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Organic, Low Alcohol, Single Varietals

New Wines from Greece

We have some new Greek wine in the shop.  Two from Denthis a small family run winery in Namea with their Stamnaki wines which means “little wine jug” in Greek. And a rich new white from a small Island in the Aegean.

2019 Denthis, Stamnaki Moschofilero  $14
A crisp medium-bodied white wine made from aromatic Moschofilero grapes which are grown in the sandy clay soils of Mantinia on the Peloponnese Peninsula, one of the coolest growing regions of Greece. Known for its friendly character, fragrant floral notes, vivacious acidity and a juicy apple zing. Organic. 11.5% alcohol by volume

2019 Denthis, Stamnaki Agiorgitiko  $14
Agiorgitiko aka St. George! Native grape of Greece. Earthy, meaty, spicy, medium-bodied red from a small, family-run winery in Nemea. Organic. 12.9% alcohol by volume

2020 Moraitis Estate, Malagousia  $23
100% Malagousia from the Aegean Islands. This mouthfilling white has intense peach aromas with a lovely purity of fruit that flow onto the palate. Crisp acidity and fresh with a lasting finish. Organic. 12.5% alcohol by volume

Current Hours
Wednesday-Sunday, 12-6PM

Old & New

This 2011 Bordeaux showed up this week at the shop.  New to our shelves but with enough age to quaff tonight.

2011 Chateau Mauvesin Barton, Moulis en Medoc  $34
46% Merlot, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot
This classic Bordeaux is drinking great right now and hitting it’s prime.   An intriguing nose of cedar, ripe dark berries, and a hint of mint. It evolves on the palate from bright cherry to slight earth, leather, and minerality to blueberry compote on the dry finish that follows. 13% alcohol by volume

Current Hours
Wednesday-Sunday, 12-6PM

Slovenian Sensations —

Klet Brda

Brda is the westernmost region of Slovenia, nestled halfway between the Alps and the Adriatic Sea. Its rolling hills, stretching from the Soča River to Friuli in Italy, are dotted with houses, farms, and vineyards planted on steep slopes and requiring a lot of manual labor.  All the work is done by family members and friends, which enhances quality control. The Klet Brda winery is a cooperative of these vineyards. The climate in the Brda region combines the freshness of the Alps and the Mediterranean influences, producing wines with a broad spectrum of aromas. The hallmark of Brda wines is their minerality, which is due to a particular marl soil called opoka.

Here are the wines that we normally stock at Madrona Wine.

2018 Klet Brda Krasno Sauvignonasse  $15
100% Sauvignonasse
An indigenous variety from Brda in Slovenia.  Aromas of lemon blossom and grapefruit zest. It is soft on entry with flavors of vanilla, apple and lemon before the smooth finish.

2018 Klet Brda Krasno  $20
40% Ribillo Gialla, 30% Malvasia, 30% Sauvigonnasse
Krasno is the highest village in Brda, with a long wine tradition and an abundance of excellent sites.  This Orange Wine sits sur lie for 6 months,  The fresh and elegant white blend has an impressively mineral, full taste and delicate aromas of ripe white fruit, spices and wildflowers.

2019 Klet Brda Krasno Goriska Brda Red  $15
40% Cabernet Franc, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot
A distinctly mineral authentic wine with a character only found in Slovenia’s Goriška Brda region. Notes of bramble and red cherries followed by a grassy note. The medium-bodied palate boasts a gentle texture and a quite long finish.

2016 Klet Brda Bagueri Estate Merlot  $27
This Slovinian Merlot gives Napa a run for the money.  Red cherry with nuances of mulberry developing in nuances of dark plum, a full-bodied smooth and velvety wine with a slightly smoky character and soft tannins.  Organic

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Wednesday-Sunday, 12-6PM

Domaine le Galantin

Le Galantin farms 30 hectares of terraced vineyards located in Le Plan du Castellet. The farming is all organic and everything is hand-harvested.  Following the steps of her father Achille, who bought the land in 1960, Céline Pascale took over the domaine in 1999. She is helped by her brother Jérôme, who takes care of the vineyards.

The tiny appellation of Bandol is located directly on the Mediterranean coast, just east of Marseille.  The ancient steep vineyards of Bandol – first planted by Phocaean Greeks c.600BC – are the perfect home for Mourvèdre. This variety produces wines that can age at least three decades. The best vineyards are planted on poor clay and sandy soil on old terraces, known locally as restanques. The appellations’ 1400 hectares of largely south facing vineyards get an extraordinary 3,000 hours of sun a year, but the heat is tempered by constant wind and also humidity from the sea.

We just received our small allotment of Le Galantin Rosé.  Don’t miss out on grabbing a bottle while it is still here.

2020 Le Galantin, Bandol Rosé  $22
50% Mourvèdre, 25% Cinsault, 25% Grenache
Bandol produces wines with much more depth and complexity than most of its neighbors.   On the nose, mineral, with complex aromas of red fruit and citrus. Full bodied on the palate, generous and elegant with delightful fresh berry fruit flavors and a crisp finish. – Limited stock. Organic

2015 Le Galantin, Bandol Rouge  $25
95% Mourvédre, 5% Old-Vine Grenache
This organically-grown wine is a powerhouse of dark berry fruit flavors with a lingering, complex finish.  Smells like the sea and meat. Dark, elegant, structured, and long. Last of the 2015.  Not much left and it is just starting to drink great. Organic

Current Hours
Wednesday-Sunday, 12-6PM

Fresh French Finds

Red Wines For The Summer BBQ

Presenting a handful of French new to the shop (or new vintages) perfect to go with anything off the grill.

2012 Domaine Rolet Arbois Rouge Tradition 
40% Poulsard, 30% Trousseau, 30% Pinot Noir
A traditional light red from Arbois which brings the complexity from the soils of the hills of Montigny and Arbois made of red marls and rich gravels. 13% alcohol by volume

2019 Famille Lancon La Solitude Côtes-du-Rhône Rouge   $13
50% Grenache, 40% Syrah, 10% Mouvedre
A rich, layered Rhone wine with a nose of garrigue and red fruits. The  palate is full and balanced with a nice sweetness, with aromas of cocoa and morello cherry, with a long and suave liquoriced finish. Organic

2018 Domaine d’Aupilhac Lou Masel    $20
40% Grenache, 40% Cinsault, 10% Mourvèdre, 10% Carignan
Bright, red fruit, aromatic spicy garrigue, stony depths, and supple tannins are all ripe for the taking. 13% alcohol by volume

2019 Domaine Preignes le Neuf Marselan      $13
Marselan is a cross of Grenache and Cabernet Sauvignon. The nose is fruity and fine with very ripe harvest notes. The palate is round, harmonious, well-balanced with a beautiful tannic structure.

2019 Jacques Boyer La Croix Belle    $11
100% Syrah

Dense crimson purple with brilliant tints. Intense with blackberries, liquorice and coffee on the nose, brought out with a touch of mocha. Harmonious on the palate with velvety tannins, developing into refreshing mouth aromas of black fruits and minty notes.

Current Hours
Wednesday-Sunday, 12-6PM

Kick Back and Relax

Summer Fun 13% & under

It’s time to kick back, fill the ice chest up with ice and chill down something cool crisp and refreshing.  Of course you have to back it up with a little red for the BBQ later on.   But you don’t need anything too strong.  We’re going to be at this for a while.  It is a long lazy summer day.  Don’t forget to fit the nap in.

Cidrerie Txopinonda, Cider Sagarnoa  $11
Avrolles, Judor, Douce Moen, Douce Coet, Peau de Chien
French Basque Cider.  Sagarno (literally apple wine) made in Txopinondo is a fermented beverage made from apples, matured on lees in barrels for a minimum of six months, Slightly hazed golden color. Soft apples on the nose with high citrus aromas.  Very dry, fruity and acidic in the mouth.  6% alcohol by volume

Compton Family Wines, SEA O2 Sparking White  $15
Made from the finest Willamette Valley grapes, the Sparkling White from SEA O2. This white blend that includes Pinot Gris, and Gewurztraminer is fruity and floral with a just touch of sweetness.

Casa Santos Lima, Lab Vinho Verde  $9
Loureiro, Arinto, Avesso, and Trajadura
Fresh, fruity, effervescent and there is a dog on the label.

2020 Esporao, Bico Amarelo Vinho Verde  $12
exuberant, fresh and light aroma, dominated by citrus fruits and tropical aromas. In the mouth it is dominated by its acidity with good volume, it has a persistent and refreshing finish.

2016 Paradis, Forty Ounce  $12
Musdadet Sèvre et Maine
Ok it is really only 34 oz.(1 liter)  But you got to love the packaging   Hints of citrus and rocky minerality come forth on the subtle nose, while a blast of lemony acidity pleasantly assaults the palate upon first sip. A dash of sea salt accompanies the tart fruit, giving way to a clean finish.  Organic.  Was $18 now $12

2018 Bruno Cormerais, Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Chambaudière  $14
100% Melon de Bourgogne
A wonderfully characterful wine with hints of fennel and tarragon run throughout this wine. Thrillingly pure and crisp, with tangy citrus fruit, it is quenching and enticing in equal measure.

2019 Uggiano, Prestige Vermentino  $12
The intense flavor of the wine reveals notes of fresh fruit, white flowers and oak nuances. The wine shows a refreshing, rich flavor with fruit and almond tones, perfectly balanced acidity and a long, seductive finish.

2019 Tornatore, Etna Bianco  $22
From vineyards 1000 feet up Mt Etna,  this wine offers pleasant hints of grapefruit, white peach and herbs on the nose. The palate has a lovely texture and freshness complemented by an extraordinary minerality.

2020 Domaine des Diables, Les Petits Diables Rosé  $16
60% Syrah, 20% Cinsault, 20% Grenache
Côtes de Provence Rosé  that is a great value.  Grapefruit pink colored wine with a very subtle nose and a delicate yet sprightly mouth feel.

2020 Scala,Cirò Rosato  $15
100% Gaglioppo from estate vineyards located in Cirò  The nose and palate are delicious if elusive. There is a deep fruit quality that is a mix of apricots and red fruits, the varietal character of gaglioppo is evident along with a distinctive savory note in the background. The wine offers a fruitful acidity keeping it fresh and alive.  Organic

2020 Elena Walch, Schiava  $16
A great summer red you can put a chill on.   A delicate hint of cherry on the nose. On the palate, it is harmonious and elegant due to naturally mild acidity and tannin with a pleasant bitter almond flavor on the finish. An elegant, fruity red wine with good length.

2019 Abbaza de Novacella, Alto Adige Lagrein  $20
dark and savory from the first tilt of the glass. It boasts a gorgeous bouquet of black cherry and blueberry, offset by hints of brown spice, sage and peppery florals. Then suddenly, the expression changes, with a much juicier personality than expected, further complicated by a mix of tart wild berry with a twist of citrus. The textures are light and feminine, but with authoritative grip. Fine tannins and minerals create further tension with a lip-smacking finale that urges you to take another sip.  Organic

2018 Domaine d’Aupilhac, Lou Masel  $20
40% Grenache, 40% Cinsault, 10% Mourvèdre, 10% Carignan
Bright, red fruit, aromatic spicy garrigue, stony depths, and supple tannins are all ripe for the taking.

Current Hours
Wednesday-Sunday, 12-6PM

We’re Open the 4th

Madrona Wine will be open regular hours both Saturday and Sunday.  No matter what weekend celebration plans you have we have a bottle or two to go with it.  Have a Happy 4th.

Bubbles anyone?

M. De Ligny, Blanc de Blanc Brut  $11
Lots of crunchy apple fruit, with some biscuity complexity and a really zesty finish. Great drinking.

Arnaud Lambert, Cremant de Loire  $20
50% Chardonnay, 50% Chenin
Medium-bodied, dry. A fruity nose followed by almond, quince, and pear on the palate. This finish has an elegant creamy texture with long flavors.  Organic

Refreshing Whites

2018 Vignedileo, Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico  $12
A crisp clean white from the Mache.  Floral aromas of hawthorn and lime with a light note of anise. The sip is dry, fruity, good consistency on the palate with elegant mineral notes on the finish.  Was $16 now $12

2017 Franz Haas, Manna  $12
40% Riesling, 20% Chardoonay, 15% Gewürtraniner, 15% Kerner, 10% Sauvignon Blanc
A complex with blend from Northern Italy.  Tangy and layered with cooked-pear and pineapple character. Full body. Flavorful finish. Perfumed at the end. Always a lovely blended white. Was $16 Now $12

2019 Cantina del Vermentino, Funtanaliras Oro  $25
Vermentino di Gallura
A restaurant exclusive in Italy the Fontanaliras has fruity notes of quince and floral acacia, and slightly herbaceous notes of bitter almond and aromatic herbs. In the mouth it is fine and elegant, fresh and savory, with good persistence.

Rosé (just one of our many)

2020 Atlantique, Cabernet Franc Rosé  $13
A vibrant Loire Rosé in the classic French style. Plenty of wild strawberry and raspberry fruit on the nose. The palate is deliciously fresh, elegant and soft with crisp acidity. Generous fruit flavors, but delightfully dry

New Reds

2020 Domaine de la Patience, Vin Rouge $15
Carignan and Merlot
This Vin Rouge, a blend of Carignan and Merlot from 20 year old vines, displays bright plum and red berry fruits with a pleasant touch of herbs. It is a perfect summer red that tastes great with a bit of chill on it.  Organic

2019 Familie Hubert, l’Atypic de Peybonhomme  $19
60% Malbec, 40% Cabernet Franc
A right bank Bordeaux with an unusual cepage. Very concentrated yet possessing very soft tannins, this wine is rounded on the palate with red fruit aromas captured at the height of their freshness. All of this is elevated by Malbec’s peppery touch.  Biodynamic

2016 Ventenac, Cuvee Jules, Cabardés  $14
60% Syrah, 20% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot
Located near where the geological zones of the Bordelais and the Languedoc converge, the tiny wine region of Cabardès has always been a bit of an anomaly.  Full of dark fruit and spice, with a dense, smooth finish.  Organic

2017 Hazaña, Viñas Viejas Rioja  $12
85% Tempranillo, 15% Graciano
Coming from 50-70 year old vines , Vinas Viejas gives up a clean, classic bouquet of blackberries, graphite, violets, and cedary herbs. With medium-bodied richness, notable elegance, and ripe tannins.  Organic.  Was $15 Now $12

2015 Scacciadiavoli, Montefalco Rosso  $14
60% Sangiovese, 25% Merlot, 15% Sagrantino.
A red wine from Umbria, with aromas of coconut, oak, grilled herb and blackberry jam lead the nose. The taut palate offers licorice, black cherry extract and a hint of roasted coffee bean alongside firm, dusty tannins.   Was $20, Now $14

Our Hours
Wednesday-Sunday, 12-6PM

Poetry in a Glass

Roses are red
Violets are blue
Rosés are cold and crisp
What else do you want on a hot afternoon?

2018 Domaine Riffault, Cortem á Bâtis Sancerre Rosé  $22
Pinot Noir
This Sancerre Rosé is tasting great now with a couple of years on it.  Still crisp and fresh with layers of strawberry and citrus notes and a good mineral structure.

Our Hours

Wednesday-Sunday, 12-6PM

It’s Father’s Day!

Get Dad something he’ll really like.

Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Really.

2018 Saint-Galet, Châteaunneuf-du-Pape  $30
Grenache Syrah
Out of the surplus of wine due to the shutdown in France and the American Tarrifs, comes the Negociant blended CNDP  put together for a local importer by Eric Bonnet of Domaine La Bastide Saint Dominique.  Rich and earthy at a great price.

2018 Domaine Duseigneur, Matteo  Châteauneuf-du-Pape $38
80% Grenache, 20% Syrah
This CNDP boasts black fruits and lots of body that benefits from a decanting, the aromas of red fruits, leather and underbrush will continue to develop.  Organic, biodynamic

2018 Raymond Usseglio, Cuvée Girard Châteaunuef du Pape  $45
90% Grenache, 4% Mourvèdre, 4% Syrah, 2% Cinsault, 2% Counoise
Deep ruby/purple, with a meaty, powerful bouquet of black raspberries, ground pepper, cured meats, and flowery garrigue, this beauty is medium to full-bodied and has a wonderful, supple mouthfeel, silky tannins and a great finish. I actually like it a little more than the base cuvée, but it should age similarly, with a solid 10-12 years or more of prime drinking.

2017 Clos des Brusquiéres, Châteauneuf-du-Pape  $45
60% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre
70+ year old vines An assertively perfumed bouquet evokes red berry preserves, exotic spices and candied lavender, along with a chalky mineral quality that builds as the wine opens up. Sweet, seamless and energetic in style, offering lithe raspberry, cherry and spicecake flavors that show wonderful clarity and back-end cut. The mineral and floral components drive a very long, appealingly sweet finish shaped by smooth, harmonious tannins.


Wednesday-Sunday, 12-6PM

Natural & Biodynamic Wine

for the Solstice

The Summer Solstice is coming.  Get your planets aligned with a good dose of Bio/Natural vino.

2019 Bulli, Vino Frizzante  $16
100% Ortrugo
A sparkling white wine with a light, fresh and direct character. Citrus notes, yeasty notes and flower essences intertwine on a delicate, fruity and cheerful freshness.  Notes of fresh white fruit, hints of yeasts and light floral scents.  No added sulfites.  Organic
11.5% alcohol by volume

Les Alliés, Pet Nat Rosé  $12
Semillion, Carignan
This juicy pétillant naturel offers a soft, lightly sparkling mousse and an expressive mix of ripe peach and peach skin, cantaloupe melon and blood orange sorbet. A hint of almond biscotti shows on the finish.
9.5% alcohol by volume

2018 L’Archetipo, Litrotto Bianco  $20
Marchione, Verdeca Fiano, Falanghina
Scents of citrus, yellow fruits and aromatic herbs are wrapped in a marine and Mediterranean breath. The taste is fresh and delicate.  Organic/Biodynamic
12.5% alcohol by volume

2020 J. Mourat, Chenin de Jardin  $18
This excellent organic, no sulfite added Chenin Blanc. Mourat is located in Fiefs Vendeen, on the Atlantic coast. It has a saltiness to balance the rich Chenin fruit.  And yes, that is a naked Gnome on the label.  Organic, No Added Sulfites

2020 L’ermite d’Auzan, Nimes Rosé  $14
50% Cinsault, 50% Grenache.
Beautiful explosion of fruit in the nose and on the palate. This wine is situated between a Tavel and a Côte de Provence.  Biodynamic
12.5% alcohol by volume

2020 Forlorn Hope, Queen of the Sierra Estate Amber  $21
Verdelho, Albariño, Muscat, and Chardonnay
Queen of the Sierra Amber Estate blend was organically grown on the Rorick Heritage Vineyard in Calaveras County at 2000′ elevation, featuring soils comprised of a layer of schist over dolomite-rich limestone. This beautifully nuanced and irreverently elegant orange wine wine shows aromatic complexity and textural presence.  Organic, Natural
12% alcohol by volume

2017 L’Archetipo, Litrotto Rosso  $19
30% Montepulciano, 20% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Primitivo, 10% Susumaniello
The Litrotto spends 36 months in steel tanks. It has a fine and quite intense fruity and mineral nose. This red blend is balanced, quite tannic, fine and quite tasty.  Biodynamic   1 liter bottle
12.5% alcohol by volume

Poderice llario, È! Rosso  $20
Hand-harvested into small bins. Spontaneous fermentation. Ten days maceration. Aged in 100hl cement tanks for one year. Bottled with minimal sulphur (~10ppm) and without filtering or fining.  Oh Yeah, It is a great summer red with a little chill on it.  Organic Natural.  1 LITER
13.5% alcohol by volume

2018 Troon Veinyard, Druid’s Fluid  #18
Southern Oregon terroir in a “Cotes du Rhone” style blend, crunchy red fruit like fresh cranberry, tart pomegranate, and ripe red cherries with undertones of herbaceousness and pepper.  Sit around the BBQ and play guess the grape.  Biodynamic, Vegan


Wednesday-Sunday, 12-6PM