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What wine goes with bunny?

We posed the question to our panel of Somms and they offered up a few choices from the Mediterranean.  Then we stumped them when we inquired about hard-boiled eggs.  Whatever is on your menu we hope you have a great weekend. And if you need a good bottle of wine to go with it, we’ll be happy to help.

2020 Moraitis Malagousia  $22
100% Malagousia from the Aegean Islands. Intense peach aromas with a lovely purity of fruit that flow onto the palate. Crisp acidity and fresh with a lasting finish.  Organic

2019 Damiano Ciolli Silene Olevano Romano  $20
A Roman Red from Lazio, the Silene is aged in concrete for a year and conveys more delicate qualities of the Cesanese red grape. It also comes from nearly 100 year old vines.  A rush of floral aromatics lead for a palate of dusty earth, spring violets and sour blackberry. A long, peppery finish to leave on a memorable note.  Biodynamic

2019 Bodega del Palacio, Frontaura y Victoria, Toro  $16
Kosher Tempranillo.  Notes of red fruits, blackberry, currant, strawberry, raspberry. . In the mouth it is fresh, leaving an unmistakable memory. Round, silky, with sweet and polished tannins.  Kosher

Wednesday-Sunday, Noon-6PM

Deal Me In

Our distributors have been shuffling the stock in the warehouse again and we went all in on some great discounts.  No need to up the ante, just double down, stock up and cash in.

2012 Seghesio Ars Vivendi Langhe Rosso  $16
50% Nebbiolo, 50% Barbera
A great rosso that has developed nice complexity from its 10 years of age.  Starts a bit rustic, but opens up with layered notes of rose, tar, cherry and chewy fruit.
Was $23   Now $16

2015 De Vescovi Ulzbach Teroldego Rotaliano  $15
Coming from 50-70 year old vines, and aged for 10 months in French oak vats, Teroldego is a native grape of Trentino.  It is related to Syrah, Lagrein, and Pinot Noir The wine displays concentrated aromas of juicy dark currants, violets, graphite, and stony minerals on the finish.
Was $22 Now $15

2020 Château Terrebonne Côtes de Provence Rosé  $13
25% Cinsault , 15 % Syrah, 40% Grenache, 10% Ugni Blanc, 10% Vermentino
A crisp Provence Rosé Intense nose of fresh strawberry, small red fruits and white peach. Round on the palate, this rose is well balanced thanks to its pleasant acidity.
Was $16, Now $13

2016 Veema Languedoc Rouge  $13
45% Grenache, 35% Syrah, 20% Mourvèdre
Leather and smoked meat give a brawny edge to a nose of pure, fragrant black fruit, brown spice, vanilla, and violets. A crack of grip braces one for the rush of robust plum and saturated boysenberry that courses across the palate, gaining power and peppery depth on the way to a long, savory finish laced with anise, espresso, and a bloody tang of iron.
Was $18 Now $13

2017 Chanson Pere & Fils Bourgogne Rouge  $15
Pinot Noir
Super “everyday” Burgundy   Aromas of ripe berries (raspberries and cherries) mixed with licorice. Well-structured. Deep and tight texture. Well-integrated tannins.
Was $22 Now $15

2014 Vina Herminia Rioja Reserva  $15
85% Tempranillo, 10% Garnacha, 5% Graciano
Unmistakably Rioja, with an excellent balance between blackcurrant and oak aromas. The palate shows a velvety texture which flows wonderfully, with a round and lingering finish.
Was $20 Now $15

Washington State
2017 Ashton Troy, Cabernet Sauvignon  $18
Cabernet Sauvignon from the Columbia Valley AVA is rich and full-bodied, with an elegant tannin structure. It opens with aromas of black cherry, blackberry, and ripe plum and is followed by hints of spiciness and minerality.
Was $30 Now $18

2017 Double Canyon, Double Canyon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon  $30
Horse Heaven Hills
From Double Canyon’s Estate Vineyard comes their flagship wine.  It opens with black cherry and lifted sweet caramel on the nose. The palate is plush, with elegant integrated tannins and balanced acidity. The flavors are reminiscent of tart cherry, cassis, plum and spice—characteristics typically shown from their estate fruit.
Was $60 Now $30

Wednesday to Sunday, Noon to 6PM

A Boatload of Burgundy

We recently picked up a bunch of new wines from Burgundy running the gamut from entry level to high toned.  Scan through the list and find the one that suits you, or skip right to the end and check out our latest Bargaindy
2018 Mancey, Macon  $13
Sourced from limestone soil slopes around Mancey.  UnOaked and lees aged. The wine is fresh and lively on entry to the palate, and then shows a sensation of softness and roundness.

2019 Buisson Battault, Meursault  Vielles Vignes  $80
An elegant and full-bodied wine with delicate buttery, brioche notes and saline on the end palate. The wine is aged on its lees for 12 months in oak barrels (20% new oak).

2019 Chateau de Juliénas, Juliénas  $20
The estate has quite the long history with origins in the 13th century. Today 40 hectares are farmed, most of which fall in the Juliénas appellation. From vines nearly 100 years old and at 1100 feet in elevation, wines from this terroir show the spicy, floral flair Juliénas is known for.

2020 Jaques Girardin, Bourgogne Rouge Vieilles Vignes  $28
Pinot Noir
From Santenay commune.  Fresh and elegant nose with dark fruit aromas – black and red currants, blackberries, plums. Supple wine, lightly structured, fruity and fresh. Classic Pinot Noir with a touch of Burgundian earthiness in the elegant finish.

2018 Chanson Pere & Fils, Givry  $30
Pinot Noir
A Cotes du Beaune bastion at a good price.  Fragrances of violet mixed with refreshing notes of ripe red berries (cherry) on a hint of licorice and a bit of smoke. W. Very pure fruit combination. Tight texture and well-crafted tannins. Persistent and refreshing aftertaste.

2014 Agnes Paquet, Auxey Duresses  $34
Pinot Noir
Aromas of small red berry fruits explode from the glass mingled with subtle notes of earth and underbrush. On the palate the wine is fresh, vibrant and juicy with lively acidity and compact, integrated tannis. Flavors of alpine strawberry, raspberry and pomegranate cascade across your mouth in a long, concentrated wave that flow into a long, subtle finish.

2018 Louis Latour, Marsannay  $36
Pinot Noir
Flinty aroma followed by a bright, juicy red-cherry tone. The palate also has that appetizing flintiness surrounding ripe, almost fleshy cherry that sits around a core of freshness. Subtle, juicy tannins appear on the appealing finish

2014 Bouchard Père & Fils, Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Cailles 1er cru  $126
Pinot Noir
Located in the South of Nuits-Saint-Georges, wines from Les Cailles differ from those in neighboring vineyards due to their elegance and femininity.  Exquisite fruit and spice aromas on the nose. On the palate, perfect harmony between structure and elegance: rich, complex and voluptuous.

2017 Chanson Pere & Fils, Bourgogne Rouge  $15
Pinot Noir
Super “everyday” Burgundy   Aromas of ripe berries (raspberries and cherries) mixed with liquorice. Well-structured. Deep and tight texture. Well-integrated tannins.
Was $22 Now $15

Wednesday-Sunday 12-6PM

Italy North to South

Come take a little hike this weekend through the vineyards of Italy.  We have some new arrivals in the shop that are panoramic in flavor.  Stop by this weekend at do a bit of sightseeing.

2020 Musio Pinot Grigio Delle Venezie  $12
The Mussio stands out above a lot of insipid PG that kind of floods the market.  Fruity, balanced, hints of nuts and toasted bread.  Vegan

NV Mario Molino Dimartina Vino Rosso  $15
40% Barbera, 40% Merlot, 10% Cabernet and 10% Nebbiolo
An unusual Piedmontese blend.  Ready to go, the wine reveals cherry fruit with delicate contours of rose hip, dried blueberries and blue flowers. There are subtle touches of spice and sweet almond.

2019 Ettore Germano Langhe Chardonnay  $22
The wine is kept in contact with the lees for six months, with half undergoing a malolactic fermentation. Germano’s Chardonnay has wonderful orchard fruit aromas, a creamy texture that remains fresh as a result of a harmonious acidity, and a robust finish.

2019 Boschis Francesco, Grignolino  $20
A lighter Piedmontese red from a well known Dolcettlo producer.  Light ruby. Pepper, geranium, mown grass. Medium structure with evident tannins and good length.

2017 Monsecco, Colline Novaesi Pratogrande  $27
The Pratogrande is sourced from hillside vineyards that skirt the famed Gattinara and Ghemme DOCGs. Notes of  dried cherry, rose petal, blood orange peel, tobacco, leather, tar, underbrush, and lots more. It is medium-bodied and bright, with the gentlest nip of tannin lending backbone and a recognizable array of “secondary” aromas/flavors beginning to creep into the mix.

2019 Villa Pillo Cingalino  $15
65% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Franc,
A fresh and easy Bordeaux blend that is more Tuscan than varietally dominated.

2016 Castello di Bibbione, Chianti Classico Reserva  $18
A delightful wine that shows classic aromas of sour cherry, cedar bark, dried fern, and forest floor. The palate has chewy tannins deftly balanced by ripe berry fruit and a cleansing streak of acidity.

2019 Damiano Ciolli Silene, Olevano Romano, CesaneseSuperiore  $20
A Roman Red, the Silene is aged in concrete for a year and conveys more delicate qualities of the Cesanese red grape. It also comes from nearly 100 year old vines.  A rush of floral aromatics lead for a palate of dusty earth, spring violets and sour blackberry. A long, peppery finish to leave on a memorable note.  Biodynamic

2016 Gurrieri, Cerasuolo di Vittoria  $21
60% Nero d’Avola, 40% Frappato
Very aromatic on the nose, there is a bright red fruit quality that accompanies a pretty, floral note, yet a core of dark fruit and damp earth rings through as well. On the palate, there is a wonderful combination of body, freshness, fruit character, and earthy drive, counterbalanced on the palate with soft but noticeable tannins.  Organic.

Wednesday-Sunday, 12-6PM

López de Heredia

López de Heredia is known for aging their wines more than most wineries would ever consider.  The new shipment recently landed in Seattle and we picked up our share.

2013 López de Heredia Viña Cubillo  $27
65% Tempranillo, 25% Granacha, 10% Graciano and Mazuelo
The new vintage of the “young wine” Crainza from Heredia.  Fresh and slight aroma to licorice with consistent texture and persistent aroma. Smooth, fresh and persistent.

2010 López de Heredia Viño Bosconia  $43
80% Temperanillo, 15% Grancho, 5% Graciano and Mazuelo
Bosconia is always been more rustic and powerful and Tondonia all about finesse and nuance. The 2010 is no exception. There are dark plums and baking spices, a touch of singed leather, the fruit very strong to counterbalance the ageing in barrel.  A rich powerfull wine.

2008 Lopez d’ Heredia Tondonia Reserva $63
75% Tempranillo, 15% Garnacha, 5% Graciano, 5% Mazeulo
A remarkable red from a Rioja icon, López de Heredia. There’s no concession to modernity, with fermentation in 140-year-old wooden vats plus six years’ ageing in oak casks, the rest in bottle.  Spices, leather, cherries, balsamic and cigar box.  Very complex spice and berry fruit, with a long savoy finish.

We also received our miniscule allocation of their white wines.  We have 2 bottles of 2013 Vina Gravonia $40/b and 1 bottle of 2010 Vina Tondonia Reserva $63.  If you buy a bottle of Bosconia or Tondonia Red and you can purchase one bottle of the whites, first come first served, no reservations.

Updated Weekend Hours this week (yet again)
Saturday,  Noon to 6pm
Sunday, Noon to 4pm

Bordeaux of a Certain Age

Two old Bordeaux that are new to our shelves.

We love old Bordeaux, and we love to drink it without hitting our cellar.  Here are two new arrivals that would go nicely to your table or to your cellar.  We were able to grab a few case of each of these, but we are willing to share.

2011 Chateau Malaison, Moulis en Medoc  $25
80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon
An old Bordeaux estate bought by the Rothchilds in 1978 and revitalized.  Fresh fruit (black currant and plum) aromas, a touch of menthol, and delicate hints of oak. The wine starts out rich and full-bodied, going on to show considerable elegance and a fine balance between well-focused, velvety tannin and acidity that contributes freshness and length.   Was 38 Now $25

2010 Château du Grand Bos, Graves  $35
47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot.
A steal in an aged Bordeaux from a great year.  Medium-to-full-bodied, it envelops the senses with ripe blackberries cassis, and black cherries, with layers of vanilla, saddle leather, tobacco, savory herbs, graphite, and cedar adding depth and dimension. The tannins are firm yet plaint, making this beauty drinkable now with a brief decanting but also giving it considerable aging potential.

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Hour: Wednesday-Sunday, 12-6PM

Beguiling Biancos

We’ve had a few intriguing whites come into the shop over the past couple of weeks. Some from familiar grapes and some a bit more exotic.  Come explore.

2020 Elvio Cogno, Anas-Cëtta Langhe  $29
100% Nascetta
This Langhe Nascetta shows complexity and crispness. Lime, grapefruit and a hint of flint on the nose are perfectly connected with the abundance of plump and fresh juiciness in the mouth. A long finish and good minerality are due to a beautiful acidity and a partial wood fermentation.  Organic

2015 Pierre Sparr, Pinot Gris Grande Reserve  $15
A perfect match for Asian food.  Mellow notes of ripe pear and fresh earth combine on the nose. The palate majors in ripe juicy pears, boosted by a touch of residual sweetness. The aromas are fresh and easy. Drink this while they are at their peak. The finish is just off dry.   Was $20 Now $15

2019 Margante, Il Bianco da Uve Nere  $19
Nero d’Avola
White wine from red grapes.  This bright offering opens with aromas of white stone fruit and honeysuckle. The fresh palate offers pink grapefruit, white almond and a saline finish.

2014 Domaine Laroche, Petit Chablis  $20
The plateau vineyards that are the source of this wine give a cool, crisp and light character. It’s fragrant, pure fruitiness, with a light minerality and citrus at the end.  Was $25, now $20

2020 Hubert Brochard, Les Carisannes  $14
Sauvignon Blanc
Just over the border from Sancerre.  Les Carisannes shows classic aromas and flavors of citrus, fresh herbs, and minerals. This Vin de Pays du Val de Loire is lighter in weight and texture than Sancerre, but its fresh and fruity character make it a delicious wine for warm-weather refreshment and simple food pairings.

2016 Molino Real, Mountain Blanco  $17
Moscatel de Alejandría
A unique dry white.  This wine is made from 100% Moscatel de Alejandría sourced from two steep sites on slate slopes from 500m to 1,000m elevation. Fermented with native yeasts in stainless steel tanks and aged for 9 months. Yummy aromas of orange blossoms and citric overtones. The palate has substance yet is bone dry of good length.

2021 Ovum, Big Salt  $18
A co-fermented blend that is wildly aromatic, laced with Gewurz and Muscat overtones, but framed by citrusy Riesling.  Salty bergamot, lemon, nectarine and white tea– exotic fruits fill out the nose.  The palate is filled with the texture of Gewurz, herbal hints from Pinot Blanc, but quickly washed back with classic Riesling acidity.  Organic

2017 Höpler, Trockenbeerenauslese  $25  375ML
80% Welschriesling, 20% Sämling
A rare wine of the highest quality, the Trockenbeerenauslese is created from a selected picking of dried, very ripe berries that have been affected by noble rot.   Intensive floral notes of pineapple and passion fruit.  Hints of caramel, honey, apricot and gooseberry.  Complex, rich and harmonious finish.

Wednesday-Sunday, 12-6PM

Finishing up February

As February turns from cold to wet, here are a  few new wines that recently came into the shop.  Happy Mardi Gras!

2020 Rive Droite, Rive Gauche, Côtes du Rhône Blanc  $12
Grenache Blanc, Bourboulenc, and Viognier
from vineyards on both banks of the Rhône, this tasty a Côtes du Rhône Blanc is dry but creamy with delicate hints of apricot.  Natural, No Sulfites Added

2020 Long Story Short, New Zealand Sauv Blanc  $12
100% Sauvignon Blanc
Bright aromas of white peach, guava and lemon zest. Floral nuances reminiscent of honeysuckle and elderflower reflect the wild flora and fauna that grow alongside our Wairau Valley vineyards. Mouth: Brimming with juicy flavors and bright acidity,

2020 Château Puy-Servain Marijolaine, Bordeaux Blanc  $24
80% Sauvignon, 20% Sémillon
The Semillon adds a richness and layered complexity to the crispness of the Sauvignon Blanc.

2020 La Domitienne. Mourvedre Rosé  $11
Like Bandol but not the price?  This Languedoc Rosé is you pick.  The silky texture adds to the flavors of peach, nectar, and cherry blossom to produce a complex and crisp quaffrer.  Was $14 Now $11

2020 La Perdrix, Costières de Nimes Rosé  $13
60% Grenache, 40% Syrah
Hints of strawberry preserves and raspberry cordial extend from nose to finish. While full bodied and succulent on the palate, it’s a freshly balanced, dry rosé with a mineral lift on the finish.

2018 Domaine du Cros, Marcillac Lo Sang del Païs  $18
Fer Servadou
Domaine du Cros is the key estate in Marcillac, leading this region of the French south-west’s current revival. This is light, crunchy and thirst-quenching with delightful ruby color and flavors of raspberry and plum. Charcuterie wine par excellence.

2013 Sordo Perno Barolo  $50
Single vineyard Barolo from a good year.  Leather, licorice and balsamic aromas slowly take shape in the glass. Full bodied and taut, this delivers dried black cherry, mature raspberry, star anise and clove set against fresh acidity and firm, refined tannins.

Wednesday-Sunday, 12-6PM

Shipping Blues

The shipping containers are still backed up at the ports, and what does get unloaded is getting hit with exceptionally higher shipping costs.  The result is that the price on newly arrived wines is going up.  Don’t be surprised to see some cost increase on some of your favorites.  Both our suppliers and us here at Madrona Wine are trying to mitigate this as much as possible.  Let’s hope the situation sorts itself out before too long. 
In the meantime, here are a few deals where the price has gone down.  They take a little of the sting out.
2019 Menard Gaborit, Muscadet Sevre et Maine  $13
Melon de Bourgogne
Fresh, fruity, hints of white flowers, and iodine aromas. The palate has aromas of white flesh fruits, citrus, green apple, minerality.  Organic
Was $16 now $13

2018 Domãne Wachau, Federspiel Bruck Riesling  $18
From a very cool and stony gneiss spot in the Spitzer Graben, the 2018 Ried Bruck Riesling Federspiel shows a fine and aromatic and spicy bouquet of apricots and white blossoms mixed with fir needles and  truck stop nuance.   Lean and strong on the palate, with intense and spicy fruit intermixed with crystalline flinty notes. It’s lithe but intense and concentrated.  A diesel lovers delight..
Was $30 now $18

2019 Nortico, Alvarinho  $13
A young, fresh white wine with the characteristic bright acidity and aromas of peach and grapefruit. Nortico is light and delicate, lovely as a “porch-sipping wine” to drink on its own.  Also a terrific seafood wine, particularly with salty, fattier dishes like fish tacos or broiled oysters.
Was $15 now $13

2011 Weinbau Erich Sattler,Zweigelt  $12
Zweigelt is Austria’s most widely planted red.  The wine matures on the lees for six months and is bottled after minimal filtration. This wine is dense and juicy with hints of strawberries and fresh herbs on the nose. It exhibits ripe fruit on the palate, reminiscent of plum with pleasant acidity and pepper. It is an elegant wine with a spicy balanced finish.
Was $20, now $12

2014 Gerard Bertrand, Languedoc Rouge  $12
Syrah, Grenache
A rich red from the south of France.  Complex aromas of ripe red fruit, backed by notes of licorice, gingerbread and scrubland. 
Was $16 now $12

2013 Gerard Bertrand, Tautavel  $12
50% Grenache, 35% Syrah, 15% Carignan
An intense, radiant robe with a subtle brown tinge. Intensely fruity on the nose, with red fruit and raspberry aromas underpinned by complex, spicy notes. A wonderful combination of supple tannins and delicate notes of scrubland and spices on the palate.
Was $20, now $12

2015 Finn Hill, Merveille Merlot $15
Stillwater Creek Vineyard
Aromas of red currant, dried cherry and toasty oak, the latter an indicator of the 21 months in 100% new French barrels.  On the palate is where it comes alive with more cherry and currant flavors with dusty tannins and age-worthy pomegranate acidity.
Was $30 now $15

2016 Finn Hill Vivant, Malbec  $18
Rosebud Vineyards
The 2016 vintage exhibits an inky purple-magenta color and wafts perfumed aromas of crushed black and red berries on wet gravel, with hints of molasses and bay leaf. The pour delivers predominant fruit notes of blackberry, boysenberry, red currant, and blueberry. The finish brings mellow plum-skin acidity and tannin.
Was $30, now $18

Winter Hours
Wednesday-Sunday, 12-6PM

New Wines From Portugal & Spain

While shipping is still a mess for most of our distributors, we have managed to have a few new wines from the Iberian Peninsula make their way to our shelves.

2020 Adaras Lluvia, Bianco  $11
60% Verdejo, 40% Sauvignon Blanc
An organic Spanish white wine from the Almansa region using grapes from the high altitude vineyards 850m above sea level. Clean and bright with a harmonious balance of the grapes, it shows aromas of tropical fruit and subtle notes of peach and apricot. The palate brings balanced complexity and an intense, long, fresh finish.  Organic

2020 CUNE. Monopole Bianco Seco Rioja  $11
This has a pretty nose of lemons, sliced apples, peaches, fresh apricots, sea shells and stones. Hint of anise and jasmine. Medium-bodied with bright acidity and a creamy, lightly waxy texture. Fresh and elegant.

2020 Pazo das Bruxas. Albarino  $19
Seductive, with exquisitely fine floral (lime blossom) and fruit (lemon) notes against a backdrop reminiscent of quince jam. Intense and flavorful on the palate, with delicate, subtle fruit acidity.

2019 Quinta da Fonte Souto. Alentejo Branco  $26
75% Arinto, 25% Verdelho
A crisp and taut blend of Arinto and Verdelho, with a delicate floral aroma, clean, wet-stone freshness, salty tang and finely honed texture on the palate.

2020 Kiki & Juan. Vino Tinto  $15  1 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

2020 Mendieta Osaba, Mendi Rioja  $14
Packed with perfume on the nose, this is a very fresh, youthful rioja with intense aromas of blackberries and dashes of spices. Bursting with fruit, this wine is round and complex with licorice notes and a long finish.

2009 Siglo Rioja Gran Reserva  $21
Cool and foresty in tone, this wine feels integrated, with a lovely weave to its tannins and fruit. The wine melds tannins from oak, fruit skin and seeds in notes of caraway and walnut, with a vegetal anise scent adding complexity. The texture is plump and silken, with a ping of fruit.

2020 Alvaro Palacios Camins del Priorat  $25
55% Garnacha, 15% Syrah, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 8% Cariñena
A high scoring entry wine from Palacios.  Notes of vanilla, toast, smoke, tobacco, dark fruit, red fruit, spice box, cedar, and mushroom.  Rich flavors of black currant, blackberry, dust, leather, currant, blueberry, strawberry, cherry, bell pepper, licorice and anise.

2020 Alvaro Palacios Camins del Priorat  $25
55% Garnacha, 15% Syrah, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 8% Cariñena
A high scoring entry wine from Palacios.  Notes of vanilla, toast, smoke, tobacco, dark fruit, red fruit, spice box, cedar and mushroom.  Rich flavors of black currant, blackberry, dust, leather, currant, blueberry, strawberry, cherry, bell pepper, licorice and anise.

Wednesday-Sunday, 12-6PM