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All Bubbles, All Weekend!

We’re getting ready for the holidays by popping the corks on a whole lot of Sparklers.  Stop by the shop Saturday and Sunday and effervesce with us.

Saturday, December 14th
2pm

 Vilarnau Brut Reserva Cava  $10
50% Macabeo,  35% Parellada,  15% Xarel·lo
Aged 15 months in bottle, delicious crisp apple and ripe pear flavous amongst an abundance of fine bubbles.  Was $15 now $10

Townshend Brut $14
60% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir
A finely balanced blend of from the best grapes of Washington State. Crafted in the traditional French Méthode Champenoise style with a minimum of 24 months spent “en Tirage”. Good local fizz.
 
Savian Evento Rosé  $12
100% Merlot
From Veneto, this extra-dry Spumante strikes the eye for its hues of rose petals. Its bouquet is delicate and at the same time complex, with a light hint of walnut husk. Well-balanced in acidity and sugar contents, it reveals a particularly intense, harmonious, markedly lingering flavor.

Prova Cava Brut Méthode Traditionell  $13
40% Macabeo, 30% Xarel-lo, 30% Parellada
The Prova is a translucent pale yellow with foamy head effervescence. Nice composition with a quite dry profile, well-balanced and with a rather long refined taste.
 
Trouillard Champagne Extra Selection Brut  $35
35% Pinot Noir, 35% Pinot Meunier, 30% Chardonnay
Fine bubbles, full-bodied with a full mixture of white fruits. The flavor is dominated by notes of hazelnuts and grilled almonds.  This crisp, delicate, fresh, creamy and elegant champagne, with just a touch of yeastiness, is sure to enhance any special occasion or meal.  A very classic and delicate Brut.

Sunday, December 15th
noon

Rive Della Chiesa Pinot Grigio Frizzante  $10
Light and apple-driven, and clean. The flavors are like lime lollipops and orange juice, which may sound unappealing but that’s not the case.

Peneca Rebula  $13
Ribolla Gialla
This Slovenian sparkling wine is made from 100% Ribolla Gialla in the Charmat method. It has aromas of green apple, brioche, toast and hazelnut. In the mouth, the bubbles are pleasant and prepare your palate for flavors of apple, hazelnut and toasted almond.

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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.

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.

Happy 4th of July!

Madrona Wine Merchants will be OPEN today from Noon to 3:30 for those last-minute holiday wine needs.

Fourth of July Hours

Advanced notice that we WILL be OPEN on the Fourth of July, albeit with reduced hours.

July 4th

12-:3:30pm

 

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.

Corsica, Sardinia & Sicily

Saturday, June 22nd, 2pm

We’re spending the weekend on island time with wines from Terra Nostra from Corsica, Sella & Mosca from Sardinia, and Planeta and Firriato from Sicily.  Come see what the breezes from the Tyrrhenian Sean have blown in.
 
2016 Sella & Mosca, La Cala Vermentino  $16
Sella & Mosca’s 1,600-acre estate, I Piani, in Sardinia constitutes the second largest contiguous vineyard in Italy, covering more than 1,200 acres of vines.  Their Vermentino shows both citrus and floral notes. It is crisp and dry on the palate with youthful vitality and freshness.
 
2018 Terra Nostra, Corsica Rose  $14
Sciaccarello is a dark-skinned native grape variety from the island of Corsica, off the southern coast of France.   This Sciaccarello rosé has a slightly spicy nose (clove type) with hints of red berries (gooseberry). The flavors are frank, lively, and supple.
 
2017 Planeta Vittoria Frappato  $23
In the Mogli vineyard in southwest of Sicily, this native variety grows on ten acres of red sandy soil not far from the sea. Planeta’s Frappato is an aromatic red with notes of rose and candied violet and an elegant smoky tone, followed in the mouth with lots of red fruit with balsamic tones.
 
2016 Firriato, Trepani Chiaramonte Nero d’Avola $14
Nero d’Avola is a native Sicilian vine.  The unique characteristics of the Dàgala Borromeo estate where this varietal is grown, lends itself to shaping the wine’s complex aromatic profile from the sandy loam, alluvial soils.   
 
2015 Sella & Mosca, Canonnau di Sardnga Reserva $20 
Back to Sardinia, Sella & Mosca’s Cannonau is aged in oak barrels for at least six months then cellared for two years.  The wine has a mesmerizing scent, redolent of violets. It has a warm, dry, and harmonious palate with plumy fruit flavors and an aristocratic oak overtone.

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.

Delicious Domestics

June has arrived here in Madrona with grey skies in the mornings and sunny afternoons.  Perfect days for trying a few wines.  This weekend we are practicing for more Trumps tariffs by drinking  domestic wines.  Come get prepared with us.

Saturday we are tasting 5 wines from Dry Creek Vineyard.  The winery is in Dry Creek in Sonoma, but they have a different picture of a boat on each of their labels.  Something to think about as you drink their very tasty wine.
2017 Dry Creek Chenin Blanc – $13
2017 Dry Creek Sauvignon Blanc – $17
2013 Dry Creek Merlot – $19
2016 Dry Creek Cabernet Sauvignon – $24
2017 Dry Creek Heritage Zinfandel – $18

Sunday we have two
Domestic Deals from Napa & Sonoma.
2017 Kivelstadt Cellars The Family Secret  Sauvingon Blanc
$15
From a small Sonoma winemaker with an old world sensiblity, this wine is a composite of two styles of Sauvignon Blanc. The 50% in barrels bring texture and depth, which is balanced by a racy zing from the stainless tank. Was $19 now $15
2016 Meadowcroft Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon $20
Dark, ripe berries with a hint of toasted oak aromas lead into dark chocolate and cassis flavors that shine through the structured, mouthfilling tannins that are silky and plush. This is sure to improve with age; best now through 2025. Was $30 now $20

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.

420 and The Easter Bunny

It looks like we are due a very pretty weekend here in Madrona and we have some very pretty wines lined up to go with it.  Come by the shop and have a taste.

Saturday we have Rich Burton of Locus Wines at the shop showing off his new releases at 2pm.
2018 Modo White: $13
60% Semillon, 40% Sauvignon Blanc
2018 Locus Rosé $13
42% Grenache, 31% Mourvèdre, 27% Cinsault
2016 Modo Red: $13
38% Cinsault, 21% Syrah, 20% Mourvèdre, 14% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon
2015 Locus Red: $21
58% Syrah, 23% Cinsault, 11% Mourvèdre, 8% Grenache
2016 Locus Sagemoor Barbera, Columbia Valley $35

Sunday is Easter and we’ll have two French Rosés open to sip on as you hunt for those Easter eggs.
2018 French Pool Toy   $10
This playfully packaged wine (bottled in a plant PET fully recyclable bottle) is as serious as those other Côtes de Provence Rosé wines (well, maybe not) but it does have tart red fruit & a crisp refreshing flavor for the beach, park, boat, hike, hot tub. 12.5% alcohol by volume
2018 Figuiére Le Saint André Rosé  $15
25% Syrah, 25% Cabernet Sauginon, 25% Grenache, 25% Cinsault
Provence Rosé from La Londe-les-Maures, between Marseille and Nice, where the vineyards’ proximity to the sea lends freshness and soft minerality. Aromas and flavors of peach, orange skin and white flowers are accented by refreshing acidity and a salty minerality thanks to the influence of the sea. 13% alcohol by volume

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.

Barolo Library Offer

One of our importers just picked up the wines of Giovanni Sordo in Piedmont.  The winery has a good library of aged Barolos at prices that are quite reasonable.  We have an opportunity to order from the cellar.  Orders need to be in by April 19th.  The wine will arrive in August.  There is no minimum quantity and you can mix and match as you like. 

The venerable house of Giovanni Sordo lies in the heart of Castiglione Falletto and has been producing traditional Barolo for just over 100 years.  It’s a family-run winery now in the capable hands of Giorgio, Giovanni’s son, the third generation of the family.  Everything here is sustainably farmed, and current holdings come out to 53 hectares in total. The family holds an insane collection of elite-level cru vineyard sites covering the townships of Castiglione Falletto, Serralunga d’Alba, Monforte d’Alba, Barolo, Novello, La Morra, Verduno, Grinzane Cavour and Vezza d’Alba and they are the only existing Piedmontese winery that can boast offerings from eight different specific Crus.  

Please contact us if you’d like to have us order some for you.

SORDO BAROLO RISERVA DOCG

Mix and Match

Mix and Match

  

Price/ Bottle

6 Bottles -10%

12 bottle -15%

2011 GABUTTI

$58

$52.20

$49.30

2010 PERNO

$61

$54.90

$51.85

2007 ROCCHE DI CASTIGLIONE

$71

$63.90

$60.35

2007 PERNO

$71

$63.90

$60.35

2007 GABUTTI

$71

$63.90

$60.35

2007 PARUSSI

$71

$63.90

$60.35

2007 MONVIGLIERO

$71

$63.90

$60.35

2006 ROCCHE DI CASTIGLIONE

$78

$70.20

$66.30

2006 PERNO

$78

$70.20

$66.30

2006 GABUTTI

$78

$70.20

$66.30

2006 PARUSSI

$78

$70.20

$66.30

2006 RAVERA

$78

$70.20

$66.30

2006 MONVIGLIERO

$75

$67.50

$63.75

2005 ROCCHE DI CASTIGLIONE

$75

$67.50

$63.75

2005 PERNO

$75

$67.50

$63.75

2005 GABUTTI

$75

$67.50

$63.75

2005 PARUSSI

$75

$67.50

$63.75

2005 RAVERA

$75

$67.50

$63.75

2005 MONVIGLIERO

$75

$67.50

$63.75

2004 ROCCHE DI CASTIGLIONE

$78

$70.20

$66.30

2004 GABUTTI

$78

$70.20

$66.30

2001 ROCCHE DI CASTIGLIONE

$146

$131.40

$124.10

2001 PERNO

$146

$131.40

$124.10

2001 GABUTTI

$146

$131.40

$124.10

1999 GABUTTI

$210

$189.00

$178.50

  

  

  

  

Some 2009, 2008 and 2003 available as well.

  

  

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