Archive for November 30, 2019

Sustenance for the Holidays

Saturday, November 30th, 2pm

December is here and we need a little sustenance to make it through til the New Year. So of course we contacted Bill Meyer of Sustenance Distributing to come pour some wines to get you through the holiday season. He’ll be in the shop this Saturday sharing his wares. Come and taste some real holiday winners.
 
Pascal Ponson 1er Cru Champagne $39
80% Pinot Meunier, 10% Pinot Noir, 10% Chardonnay
Pascal Ponson is a small grower producer from Montagne de Reims. His Brut has rich and creamy aromas of red and yellow apple, quince, lemon blossom, white mushroom, honeysuckle, hazelnut, and delicate purple flowers are woven around a strong core of mineral notes. There is a lot of complexity here for the price.
2017 Dauvissat Petit Chablis $20
Chardonnay
Made from Vincent Dauvissat’s outlier vines located above Les Clos, on limestone soils, this wine has good focus and minerality with some of the savory complexity that’s the domain’s hallmark. It is very rich with classic notes of white flowers, citrus zest and struck flint over its silky fruit.
2007 Becker Landgraf Riesling, Gau-Odernheimer Trocken $24
Julia trained as a chartered engineer, Johannes as an oenologist, subsequently making the wines at his parents’ estate in Rheingau. In 2005 they married, and Johannes joined Julia in running her family estate in Gau-Odernheim. They dry-farm with as little intervention as possible, using only organic fertilizer, and interspersing green fallow plots in the vineyards. Their vineyard sites are distinctive, but are essentially calcareous clay. This aged Riesling has a pure, mineral driven Riesling notes accompanied by all the secondary note that only age provides.
2016 Edmond Monnot Maranges Les Saugeot $26
Pinot Noir
After taking over his father’s estate, Stephan Monnot built a new winery on the steep hillside below the family home designed to facilitate all movement of the wine by gravity for a more gentle journey from press to fermentation tank to barrel. His wines offer a great ratio of price to quality. This Maranges shows hints of pine and earth, mingled with tangy cherries and silky tannins on the finish. Drinking great now.
2015Domaine de la Gonorderie, Anjou Rouge $16
Cabernet Franc
Domaine de la Gonorderie is a 30-hectare. Family-owned and operated winery located only 15km away from Angers. Their Cab franc is a light bodied red, with soft red berry aromas, a fresh acidity and mineral finish. It is great for any occasion.

Sunday we’ll be pouring a pair from Piedmonte.  Both ore on special for $12
2012 Tacchino Dolcetto d’ Ovada  $12
Ripe, clean, fragrant strawberry-raspberry-scented wine with dusty tannins and brisk acidity. On the palate it is dry, medium-bodied, well balanced, with plenty of fruitiness. 13% alcohol by volume. Was $22 now $12
2016 Cantine Valpane Rosso Pietro  $12
Barbera di Monferrato
A deep, earthy fruit nose and a palate loaded with bright, spicy Barbera fruit and smooth tannins followed by a deliciously perfumed finish.  Was $15 now $12

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.

Thanksgiving Day

We’re

OPEN

Thanksgiving Day

11am-3pm


For Those Last-Minute Wine Emergencies
(like Mom got into the Dinner Wine last night)

Holiday Hours

Starting today we’ll be open Tuesdays from Noon until 7pm through New Year’s Eve.

This Thursday, Thanksgiving, we will be open from 11am to 3pm for those last-minute wine panics.

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone,

Mark & Jim
Madrona Wine Merchants.

Countdown to T-day

We are counting the days to Thanksgiving here in Madrona this weekend.  Stop on in and get something to go with the holiday meal.  We’ll be tasting some pairing suggestions if you need some inspiration. Starting this Tuesday we will be OPEN on Tuesdays from here through New Year.

Saturday we’ll be tasting:
Son of Man Sagardo Basque style Cider  $15
2018 David Hill Estate Gewurztraminer  $21
2016 Erste + Neue Kaltereresee Leuchternburg  $16
2015 Chateau de Javernand, Chiroubles Vieilles Vignes  $21

2014 Chateau de Caraguilhes Corbiers Rouge $16

Sunday we have two moor wines perfect for Thanksgiving.
2018 Bois d’Arlene La Comtesse  $16
40% Vermentino, 40% Viognier, 20% Piquepoul
This cuvée is lively and very aromatic. Floral and tropical fruit notes can be distinguished on the first nose, then citrus fruit notes appear. We will also find these flavors on the palate. A slight minerality provided by Piquepoul is making this cuvée unique and seductive. 13% alcohol by volume
2107 Pascal Aufranc Chénas  $13
Gamay
Big scoring Gamay for little bucks. “This is so fragrant and has a very fresh array of bright and fruity, wild red fruit that is so full of life on the palate. The strawberries are so pure here. Great depth and energy. Drink or hold.” 94pts James Suckling.

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.

Thanksgiving Wines

Saturday, November 23rd, 2pm

Thanksgiving is here and this Saturday we have arraigned a fine line up of wines to match heavy feasting.  Come pick something out to go with the holiday meal.  And don’t forget the Underberg.
 
Son of Man Sagardo Basque style Cider  $15
The 2018 Sagardo is the result of an exclusive collaboration between cidermakers Jasper Smith of Portland, Oregon and Guillermo Castaños of San Sebastian, Spain. Made from fruit grown in the Hood River and Willamette Valleys, the cider is spontaneously fermented by native yeasts and bottled unfiltered and unfined.  It ferments for four months in massive kupelas (American oak foeders) before it’s ready to drink.  It is a thirst quencher with clean, bright acidity, a touch of salinity and a soft tannic structure. Aromas of pineapple and tropical fruit lead to fresh green apple on the palate, before a gently astringent finish. Shake well to reintegrate the fine lees before serving.  At 6% alcohol you can drink both before and during the meal.
 
2018 David Hill Estate Gewurztraminer  $21
Intentionally picked to retain acidity, this Gewürztraminer is crafted in a dry Alsatian style, which enhances the subtle spice aromatics of fennel and clove. On the palate, flavors of peach skin and honeydew contribute to a crisp clean finish.  It makes for a beautiful food pairing wine.

2016 Erste + Neue Kaltereresee Leuchternburg  $16
Schiava (Vernatch)
A light-bodied red with lots of cherry flavors and soft tannins from the German speaking part of the Tyrolian Alps. This is a single-vineyard wine made from Venatsch (Schiava) the smaller berried cousin to the Edelvenatch.

2015 Chateau de Javernand, Chiroubles Vieilles Vignes  $21
Gamay
This high-toned Beaujolais comes from the oldest vines on the estate.  It is a rich and full-bodied wine with plenty of the bright, full concentration that comes from old vines. At the same time, it has attractive layers of ripe plum and blackberry fruits.
 
2014 Château de Caraguilhes Corbiers Rouge $16
The Caraguilhis rouge is a delicious organic red showing juicy red and black fruit-flavors with a soft texture made from Carignan, Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvèdre grapes. Corbieres is in the Pyrenean hill country where little other than grapes grow due to the exceptionally dry conditions.  It is packed with character, warmth and a soft, enticing texture, this fantastic organic wine has great depth and intensity. With juicy ripe red and black fruits comes subtle hints of wild herbs and sweet spice, along with a gentle savouriness from Mourvèdre in the blend. This is full of Gallic character and rustic charm.  Pass the Gravy!

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.

Warming Up

We are warming up for the holiday season here at the wine shop.  Thanksgiving is less than 2 weeks away and then we roll into December which is a fun time of year to be in the wine business.  Dodge the clouds and make your way into the shop to see what’s going on.

Saturday we have and especially festive line up for T-day and beyond:
2017 Pasquale Pelissero Nebbiolo Rosato Crose   $14
2016 Werner Näkel, Spätburgunder $40
Pinot Noir
2017 Chateau Coupe Roses Minervois La Bastide $17
Half Carignan and half Grenache with 5% Syrah,
2013 Fall Line Winery Cabernet Sauvignon $25
Giovanni Bosca Cardamaro Vino Amaro  $24

Sunday we are featuring two wines from Loire Valley winemaker Nicolas Idiart that would be great with the big bird.
2016 Nicolas Idiart Chenin Blanc  $14
This dry Chenin Blanc spent 10 months on lees in order to offer a plump mouthfeel with bright ginger-led core of yellow apple and fig with a mineral-tinged finish. Organic.
2018 Nicolas Idiart Pinot Noir  $14
This Loire Pinot is a great value.  Red berries with licorice and spices. It is harmonious and balanced, with a plump fruitiness and silky texture.

Wednesday, November 20th.
There are a few tickets left for the special Giovanni Rosso this Wednesday.

The wines of
Giovanni Rosso
With Davide Rosso
Wednesday, November 20th
6 to 8pm
Cavatappi Distribuzione, 4121 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134

 
Advance tickets are required for this event for $25 (plus tax) from Madrona Wine.
 
You get to try these wines:
2017 Giovanni Rosso Etna Bianco  $38
2016 Giovanni Rosso Etna Rosso  $55
2016 Giovanni Rosso Barbera d’Alba “Donna Margherita” DOC  $22
2017 Giovanni Rosso Langhe Nebbiolo DOC  $25
2014 Giovanni Rosso Barolo DOCG  $50
2014 Giovanni Rosso Barolo ‘Del Comune di Serralunga d’Alba” DOCG  $65
2014 Giovanni Rosso Barolo Serra DOCG  $95
2014 Giovanno Rosso Barolo Cerretta DOCG  $95
2016 Ester Canale Rosso Langhe Nebbiolo DOC  $200
2015 Ester Canale Rosso Barolo Vigna Rionda DOCG  $450

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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.

Warming up for Cold Weather

Saturday November 16th, 2pm

It is getting darker earlier, so we rounded up a selection this Saturday to put a little light in your evenings. Come in and snuggle up.
 
2017 Pasquale Pelissero Nebbiolo Rosato Crose   $14
100% Nebbiolo.
From 10 years old vineyards in the village of Neive Pasquale’s Rosé take a price drop just in time for Thanksgiving.  Make the family happy.  Was $19 Now $14
 
2016 Werner Näkel, Spätburgunder $40
Pinot Noir
Werner Näkel was chosen wine maker of the year in 2004 in the Gault-Millau.  In 2011, Fallstaff, the leading wine publication in Austria, chose Werner Näkel for its highest award: his life’s work in wine!  In 2008 Decanter Magazine bestowed on Meyer-Näkel the International trophy for Pinot Noir.  The estate takes its name from the 1950 marriage of Paula Meyer and Willibald Näkel who went on to cultivate 1.5 hectares of vines in the Ahr Valley. Näkel and then his son, Werner, bucked the trend in German winemaking to produce sweet wines and instead focused on making dry, red wines with Pinot grapes grown on steep hillside vineyards. Madrona Wine is a big fan of this winery.
 
2017 Chateau Coupe Roses Minervois La Bastide $17
Half Carignan and half Grenache with 5% Syrah,
Chateau Coupe Roses has been in the Le Calvez family since 1614.  It is situated on the high plateau around the historic village of Minerve – long considered one of the best sites in Minervois.  La Bastide has notes of red cherries and a touch of bitter plum. The palate is dry with bright, fresh acidity, soft tannins, and a round texture.
 
2013 Fall Line Winery Cabernet Sauvignon $25
Fall Line’s 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon consists of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Boushey, Artz, and Red Willow Vineyards. The wine has aromas of graphite, herb and red and black fruit lead to a soft palate backed by fine grained tannins.  And a special tasting price!!
 
Giovanni Bosca Cardamaro Vino Amaro  $24
This secret family recipe was developed over the last century by the Bosca Family. Using cardoon, Blessed thistle and several other botanicals, the Cardamaro is one of the most unique and interesting amaro currently available. It has aromas of cardamom, orange peel, brown spice, saffron; flavors of citrus, brown sugar, slight astringency, brandied orange peel; and a finish of more brown spice, golden raisin, and Grand Mariner.

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.

The wines of Giovanni Rosso

The wines of
Giovanni Rosso
With Davide Rosso
Wednesday, November 20th
6 to 8pm
Cavatappi Distribuzione, 4121 1st Ave S, Seattle

We are pleased to offer an opportunity to taste ten wines of Giovanni Rosso from their Piemonte and Etna estates. The wines will be presented by Davide Rosso direct from Italy.  Salume e formaggio will be on hand to refresh the palate. The tasting is from 6 to 8 on Wednesday November 20th at Cavatappi’s meeting space in SODO.  Copious parking available.  Here is a link to an article with more info about Davide. 
https://www.winespectator.com/articles/barolo-star-davide-rosso-on-sicily-mount-etna
 

Advance tickets are required for this event for $25 (plus tax) from Madrona Wine Merchants.

 
The wines:

2017 Giovanni Rosso Etna Bianco  $38
Wine Enthusiast: 94 points – Spanish broom, lemon drop and ripe orchard fruit are just some of the aromas you’ll find on this stunning white. The aromas carry to the linear, elegant palate, with additional tones of Meyer lemon, apricot, Mediterranean herbs and salt. Tangy acidity provides balance throughout.
 
2016 Giovanni Rosso Etna Rosso  $55
Wine Enthusiast: 93 points – Aromas of red berries, crushed mint and violet meld with eucalyptus and smoke on the nose. On the elegant, youthfully austere palate, it shows taut, refined tannins offset by flavors of Marasca cherry, strawberry compote and star anise alongside bright acidity. It closes on an alluring spice note.
 
2016 Giovanni Rosso Barbera d’Alba “Donna Margherita” DOC  $22
 
2017 Giovanni Rosso Langhe Nebbiolo DOC  $25
 
2014 Giovanni Rosso Barolo DOCG  $50
Wine Advocate: 90 Points – The 2014 Barolo is characteristic of the vintage. This is a mid-weight Nebbiolo with bright aromas of candied cherry, cola, licorice and moist potting soil. These aromas come together with careful precision, and although the wine is compact in texture, it leaves a long and satisfying trail of silky, smooth tannins.
 
2014 Giovanni Rosso Barolo ‘Del Comune di Serralunga d’Alba” DOCG  $65
 Vinous: 91 Points – Davide Rosso’s 2014 Barolo del Comune di Serralunga d’Alba is a delicious appellation-level wine. Deceptively medium in body, the 2014 packs quite a bit of punch, with plenty of Serralunga tannin enshrouding the fruit. Smoke, scorched earth, and licorice add to the wines virile expression of Nebbiolo. There is quite a bit to admire in this overachieving, village-level Barolo. Well done.
Wine Advocate: 91 Points – Starting with a slightly heavier footprint, the 2014 Barolo del Comune di Serralunga d’Alba is a tightly knit wine that is packed carefully with wild berry, cassis and dried cranberry aromas. The fiber of the wine is slightly more robust compared to the annata 2014 Barolo that I tasted in this same flight. These wines by Giovanni Rosso are distinguished by the smooth consistency of their tannins.
 
2014 Giovanni Rosso Barolo Serra DOCG  $95
Vinous: 92 Points – The 2014 Barolo Serra shows off lovely depth for the year, with plenty of dark red cherry and plum fruit. Menthol, new leather, licorice and spice appear later, adding shades of nuance. Medium in body and yet resonant, with a bit more depth than some of the other wines in the range, the Serra is a complete wine. Silky tannins add a measure of near-term appeal, and yet there is a good bit of stuffing here as well.
 
2014 Giovanno Rosso Barolo Cerretta DOCG  $95
Wine Advocate: 92+ Points – From one of the most celebrated crus in Serralunga d’Alba, the 2014 Barolo Cerretta reveals a delicate but firm personality with pretty, intermingled notes of wild berries and fresh violets. This wine is still very much in a state of primary-fruit intensity with pretty brightness and glossy inner shine. This wine speaks to the most fruit-driven side of the vintage.
 
2016 Ester Canale Rosso Langhe Nebbiolo DOC  $200
 
2015 Ester Canale Rosso Barolo Vigna Rionda DOCG  $450
Wine Enthusiast 97 points – Earthy aromas of wild red berry, underbrush, new leather and tar come together on the nose of this delicious, enveloping red. The elegant, full-bodied palate delivers ripe brandied cherry, juicy raspberry, truffle, licorice and baking spice set against a backbone of firm, fine-grained tannins. It’s already impressive, but give it time to develop even more complexity. Drink 2025–2035.

Alsace, Frugal French, & Art

It is a wonderful wine drinking weekend her in Madrona.  Those crystal-clear skies have been replaced with our more familiar soft grey.  A good time to hole up with a good book and a glass of wine.  But wait!  You need the wine!  Don’t worry.  Stop by.

Saturday we have a great line up from Alsace vignerons Allimant-Laugner.  These are fantastic food wines that not only go with raclette and fondue, but also many of the festive meals coming up (think Thanksgiving).
Cremant d’Alsace Brut Rosé$24
2016 Sylvaner $17
2017 Riesling $17
2015 Grand Cru Riesling “Praelatenberg” $25
2017 Pinot Noir  $20

Sunday we go to the south of France for two true bargains before import tariffs raise prices.
2016 Chapoutier La Ciboise Luberon Blanc  $13
Grenache Blanc, Ugni Blanc, Vermentino, Roussanne
A dry southern French white with aromas of white blossom, lemons and exotic fruits. Good balance between the freshness and roundness with great length. 13% alcohol by volume.  Was $15 now $13
2016 Ollivier Hillaire Côtes du Rhone Vieilles Vignes  $15
60% Grenache, 40% Syrah
Old-vine grapes from just across the river from Châteauneuf with intense fruit mixed with spicy flavors , fine tannins, and a very beautiful aromatic persistence.  Was $18 now $15

Sunday from 3 to 5 is also our Artist Reception for the new show. Reassemble in Reverse Order of Dissasembly by Andrew Krehbiel
Its natural to take things apart and put them back together 15 years later. For this show I dusted off an assortment of work that had yet to make it to the walls. I recently made the frames, salvaged white oak that’s older then the art. Nothings really straight or square, just the nature of things. These prints, photos and ink drawings document a process or a performance. Everything on these walls first started out as sculpture or a building or a shipping pallet. Really these images are just an out dated snap shot in time helping to keep some memories from dying.

Upcoming Special Tasting of the wines of Giovanni Rosso with of ten wines from their Piemonte and Etna estates.  These will be presented by Davide Rosso direct from Italy.  The tasting is from 6 to 8 on Wednesday November 20th at the Cavatappi office space in Sodo. Advance tickets are required for this event for $25 (plus tax) from Madrona Wine.  We’ll have more info on this out soon.

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.

Domaine Allimant-Laugner

Alsace

Saturday, November 9th,2pm

Hubert Laugner is the 11th generation Vigneron in a long line of winemakers from the Laugner & Allimant families that dates back to the 1500’s! The vines are planted around the hillside vineyards of this far-eastern French region along the Rhine River. Hubert Laugner has both skills and well-preserved traditions to create this amazing Riesling. He specializes in blending vines of different ages to give character and structure to his wines. He tends to 26 acres of limestone soil with vines aging from 5 to 55 years old. He employs traditional vinification with the use of natural yeasts and no oak aging.
 
Cremant d’Alsace Brut Rosé $24
The Crémant Rosé is a sparkling wine produced in Alsace by the Champenoise method and made with 100% Pinot Noir. It is aged 11 months before disgorgement and is meant to be consumed while fresh and young. The grapes are the first to be manually harvested to keep the youthfulness and coolness of the citrus fruit flavors. And when you open it, you will be greeted by fresh aromas of strawberries and wonderful minerality. This is easy to drink with the light, creamy bubbles and a crisp, flowery tang.
 
2016 Sylvaner $17
The origin of this varietal was probably in Austria. Behind its light color we find a dry, fresh and fruity wine with citrus aromas. The mouth is open and pleasant, exactly the type of wine for shellfish, fish or oysters.
 
2017 Riesling $17
100% Riesling, fermented in stainless steel tanks and bone dry. The Riesling grape grows exceptionally well in Alsace and has developed its own style. The nose is full of notes of lemon, white flowers, and granny smith apples. The flavors are very fresh and clear, not sweet at all.  
 
2015 Grand Cru Riesling “Praelatenberg” $25
This single Grand cru vineyard has a terroir of granite and gneiss that brings a delicious minerality to the wine. Pale yellow color that offers fresh aromas of citrus on the nose, and a well-balanced mouthfeel that revels bright lemon and a fine veil of leesy yeast and a dry lip-smacking finish.

2017 Pinot Noir $20
This was probably the first grape imported from Burgundy during the middle age. It is still the only red wine we produce, a light, dry and fruity wine. The nose is full of red berries (cherries, redcurrants.)

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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