wonder of a child’s perspective.

This series of paintings and drawings came about when Hillary embarked on the #100dayproject, beginning in April, and pledged to spend time exploring her illustration obsessions every day for 100 days. These obsessions include moths, night time, mushrooms, leaf-patterns and playing with scale.

Visit her website, www.hillarymoore.com, to see more of her work.

Liquid Sunshine

The forecast is for grey skies this weekend in Madrona, but here at the wine shop we have some sunny wines from Italy and France lined up to brighten the day if not the weather.  Come by and have a taste..

Saturday we have some easy going, great value wines from Italy.
2017 Terre del Bruno, Albore  $16
80% Vermentino, 20% Trebbiano
2015 Alcesti Edesia  $15
Grillo
2014 Pometti, Toscana Rosso   $15
Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
2015 Alcesti Admeto $15
Syrah
2014 Talamonti Tre Saggi  $21
Montepluciano

Sunday we move to the south of France with a Cinsault Rosé from the Languedoc and an Village level old-vine blend from the Rhone.
2018 Reserve de Marande Cinsault Rosé $10
From the Languedoc, the Marande is 100% Cinsault. It is fresh and fruity with raspberries, pears and cherries, a flowery light body, pleasant acidity, and a medium finish. 12% alcohol by volume
2016 Lauribert Carelette Valréas Côtes du Rhone Villages $12
70% Grenache, 30% Syrah
From old-vine vineyards on clay-limestone soil. The Carelette is a rich and well-balanced Rhone with woodland aromas and dry berry fruit and a spicy finish. 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.

Happy 4th of July!

Madrona Wine Merchants will be OPEN today from Noon to 3:30 for those last-minute holiday wine needs.

Summer in Italy

Saturday, July 6th, 2pm

This Saturday we are featuring some easygoing Italian wines to match the good weather.  Come load up the picnic basket with these great value wines. They are fresh, lively and highly addictive.  Come get hooked.

2017 Terre del Bruno, Albore  $16
80% Vermentino, 20% Trebbiano
Made by Fattoria Pogni a 3rd generation family winery in in Florence, Terre del Bruno is dedicated to the founding grandfather.  This Tuscan white is  fresh, fruity, intense, floral bouquet; lively palate.
 
2015 Alcesti Edesia  $15
Grillo
A family run winery in Sicily Alscesti has 30 hectares of land that lie between Marsala, Mazara and Salemi, with altitudes ranging from 100 to 280 meters, express the typical Sicilian territory of vineyards inherited from their forefathers The Grillo has a strong bouquet of yellow fruits with delicate nuances of citrus fruits and herbs. It has great freshness and is tangy on the palate. a good body & bright citrus fruit flavors.  Organic

2014 Pometti, Toscana Rosso
Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
A tasty little Super Tuscan with rich cherry and beery flavors  mixed with some earth and coffee note.
 
2015 Alcesti Admeto $15
Syrah
This Sicilian Syrah has a rich and mellow bouquet and notes of wild berries in perfect harmony with spicy hints of black pepper and balsamic notes. It has a generous flavor, with a pleasant tannic, velvety and persistent sensation.

2014 Talamonti Tre Saggi  $21
Montepluciano
The Talamonti vineyard-estate comprises 32 hectares dedicated to the production of classic Abruzzo grapes, Trebbiano d’Abruzzo, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo & Pecorino, as well as Merlot grapes currently used in a blend for their Kudos wine with the Montepulciano. Their Tre Saggi (“three wise men”) is a plush and rich, oak-driven Montepulciano. Dark chocolate, spice, clove and blackberry are presented in an incredibly soft and integrated fashion.

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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