Archive for Tasting Notes


Sicily’s Mount Etna is the highest active volcano in Europe. The soils have volcanic origin and are derived from the disintegration of the masses of lava, ashes and lapilli giving the vines a unique character. The Tornatores, one the oldest wine growing families on Mt. Etna, have lived in Sicily since 1680 and trace their Etna grape growing back to 1865.  Join us Saturday as we taste a pair of wines from Tornatore.

2021 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. 12.5% alcohol by volume

2019 Tornatore, Etna Rosso  $22
95% Nerello Mascalese, 5% Nerello Cappuccio
A uniquely rich and focused wine made of the indigenous Nerello Mascalese grape. It expresses itself with aromas of cherry juice and preserves, wild strawberry and a very characteristic volcanic and mineral intensity that is unique only to the wines of Mt. Etna’s volcanic soil.

Spring Shop Hours
Tuesday-Sunday, 12-6PM

It’s Tuesday, We’re Tasting

Stop in and try:

2020 Cline Family Cellars,  Seven Ranchlands North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon  $18
The Cline founders were busy raising seven children and farming their seven vineyard ranches. Out of them they make a series of single varietals. This Sonoma Cab explodes with blueberry, blackberry pie, elderberry, plum jam, slight cigar box, and mocha oak notes. With a long finish and fine-grained tannins and invigorating freshness.  It is a big bodied California Cab at a great price.

Spring 2023 Shop Hours
Tuesday-Sunday, 12-6PM

Win a Weekend trip to Portugal.

We’ll sort of . . .  This Weekend we are tasting some new Portuguese wines.  Maybe it isn’t the same as a free trip, but there is no jet lag.

Saturday (It’s Mayfair in Madrona so check out the festivities then come try the wines.)

2020 Quinta de Chocapalha, Arinto Branco  $14
100% Arinto
This Lisbon-region White has a very fresh and aromatic nose with citric fruit, green apple and mineral notes. On the palate it is fresh, with fine intensity, balanced and natural acidity very typical from Arinto grapes, with long aftertaste.

2020 Wine & Soul, Manoella Tinto  $26
60% Touriga Nacional, 25% Touriga Franca, 10% Tinta Roriz, 5% Tinta Francisca
This Douro Red blend imparts fresh notes of raspberry, blackberry and spices. On the palate, this wine shows round and velvety tannins, good concentration, and a long finish.

Sunday we’ll join the M.O.B. in Dao.

2019 M.O.B. (Moreira, Olazabal & Borges) Lote 3 Branco  $16
45% Encruzado 45% Bical 10% Malvasia Fina
This Dao White is given a beautiful golden color by the maturation and richness of Encruzado and Bical grapes. Its’ subtle aromatics are dominated by a complex bouquet of white fruit, herbs, and minerality. Luxurious in the mouth but then very well balanced and long due to its great acidity.

2017 M.O.B. (Moreira, Olazabal & Borges) Lote 3 Tinto $18
40% Touriga Nacional, 30% Alfrocheiro, 30% Jaen
This Dao Red blend delivers aromas of black and blue fruits with hints of woodsmoke. Medium bodied with flavors of blackberry, elderberry, gingerbread, and hints of vanilla.

Spring Shop Hours
Tuesday-Sunday, 12-6PM

Fresh, Crisp and Cold!

It is going to hit the mid-seventies this weekend and you are going to need a chilled bottle of wine to sip while you sit on the porch and complain about the heat.  We got you covered.  Come grap some wine for that ice chest.  Here’s what we are tasting this weekend.


2021 La Bastide des Oliviers, Vendange Manuelle Rosé  $15
50% Cinsault, 20% Grenache, 20% Carignan, 10% Syrah
The Mourlan family has organically farmed their 10 acres of vines for two generations.  Their rosé has true Provence style, dry and crisp with tangerine and citrus flavors that are powerful and elegant at the same time.  Organic
Was $18 now $15


2021 Vetriccie, Corse Rose  $16
50% Niellucciu, 35% Sciaccarellu, 15% Grenache
The wine jumps out of the glass with aromas of red berries, melon and pomegranate kissed with a touch of wet stone. This rosé is deliciously delicate and washes over the palate with wave after wave of energetic fresh fruit flavors. Perfectly balanced, this wine exhibits a beautiful marriage of fine minerality and elegant acidity.

2018 I Pentri Flora, Falanghina ‘Beneventano’  $18
This southern Italian Falanghina emerges from the glass as an exotic, totally beguiling White. Apricots, white truffles, flowers, honey and mint are all woven together beautifully in this exceptional, polished wine.

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TUESDAY-Sunday, 12-6PM

Tax Day Tonic

It always hurts a bit when you have to write the check to the IRS.  So this weekend we’ll be pouring some budget wines to take the sting out of April 18th.  Of course if you got a big refund we have some fancier wines on the shelf to help celebrate.  Come go wild.


2020 Castaño Monastrell Tinto  $10
This 100% Monastrell blooms rich aromas of ripe plum on a bakery background that also shows elegant balsamic notes. Light and complex, its palate is delicate, soft, but equally rich and juicy. Good balance.


2019 Domaine Pélaquié “Laudun” Côtes-du-Rhône-Villages Blanc  $13
40% Clairette, 15% Grenache, 15% Roussane, 15% Voignier, 10% Bourboulene, 5% Marsanne
This White blend of Rhône Valley varietals has an intense nose of flowers and white stone fruits and is refreshing on the palate with a long, fruity finish.
Was $18 Now $13


2014 Telmo Rodriguez ‘La Social Partidas de la Granja’ Rioja  $12
Tempranillo, Garnacha, Graciano
This Rioja Red has a thick texture that delivers plum, forest floor and mineral flavors, supported by well-integrated tannins and balsamic acidity. More savory than fruity, but remains balanced.

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Tuesday-Sunday, 12-6PM

Argentinean Cabernet

Tasting today

It’s Tuesday, so why not.

2019 Durigutti, Cabernet Sauvignon Clásico  $15
Brothers Héctor and Pablo Durigutti are two of Argentina’s most sought after enologists.  This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon strikes a great balance between concentration and freshness that starts from the nose. Black cherries, dark plums and blackberries are intermixed with fresh herbs, mineral notes and spices. The palate is composed of interwoven blue fruit with robust tannins.
13.9% alcohol by volume

Shop Hours
Tuesday-Sunday, 12-6PM

Sunny On The Inside

As we type this up, it is a sunny Spring Friday afternoon, but that is not the forecast for the weekend.  What would Seattle be without a little rain?  And while the skies may turn out to be grey, we have something to make you warm and glowing.  Stop by the shop and see the two deals we are pouring.


2020 Famille Bourgeois Sancerre Rosé  $18
100% Pinot Noir
Produced from young vines–“Les Jeunes Vignes”–this refreshing, very fruity Rosé will seduce you with its bouquet of ripe red fruits. It’s easy to drink, fresh and particularly well-balanced in structure and aromas.
Was $22 now $18

2017 Flegenheimer Bros. ‘Out of the Park’ Petite Sirah  15
100% Petite Sirah
This McLaren Vale PS is loaded with brooding blackberry fruit and a dose of peppery clove-like spice. It is medium to full-bodied, with concentrated dusty tannins that linger on the finish.
Was $18 Now $15

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Tuesday-Sunday, 12-6PM

Little Canyon

This fresh wine from Domaine de Couron is named for the Gorge d Ardeche locally known as the “European Grand Canyon”.  Come paddle along with us this Tuesday as we sip our way down the river.

2021 Domaine de Couron, ‘Little Canyon’  $12
Grenache, Syrah
Ardèche, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
An unoaked blend of Grenache and Syrah. The little canyon is warm, juicy and layered with generous wild berry, plum and spice with a smooth juicy finish.

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Tuesday-Sunday, 12-6PM

DeLille Deals & Bad Bunnies

We have a fun line up this weekend.  Saturday we are featuring a little price reduction on two wines from DeLille Cellars.  Better yet we’ll have them open for tasting.  Come get some savings.

Sunday is Easter so we picked a rosé with bunnies on it. Bad Bunnies.  Los Conejos Malditos.  Hop on in and try it.


2021 DeLille Cellars, Chaleur Blanc  $28
71% Sauvignon Blanc, 29% Sémillon
Crisp and vibrant yet fleshy, with pretty honeysuckle, fresh fig and apricot accents that build richness and structure on the supple finish.
Regularly $40, Now $28

2021 DeLille Cellars, Métier Cabernet Sauvignon  $25
Métier Cabernet Sauvignon is an inviting, smooth wine with black cherry and plum aromas pouring from the glass. Flavors of bold dark fruits and charming notes of baking spice combine with a juicy midpalate and pleasantly firm, dry finish.
Regularly $30, Now $25

Easter Sunday

2021 Bodegas Mas Que Vinos, Los Conejos Malditos  $13
Tempranillo Rosado
From central Spain the biggest threat to these old Tempranillo vines is extreme conditions they face every year — whipping winds, blasting heat, bitter cold and lack of rain– it’s the rabbits.  The destruction they case is massive.  Bad Bunnies.  This is a light to medium-bodied Rosado, with plenty of juicy fruit and tangy acidity.

Shop Hours
Tuesday-Sunday 12-6PM

A Bird Of A Certain Age


It is nice to find a Northwest wine that we like with a bit of age.  It is even better to find it at a good price.  Kestrel Vintners found a bit of their reserve Malbec in their cellars, and we found the deal alluring.  Stop by the shop today and have a sip.

2014 Kestrel Vintners, Winemakers Select Malbec  $25
95% Malbec 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
Yakima Valley
Washington Malbec with some age to it.  Packed with aromas of blackberry, raspberry, and anise seeds. The body is velvety smooth with spicy notes and a subtle hint of fresh mint. The finish is lingering with toast and vanilla.
Was $45 Now $25

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Tuesday-Sunday, 12-6PM