This Saturday we are touring the diverse faces of Spanish wine – from the crisp and slightly effervescent Txakoli to a rich well-developed Rioja. Come take the tour with us.
2017 Rezabal Txakoli Blanco $15
100% Hondarrabi Zuri
Rezabal is a family owned winery located in the Basque country of Spain with a vineyard of 22 hectares planted in a traditional high trellis system. Hondarribi Zuri, a white grape variety, displays very bright, refreshing and fruity aromas and benefits from the consistent see breeze blowing in the vineyard daily, bringing great freshness, salinity and acidity to those wines. Naturally fizzy, the wine has aromas of intense fresh citrus fruits and green apple, bright acidity and low alcohol. 10.5% alcohol by volume
2017 Oinoz Verdejo $13
From Rueda, the Oinos displays tropical, fruity aromas and floral notes of white flower, hay and fresh grass, which mingle with elegant aniseed touches. It is structured on the palate, striking a perfect balance between acidity and volume which lends it a notable freshness. 13% alcohol by volume
2015 Jane Ventura Reserva de la Música Brut Rosé $17
The vineyards for la Musica in the Northeast of Spain are at a high location of 700 meters. The wine is aged for 2 years on the leas setting it apart from most Cava. The expression of this grape is notable, as well as being very delicate and loaded with fragrance. The bouquet offers up a complex variety of harmonious aromas, with notes of cherries, green apple, strawberry, and cream, pearly minerals and floral perfume with small and delicate bubbles. 12% alcohol by volume
2017 Viladellops, Garnatxa $14
Finca Viladellops is 60 hectares of vineyards located in a 15 km mountain range along the Mediterranean coast with calcareous soils in the D.O. Penedès. The Garnatxa is an intense, fresh, fruity wine with touches of ripe red fruit and notes of licorice, balsamic and tones of resin.
2012 Vina Cerrada, Rioja Reserva $20
85% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano, 5% Mazuelo
A well-aged wine, this Reserva is cherry red with brick red tones. There are intense, spicy, ripe cherry and plum aromas merged with notes of tobacco, toffee, vanilla and wood. On the palate, the body is full and fleshy with excellent balance.
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.