Archive for Tasting Notes

Heat Warning

It might be kind of toasty here this week.  Be prepared and stock up on lots of Rosé.  To help you start today we will be pouring Vera.  Come have a sip and chill out.

2021 Vera, Vinho Verde Rose  $11
80% Rabo-de-Anho , 20% Vinhao
Vinhão is tinturier (red pulp grape) hence the dark color. Rabo de Anho adds lightness and freshness to the blend. Floral, crisp, fresh strawberry and watermelon. Tastes like a summer Friday afternoon.
12% alcohol by volume

Shop Hours
Tuesday-Saturday, 12-6pm

Summer Sherry

Nothing is better than a few Tapas and some sherry on a summer afternoon in the garden.  Stop by the shop this Friday and Saturday as we’ll be tasting three dry sherries to tempt your palate. Bring your own olives and sardines.

Bodegas Dios Baco, Manzanilla  $14
100% Palomino
Aged for approximately 3 years in the traditional system of soleras and criaderas, this Manzanilla is bone dry, light and fresh, clean and crisp, with a delicate and refreshing acidity with hints of apple and straw and a nutty finish. 500ml

Marques del Real Tesoro, Del Príncipe Amontillado  $20
It is aged as a Fino for about 8 years, then further fortified and put into the Amontillado solera. It is released at around 16 – 18 years old. The Marques Amontillado del Principe is highly complex, with notes of hazelnut and walnut.

Marques del Real Tesoro, Almirante Oloroso  $20
A round, silky Oloroso aged for 15 years.  Classic aromas of hazelnuts and walnut cake, fruit pastry with prunes and dried pears, as well as cinnamon, toffee and candied orange peel.  The palate is dry but it feels nicely glyceric with an (imaginary) hint of sweetness. Raisins, red berry jam, figs, dates and toffee.

Summer Shop Hours
Tuesday-Saturday, 12-6PM

Put A Dog On It

This Portuguese red just arrived at the shop and it has our tails wagging.   Stop by on today and get a taste of it yourself.

2019 Kranemann Wine Estates, Hasso Douro Red  $15
Touriga Nacional,Tinta Roriz,Tinta Barroca
Ridgeback wine.   Ripe black fruit aromas and wild berries. Full-bodied, showing a great depth, structure, elegance, firm but soft tannins.

Summer Shop Hours
Tuesday-Sunday, 12-6PM


Wine aged in clay, or amphora, originated in what is now modern-day Georgia, around 6,000 years ago.  Clay is porous, so it does allow for some oxygen to effect the wine giving the wine a deep and rich texture, but without any oak flavors from barrels.  But this old technique is coming back into fashion.  This weekend we’ll be pouring two amphora wines for Piedmont that showcase the style.  Come have a taste as the jets fly over.


2022 Altre Vie Dolcetto d’Alba Anfora  $22
A gorgeous rendition of this varietal. The fruit is deep and dark, with a distinct earthy mineral imparted by clay amphora.
13% alcohol by volume


2021 Altre Vie Roero Arneis Anfora  $20
Gentle and pleasant notes of white flowers and fresh nuts on the nose. An unexpectedly bright acidity on the palate for an Arneis, with aromas of stone fruits, minerality and a nice almondy finish.
13.5% alcohol by volume

Summer Hours
Tuesday-Saturday, 12-6PM

Two 2020 for $20

This weekend we are tasting a pair of French wines to match whatever festivities you have planned. Stop in and have a taste.


2020 Fond Croze, Rasteau $20
80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre
The full-bodied 2018 Rasteau offers up scents of raspberries and blackberries instead of plums and dark chocolate. Despite the wine’s power (15.5% alcohol on the label), it’s reasonably fresh and drinkable, with silky tannins and a lively finish.


2020 Justin Girardin, Bourgogne Blanc $20
Made from grapes from the Santenay area, this Chard has a good balance between aromatic complexity and freshness. It shows a pleasant nose filled with fruity notes. Rounded on the palate with typical volume expected of a Chardonnay before a beautifully mineral finish.

Summer 2023 Hours
Tuesday-Saturday, 12-6PM

Vieille Touring

We are running on our normal Summer Schedule this week and Patrick is back in today with a little Bordeaux to sample.

2019 Chateau De La Vieille Tour, Bordeaux Superieur  $15
42% Merlot, 34% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Malbec, 8% Cabernet Franc
Aromas of ripe blackberries and cassis, together with black olives, bark and nut shells. Medium-bodied with polished tannins and bright, juicy-fruit character on the palate.  Organic

Summer hours:
Tuesday to Saturday
Noon to 6pm

We’re Back

We are in the shop today pouring an unusual Malbec high in the hills of Argentina.  Come have a taste.

2020 Zorzal Terroir Unico Malbec   $15
A very slatey version of Malbec.  This un-oaked, high-elevation Malbec shows old world elegance and structure. Black fruits and blueberries with spice and violets on the nose and finishes bright with good acidity and citrusy tannins.

This coming week we are back to our
Summer hours:
Tuesday through Saturday
Noon to 6pm

Stock Up

Patrick will be at the wine shop this Tuesday as usual BUT:

We’ll be CLOSED Wednesday, Thursday & Friday for a little vacation.
(July 19th, 20th & 21st)

We’ll be back Open on Saturday
(July 22nd)

On Tuesday as a little incentive to come see us we will be pouring:

2020 Poderi dal Nespoli, Prugneto Sangiovese di Romagna Superiore  $15
100% Sangiovese
This north-of-Tuscany Sangiovese has an intense bouquet of fine red fruits. On the palate, the freshness pairs well with soft tannins and notes of violet, cherry and plums. The finish is long and spicy.

Sorry for any inconvenience from this but it is time to get out of town.

The Judgement of Madrona

It is getting toasty. So over the next few days we are going to see which Rosé can better handle the heat.  We’ll be pitting a French Gris de Gris against a Columbia Valley Challenger.  Stop in both days and pick the winner.

Thursday — The Warm Up
2021 Kiki & Juan Vino Tinto  $16  ONE LITER
70% Bobal, 10% Tempranillo, 20% Macabeo
Co-fermented with Macabeo (a white grape), this Vinho Tinto is a fresh Spanish wine with bright aromatics of sour cherry, framboise and juniper.  Organic, Vegan
12.5% alcohol by volume

Friday – Say French
2022 Domaine de Fontsainte, Corbières “Gris de Gris” Rosé  $20
90% Grenache Gris, 5% Carignan, 5% Mourvèdre
Grenache Gris is a pink-skinned, more characterful version of Grenache Blanc. Aromas of pine resin and rock roses, of rosemary and thyme, and aromatic heather show up in the glass of this Rosé.  Richer fare is lifted by its juicy acidity, salty foods are washed clean.
13% alcohol by volume

Saturday—The Home Team
2022 Gilbert Cellars Rosé  $18
58% Mourvèdre, 42% Grenache
This Bandol inspired Columbia Valley Rosé is dry and crisp, and delivers aromas of grapefruit oil, rose water, peach and stone-muddled strawberries.  Vegan.
13.1% alcohol by volume


Limited Schedule Next Week!!
We will be Open Tuesday (July 18th)
But CLOSED Wednesday, Thursday & Friday for a little vacation. (July 19th, 20th & 21st)
We’ll be back Open on Saturday (July 22nd)

Summer Syrah

Tuesday we’ll be tasting a juicy Syrah from the Northern Rhone.  Swing by the shop and have a taste.

2019 Charles Helfenbein, La Syrah   $15
From the Northern Rhone, the La Syrah has an opulent nose of plum, bacon live and fig to the incredible array of flavor. It is an old-world full-bodied Syrah with supple tannins layered underneath ripe round red fruit notes, and subtle hints of terroir throughout that linger on the finish.
Was $19 Now $15

Summer Hours
Closed Sunday-Monday