As the jets roar overhead, head on down to the quiet calm of Madrona Wine Merchants for our Italian Saturday tasting starting at 2PM. From Prosecco to Cerasolo we’ll be digging into Italy’s multi-fruited wine scene. More insights will be provided from 2-4pm when the wineries representative will be on hand to answer questions.
Toffoli Prosecco di Conegliano-Valdob $15
Owner Vicenzo Toffoli has been running his Prosecco winery since 1964, when he first set it up in the Refrontolo hillside. Straw yellow with greenish reflections, fine and persistent perlage. Strong hints of floral, fresh fruit and citrus fruits. Pleasant and cheery. Full, harmonious, dry and sapid. 12.5% alcohol by volume
2018 Gorgo Bianco San Michelin $15
Cortese, Friulano, Trebbiano Toscano, Garganega
Nine grape varieties are sanctioned for use in Bianco di Custoza wines, although in practice the majority are based heavily on just three of them. The blend must contain Trebbiano Toscano (between 20% and 45% of the final blend), Garganega (20–40%) and Trebbianello (5–30%). The latter is a little-known variety which has been shown by DNA analysis to be a biotype of Tocai Friulano. Deep straw yellow color with bright hues. Vinous, slightly aromatic but persistent, scents of ripe fruits and citrus. Dry and smooth. Velvety, full-bodied and well-balanced.
2018 Tenuta del Priore, Campotino Rosé $10
Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo DOC
Intense rosé color. fruity perfume. Fresh and balanced taste. Perfect for
informal occasions. Pair with
fish-based main, pasta or rice dishes, meat or mushroom-based pasta or rice dishes. 13% alcohol by volume
2016 Mannucci Droandi Chianti $15
90% Sangiovese, 5% Canaiolo, 5% Ancient Tuscan red grapes
3rd Generation grape growers make this chianti that is complex for the money. Warm spice, bramble, red berry and mint on the deliciously complex nose, the palate has firm tannic structure, lots of lovely dark fruit of sloe and damson, some sweet red current earth and porcini. Organic
2017 Gulfi Cerasuolo di Vittoria $23
50% Frappato, 50% Nero d’Avola
Bright and snappy, this delightful Cerasuolo shows blackberry and cherry notes with a hint of spice, all bolstered by a lively acidity. Organic 13.5% 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.