Tres, Quatro, Cinco di Mayo

Swing by the shop as we celebrate the first weekend in May. Friday we have 69 degrees and sunshine. Saturday is the 150th running of the Kentucky Derby and Sunday is Cinco di Mayo. Plenty of reasons to raise a glass of wine. Here’s the lineup of what we will be tasting.



2020 Ca’ Adua, Gavi $14
100% Cortese
Intense floral perfumes reminiscent of jasmine and white flowers; strong scent of green apple and almond. Its taste is well-balanced, very dry with a marked acidity, counter-balanced by a fine fruitiness.

Was $20, Now $14


2023 La Réserve Saint Dominique, Rousanne $16
100% Roussanne
Fresh and pleasant fruity aromas and white delicate flowers. Lovely balance for easy drinking opportunities. A very pleasant wine.

2017 Domaine des Penteline, Gadagne Côtes du Rhône Villages “Les Galets” $15
65% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre
This Village level CDR from the Gadagne appellation has a luscious nose and a silky palate reminiscent of a red berry with added notes black pepper, baking spice and leather.

Was $18, Now $15


2019 Pomum, Columbia Valley Red $15
34% Petit Verdot, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 10% Malbec
This elegant red is blended from Bordeaux varieties sourced from Konnowac Vineyard near the Columbia River. The wine sings with notes of red fruit and plum with herbs and cedar. A great value.

Horsing Around

We are galloping around the Mediterranean this weekend like a wild horse escaped from Buckingham Palace. Trot on by the shop as we taste wines from Italy, Spain and Greece.



2022 Lyrarakis, Kedros Liatiko Rosé $18
100% Liatiko
This dry rosé from the isle of Crete delivers fruity aromas of several types of berries, perfectly balanced with a sense of chalkiness and notes of winter flowers. The mouth is long with vibrant acidity underlined by notes of minerality and an intense fruity aftertaste.


2022 Vina Almirante, Macerato Albarino     $18
Juicy, clean and zesty on the finish, and chiseled in terms of structure and acidity. Very nice Albariño for the price, but we think the horse has had too much to drink.

2019 Bodegas Mas Alta, La Vilella Alta “Black Slate” Priorat $24
Garnatxa, Carinyena, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah
A single vineyard from one of Mas Alta’s four distinct vineyards with both licorella and clay-limestone soils. A dark-fruited cuveé is a blend of old and young vines fruit, mineral-driven and spicy, silky and elegant.


2019 Antiche, Vigne Savuto Classico $18
80% Magliocco (Arvino), 20% Greco Nero
A unusual blend from Southern Italy. Intense and lasting with hints of black cherry, black currant and berries along with notes of wild violet, spices and balsamic. Big and smooth with a fruity full mouthfeel, supported by good acidity and underlying tannins.

It’s a Rosé Day

Spring is still chugging olong in low gear but today looks like we can give it some gas. Come grab a bottle of rosé and soak up some sun. We have a Sancerre rosé open today for tasting. We also have some fun things planned for the rest of the weekend.


Friday—Rosé Day!

Comte de la Chevaliere, Sancerre Rosé $18
100% Pinot Noir
This non-vintage dry rosé pleasantly joins freshness and maturity. From the first nose the style is given: fruity, liveliness, freshness and intensity, These characters are also encountered on the palate with the crunchiness of the fruit reminiscent of strawberries and apricots, some hints of citrus notes complete this round and tasty palate.


La Farra, Prosecco Extra Brut Treviso DOC $15
The grapes for this sparkler come from vineyards at the foot of the hills of Farra di Soligo. This Extra Brut has notes of peaches, green apple and acacia flowers with an excellent touch of tanginess and a dry aftertaste.

J. Laurens, Cremant de Limoux Brut Rosé $19
60% Chardonnay, 25% Chenin, 15% Pinot Noir
The Brut rosé has a gentle yeastiness accompanying its effusive effervescence, but the real story is its rich, tangy, full-in-the-mouth, appealing fruit.


Sunday– Big Red

2018 Top Source, Columbia Valley Red $25
70% Syrah, 30% Grenache
Rumor has it that Cayuse did a bit of consulting on this project. But whether that is true or not, this is a bold Washington red. Rich, dark fruits enveloped in a beautiful bouquet of earthy, savory aromas followed by A full-bodied, multi-layered palate of black pepper, baking spices, bacon, black olives and dark plum combined with velvety tannins and a long finish.

Mediterranean Musings

This weekend we are thinking of spring. Wines that go with a bit of sun even if it isn’t quite warm yet. In our minds we are bouncing around France, Italy and Northern Greece, picking out wine with a fresh taste but still enough body to stand up to a gust of wind from the north. Blow on into the shop and have a sip.


2020 Marchesi di Barolo, Sbirolo Langhe Nebbiolo $18
A fresh Langhe Neb with flavors of tart cherries, roses, and hints of truffle. It’s a medium-bodied wine with a lingering finish.

Was $26, Now $18


2019 Trimbach, Pinot Blanc $19
Trimbach’s 2019 Pinot Blanc shows a clear, fresh aromas of ripe apples and pears. The wine is round and juicy as well as savory on the pretty potent palate, and it reveals stimulating saline acidity. Very good indeed.

2022 Le Pech d’ André, Caracole $18
95% Aramon Noir, 5% Grenache
From vines planted by Mireille’s grand-grand-mother, harvested by hand, a nice garden-wine expressing all the qualities of this ancient Languedoc grape variety: Aramon. A bright and light red wine, with a flowery nose and tangy notes of redcurrant. Caracole d’Aramon can even be served chilled in summer. Organic, Natural
11% alcohol by volume


2020 Plano, Malagousia $21
This northern Greek white, the Plano brings to mind a Mediterranean garden with green herbs, citrus fruits, unripe peach, and a wonderful green character reminiscent of green pepper, freshly cut grass, fennel and mint.

What wines pair with hardboiled eggs?

This Sunday is the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Equinox. And you know what that means. Bunnies, candy and hiding colored eggs. But what to drink with the eggs after you find them? We’ll be popping some corks and trying to answer that question. If the wines don’t match the eggs, they very well might match the rest of your Sunday Menu. Come taste.



We’ll be tasting three red wines that are arriving today. a Chianti, a Mencia and a Teroldigo. Something for everybody.


2020 Giovanni Rosso, Etna Bianco $25
100% Carricante
Lightly fragrant and loaded with finesse, this focused white opens with delicate aromas of white spring flower, rosemary, thyme and Mediterranean brush. Smooth and fresh, the palate boasts a weightless, understated elegance that seamlessly offsets ripe yellow pear, juicy Meyer lemon and savory saline notes.

Was $30, Now $25

2017 Giovanni Rosso, Etna Rosso $28
100% Nerello Mascalese
Intense, complex bouquet on the nose with Mediterranean citrus sensations, followed by aromas of violet, bergamot, wet stone, forest leaves and elegant hints of white pepper. Velvety, harmonious and fresh on the palate with sustained acidity and a neat, savory long finish.

Was $35, Now $28


2021 Maison Calvet, Vouvray ‘Beau Rocher’ $17
Chenin Blanc
A very old school Demi Sec Vouvray where the slight sweetness balance out the acidity. Rich mouthfeel and fruit notes. Goes great with Easter ham.

You say Pinot, I say Pineau.

We are sipping between the showers this weekend at Madrona Wine. Stop by and see what will bring some sunshine into your life.

Friday—a value Chianti. There is a lot to smile about here.

2020 Donna Laura, Alteo Chianti Reserva $16
100% Sangiovese
Clear ruby red color with clean aromas of wild rose, black currant and sour black cherry. Persistent flavors of red berries with soft tannins and an overall fine structure.

Saturday – lots of layers from the Loire to the Cali coast.

2022 Domaine Colin, “Pierre Francois” Rouge $20
70% Pineau d’Aunis, 30% Pinot Noir, 10% Gamay
This is and elegant Loire red that would please any Pinot lover. It has a fruity, spicy and fine nose. The flavors are layered, balanced, silky and well structured.
2021 Flowers, Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir $48
First class California Pinot. A mix of red and blue fruit on the nose unfolds with layers of violets, spice notes. Hints of blueberries join a burst of cherry on the palate, grounded by fine-grained tannins and juicy acidity.

Sunday – you say Ribera and I say “what time is dinner?”

2015 Catania, Ribera del Duero Crianza $14
100% Tempranillo
Ripe fruit aromas with hints of cocoa and roasted coffee. A touch of sweet fruit on the palate with a backbone of tannins and a little acidity.

Sip into Spring

It is going to be a great weekend here in Madrona. It’s Sunny! It might even be warm!! Here is our lineup for the weekend. Clear through to Tuesday when Spring officially arrives.

Friday – Ides of March

2020 Klinker Brick Winery, Old Vine Zinfandel $21

Just off the boat, or rather the delivery truck.

Saturday – Two big Italians.

2020 Abballe’, Aglianico del Beneventano $15
100% Aglianico
Molise, Italy
This Southern Italian red has a rich, complex flavor with notes of black cherry, plum, and tobacco.

2021 Camigliano, Poderuccio Rosso Toscano $22
60% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Sangiovese
Super Tuscany. On the nose, this wine shows very pleasant fruity notes of cherry and black berries, with a fresh balsamic sensation. A wine with a nice structure, a good balance between smoothness and freshness, a nice minerality, well integrated tannins and a long fruity finish. Organic

Sunday – Happy Saint Patrick’s Day

2015 Domaine Sainte Catherine, Côtes du Roussillon Villages    $15
35% Syrah, 35% Grenache, 30% Carignan
A rich Roussillon Red. Full of black cherry, berries and spice notes with a lot of depth. The age smooths out the rough edges. Was $20, Now $15

Tuesday – Frist Day of Spring
2018 Schieferkopf Silvaner Trocken-Sec    $14
100% Silvaner
Franken, Germany
This is not your großmutter’s Silvaner! It imbues floral notes (acacia) on the first nose, then the wine opens up and reveals fruitier notes (quince, peach). The palate is structured by aromatic freshness: broad and supple on entry, with medium acidity. Notes of white flowers on the finish. Organic
Was $20, Now $14

Spring Forward

It is a busy weekend here at the wine shop. Today we are celebrating International Women’s Day with a crisp Austrian Rosé. Saturday we’ll be pouring an unusual Sardinian white varietal along with a Tuscan Rosso. Sunday we spring forward with another great deal from Finn Hill. Plenty of reason to stick your head in the door at Madrona Wine Merchants.


Friday — International Women’s Day

2021 Schlosskellerei Gobelsburg, Cisterncien Rosé $13
Pinot Noir, Zweigelt, Saint Laurent
This Austrian rosé has a nice and elegant aroma, fresh and lean texture and an acidity–piquant and smooth–for pure drinking pleasure. Made from grapes grown in the coolest locations in the region, it is more reminiscent of the character of white wines. Was $18, Now $13

Saturday — Daylight Spending ends

2021 Cantine di Dolianova, Nuragus di Cagliari In Cantos $14
100% Nuragus
Sardinia, Italy
This white wine has a fresh, floral and pleasantly fruity aroma. It’s taste is delicate and elegant, with a pleasant acidulous expression.
12% alcohol by volume
2019 Nottola, Rosso di Montepulciano $18
95% Prugnolo Gentile Sangiovese , 5% Merlot
Not quite Nobile but fresh and enticing with a nose of ripe cherries and plums, the palate is medium bodied and shows ripe sweet fruits, quite gentle tannins and fresh acidity.

Sunday — Daylight Savings begins

2017 Finn Hill, “Jolie” Cabernet Sauvignon $16
100% Cab. Sauvignon
A dark, floral, earthy nose with lilacs and forest floor, new leather and black pepper, with a whiff of blackberry jam hidden beneath. The palate is luscious with plums and prunes and mixed berries. The mid-palate includes dried strawberries and bay leaf, with celery stalk, white pepper, and dark chocolate developing through the finish. Was $30 Now $16

Weekend Roundup

It looks like a wet weekend but there should be some breaks. So come and take a break with us. We are pouring the next three days


2021 Barone di Bernaj, Terra Siciliana $15
100% Nerello Mascalese
Mt. Etna, Sicily
Medium bodied red wine from Mt. Etna, Sicily, grown in volcanic soil that lends a mineral note to flavors of red cherry, pomegranate, dark plum and a hint of smoke. The finish is smooth and round with firm, slightly dry tannins. A great value for a wine from this region.


2020 Kuentz-Bas, Alsace Blanc $14
60% Sylvaner, 20% Muscat, 20% Auxerrois
A marriage joined the Kuentz and Bas families in 1895 forming a classic Alsace winery. The Blanc is a dry but floral Alsatian blend that combines honeysuckle, peach and apricot flavors.
12.5% alcohol by volume
2019 Weingut Piedmont, Filzen Kabinett $20
100% Riesling

Mosel, Germany
A slightly off dry Riesling grown without chemicals from steep grey slate slopes along the Saar. Focused, energetic, light and crisp with a touch of sweetness up front that blends with the good acidity. Sustainable
9.5% alcohol by volume


2021 Château Cessaras / Domaine Coudoulet, Minervois Cuvée Olric $18
60% Syrah, 20% Mourvèdre, 20% Carignan
This wine offers a spicy nose showing aromas of dark berries, hints of black pepper and licorice. Harmonious and fresh palate.

More Bordeaux

We enjoyed pouring the Chateau Maine Blanc so much this week that we are going to keep tasting more Bordeaux over the next few days. We’ll start today with a petit value from Blaye. Saturday we’ll take a step up in class with a favorite Saint Emilion. Sunday we’ll take a break and head to Spain with a full juicy Grenache. Whatever day it is you should stop in and give them a try.


2018 Chateau les Petits, Blaye-Cotes-de Bordeaux $12
90% Merlot, 5% Cab. Franc, 5% Cab. Sauvignon
This wine’s rich, sultry, and balanced aromas feature earth-tinged red berry, peppered plum, and currant fruit complemented by notes of cocoa and coffee, toasted spices, and subtly warming musky scents of earth. The generous nose leads into a nicely balanced palate where the fruit is soft, fresh and friendly.


2016 Château Leconte Marquey, Saint Emilion $22
85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
Leconte Marquey is a small estate of just 14.5 hectares. Round and opulent, it offers flavors of red and black berries, with refined tannins that allow the wine to age gracefully.


2020 Bernabeleva, Navaherreros $25
100% Grenache
Madrid, Spain
This old vine Grenache is grown at the higher elevation foothills of the Sierra de Gredos is Bernabeleva’s flagshipo wine. Light to medium bodied and dry with roasted strawberries and red cherry fruits. A long maceration with some whole clusters add a nice tannic structure.