Archive for September 28, 2019

Loire, Provence, Rhone & Lebanon

As Fall fills the air, wine fills our glasses.  It is Mark’s birthday today here at Madrona Wine.  Stop by and wish him “many returns”.  And of course, there are some interesting wines to try.

Saturday come taste some terroir of the Loire, Provence and the Côtes-du-Rhône
2018 Patient Cottat, Le Grande Caillou  $12
Sauvignon Blanc
2018 Miraval, Rosé  $20
Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah, Rolle
2017 Famille Perrin, Nature Organic Red  $13
Grenache, Syrah
2016 Famile Perrin, Vinsobres Les Cornuds $20
50% Grenache, 50% Syrah
2016 Domaine Les Adrets, Bandol Rouge $21
95% Mourvèdre, 5% Carignan

Sunday we have new wines from Lebanon. Over 4000 years ago, the Phoenicians sold Lebanese wine through-out the Mediterranean region, and they were credited with having introduced the flavorful nectar into the Spanish and Italian markets. Today we taste two new ones that have made their way into the shop.
2017 Château Ksara Merwah  $15
100% Merwah
Crystalline bright lemon yellow color, aromatic nose of fresh lemon zest, white peach blossoms and dusty dried baking herbs with just a hint of crushed gravel minerality. The palate is medium-bodied, relatively taut but deliciously vibrant and fresh. There is textural weight and a sleek, seamless mouthfeel with layers of lemon biscuit, Japanese green tea, lemon bon bons, white peach pastille finishing with a juicy green apple crunch. 12.5% alcohol by volume
2016 Château Ksara Reserve Du Couvent  $15
40% Syrah, 30% Cabernet France, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon
Founded by the Jesuits Fathers in 1857, the grapes are grown on the slopes of the Bekka Valley. This wine with its dark ruby-red color is a fusion of finesse and elegance; with notes of beautifully integrated oak and vanilla enveloped in supple, pure and round tannins and a wonderful persistence on the palate. Hand Harvested

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.

Loire, Provence, & Rhone

Saturday, September 28th, 2pm

Fall is in the air, and French wines are filling our glasses.  So grab your beret and come taste some terroir of the Loire, Provence and the Côtes-du-Rhône.

2018 Patient Cottat, Le Grande Caillou  $12
Sauvignon Blanc
The Fournier family have been farming and producing wines in Sancerre for generations. Le Grande Caillou “the big rock” doesn’t make the cut to be labeled Sancerre, but at this price we won’t quibble.  Clean, bright and refreshing, this is a perfect Loire Sauvignon Blanc for all occasions.

2018 Miraval, Rosé  $20
Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah, Rolle
Owned by the Jollie Pit “family”  but made by a real life Provencal wine maker, the Miraval rosé is a wonderful blend of fruits aromas and freshness, made on an exceptional terroir in Provence.  Special Fall price.

2017 Famille Perrin, Nature Organic Red  $13
Grencahe, Syrah
Certified organic, Perrin Nature is not only an organic Côtes-du-Rhône but also good wine. Using their experience in organic farming at Beaucastel (one of the first big estates to turn to organic farming 40 years ago), this wine is a beautiful expression of fruit with delicate and soft tannins.  Rich in the mouth, it offers a nice complexity with aromas of spices, garrigue, blackcurrant and white pepper.

2016 Famile Perrin, Vinsobres Les Cornuds $20
50% Grenache, 50% Syrah
Vinsobres, a beautiful village located north of Châteauneuf du Pape  is cultivated primarily on terraces particularly suitable for Syrah. It develops notes of violet, smoked meat and blackberries. The Grenache is also suited to this terroir, full bodied and not heavy, with notes of black chocolate, cherry and typical Garrigue aromas.  Well balanced and complex in the mouth, it offers a nice acidity, freshness and a hint of bitterness reminiscent of limestone.

2016 Domaine Les Adrets, Bandol Rouge $21
95% Mourvèdre, 5% Carignan
Les Adrets means “Sunny Side” in French and in practical use refers to a slope soaked by the sunshine. 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”. The grapes are from younger vines planted in the five diverse Bandol soil types: rudist limestone, Triassac pebbles, black marl, sandy marl, and red sand.  The wine is unmistakably rich, almost burly with deep, ripe fruit and playful, peppery spice.

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.

Loire, Provence, & Rhone

Saturday, September 28th, 2pm

Fall is in the air, and French wines are filling our glasses.  So grab your beret and come taste some terroir of the Loire, Provence and the Côtes-du-Rhône
 
2018 Patient Cottat, Le Grande Caillou  $12
Sauvignon Blanc
The Fournier family have been farming and producing wines in Sancerre for generations. Le Grande Caillou “the big rock” doesn’t make the cut to be labeled Sancerre, but at this price we won’t quibble.  Clean, bright and refreshing, this is a perfect Loire Sauvignon Blanc for all occasions.

2018 Miraval, Rosé  $20
Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah, Rolle
Owned by the Jollie Pit “family”  but made by a real life Provencal wine maker, the Miraval rosé is a wonderful blend of fruits aromas and freshness, made on an exceptional terroir in Provence.  Special Fall price.
 
2017 Famille Perrin, Nature Organic Red  $13
Grencahe, Syarh
Certified organic, Perrin Nature is not only an organic Côtes-du-Rhône but also good wine. Using their experience in organic farming at Beaucastel (one of the first big estates to turn to organic farming 40 years ago), this wine is a beautiful expression of fruit with delicate and soft tannins.  Rich in the mouth, it offers a nice complexity with aromas of spices, garrigue, blackcurrant and white pepper.
 
2016 Famile Perrin, Vinsobres Les Cornuds $20
50% Grenache, 50% Syrah
Vinsobres, a beautiful village located north of Châteauneuf du Pape  is cultivated primarily on terraces particularly suitable for Syrah. It develops notes of violet, smoked meat and blackberries. The Grenache is also suited to this terroir, full bodied and not heavy, with notes of black chocolate, cherry and typical Garrigue aromas.  Well balanced and complex in the mouth, it offers a nice acidity, freshness and a hint of bitterness reminiscent of limestone.
 
2016 Domaine Les Adrets, Bandol Rouge $21
95% Mourvèdre, 5% Carignan
Les Adrets means “Sunny Side” in French and in practical use refers to a slope soaked by the sunshine. 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”. The grapes are from younger vines planted in the five diverse Bandol soil types: rudist limestone, Triassac pebbles, black marl, sandy marl, and red sand.  The wine is unmistakably rich, almost burly with deep, ripe fruit and playful, peppery spice.

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.

R. López de Heredia Tasting CANCELLED

We are sorry to announce that our R. López de Heredia tasting schedule for this evening has been cancelled. We are trying to notify everyone via email, but we are one address shy.

Jim is feeling under the weather, and I’m not far behind and we would hate to pass along anything.

We have the wines in stock so we will be rescheduling this in the next few weeks.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

Equilibrium

It is the equinox this weekend, which in Madrona means finding a balance between sun & showers.  Fall seems to have settled in, but as we adjust to the new season we have some great wine tastings this weekend to help with our equilibrium.  We’ll start at the end and work our way back.

Sunday Evening we’ll be tasting the well-aged wines of López de Heredia.  This starts at 5:30 pm after we close the shop and costs $20.We have a few spots left if you’d like to join us.
2009 Viña Tondonia Rosé Gran Reserva $28
2010 Viña Gravonia Blanco Crianza $27
2005 Viña Tondonia Blanco Reserva $45
2010 Lopez de Heredia Viña Cubillo Crianza $24
2006 Viña Tondonia Reserva $44

Sunday from 11 to 5 we’ll be featuring two wines from the Sant’ Elena Winery of Friuli/Venezia in Northeastern Italy. This winery also likes to age its wines a bit before sending them to market.
2011 Sant’ Elena Chardonnay  $12
Bright acidity frames this lively Chardonnay. It offers flavors of stone fruit, Gala apple, almond and citrus zest.
2001 Sant’ Elena Merlot  $17
A 17-year-old Merlot from Friuli that is far from giving up the ghost.  Smooth developed flavors and soft tannin.

And Saturday, we are going back to nature with Organic & Biodynamic Wines from Italy, France & Portugal. Come celebrate the equinox with these balanced natural wines. This starts at 2pm.
2018 La Staffa, “Mai Sentito” Verdicchio Frizzante $19
2018 Le Fraghe, Garganega Veneto $15
2017 Le Fraghe “L’escluso” Bardolino $16
2017 Les Amethystes, Chiroubles $20
2015 Casa de Mouraz, Dao Tinto $18

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.

Back to Nature

Organic & Biodynamic Wines

from Italy, France & Portugal

Saturday, September 21st, 2pm

Join us this Saturday as we taste a new line up of organic wines from local distributor Owen Kottler.  Come celebrate the equinox with these balanced natural wines.
 
2018 La Staffa, “Mai Sentito” Verdicchio Frizzante $19
Young winemaker Riccardo Baldi is behind La Staffa in the town of Staffolo in the Marche. He has 10 HA of vineyards he farms.  In the cellar, only native yeast is utilized. Just as in the vineyard, with all winemaking, Riccardo acts with total respect for the grape and for the viticultural traditions of the area. The family produces wine exclusively from grapes grown on estate vineyards. “Mai Sentito”means “never heard”, as in I’ve never heard of a sparking Verdicchi.
 
2018 Le Fraghe, Garganega Veneto $16
Nestled between the eastern shores of Lake Garda, the hills of Valpolicella and the ancient city of Verona is where we find Matilde Poggi’s vineyards. Her winery is outside of the town of Affi. She makes her wine naturally (no additives, native yeast, no enzymes). From Matilde: “I love this earth, every square metre of it somehow different, brought here by the glaciers that carved out, in remotest times, the the bed of the lake and the valley of the Adige river. Everything that I do in the vineyard is aimed at respecting and preserving those unique and literally incomparable qualities that I find only in my wines.”
 
2017 Le Fraghe “L’escluso” Bardolino $16
Like her Garganega, L’escluso is organically grown,  harvested by hand, and vinified with native yeast. The fermentation at a cool-temperature, the cap is managed daily – délestage in the morning &  pumpover in the evening. Malolactic fermentation and maturation is in stainless-steel until bottling the following spring
 
2017 Les Amethystes, Chiroubles $20
Located in the AOC Morgon, Michel Guignier prefers a natural approach to winemaking and believes a wine should above all be the fruit of the earth.  “Too many chemicals prevent the terroir from coming through in the wine”.  His wines are steeped in terroir, the yields are low and the harvest is done by hand. The grapes are pressed in a wooden press and matured in oak barrels on their lees.
 
2015 Casa de Mouraz,  Dao Tinto  $18
Tinta-Roriz, Touriga-Nacional, Jaen, Alfrocheiro
In the DÃO region of Portugal these vineyards of 30-40 year old vines in Granitic soils are worked using biodynamic practices and are certified ECOCERT since 1997.  The wine is a field blend using natural vinificatio, then matured in old, inert French oak barrels for 8 months.  Cherry and strawberries, intense bouquet of red fruits, plum and rosemary with notes of dark chocolate.

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.

Good Wine and New Art

It looks like a wet weekend here in Madrona.  But here at Madrona Wine we have a lot of things going on to chase the clouds away.

Saturday, we are tasting South African wines from Morgenster. 
2019 Morgenster Sauvignon Blanc (unwooded) Stellenbosch $14
2016 Morgenster Cabernet Franc Stellenbosch $16
2014 Morgenster Cabernet Sauvignon Stellenbosch $16 
2010 Morgenster Lourens River Valley Estate Red $21
50% Cabernt Franc, 33% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot

Sunday we are off to Bordeaux for some excellent examples of the terrior. Join us as we pop over to France for an afternoon of tasting.
2015 Saint Sulpice Bordeaux Blanc  $10
Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon
Fresh lemon and Mirabelle plum notes stream through, laced with verbena and chamomile to round of the nose. This wine is fresh and dry with bright minerality on the palate. 13% alcohol by volume. Was $20 now $10
2015 Château de Birot Côtes de Bordeaux  $15
87% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon
Located on the beautiful hillsides of Cadillac, overlooking the Garonne River, 22 miles south of the city of Bordeaux, Château de Biro has been producing wine for over 200 years. This sturdy young Bordeaux has dark fruit flavors and spicy tannins. 13% alcohol by volume

Artist Reception
We cap off Sunday afternoon with the artist reception for Suzanne Brooker and her new show “Between Summer and Fall” that is hanging in the shop.  Come see the show and meet the Artist from 3-5pm.

Between Summer and Fall
A collection of oil studies by Suzanne Brooker

Nature is the best teacher. In these paintings I worked to better understand the patterns and chaos of organic forms through oil painting techniques.

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.

Morgenster

Stellenbosch, South Africa

Saturday, September 14th, 2pm

One of South Africa’s oldest wineries with roots tracing back to 1711, Morgenster has been owned since 1992 by the now-late Giulio Bertrand and his family, who significantly upgraded facilities and enlisted the expertise of Pierre Lurton (Cheval Blanc) along with minimalist-approach winemaker Henry Kotze to produce exceptional, age-worthy blends from and alongside their mostly estate-grown single varieties. One of the Southernmost properties in Stellenbosh, Morgenster enjoys relatively cooler maritime climate keeping the wines fresh and delicious.
 
2019 Morgenster Sauvignon Blanc (unwooded) Stellenbosch $14
A hand-harvested, unwooded Sauvignon Blanc sourced from some of the top white vineyards in the Helderberg ward. The 2018 vintage was superb for white grapes, with a dry growing season featuring significant day/night temperature variations.
 
2016 Morgenster Cabernet Franc Stellenbosch $16
Grown in mixed soils with vines averaging 5-18 years of age.  The grapes are hand-harvested, and the wine aged 12 months (6 months on lees) in used French oak barrels followed by six months of bottle ageing prior to release.  This 100% Cabernet Franc possesses classic characteristics including a nose of lush cassis fruit with notes of cinnamon and clove.
 
2014 Morgenster Cabernet Sauvignon Stellenbosch $16 
This Stellembosch Cab Sauv is drawn from younger, 10-20-year-old vines.   Henry Kotze’s minimalist winemaking affords pure expression of lush red and black fruits in an approachable, terroir driven style, with Morgenster’s trademark silky smooth tannins in the background. Hand-harvested, destemmed and fermented in stainless steel tanks with minimal extraction to preserve freshness and fruit. The wine is aged 12 months in French oak barrels followed by several years of bottle ageing prior to release.
 
2010 Morgenster Lourens River Valley Estate Red $21
50% Cabernet Franc, 33% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot
An age-worthy Bordeaux-style blend dominated by Cabernet Franc and Merlot, using estate-grown grapes from Stellenbosch’s Helderberg district.  The wine is aged 18 months in French oak barrels (30% new) followed by several years of bottle ageing prior to release. The wine is a South African classic with aromas of Blackcurrant and cherry with spicy clove, chive, anis and butter developments. Well integrated vanilla, cacao and caramel smooths over into the palate.  The wine is plush with dark berry fruits, rounded silky tannins and the signature SA smoky note.

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.

R. López de Heredia

Sunday, September 22nd, 5:30 pm

$20 (plus tax)

We received a very small allocation of white and rosé wines from Lopez de Heredia and rather than put them on the shelf we thought we have them as a special tasting. Join us Sunday evening to try these very unique wines, along with some Tapas and we’ll still get you home for Sunday dinner. Space is limited.  Sign up to save a spot.

López de Heredia began in the nineteenth century when French negociants visited Rioja looking to find quality grapes since phylloxera had decimated their vineyards. Don Rafael López de Heredia y Landeta, an enthusiastic student of wine making, followed closely in their footsteps. Don Rafael fell in love with the region. Around 1877 he began the design and construction of the complex that is today known as the López de Heredia bodega (winery), the oldest in Haro and one of the first three houses in the Rioja region.
 
López de Heredia is renowned for long aging of their wines, ageing the white wines in oak for as long as reds. After the wines spend a long time in oak, the oaky tastes and aromas are overly noticeable and unbalanced. But, when left for a few years in bottles, the rough edges of oak become polished and balanced to create a seductive bouquet of spice, bitter almonds, vanilla and walnut, trademarks of the majestic and opulent Viña Tondonia whites.
 
2009 Viña Tondonia Rosé Gran Reserva $28
60% Garnacha, 30% Tempranillo, 10% Viura
Beautiful flavors of blood orange, berries, peach skin and almonds only begin to describe this wine, which also has a silken texture unlike any other rosé you have likely ever had.
 
2010 Viña Gravonia Blanco Crianza $27
The Gravonia comes from 45-year-old Viura vines in poor and stony soil. It has aged 4 years in barrel and 5 years in bottle before release. The wine is complex, nutty and truly unique with notes of petrol, beeswax and chamomile.
 
2005 Viña Tondonia Blanco Reserva $45
90% Viura, 10% Malvasia
Iconic white Rioja. Extremely complex, spicy, nutty and herbal thanks to 6 years of oak ageing. Loads of lemon and orange peel with green tea and fresh kumquat. Its palate profile is of wax, honey and pebble stones.
 
2010 Lopez de Heredia Viña Cubillo Crianza $24
65% Tempranillo, 25% Garnacho, 5% Mazuelo, 5% Graciano
From the vineyard Viña Cubillas, whose vines average 40 years of age, with a mixture of clay and limestone soil. This crianza ages for three years, being racked twice per year and then 5 in bottle before release.
 
2006 Viña Tondonia Reserva $44
75% Tempranillo, 15% Garnacha, 5% Graciano, 5% Mazeulo
A remarkable red with no concession to modernity, this Reserva is fermented in 140-year-old wooden vats followed by six years of ageing in oak casks, the rest in bottle. The wine has complex notes of spice, leather, cherries, balsamic and cigar box with a long savoy 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.

Woodinville and Coopers Creek

It is Fruit Fly season here in Madrona, and no wonder.  The corks are out of the bottles and they want to lap it up with the rest of us.  This weekend we are tasting near and far.  Come join us.

Saturday we are pouring the wines of Woodinville wonder Darby English.
2017 Native Rosé  $17
53% Mourvedre, 48% Granache from Stillwater Creek vineyard.
2015 Le Deuce Columbia Valley  $25
Viognier & Rousanne from Stillwater Creek and Stonetree Vineyards.
2013 Livewire Red Columbia Valley  $17
Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc from Stillwater Creek and Stonetree vineyards.
2016 Purple Haze Columbia Vallley  $20
Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Merlot and Petite Sirah from Dineen, Quintessence,
2014 Chaos Columbia Valley 2014  $25
52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 16% Petite Verdot and 4% Malbec from Quintessence, Dineen and Discovery vineyards.

Sunday we are tasting two deeply discounted wines from Coopers Creek in New Zealand.
2016 Coopers Creek Limeworks Chardonnay $12
A melange of vanilla, cream, sweet lemon, grapefruit, hazelnut, and subtle oak. This is a big, rich Chardonnay. It has weight, sweet fruit, beautiful texture and length. 13% alcohol by volume.  Was $22 Now $12
2014 Coopers Creek Pinot Noir  $12
A delightfully fresh, fruit driven Pinot. Black plums and black cherries on the nose intermingled with subtle French oak. Rich and firm on the palate with bold, sweet fruit. A core of ripe black cherry lingers on the finish. Was $20 Now $12

Coming up:  A special tasting of the wine of Lopez de Heredia.  Sunday evening September 22nd.  Stay tuned for more detail.

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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