Saturday we are welcoming Autumn with some wines from Italy. We have some rich whites and deep reds. Come toast the season.
2017 Carpineto, Dogajolo Bianco $13
40% Chardonnay, 30% Grechetto, 30% Sauvignon Blanc
Dogajolo comes from the Italian word doga, meaning “stave” — the narrow strips of wood used to form oak casks. Produced from estate-grown fruit from the Montepulciano estate, each varietal is vinified separately in stainless steel tanks. medium-bodied white with pleasant citrus aromas and flavors, the Bianco is a young, fresh wine with a balanced acidity and clean, delicate finish.
2017 Vinosia, Fiano di Avellino $17
Vinosia is a family winery in Irpinia, the heart of Campania. . The winery consists of over 300 acres under cultivation, of which 1/3 are directly owned and the rest are under direct management with long-term contracts. The Fiano has hints of almonds, walnuts with floral notes and tropical fruits finishing dry, warm, smooth with hints of honey
2016 Carpineto, Dogajolo Red $13
80% Sangiovese, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon
The, Dogajolois briefly aged in oak rendering a medium-bodied red that is soft on the palate with a balanced acidity. The nose is fruity with hints of cherry, coffee, vanilla, and spice. It is full and soft on the palate with complex and well-developed flavors and tannins.
2016 Viberti, Langhe Nebbiolo $20
Viberti Nebbiolo is a fresh expression of Piedmont’s signature varietal, marked by ripe red fruit flavors, particularly cherries, and soft tannins. The wine si vinified in stainless steel, and aged for 9 months before being transferred into neutral oak barrels known as tini where it rests 2-3 months prior to bottling.
2015 Carpineto Chiant Classico Reserva $24
Produced from estate-owned vineyards located on the picturesque Tuscan countryside in the heart of the DOCG area. The wine is aged for 2+ years in a combination of French Barriques and Slovenian oak casks, followed by 6 months in steel and cement vats. It showcases a complex and elegant bouquet highlighted by persistent raspberry and vanilla aromas. It has a velvety mouthfeel with a full-bodied texture and lengthy finish of black fruits.
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.