Susana Balbo Wine Tasting

Focus on Susana Balbo – Free on Fridays Wine Tasting

Friday, October 27th from 2-5pm – Susana Balbo is recognized as one of Argentina’s greatest winemakers as well as one of the greatest winemakers in the world.  Stop by the store this Friday to sample some of her finest Argentinian reds!

Susana Balbo was Argentina’s first female enologist, graduating with honors from Don Bosco University in Mendoza in 1981.  Today, she is one of the most respected wine figures in Argentina and has been elected three times as President of Wines of Argentina.  The recipe for her success is three core philosophies:

1. Hands-on viticulture – Susana doesn’t just make wine, she is also involved with every detail of grape-growing.  Great wines are made in the vineyard.

2. Sustainable and Organic Agriculture – This method of farming conserves resources and preserves the health of the soil.  It also maintains vine health.  Again, great wines are made in the vineyard.

3. Innovation – She’s not afraid to experiment with new techniques and technologies.  She was the first in Argentina to conduct all of her fermentations in concrete eggs.  The egg’s porous concrete breathes like oak yet allows the wine to develop as if it were made in stainless steel, resulting in a pure expression of fruit with a richer, more complex mouthfeel.

Susana Balbo in her winery.

At the end of the day, her commitment to these principles results in some of the finest wines that Argentina has to offer.  Come check them out this Friday!  Taste, learn, and save big every Friday at Table Wine.

All of the featured tasting wines are being offered at 20% off by the bottle!  All sales must be tendered by the end of business on Friday unless other arrangements are made.  Email us at josh@tablewineasheville.com with questions. 

1. 2013 BenMarco Malbec (Mendoza, Argentina) – Starting in 1999, Susana Balbo crafted a line of wines to showcase the ripe fruit expression of her sustainably farmed Mendoza vineyards. The philosophy is a simple one: grow great grapes and make wines with minimal intervention that are true to their place.  “The nose is really floral and fruit-driven (black fruit), a little spicy and displaying elegance and poise. The palate is vibrant and focused with pure fruit and silky, fine tannins to make it really drinkable. A great Malbec from Uco and very nicely priced.” – Wine Advocate – 92 points
Special Tasting Price: $15.99/bottle

2. 2014 Susana Balbo Cabernet Sauvignon Signature (Mendoza, Argentina) – From Susana’s home estate, this wine easily competes with Napa Cabs that cost twice the price.  “Beautiful dark fruit and raspberry character. Full body, velvety tannins and bright fruit. Pretty and drinkable. A pure and delicious wine.” – James Suckling – 93 points
Special Tasting Price: $19.99/bottle

3. 2014 BenMarco Expresivo (Mendoza, Argentina) – This is the top wine in the BenMarco line, and in 2014, the blend is 80% Malbec and 20% Cabernet Franc.  It was #24 on James Suckling’s “50 Best Value Wines Under $50.00” in 2016.  “This is great wine with fabulous transparency and clarity showing blackberry, blueberry and floral character. Full body, ultra-fine tannins and a superb finish. 80% malbec and 20% cabernet franc. A wine that gives pleasure now but will be even better in 2020.” – James Suckling – 96 points
Special Tasting Price: $29.59/bottle

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator at Table Wine
828.505.8588
josh@tablewineasheville.com

 

Free Lamadrid Estate Wine Tasting at Table Wine in Asheville North Carolina.

Lamadrid Estate Wines – Free on Fridays Wine Tasting

Friday, June 23rd from 4-7 p.m. – Join us as we pour you 4 splendid red wines from Argentina’s Lamadrid Estate.  Steve Nelson, formerly of The Wine Guy and Earth Fare, joins us to pour the wines and tell the stories.  Steve is now with Grapevine Distributing, and I’m very pleased to have him as my sales rep!

Lamadrid Estate is a lovely, family owned winery located in the Agrelo district of Mendoza, Argentina, long considered one of the best spots in the region for growing grapes.  Founded in 2004 by Guillermo Garcia Lamadrid, the family owns three vineyards in Agrelo: Finca La Matilde (planted 1929), Finca Lamadrid (planted 1973), and Finca La Suiza (planted 2004). Each wine comes from one of these Agrelo single vineyards and only indigenous yeasts are used, with no fining or filtration.  The winery combines a unique mix of traditional and cutting-edge winemaking.  This will be an fun, interesting, and delicious tasting as we’ll let you try both of Lamadrid’s entry level reds (Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon) as well as their Reserve wines.  Taste the wines, learn, and save big on all of the featured tasting wines.  Cheers and we hope  to see you!

All of the featured tasting wines are on sale the day of the tasting: take 10% off if you mix any 3, 15% off if you mix any 6, or 20% off if you mix any 12.

1. 2014 Lamadrid Malbec “Agrelo” (Mendoza, Argentina) – From one of their younger vineyards, don’t be fooled into thinking that this is a simple wine. Fermented in American oak and then aged for 6 months prior to bottling, it shows loads of dark and decadent fruit framed by toasty oak. Powerful, yet ripe and smooth, this is a great introduction to the house style.
Tasting Price: $15.29 in mixed 3-packs | $14.44 in mixed 6-packs | $13.59 in mixed cases

2. 2013 Lamadrid Cabernet Sauvignon “Agrelo” (Mendoza, Argentina): From the same vineyard site as wine #1, this is an impressive Cab at a great price.  Fermented in cement vats with indigenous yeasts, the wine is aged for 8 months in those same vats with oak staves added.  The resulting wine is rich, dark fruited, savory and delicious.
Tasting Price: $15.29 in mixed 3-packs | $14.44 in mixed 6-packs | $13.59 in mixed cases

3. 2014 Lamadrid Malbec “Single Vineyard Reserva” (Mendoza, Argentina) – The big difference between the entry wines and the Reserva wines is older vines and longer aging in barriques (small barrels).  Wine and Spirits named this wine their top Malbec of the year!  Rich, ripe, decadent, yet structured, this one sees 12 months aging in new and used French oak.  For those who like wines laced with rich dark fruit and toasty, spicy oak, you’ll love this one!
Tasting Price: $20.69 in mixed 3-packs | $19.54 in mixed six packs | $18.39 in mixed cases

4. 2014 Lamadrid Cabernet Sauvignon “Single Vineyard Reserva” (Mendoza, Argentina) – Like the Malbec before it, this is a BIG BOY!  From some of their oldest Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards, the wine sees 14 months aging in French oak.  The result is a deep, rich, and pliant Cabernet Sauvignon loaded with dark berry fruit, hints of earth and spice, and plenty of roasty-toasty oak.
Tasting Price: $20.69 in mixed 3-packs | $19.54 in mixed six packs | $18.39 in mixed cases

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator at Table Wine
828.505.8588
josh@tablewineasheville.com

2013 Tapiz Alta Collection Malbec at Table Wine in Asheville, NC.

95 Point Rated Malbec – Less Than $20

This is legit folks!  I found a 95 point rated Malbec for less than $20!!  The 2013 Tapiz Alta Collection Malbec is an incredible value from one of Argentina’s rising stars.  Typically, 95 point rated wines will run you at least $50 and normally $100+.  Not this one!  It’s on sale through Saturday, February 18th, supplies are limited, and here’s the deal:

2013 Tapiz Alta Collection Malbec — On Sale Through February 18th unless we run out first!

Regular Price: $24.99/bottle

Sale Price Through Saturday, February 18th: $19.99/bottle (20% off) or $18.74/bottle (25% off) on your solid 6-pack

Do I have your attention yet?  There are certainly a couple of factors in play that make this wine extra special.  First and foremost, Vintage 2013 was a good one.  A long and cool growing season allowed long hang time for the grapes and resulted in balanced wines with beautifully developed flavors.  Equally important is the winemaking.  Tapiz hired none other than Jean-Claude Berrouet as their consulting enologist a few years back, and the Alta Collection Malbec is his personal project.  Who’s he?  Jean-Claude was the winemaker at Pomerol’s famed Chateau Petrus from 1964 to 2007.  Let’s just say this man knows a thing or two about crafting world class wines.  Great vintage, incredible winemaker equals exquisite wine!

Just over 2,000 cases of this wine are crafted each year and the grapes come from an estate owned single vineyard at nearly 4,500 feet in elevation.  Aging takes place for 12 months in a combination of new and used French oak.  The resulting wine is nothing less than marvelous.  I’ll be honest, I’m not typically a big Malbec fan, but this one lit me up.  I was struck by the immediacy of the wine — open knit, fleshy, fine grained and possessing a great balance of fruit and complexity, it is one of the best Malbecs I’ve tried in years. I pick up rich notes of plum, cassis, dark cherry, exotic spice, vanilla, and complex mineral.  It is definitely full bodied and full flavored, but the tannin is soft and the mouthfeel is downright silky.

James Suckling felt the same way!  “A soft and silky red with violet, berry and dark fruits on the nose and palate. Full body, fine tannins and a flavorful finish. Extremely well-crafted with elegance and style. Made from high vineyards in Uco Valley with consulting enologist from Bordeaux Jean-Claude Berrouet. 95 points.”   

What else can I say?  Oh yeah, enjoy this one with a big, fat ribeye or with a rich and hearty winter stew.  You’ll thank me!  Stop by and pick some up or email me at josh@tablewineasheville.com and I’ll be glad to hold your wine for you through the end of the sale period.  Cheers and happy eating and drinking in Asheville, NC.

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator at Table Wine
828.505.8588

2013 Finca Decero Cabernet Sauvignon Remolinos Vineyard

Wine of the Weeks – 2013 Finca Decero Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine of the Weeks – An under-$20 Argentinean Cab that drinks like a $30+ Napa Cab!!  Let me make a confession — I’m a big dude, but I rarely drink Cabernet Sauvignon.  I appreciate it, but my palate leans more in the direction of Pinot Noir, Gamay and Cabernet Franc in the red wine category.  Guess what?  I love this Cab, and I think it squashes many of its higher priced competitors from California.  Finca Decero is one of Argentina’s young, rising star producers, and their Cabernet Sauvignon ranks as one of the best values of that varietal in the world in my humble but informed opinion.  It is our first Wine of the Weeks offering of 2016 and here’s the deal:

2013 Finca Decero Cabernet Sauvignon  – On sale through Tuesday, February 9th

Regular Price: $17.99/bottle
Sale Price: $15.99/bottle (over 10% off) or $14.29/bottle on solid 6-packs or more (over 20% off!!!)

Decero means “from scratch,” and that is an apt description of this family owned and operated estate winery. Thomas Schmidheiny literally started this winery with nothing but a parcel of land and a dream in 2000, and today Finca Decero is recognized as one of Argentina’s top producers of red wines.  All of Decero’s estate vineyards are located in the Agrelo district of Mendoza, long recognized as the top spot in the region to grow Bordeaux varietals.

Yes, Malbec does very well here (Decero’s version is very good), but I’ve been even more impressed by the quality of the Agrelo Cabernet Sauvignons that I’ve tasted over the past year.  And Finca Decero’s version is one of my favorites although it’s far from the most expensive.  This is truly handcrafted wine — sustainable farming, hand harvesting and sorting, a state of the art winery, and 100% small French oak barrels for aging their single vineyard wines.

Like I said in the opening paragraph, this truly drinks like high end Napa Cab.  It specifically reminds me of Napa and Sonoma Cabernets grown in the mountains.  That makes a lot of sense as all of the estate’s vineyards are located at 3,500+ feet in elevation.  The color is dark, the bouquet is classy and stylish, and the palate is structured but not overly tannic.  Aromas and flavors of dark cherry, blackberry, cassis, mocha and espresso all meld seamlessly together to create a wine of true class and breadth……….at less than $20!

Trust me, if you like Cab, go ahead and get a sixer — you’ll thank me.  Enjoy this one with grilled or roasted meats, stews, or with fireplaces and friends.  Want to taste it?  Stop by this Friday, January 29th any time between 4:00 and 7:00 and we’ll pour you some at our free tasting. Otherwise, stop by the store or email me at josh@tablewineasheville.com and I’ll be glad to put your wine aside until you can make it by.  Many thanks and happy drinking and eating in Asheville!

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator/Wine Buyer
Table Wine

Try Three For Free Wine Tasting – Focus on Malbec

Try Three for Free Wine Tasting – Malbec lovers unite!!! Saturday, January 16th from 2-5 p.m. – Malbec continues to be on of the top selling reds at Table Wine and it’s pretty easy to figure out why that is the case. The grape tends to combine the full bodied, dark fruited character of Cabernet Sauvignon with the round, soft and opulent texture of Merlot.  This combination of big flavor and smooth and supple mouthfeel is exactly what many wine drinkers are looking for.  Join us as we guide you through a tasting of Malbecs at a variety of price points and styles.  Stop by, taste, learn and save up to 20% off on all of the tasting wines.

All of the featured tasting wines are on sale the day of the tasting: take 10% off if you mix any 3, 15% off if you mix any 6, or 20% off if you mix any 12.

The Wines

1. 2014 Finca Sophenia Altosur Malbec (Mendoza, Argentina) – So much cheap Argentinean Malbec is made a bit like processed cheese………in a factory in large batches with “less than natural” techniques.  That’s not the case here.  Finca Sophenia is a family owned and operated winery and they own all of their vineyards — this is really rare for Malbecs in this price range.  With plenty of ripe dark berries, plums, and just a kiss of oak, this full bodied and supple textured Malbec is perfect for every day consumption.
Tasting Price: $10.79 on mixed 3-packs | $10.19 on mixed 6-packs | $9.59 on mixed cases

2. 2013 Susana Balbo “Benmarco” Malbec (Mendoza, Argentina) – The Benmarco wines from Susana Balbo are always impressive, but the new release of her Malbec is exceptional.  From high elevation, older vineyards situated in sandy, rocky soils, this is serious stuff that sells for less than $20 a bottle!  The Wine Advocate rated this one 92 points and said “(t)he nose is really floral and fruit-driven (black fruit), a little spicy and displaying elegance and poise. The palate is vibrant and focused with pure fruit and silky, fine tannins to make it really drinkable.”  We agree and think you will too!  92 points The Wine Advocate, 92 points James Suckling
Tasting Price: $17.99 on mixed 3-packs | $16.99 on mixed 6-packs | $15.99 on mixed cases

3. 2013 Chateau Haut-Monplaisir Cahors “Tradition” (Southwestern France) – In case you didn’t know, Malbec is actually from France and the region of Cahors specializes in the grape.  This is quite different than versions from Argentina as it possesses more structure and more savory and earthy nuances.  Deeply colored and offering up notes of blackberry, black cherry, meat juices, pepper and damp earth, this is a wine that is perfectly suited to winter stews and roasts.
Tasting Price: $17.99 on mixed 3-packs | $16.99 on mixed 6-packs | $15.99 on mixed cases

Try Three For Free – Argentinean Cabernet Sauvignons

Asheville’s Best Free Wine Tasting – This Saturday, September 12th from 2-5 p.m. – Want Napa Cab flavor at a fraction of the price?  It’s time to try Argentinean Cabernet Sauvignons and this is the place to do it.
We’ve noticed a serious uptick in the quality of Cabs we’ve been tasting from Argentina recently, and we’re excited to pour three of our favorites for you.  With the emphasis on ripe dark fruit flavors framed by judicious oak, these wines could stand toe to toe with wines from California that cost a lot more.  We invite you to stop by any time between 2 and 5 p.m. this Saturday to taste, learn, and save up to 20% off on all of the tasting wines.

The Wines
All tasting wines are 10% off by the bottle, 15% off if you mix any six of them, or 20% off if you mix any twelve of them.

1. 2012 Fabre Montmayou Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva (Mendoza, Argentina) – Hervé Joyaux Fabre, owner and director of Fabre Montmayou, was born in Bordeaux, France, to a family of wine negociants.  He arrived in Argentina in the early 90’s and quickly began acquiring vineyards, and today we feel he and his team are making some of the country’s best values.  The wine shows “subtle aromas of cedar wood, incense and a hint of leather intermixed with the crunchy red and black fruit while the palate displays more dusty-tannins with a pungent sapid sensation that I associate with Cabernet Sauvignon. This is very good value. Drink now-2016.”
89 points – Luis Gutierrez – The Wine Advocate
Tasting Price: $11.69/bottle | $11.04 in a mixed six pack | $10.39 in a mixed case

2. 2013 Lamadrid Cabernet Sauvignon “Single Vineyard” (Agrelo – Mendoza, Argentina) – This small family run winery is situated in the Agrelo district of Mendoza, one of the top spots for red wine production in the entire region.  It shows in this deeply colored, super ripe, and delicious wine!  Boasting notes of dark cherry, cassis, anise, and integrated toasty oak, this full bodied effort is one to drink now through 2020.
Tasting Price: $15.29/bottle | $14.44 in a mixed six pack | $13.59 in a mixed case

3. 2012 Decero Cabernet Sauvignon “Remolinos Vineyard” (Agrelo – Mendoza, Argentina) – Like the Lamadrid, the Decero Cabernet Sauvignon also comes from the Agrelo zone and from a single vineyard that sits at 3,500 feet in elevation.  Grapes are picked at optimum ripeness and the wine is barrel fermented and aged for 14 months in French oak.  The result is “(a) vibrant and rich red, with concentrated flavors of dark cherry, Christmas pudding and macerated plum, accented by hints of raspberry ganache. Black licorice and mineral details show on the finish. Drink now through 2018.” 90 points – Wine Spectator
Tasting Price: $16.19/bottle | $15.29 in a mixed six pack | $14.44 in a mixed case

 

2010 Bodega Gratia Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon Value of the Year – 2010 Bodega Gratia Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine of the Weeks: Bodega Gratia was destined for greatness from its inception.  Take a couple of passionate, wine loving Asheville natives, sprinkle in one of the best and most dynamic winemaking teams in Argentina, and top it all off with some of the best vineyards in Mendoza.  Sound like a good recipe?  Wait until you taste the wine!

Based on the customer response at this Friday’s past tasting, this is a great wine.  In fact, we sold all 7 of the cases we had available to sell!  Good news, we just got 7 more cases in yesterday, so there’s a little bit more to be had.  It’s first come, first serve folks, so email us at josh@tablewineasheville.com and we’ll be glad to hold your wine for you for up to a week.  Due to the limited availability and high demand for this one, all email orders must be picked up or paid for within a week.

Bodega Gratia is the joint project of Asheville local Eric Scheffer (who also owns Vinnie’s) and two of Argentina’s most talented wine personalities.  Husband and wife Andrea Marchiori and Luis Barraud are considered the Argentinean wine dream team; they are the same team that partner with California’s Paul Hobbs at Vina Cobos to make some of the country’s most highly rated wines.

There are some serious similarities between the Cobos and the Gratia wines.  Same vineyards, same winemaking team, and same modern, ripe and flamboyant style.  The only difference is that the Gratia wines sell for a fraction of the price of the Cobos wines.  

This was the first vintage of Gratia Cabernet Sauvignon we ever worked with, and we’re extremely psyched to have it back in the store.  While other local stores are selling the delicious 2012 vintage, we were able to get our hands on some perfectly aged juice that is drinking like a $30 to $40 bottle of wine.  We’re the only store you’re going to find this wine, and we’re offering it at $19.79/bottle, $17.59 by the six pack, and $15.99 by the solid case through Tuesday, May 26th unless we sell out first.

The 2010 Bodega Gratia Cabernet Sauvignon pours a lovely, deep opaque color and immediately bursts out of the glass with aromas of crème de cassis, blueberry, black cherry, brown sugar, coffee and dark chocolate.  On the palate, the wine is rich and full, but seamless and opulent with flavors of dark berry liqueur, milk chocolate, vanilla and toasty oak.  If it carried a Napa AVA, we guarantee it would sell for upwards of $40/bottle!

Like we said, there are only 7 more cases (84 bottles) to be had, and that’s it!  To make sure you get some of this delicious stuff, you can call us at 828.505.8588 and pay over the phone or stop by and pick some up.  You can also email us at josh@tablewineasheville.com and we’ll hold your order for up to a week as mentioned above.  Cheers and we hope to see you or hear from you soon.

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator/Wine Buyer
Table Wine

Asheville's best free wine tasting.

The Wines of Susana Balbo

Stop by the store every Saturday any time between 2 and 5 p.m. for an educational and free wine tasting.  This Saturday, we’ll concentrate on the wines of Argentinean star winemaker Susana Balbo.  In a country (Argentina) dominated by male winemakers, Susana stands out not only for her gender, but for her incredible skill and experience.  She’s been making award winning wines since she graduated from enology school in 1981, and she was the first Argentina winemaker to be hired as a consultant to make wine outside of Argentina.  Let’s just say she’s a rock star, and her wines are all great!

We’ll start with her 2013 Crios Torrontes, one of the best expressions of this grape produced in the country.  The Torrontes grape has become Argentina’s signature grape variety, and Susana does a wonderful job with this one.  Highly aromatic and floral, much like a Muscat or Gewurztraminer, on the nose, it hits the palate with the intensity and structure of a Sauvignon Blanc.  Up next, the 2012 Crios Limited Edition Red Blend is a delicious wine and a great value as well.  Composed of equal parts Bonarda and Malbec with smaller amounts of Tannat and Syrah, the wine sees eight months aging in French and American oak.  With notes of dark cherry, plum, black pepper and toasty oak, this full bodied red is hard not to like.  To round things out, we’ll finish with the 2012 BenMarco Cabernet Sauvignon. Susana Balbo created this line of wines in 1999 to showcase the ripe fruit personality of her sustainably farmed Mendoza vineyards.  Full bodied, lush and classy, this one explodes on the palate with classic varietal notes of black cherry, currant, tobacco and smoky oak.  Cabernet lovers will rejoice over this one!  The only thing left for you to do is stop by, taste, learn and save this Saturday at Table Wine.

Tasting wines are 10% off by the bottle, 15% off when you mix any six of them and 20% off if you mix twelve! 

The Wines
Prices range from $13 to $20 per bottle 

1. 2013 Crios Torrontes
(Cafayate-Salta, Argentina) 

2. 2012 Crios Limited Edition Red Blend
(Mendoza, Argentina) 

3. 2012 BenMarco Cabernet Sauvignon
(Mendoza, Argentina)

2013 Finca Sophenia Altosur Cabernet Sauvignon

2013 Finca Sophenia Altosur Cabernet Sauvignon

This is without a doubt one of the best Cabernet Sauvignon values in the world right now, and it’s our Wine of the Week!  I’ve had the privilege to follow the progress at Finca Sophenia since the wines were first brought into the United States in 2005.  I could taste in those early vintages that the wines were already very good and fairly priced, but I knew that as their vineyards got older and they fine tuned their winemaking that the wines would just get better.  I was right, and nine years later, their wines are better than ever, and the 2013 Finca Sophenia Altosur Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the best value Cabernet Sauvignons I’ve tasted in my 16+ year career.

Founded in 1997 by industry veteran Roberto Luka, Finca Sophenia got started the right way.  When I say the “right way,” it means he started his winery with plenty of money in the bank.  He and his team planted their vineyards on prime real estate (sandy, rocky, well drained soils) in the high altitude Tupungato region with select French clones.  Furthermore, Roberto installed a state of the art winemaking facility and he hired famed Bordeaux consultant Michel Rolland to coach his winemaking team.  All of this careful planning and investment has helped propel the winery to greatness.

It’s not just us that think the wines are great, many of the leading wine critics and periodicals agree with us. The crazy is the fact that Luka’s Altosur line (Altosur means “High in the South) is his entry level label!  The Wine Spectator rated the wine 90 points and said it was “a juicy and lush red, with a bright savory note to the red currant, raspberry, and black licorice flavors.  Complex and briary accents linger on the supple and creamy finish.  Drink now through 2018.”  In addition to the great press from The Wine Spectator, The Wine Advocate (aka Robert Parker) rated the wine 89 points and said “it shows character and has something to say.”  We don’t always agree with these guys, but we’re in complete and total harmony on this one. This is no “fluke rating,” and this is no simple wine.  It drinks as well as or better than many wines that cost $20+!  Add to that the fact that you can drink the wine now and/or over the next 3 to 4 years……..this is a total no brainer.

It would be a great deal at $13/bottle (Wine Spectator’s Suggested Retail), but at less than $10/bottle, this rates in our book as an insane value.  This is a wine to buy by the case and to drink and enjoy whenever you feel like it.  Need a great “Tuesday Night Wine” or an impressive but affordable wine to keep a large crowd happy?  This is the one.  Just 4,000 cases were produced for the vintage, but we’ve stocked up and anticipate that we can fill all orders.  Stop by and pick some up, call us at 828.505.8588 or email us and we’ll set some aside for you as long as you pick it up within a week. Cheers and happy drinking and eating!

On Sale 8/27 through 9/10

Regular Price: $10.99/bottle

Buy 3 Bottles: $9.89 (10% off)

Buy 6 Bottles: $9.34(15% off)

Buy 12 Bottles: $8.79 (20% off)

2009 Bodega Gratia Malbec

2009 Bodega Gratia Malbec – Mendoza, Argentina

This was the first vintage of Gratia Malbec we ever worked with, and we’re extremely psyched to have it back in the store.  While other local stores are selling the delicious 2011 vintage, we were able to get our hands on some perfectly aged juice that is drinking like a $30 to $40 bottle of wine.  If you’ve never enjoyed a wine with some age on it, this is a grand opportunity to do so.

Asheville-based importer Eric Scheffer is the driving force behind Bodega Gratia.  Scheffer, who also owns Vinnie’s in North Asheville, previously worked in the motion picture and advertising business, and his work frequently took him to Argentina. While there, he met Andrea Marchiori and Luis Barraud, the same team who partner with Paul Hobbs for his Cobos wines.  Eric tasted their wines,  became an immediate fan, and set out to create his own brand with their help.  The rest is history, as the Gratia wines have taken hold in the store and throughout the state.

There are several parallels between the Gratia wines and Paul Hobbs’ Cobos and Bramare wines.  The viticultural and winemaking team are the same, in the form of Marchiori (the vineyard owner/viticulturist) and Barraud (the winemaker), and this dynamic duo is considered one of the most skilled and adept in all of Argentina.  The fruit source is the same as well.  The majestic Marchiori Vineyard, with Malbec vines up to 75 years of age, provides the key component, really good grapes.  At the end of the day, we’ve tasted the Gratia wines side by side with Hobbs’ Argentinean wines and they’re all great wines.  The only difference is that the Gratia wines sell for about half the price!  

The 2009 Bodega Gratia Malbec pours a lovely, deep, dark, opaque color and immediately bursts out of the glass with aromas of creme de cassis, blueberry, black cherry, brown sugar, coffee and dark chocolate.  On the palate, the wine is rich, full, seamless and flavor packed with notes of baked blueberry, raspberry and black cherry followed by nuances of high grade, toasty oak as revealed by notions of mocha, spice box, cedar and dark chocolate.  Terms like decadent, opulent, and hedonistic come to mind!  Tasted blind, we’d give this a solid 93 point score and we’d guess that the wine would hit the shelf at at least $30 a bottle. We would be wrong, and we’re excited to offer this one at an incredible price!

You won’t find the 2009 Bodega Gratia Malbec anywhere else in the country, and our supplies are limited.  You can either stop by, call us at 828.505.8588, or email me at josh@tablewineasheville.com to reserve yours today.  All held wines must be picked up or paid for within a week of the reservation request unless other arrangements are discussed.  We hope to see you or hear from you soon.

On Sale as Long as Supplies Last!

Regular Price: $19.99/bottle

Buy 6 Bottles: $17.99/bottle (10% off)

By 12 Bottles: $16.99/bottle (20% off)