This Saturday we are bouncing all over the place to pour some of our new (& old) favorite finds. Slovenia, Portugal, France Italy, & Spain — Hop on over to the shop and have a taste.
2014 Dveri, Pax Sivi Pinot $11
The Podravje region is Slovenia’s largest and most productive wine region with extensive wine hills. It shares the same elevation high elevation as Austria and northern Italy of up to 350 meters and wine growing here nets a distinctive ripe, very aromatic style of wine. The Sivi Pinot has notes of oriental spices, red apples and warm buttery notes and juicy stone fruit. Full bodied and dry Pinot Gris with lots of rich extracts and flavor. Was $20 now $11
2016 Orison, Pipa $12
43% Anao Vaz, 27% Arinto, 20% Roupeiro, 10% Verdelho
The 2016 Pipa White wine was fermented in stainless steel and aged in oak. Hand battonage, the process of stirring the lees in-barrel, uniquely influences the evolving texture and profile of the wine, highlighting a depth of mineral and fruit, clean-citrus, melon, and stone.
2017 La Montagnette, Cotes du Rhone Villages $14
50% Syrah, 35% Grenache, 15% Mourvédre
A non-interventionist CDR. no cultured yeasts, no filtration, no fining, no enzymes, no SO2 on the grapes at harvest (or during the vinification), only a little bit for bottling, just great tasting Rhone wine.
2015 La Bioca, Ronchi Barbaresco $30
A Cru Babaresco with aromas of luxurious dark cherry and raspberry fruit mixed with herbal notes. The palate is intense, with savory fruit, earth notes and fine tannins.
Was $35 now $30
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.