The Holidays are here and Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Madrona Wine will now be OPEN on Tuesdays from next week until New Years. Our Thanksgiving feasts may be smaller this year, but the upside is that you don’t have to hide the good wine from the unappreciative guests. Pick out a good bottle to celebrate with.Here’s a few Pinots to ponder.
We have a lot of Pinot Noirs to choose from. Take your pick from Burgundy, the Willamette Valley or elsewhere.
2018 Les Deux Moulins, Pinot Noir $13
Deux Moulins cuvée is a blend of Pinot Noir from the Loire Valley and the Languedoc. The Loire Valley component comes from sand and gravel vineyards in Chateaumeillant and adds elegance and finesse. The Languedoc fruit adds a fruity richness. Organic.
2018 Nicolas Idiart, Pinot Noir $15
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.
2015 47 Anno Domini Sottovoce Pinot Nero $16
The olfactory impact is elegant and complex, the Pinot Nero Sottovoce is the perfect combination of fruit sensations red (cherry, blackberry, currant) and those of maturation in wood with refined notes tobacco, coffee, cocoa, and vanilla.
2019 Joseph Cattin, Pinot Noir $16
A little steal of a Pinot from Alsace, crisp, crunchy, tart red berry plays subtly on the nose. The light palate is very pure in a traditional Alsace Pinot Noir fashion. The finish is dry, fresh and soft.
2018 Compton Family, Pinot Noir $18
A nose of soft plum, roses, berries. A juicy, full-in-the-mouth wine with a balanced fresh acidity, lush berry/cherry flavor with hints of chocolate and more plum. Hints of spice, a layered wine
2018 Paetra, Pinot Noir Eola – Amity Hills $18
This Willamette Valley Pinot has dark cherry fruit, with a distinct touch of earthy mushroom. Was $25 now $18
2018 Guillaume, Pinot Noir $18
ignoble Guillaume’s gorgeous, soil-driven 2017 Pinot Noir gleams a transparent garnet color from the bowl followed by aromas of earthy cranberries, geranium, rhubarb, and soft limestone minerals. Brisk acidity and savory tannins frame the wine’s crunchy core of red Pinot fruit, which transitions mid-palate to reveal fascinating suggestions of blood oranges, Earl Grey tea, and damp, calcareous earth. Fine tannins sneak in as the wine finishes crisp and crunchy, with layers of bright red berry and cherry fruit lifted by a persistent clay-limestone mineral undercurrent.
2018 Roots, “Klee” Pinot Noir $19
In homage to one of winemaker/owner Chris Berg’s favorite artists, Klee is named for the famous Baus Haus artist Paul Klee. The 2018 is vibrant and layered; the hallmarks of Oregon Pinot are all here: dark/sour cherry, plum, cola, soil, delicate body, bright acid, fine tannins. Remarkably complex at a great price.
2016 Weingut Rudolf May, Spätburgunder $20
A light, fresh and mineral laced Pinot from Germany. Organic. Was $30 now $20
2017 Joseph Faiveley, Bourgogne $20
This wine has pleasant, fresh, red-fruit aromas on the nose, which we find again on the palate. It has rich and very ripe substance, with fine round tannins. It’s a very well-structured and pleasing wine.
2017 Illahe, Estate Pinot Noir $21
Aromas of blueberry compote, kola nut, dried cranberry, graphite, lead into flavors of tamarind paste, violet, quince, Thai basil and cedar chest. This wine finishes with more fruit, a little baking spice, silky tannins and a warm hug. Organic
2017 Esmonin, Les Genevrieres Rouge $25
Sumptuous aromas of red berries and cherry are supported by light notes of wildflower. On the palate, there are flavors of red fruit, spice and floral accents. The tannins and acidity provide a delightful structure.
2017 Lumos, Five Blocks Pinot Noir $25
Five Blocks typically includes parcels from Temperance Hill and Dai Crisp’s cooler home vineyard, Wren. This wine starts off green, with scents of red cherry, tree bark and pine tips. The flavors are fine and delicate, a bit austere, though, with air, the dark weave of its fruit brightens.
2015 Maréchal Bourgogne, Cuvée Gravel $33
A beautiful Cote de Or Pinot full of lovely rose aromas and raspberry and cherry flavors, smooth tannins and long finish. A great Burgundy value.
2016 Château de Marsannay, Marsannay $36
I love the balance in the 2016 Marsannay, which has a solid bouquet of passion fruits, wild strawberries, violets, and leafy herbs. It’s fresh, medium-bodied, beautifully balanced, and has integrated acidity, all pointing to an outstanding Marsannay to enjoy over the coming 7-8 years. — Jeb Dunnuck.
2017 Lingua Franca, Anvi Pinot Noir $37
Avni Pinot Noir reflects its Eola-Amity Hills fruit, born of volcanic soils on hillside vineyards and sourced primarily from neighbors in Hopewell. The wine is medium intense, complex with floral, mineral and red cherry, black plum fruit tones and a long round finish.
2016 Meyer-Näkel, Spätburgunder $40
A beautiful Pinot Noir from an award-winning winemaker. Light, mineral driven and elegant.
2016 Xavier Monnot, Maranges 1er Clos de la Fussiere $40
A lovely bottle of 1er Cru red Burgundy from a monopole vineyard in the oft overlooked QPR village of Maranges. Lovely perfume of blue and black fruits, fresh cut flowers and candied violets leads to a mineral-inflected palate of ripe fruit, sweet spice, and fresh earth. Fine vibrancy gives lift to the complex palate and the firm tannins need only a little time in decanter (or 2-3 years in cellar) to smooth out. Was $52, Now $40
2018 Patricia Green Cellars, Marine Sedimentary Pinot Noir $42
Refined and multilayered, featuring raspberry and blueberry flavors that show poise, laced with black tea and crushed stone notes, building tension toward fine-grained tannins. Drink now through 2029
2011 Tendril, Pinot Noir White Lable $45
This incredibly aromatic wine possesses an abundance of wild strawberry, chocolate covered cherry, cinnamon, candy cane beet, and fresh rose petal character. The palate is lithe and juicy; displaying pretty raspberry, red plum, tobacco, mineral, allspice, and coca nibs with fine-grained tannins on the finish.
2013 Mischief and Mayhem, Nuits Saint Georges $45
A couple of Brits go to Burgundy and open a Winery. Their Nuits St. Georges is well-structured, rich, with a good tannic grip and mineral and earth components. Ripe black fruit notes, especially blackcurrant and blackberry, along with hints of spice, dark chocolate, black tea, dark toffee and graphite. The finish is intense and firm, yet ripe, powerful and long. Was $90 now $45
2015 Aurélien Verdet, Morey Saint Denis $45
Broad and spicy, displaying sandalwood overlaying cherry, vanilla and toast notes. Dense, with a firm, dusty grip on the meaty finish. Best from 2020 through 2032. Was $90 now $45
2016 Arnaud Mortet, Gevery Chambertin $50
The expressive nose is ripe and ultra-fresh with its aromas of violet, plum, earth, red and dark cherry and humus. There is excellent volume to the attractively energetic medium weight flavors that brim with dry extract as well as a subtle minerality on the complex, detailed, persistent and highly refreshing finish. Was $90 now $50
2015 Domaine Serene, Yamhill Cuveé Pinot Noir $52
The Yamhill Cuvée is extremely expressive showcasing heavenly aromas of cocoa, pomegranate, clove, and star anise. A patchwork of cherry, cranberry cocktail, and blueberry flavors explode on the palate. Polished and plush, its seamlessly integrated and inviting tannins lead to a long, lingering finish.
2015 Bouchard, Gevery Chambertin $58
Bouchard vinifies 10.4 hectares of village vines in Gevrey, and does the vineyard work for just over half of this total; fermented with 30% whole clusters. The wine exudes an intense, perfumed bouquet with fruit aromas and an animal touch. Nice structure. Was $68, now $58
2012 Domaine Faiveley, Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru “Les Porêts Saint-Georges” $79
Aromas of black cherry, menthol and sweet oak, lifted by topnotes of rose petal and violet. A step up in flavor and depth from the foregoing Nuits samples, showing lovely cut and lift to the perfumed flavors of sweet black cherry and menthol. At once chewy and refined, finishing with ripe tannins, attractive salinity and lingering perfume.