Archive for Tasting Notes

Rosé Reductions

One of our suppliers is cleaning house on their 2018 rosés and we went for a dip.  Dip in yourself and snatch up some deals.

Crisp and Dry
2018 Famille Bourgeous, Les Jeunes Vignes Sancere Rosé  $18
Pinot Noir
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. Drinking great now.
Was $22 Now $18

2018 Dovecote, Rosé de France  $9
Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon
A crisp rosé from Gascony.  With some heavy red grapes pressed specifically for Rosé aromas of white flowers and strawberries. Flavors of citrus, wild berries, and cranberries.
Was $16 now $9

2018 Domaine Pélaquié Côtes du Rhone Rosé  $10
70% Grenache, 30% Cinsault
This crisp Rhone Rosé goes on sale to get it out the door. Lighter and more ephemeral than the Tavel.
Was $14 Now $10

2018 Clos des Luminieres L’Eclat Cotes du Rhone Rosé  $16 — 1.5 liters
40% Cinsault, 30% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre
Aromas of of strawberries, a balanced mouth feel. Red fruit and cherries complemented with notes of citrus fruits, spices, and a minerally finish. The different aromas of each grape variety increases the complexity.
Was $20 Now $16

Two Anjou
Rosé from the Anjou region is traditionally lower alcohol, off dry, slightly sweet and very fruity.  They are a good match for spicy food or simple cheese plate.

2018 Château de Brossay Cabernet d’Anjou Rosé  $9
100% Cabernet Franc
An off dry (fruity) Rosé from Anjou.  Notes of red berries (strawberry, redcurrant), rose, English candy, with a fresh finish of mint and white pepper.  Round and smooth, with a liveliness that compensates for the soft sensation and refreshes the finish.  11% alcohol by volume
Was $12 Now $9

2018 Tête de Linotte Rosé d’Anjou  $10
Gamay & Grolleau
This is a tender and fruity wine with peach aromas dominating. Very good balance between acidity and sweetness. Think nectarine.  Organic.  11.5% alcohol by volume
Was $14 Now $10

Wednesday-Sunday, 12-6PM

Hits from our August Wine Club

Ever wonder what the wines in our wine club are like?  Here are a few wines from our August Madrona Wines Monthly club that are still in stock.  No need to be in the club to get these great bottles.

Compton Family Wines Sea 02 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.

2018 Sparkman Apparition  $13
Apparition offers a beautiful bouquet of white currants, white flowers, honeysuckle, and toasted brioche that opens up beautifully with time in the glass. It has a honeyed pineapple lushness, and at the same time, clean, vibrant zest and brine notes, while staying perfectly balanced on the palate.

2020 Domaine Jean Vullien L’Alpine  $14
Though the Vulliens have been making wine for over 40 years, the family is perhaps best known as a leader in the vine nursery business, providing young vines to growers throughout France. Their 100% Jacquère is grown on soils of dark Jurassic limestone and black marl with a pebbly topsoil layer of scree. The wine is light, mineral and brightly acidic with notes of alpine flowers and citrus.

2018 Isaac Cantalapiedra Cantayano  $20
Cantayano shows stone fruit, apple, and herbaceous notes, while the palate is surprising dense, with a beautiful seam of acidity. A lovely and affordable Spanish white wine that shows the potential of Verdejo.

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. Bio-dynamic.

2020 Paul Blisson Costières de Nimes Rosé  $13
75% Syrah, 25% Grenache
A round and supple wine with notes of red and yellow fruits and mellow spices. The wine is delicately layered with stone fruits, like peach and apricot, subtle herbs and a long, satisfying finish.

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

2016 Château Bertin Montagne Saint-Emilion  $15
80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc
The wine is distinguished by its delicate balance – the fruity aromas are flattering, ripe and mature. The volume and the roundness in one’s mouth are impressive, the tannins are smooth and the final result is its delicacy.

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

2017 Pasqua Passimento  $15
This wine is a blend of Corvina and Croatina grapes with a percentage of Merlot, which adds to its velvety softness. Beautiful deep ruby red in color with an intense and lingering nose and striking notes of red fruits and spicy overtones. Well balanced and plush with velvety tannins.

2018 Castello di Meleto Chianti Classico  $23
The 2018 Chianti Classico is an absolutely gorgeous wine. A burst of sweet red cherry fruit, raspberry, rose petal, mint and blood orange races out of the glass. Exuberant and boisterous, with tremendous fruit purity, the 2018 is a pure pleasure to taste.”

2018 Domaine Delarche Bourgogne Rouge La Garenne  $27
Pinot Noir
“Garenne” comes from old vines (50+ years) planted on the upper slopes, or hautes côtes, above Pernand-Vergelesses. Brambly red cherry fruit and a light touch of spice characterize this wonderfully bright, silky, tangy Pinot Noir. Non-Filtered.

Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 12-6PM

Dueling Bandols —

Friday’s Deliverance

Not the movie with Burt Reynolds from 1972, we’re talking 2020 here and it is the hills of Provence not Georgia.  But two new Bandols got dropped off at the shop on Friday.  The wines are packed with tension and Big Screen character.  Try pouring them side by side and go back and forth to see which is better.  There are worse ways to spend a feature length of entertainment on a hot August weekend.

2020 Moulin de La Roque, Les Hauts du Vallon Bandol Rosé  $24
52% Mourvèdre, 22% Grenache, 26% Cinsault
Les Hauts du Vallon shows bursting aromas filled with powerful, exotic fruits and spices. The taste is wide, long, rich, delicate and tender; fruity with good persistence.

2020 Croix d’Allons, Bandol Rosé  $23
60% Mourvèdre, 20% Cinsault, 20% Grenache
Not your subtle Provencale Rosé. The floral aromas give way to tropical fruits such as pineapple along with rose water. The Mourvèdre imparts a fullness of flavor with hints of sweet fruit as well as breadth of palate. It’s full bodied and structured with Mediterranean herbs, ripe dark berries, and a touch of garrigue on the finish. The elegant yet pronounced tannins give this wine an exceptional finish.  Organic

Wednesday-Sunday, 12-6PM

Keep your cool

The weather is going to be hot the next few days.  It’s time to put a chill on.  Here’s some new wines to shove in the ice along with a couple of reds that can take a slight chill.  Keep your cool.

Col di Luna, Flora Prosecco Frizzante  $14
This Brut Nature Prosecco shows flavors of honeysuckle, tart stone fruit, green apple, and white mountain flowers. Fresh, fizzy and super easy to open.  Organic

2019 Collefrisio, Falanghina  Terre di Chieti  $15
Dry white wine from Abruzzo with the scent of peach apple and some anise. The taste is full, soft and intense.  Organic

2019 Suavia, Soave Classico  $15
Fresh aromas of apple, pear and almond balance clean minerality and a hint of fresh herb. Crisp and refreshing on the palate, the flavors and aromas build toward a harmonious and lingering finish.

2020 Chateau l’Escart, Comtesse Bordeauc Blanc  $17
Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon, and Muscadelle
A light and fresh Bordeaux Blanc with lots of floral notes to match the crisp fruit.  Organic Biodynamic

2020 Patricia Green, Sauvignon Blanc  $27
Willamette Sancerre.  There are less than 30 acres of Sauvignon Blanc planted in the Willamette Valley and Patricia Green works with three sites including their estate to craft this cuvee. The nose shows lychee and tropical fruits with a hit of melon and a bit of citrus. The palate is light with good acidity and a flavor set of orange blossom, light shiso pepper, lychee and melon.

2020 Girault, Sancerre Le Vallon des Demoiselles  $27
Sauvignon Blanc
Made from 35-year-old vines with a very expressive, citrus nose. It will fill you with its mineral expressions, its finesse, and its freshness. The palate will be fruity, with citrus aromas, while preserving a roundness, typical of its terroir.

2019 Ca Ses Rosetes, Vi de la Terra de Mallorca  32
Giro Ros
From a single 1.46ha vineyard of 60 year old giró ros vines, Giró ros is one of the indigenous white varieties of Mallorca recovered at the beginning of the 21st century.   Intense nose of stone fruit, peach, mango, yeast, with notes of white flowers. Tasty on the palate, unctuous, lively, lively, with a good mid palate and a better finish.  Organic

2020 Tres Antique, Les Secrets d’un Terroir Rosé  $15
Grenache, Cinsault and Tibouren
A Provence Rosé with a classic light pink onion skin color with notes of green melon and berries with a beautiful wet stone finish.  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 Piron, Coq Leon  $17
95% Gamay, 5% Gamaret
A VDP but the grapes all come from Beaujolais vineyards.  Gamaret is a cross of Gamay with Reichensteiner.  There are plots of these vines growing in little known villages in the region and occasionally, as in this case, it is blended with Gamay to make a plump, darker, some would say more fun wine to be enjoyed without fuss with the hearty fare served locally.  Sustainable

2018 Vinas Serrans, Ciclón     $25
This is 100% Rufete from the granite and quartz-based soils of Castilla y Leon, Spain and these soils are the driving factor in this tasty treat. Vibrant pomegranate notes with touches of red cherry, citrus, white pepper and a touch of coriander, this is superb and versatile red. Organically grown and ready to “pop-n- pour.”  Biodynamic

Wednesday-Sunday, 12-6PM

Rosé Rolling In

The boats are getting unloaded a bit late this year, but there is still plenty of time to enjoy LOTS of Rosé.  Come find a favorite.

2020 Le Perriere, Petit Perriere Rosé  $14
Pinot Noir
Easy going, fresh and clean with a soft, silky texture. Notes of raspberries, strawberries, red currants and violets. Made in a round, refreshing style that will be perfect for any summer setting.

2020 Routas, Coteaux Varois en Provence Rosé  $15
46% Cinsault, 30% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Freshly cut watermelon, ripe peach aromas and floral notes lead to a palate alive with wild strawberries and hints of mineral notes. Crisp acidity and a refreshing finish.

2020 Tres Antique, Les Secrets d’un Terroir Rosé  $15
Grenache, Cinsault and Tibouren
A Provence Rosé with a classic light pink onion skin color with notes of green melon and berries with a beautiful wet stone finish.  Organic

2020 Roots, Pinot Noir Rosé  $18
Ninebark Vineyard Willamette Valley
Aromatics jump out of the glass, showing an evolution from white flowers with a hint of rose to candied watermelon and grapefruit. The palate is energetic. Initial bright and lively flavors fade into a juicy mid-palate before finishing with a delicate mineralistic texture.

2020 Camino, Roca Altxerri Txakoli Rosé  $20
Hondurrabi Beltza
The gentle fizz (as is traditional for Txakoli) is just one of the many charming elements to Roca Altxerri.  Bone-dry with angular but balanced acidity with a plethora of fruit notes including raspberries and strawberries with an injection of lime zest. Biodynamic

2020 Amestoi, Rubentis Txakolina Rosé  $22
50% Hondarribi Beltza,  50% Hondarribi Zuri
Rubentis brings forth zesty notes of blood orange, ruby red grapefruit, and white pepper, which mingle delicately with seaspray, salty citrus, and streaks of chalky minerality.  Organic

2020 Cantina Terlano, Lagrein Rosé  $23
Lagrein is a distinctive indigenous wine better known as a full-bodied red but also, it makes a great rosé. Highly fruity aromas with notes of raspberry and strawberry with a hint of amarena cherry.  Very juicy and soft on the palate. That gives this rosé a highly harmonious appeal and, together with its fresh and fruity acidity, makes for an exciting wine.

2020 Cherrier, Sancerre La Croix Poignant Rosé  $32
Pinot Noir
Grown on the same “terres blanches” soils that contribute energy and a saline edge to the estate’s Sancerre Blanc, this 100% Pinot Noir blush wine is exceptional and also very rare. It is full of red berries, wild strawberries, red plums, spice and minerality.

Current Hours
Wednesday-Sunday, 12-6PM

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

Current Hours
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