2012 Knez Pinot Noir Anderson Valley

Wine of the Week: 2012 Knez Pinot Noir Anderson Valley

Wine of the Week – An Absolutely Chugalicious California Pinot Noir – 2012 Knez Pinot Noir Anderson Valley – Have you all heard that I’m a bit of a Pinot Noir geek?  If not, the cat’s out of the bag now!  And Anthony Filiberti is making some of my favorite Pinots in all of California.  This is a guy with some serious resume clout; he worked with Lynn Penner-Ashe and Josh Bergstrom in Oregon from 1997-2003, then for a stint at California’s famed Williams Selyem, and now he splits his time between Anthill Farms and Knez.  Let’s just say this guy has “studied” with some masters of Pinot Noir, and he’s learned well!  Like they say, the proof is in the pudding, and this is a great example of the style of Pinot Noir that Filiberti crafts.  It’s the 2012 Knez Pinot Noir Anderson Valley, and it’s our Wine of the Weeks.  Here’s the deal:

2012 Knez Pinot Noir Anderson Valley – On Sale Through Tuesday, October 13th

Regular Price: $34.99/bottle

Sale Price: $29.74/bottle (15% off) or $26.99/bottle on solid 6-packs or more (over 20% off)

The Anderson Valley AVA is part of Mendocino County, and the region’s Pinot Noirs are already revered by “insider wine geeks,” but they’ve yet to blow up in terms of price and overwrought press.  The magic of Anderson Valley Pinot Noir lies in its higher elevation, hillside vineyards where Pinot is allowed to ripen low and slow and develop its pure fruit, mineral, and forest floor aromas and flavors.

Anthony Filiberti, winemaker at Knez.

Anthony Filiberti, winemaker at Knez. 

This is a wine that lives up to all of that talk.  Composed of grapes from two of the region’s “Grand Cru” vineyard sites, Cerise and Demuth, this is finely etched Pinot Noir with just a bit of fat on its bones.  Peter and Heidi Knez purchased these two enviable vineyard sites in 2007 and after tasting through several vintages of Filiberti’s Anthill Farms Demuth and Abbey Harris Vineyard (next door) Pinots, they were determined to have him steward their vineyard and make the wines.  Anthony took over operations at the winery in 2009, and he continues to steer the ship at this small production, boutique winery.

Jon Bonné, head wine writer at the San Francisco Chronicle and author of “The New California Wine” called this wine “flat-out gulpable. Subtle, shaded in its flavors, with bright raspberry, mandarin peel, toasted cardamom and mineral intensity from the ripe vintage, a signature of the best hillside plantings.”  I couldn’t have said it any better myself!  This stuff is just plain delicious and the warmth of the 2012 vintage has yielded a wine with ripe fruit and great acidity.  In case you were wondering, it scored 90+ points with all of the major writers (Antonio Galloni, Stephen Tanzer, and others).

The only thing left to do is stop or email us at josh@tablewineasheville.com to make sure you get some!  We just picked up the last eight cases from our distributor, and when it’s gone, it’s gone.  If you are a fan of delicious, reasonably priced, cool climate California Pinot Noir, you don’t want to miss out on this.  We’ll see you soon, but until then, happy drinking and eating in Asheville.

Seated Wine Tasting – California’s Rising Star Producers

Seated Wine Tasting – Introduction to the New California Wine – Thursday, September 24th from 7-9 p.m. – $25/person…..$20 for Grape Nuts – If you follow wine trends like we do, you’ve surely read an article or two about “The New California Wine” (click here to read more) or the producers associated with “In Pursuit of Balance” (click here to read more).  The funny thing is that not all of these producers are new — they’ve been making their wines using minimalist techniques in an attempt to showcase the unique terroir that is California.  In doing this, they’ve inspire a young group of winemakers to do the same.

If we’ve lost you, don’t worry as we’ll fill you in on the new trends, wines, and producers that are changing the face of California wine. Cutting edge producers like LIOCO, Hobo Wine Company, and Matthiasson along with veteran producers such as Mount Eden and Calera are producing some of the state’s most exciting and delicious wines, and this is your opportunity to taste and learn about their wines and understand why and how they’re changing the face of California wine.

This is a seated wine tasting and presentation and we’ll cover the basics of wine tasting as well as the more complex topics of farming and winemaking.  The tasting includes healthy tastes of eight wines, bread, cheese, and aggressive discounts on all of the wines.  To sign up and reserve your seat, please call the store at 828.505.8588 or email us at josh@tablewineasheville.com and we’ll follow up with you.  Only cancellations made within 48 hours of the event will receive a full refund or store credit.

The Wines
Prices range from $13 to $80

1. 2013 Matthiasson White Wine (Napa Valley)
One of the most talked about white wines produced in California.  55% Sauvignon Blanc, 25% Ribolla Gialla, 15% Semillon, and 5% Friulano, this wine truly embodies the spirit and innovation of “The New California Wine.”  Steve Matthiasson was named Winemaker of the Year by the San Francisco Chronicle last year.

2. 2013 Calera Chardonnay (Central Coast)
This is a classic from Josh Jensen, one of the Central Coasts veteran producers.  He’s been making balanced, French inspired, artisanal wines for over 30 years.  91 points Antonio Galloni, who called it “absolutely stunning in this vintage.”

3. 2014 LIOCO Chardonnay (Sonoma County)
LIOCO is the joint project of Matt Licklider and Kevin O’Connor, two industry veterans who are making some of the most exciting Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs in California.  They source fruit from top sites and top growers throughout California and they craft their wines in a way that allows this pristine fruit to shine.
– 90 points Antonio Galloni 

4. 2014 Banyan Gewurztraminer (Monterey County, California)
Made by our buddy Kenny Likitprakong of Hobo Wine Company fame, this is simply one of the best domestic Gewurztraminers we’ve ever tried.

5. 2013 Calera Pinot Noir (Central Coast)
Made with grapes from a number of sustainably farmed vineyards scattered throughout the Central Coast, this is California Pinot made using Burgundian tradition.  91 points The Wine Advocate

6. 2010 Neely Pinot Noir “Hidden Block” (Santa Cruz Mountains)
This was a real score for us!  Our distributor had almost three cases of this one squirreled away in their warehouse and we bought it all.  Jim and Bob Varner make incredible Pinots and Chardonnays that will make your head spin. This tiny production, single vineyard wine has a bit of age on it, and that age has allowed more subtle complexity to come out.  93 points The Wine Advocate

7. 2013 Dashe Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley)
Mike Dashe makes classic, refined, spice and earth accented Zinfandels that are reminiscent of how Zinfandel tasted during the early days of California wine.  We love the stylings of this old school Zin from one of California’s expert winemakers.

8. 2012 Matthiasson Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)
This is a super special treat.  When Steve Matthiasson isn’t consulting for big name producers like Araujo, David Arthur, Chappellet, and Stags Leap, he makes small batches of beautifully pure, elegant, and complex Cabernet Sauvignon.  If you don’t like this, we can’t be friends any more:)!

9. 2011 Mount Eden Cabernet Sauvignon “Estate” (Santa Cruz Mountains)
This is a classic from one of the founding fathers of California wine.  Mount Eden does everything by hand, from harvesting and sorting to native yeast fermentations and aging for longer periods than most.  Anyone who tries to tell you that 2011 was not a good vintage in California is full of you know what!
95 points Antonio Galloni

Talbott Vineyards Wine Tasting

Free on Fridays – The Wines of Talbott Vineyards

The Best Free Wine Tasting in Asheville – Friday, August 28th from 2-7 p.m. – For over 30 years, the wines of Talbott Vineyards have been wowing wine lovers.  Their estate bottled Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs, from their entry level Kali Hart line to their legendary Sleepy Hollow bottlings, are all exceptional wines and this is your chance to taste them all under one roof.  For fans of classically styled, super classy California wines, this is a tasting you don’t want to miss.  Stop by, taste, learn, and save up to 20% off on all of the Talbott wines.

The Wines

 1. 2013 Talbott “Kali Hart” Chardonnay (Monterey, California) – Talbott’s entry level Chardonnay is named after the family’s youngest daughter.  Produced with fruit from younger estate vineyards, the wine see just a touch of French oak aging, and the resulting wine is beautifully balanced and pure.  Pineapple, honeydew melon, golden apple, and just a touch of butter and spice combine to make this one of the best selling California Chards in the store.
Tasting Price: $16.19/bottle | $15.29 in a mixed six pack | $14.44 in a mixed case

2. 2013 Talbott “Sleepy Hollow Vineyard” Chardonnay (Santa Lucia Highlands, California) – For fans of superbly rich and powerful Chardonnays, you don’t want to miss this one!  Made with fruit the oldest block of Chardonnay vines in the Sleepy Hollow Vineyard (planted in 1972), this barrel fermented, full malolactic Chardonnay is creamy and delicious with gorgeous notes of brioche, white peach, pear and tropical fruits.
94 points Table Wine
Tasting Price: $26.99/bottle | $25.49 in a mixed six pack | $23.99 in a mixed case

3. 2013 Talbott “Kali Hart” Pinot Noir (Monterey, California) – Although Talbott is recognized as a Chardonnay producer extraordinaire, we think their Pinot Noirs deserve a lot more recognition than they get.  Made to be bright, delicious, and accessible upon release, this one sees just nine months aging in mainly neutral/used French oak.  The result is a prototype Central Coast Pinot Noir marked by aromas and flavors of fresh cherry, strawberry, plum and vanilla.  Smooth and seamless on the palate, this is silk in a glass.
Tasting Price: $19.79/bottle | $18.69 in a mixed six pack | $17.59 in a mixed case

4. 2013 Talbott “Sleepy Hollow Vineyard” Pinot Noir (Santa Lucia Highlands, California) – Like the Sleepy Hollow Chardonnay, this is produced with fruit from the estate’s oldest blocks, and those old vines give this wine beautiful richness and complexity.  Aged for ten months in French oak (30% new), this one flows out of the glass with notes of lush cherry, plum, forest floor, and nicely integrated French oak notes.  94 points Table Wine
Tasting Price: $26.99/bottle | $25.49 in a mixed six pack | $23.99 in a mixed case

Mount Eden Chardonnay Wolff Vineyards

Wine of the Week – 2012 Mount Eden Chardonnay “Wolff Vineyard”

Wine of the Week – 93 Point Rated, Classic California Chardonnay For Less Than $20!!!  On sale through Tuesday, September 1st – How in the world do we still have good stock on a world class, 93 point rated Chardonnay from one of California’s most legendary producers?  We’re not sure how or why, but we’re 100% sure that this is the California Chardonnay deal of the year!  If you’re a fan of that classic style of California Chardonnay (rich, creamy, toasty, buttery), you’re going to want to stock up on this one while we’re offering it at one of the best prices in the country.  It’s the 2012 Mount Eden Chardonnay “Wolff Vineyard,” and it’s our new Wine of the Week. Here’s the deal:

2012 Mount Eden Chardonnay “Wolff Vineyard” – On Sale Through Tuesday, September 1st

Regular Price: $24.99/bottle

Sale Price: $19.99/bottle or $18.99/bottle when you purchase six or more bottles

Mount Eden Vineyards is one of our country’s most historically significant wineries.  Perched at nearly 2,000 feet in the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA about 50 miles south of San Francisco, the winery was founded in 1945 and is recognized as one of the original “boutique” wineries.  Their legacy of producing small lots of highly expressive and complex, estate bottled Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs is the longest in California.

Since 1981, winery owner and winemaker Jeffery Patterson has steered the ship at Mount Eden, and his philosophy is simple — good, healthy grapes make good wine.  Thus, the emphasis at Mount Eden has always been more in the vineyard than in the winemaking process.  This European, terroir-driven sensibility to wine production that has been embraced by a legion of young producers (see In Pursuit of Balance and The New California Wine) has been in place at Mount Eden for over fifty years.

Since 1985, Mount Eden has produced a Chardonnay with fruit they purchase from the 55 acre, sustainably farmed Wolff Vineyard (named after owner and farmer Jean-Pierre Wolff) in California’s Edna Valley.  This region enjoys one of the longest growing seasons in the world, and this characteristic is especially favorable for the noble Chardonnay grape, which develops great nuances of flavor while retaining its elegant nature.  Combine that with the fact that the Wolff Vineyard is one of the oldest Chardonnay vineyards in the state (it was planted in 1976), and you have the perfect recipe for greatness.

These old, low yielding vines produce small amounts of intensely aromatic and flavorful fruit, and the winemaking process is essentially the same as with Mount Eden’s Estate Chardonnay.  Fermentation takes place entirely in French oak (new and used) and the wine undergoes 100% malolactic fermentation.  The resulting wine pours a beautiful golden color and the nose is layered, complex, and intense with a gorgeous mix of carmelized fruit, buttered toast, and hazelnut.  The palate is rich and creamy, but there is a lovely vein of acidity that runs through the wine, keeping it fresh and lively.  Drinking beautifully right now, this should continue to deliver pure pleasure for at least another 2 to 3 years.

Great by itself, this would pair wonderfully well with richer seafood preparations such as crab cakes, lobster tails with drawn butter, or scallops in vanilla bean, butter sauce.  Is your mouth watering yet?  To make sure you get some of this one, just stop by the store and pick some up or email us at josh@tablewineasheville.com and we’ll put some aside for you.

Wine Enthusiast – 93 Points
“The Wine Enthusiast Top 100 of 2014 – #17 — Buttered toast, oaky smoke and a slight mango tropicality converge for an epic nose on this Chardonnay from a vineyard that was planted in 1976. There are layers of flavor too, lime citrus at first evolving toward brioche with a butterscotch finish, and some salt and cracked pepper throughout.”

Vinous Media – Antonio Galloni – 91 points
“The 2012 Chardonnay Wolff Vineyard is once again striking. Honey, almonds, apricots, dried pears and spices meld together in a resonant, deeply expressive Chardonnay from a late ripening site in Edna Valley. This is one of the great values in California wine. Winemaker Jeffrey Patterson gave the 2012 ten months in barrel.”

Table Wine Asheville Classroom

Top Shelf California Wine Tasting

Thursday, July 23rd from 7-9 p.m. – Top Shelf California Wine Tasting – A Seated Wine Tasting – $30/person or $25 if you’re a Grape Nut – Join us in the comfort of the Table Wine Classroom for an evening of fine wines, intelligent and entertaining discussions, and big savings at our annual Top Shelf California Wines Tasting.  You’ll get to sample some of the finer wines from the Golden State, from fresh and zesty whites to rich and creamy Chardonnays and from silky, elegant Pinots to big, full flavored Cabs.

At the end of the night, you can place your orders and we’ll process them for you in a timely fashion.  The price of entry gets you samples of eight different wines, commentary from a fun, handsome, and entertaining host, and plenty of cheese, bread, and light palate cleansers to nibble on between wines.  We’ve only got 24 seats available for this one — to pre-pay and reserve your spot(s), just call us at the store at 828.505.8588 or you can email us at josh@tablewineasheville.com and we will get back to you in a timely fashion.

2012 Formation Pinot Noir, one of the best California Pinot Noir values on the market.

2012 Formation Pinot Noir Monterey County

Case of the Weeks – California Pinot Noir Value of the Year!  Finding really good, true, 100% varietal, value priced Pinot Noir from California can be a daunting task.  So many of the value priced versions these days get “juiced up” with Syrah, Petite Sirah, Merlot or Mega Purple to create wines that are dark in color, but these “creations” are far cries from the elegant, sensual, sophisticated Pinot Noirs that true fans of the grape crave.  Keep in mind that California wine laws only require a wine to contain 75% of the grape variety on the label; so many producers choose to add bigger, darker wines or coloring agents to their Pinot Noirs.  Their aim is to please the average American wine drinker who feels that bigger and darker is better.  If that’s what you like, go for it, but if you want to experience the true wonders and stylings of the grape, the 2012 Formation Pinot Noir is a must try.  It’s a new wine, but already it’s garnered a 92 point score and a gold medal at the Los Angeles International Wine Competition.  It’s our Case of the Weeks and it’s on sale for the next two weeks at an incredible price when you buy it by the case.  Here’s the deal:

2012 Formation Pinot Noir Monterey County 

Regular Price: $17.99/bottle

Buy 12 or More Bottles: $15.29 (15% off)
Buy 6-11 Bottles: $16.19/bottle (15% off)

Monterey County and the surrounding area have long enjoyed a reputation for fine Pinot Noir.  Some of the pioneering producers of the region (Chalone and Calera come to mind) realized that the cooler temperatures of northern Monterey County (it rarely gets above 75 degrees here) were ideal for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The coolness of the region allows for a long growing season and the grapes ripen slowly and gently, developing intricate, sensual aromas and flavors.  Also ideal are the soils of the region, a combination of loam, sand, granite and limestone.  These well drained, mineral rich soils stress the vines and contribute intense and complex aromas and flavors.  For more on the unique microclimate of Monterey County, click here to read an excellent article about the unique geology of the region.  Or you can just keep reading what we have to say.

The 2012 Formation Pinot Noir is one of the best California Pinot values we’ve ever stocked and it’s a fine example of what Monterey’s cool climate and diverse soils can do for the grape.  The wine is certifiably 100% Pinot Noir from a variety of Formation Estate vineyard sites scattered throughout Northern Monterey County.   All of the Formation Estate vineyards are sustainably farmed, and at harvest, all of the grapes are harvested and sorted by hand.  From there, the grapes are gently pressed and the juice is gravity fed (no heavy pushing or pressing) and cold soaked to extract more flavors.  The wine is then fermented in open-top fermenters and aged for 12 months in new and used French oak.  The finished product is true Pinot Noir with a beautiful ruby/garnet, translucent color and a sensual nose of pure cherry, black cherry, forest floor, and earthy, spicy complexity.  Silky smooth, with nice balancing acidity and soft tannins, this light to medium bodied, beautifully textured wine is a true find.

Stop by the store and pick some up, or feel free to email us at josh@tablewineasheville.com or call us at 828.505.8588, and we’ll be glad to put some aside for you until you can make it by. 

Foxglove Winery Tasting

Great Values From Foxglove Winery

Stop by this Friday, February 20th any time between 4 and 7 p.m. for a free wine tasting featuring the wines of Foxglove Winery.  Twin brothers Jim and Bob Varner make award winning, highly rated, somewhat pricey wines under their Varner and Neely labels, but these are usually hard to come by.  We get maybe a case or two of these coveted Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs each year, but we rarely run out of their Foxglove wines.  Their Foxglove label produces about 25,000 cases annually of Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Zinfandel from purchased Central Coast fruit, mainly from Paso Robles.  These wines offer some of the best QPR (quality to price ratio) of any that we taste from California every year, and you’re invited to come taste them for free.

The Wines
Prices start at $15/bottle

1. 2012 Foxglove Chardonnay – “Lemon oil, white flowers, mint and slate meld together in the 2012 Chardonnay. Racy and beautifully layered on the palate, this tank-fermented, non-malo Chardonnay delivers exceptional quality for the money.” Antonio Galloni – 89 points, The Wine Advocate – 89 points

2. 2012 Foxglove Zinfandel – “The 2012 Zinfandel is gorgeous. Sweet red berries, leather, mint, tobacco and cedar are some of the notes that emerge from the glass in a floral, unoaked Zinfandel with distinct Pinot-inflected overtones. This is another superb value from Foxglove.”
Antonio Galloni – 89 points, The Wine Advocate – 88 points

3. 2012 Foxglove Cabernet Sauvignon – “Foxglove’s 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon is without question one of the finest values in California. Dark red cherry, plum, grilled herbs, smoke and tobacco are some of the many notes that inform this vibrant, polished impeccable Cabernet Sauvignon from vineyards in Paso Robles. Aging in steel keeps the flavors fresh and vibrant throughout.” Antonio Galloni – 88 points

Great California Wine Values

Great California Wine Values

Although they’re hard to find, great California wine values are still out there, and we’re better than anyone else in Asheville at finding them.  Sure, you can always go to the grocery store and pick up a mass produced, name brand wine, and if that floats your boat, keep on keeping on.  But if you want to buy wine(s) from the “small guys,” and we’re referring to the both wineries and retailers, come shop with us.

You can start this Saturday, February 7th as we present you with a terrific trio of California wines that won’t break the bank.  It’s a free wine tasting, and you can stop by any time between 2 and 5 p.m. to taste the wines.  Even better, all of the tasting wines are on sale the day of the tasting at 10% off by the bottle, 15% off if you mix any 6-11 of them, and 20% off if you mix any 12 or more of them together.   Taste, learn, and save every Saturday at Table Wine.

The Wines
Prices range from $11 to $14

1. 2013 Sean Minor Chardonnay (Central Coast) – Sean Minor continues put out wines that completely over-deliver.  His Chardonnay is made with grapes primarily from Santa Barbara County, and it’s classic Central Coast Chardonnay all the way.  With notes of pear, apple, tropical fruits, and a touch of butter and toasty oak, it makes for a great pre-meal aperitif.

2. 2012 Glory Days Zinfandel (Lodi) – Glory Days is the entry level line of wines from Van Ruiten Family Vineyards, one of Lodi’s oldest and most trusted names.  Made with fruit from old, head trained vines, this is classic Lodi Zinfandel packed with rich fruit, spice, and a seamless and supple texture.

3. 2012 Trim Cabernet Sauvignon (North Coast) – A blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon and 18% Merlot, Trim Cabernet has established itself as one of California’s greatest red wine values on the market.  Made by Ray Signorello Jr. of well known, ultra-premium Signorello Estate, this drinks well above its humble price point.  Ripe cherry, black cherry, plum and toasty oak inform the nose and palate of this medium weight, smoothly textured California red.

Pietra Santa Sangiovese

2009 Pietra Santa Sangiovese

What would you think if we told you that we’d found a red wine with all of the flair, style, and panache of a great Super Tuscan for less than $20? Add to that the fact that the wine is from California, where Sangiovese doesn’t tend to do well, and you’d probably think we were losing it right? Think what you like, but the 2009 Pietra Santa Sangiovese is exactly “as-advertised”, and if you don’t believe us, you’re more than welcome to stop by this Saturday to taste it………if there’s any left by then!  We bought the remaining six cases from our distributor, and we’ve got more on the way.  Thus, if we run out, we’ll honor rain checks as long as you place your order before January 28th.  Here’s the deal:

Regular Price: $16.99/bottle

$15.29/bottle when you buy 6 bottles (10% off)
$14.44/bottle when you buy 12 bottles (15% off)

So what’s a Super Tuscan?  It’s a type and style of wine that came to be in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, and it was created by an ambitious group of young Tuscan producers who were rebelling against the rigid regulations governing the production of Chianti.  Producers such as Antinori, Montevertine, and Felsina wanted to create wines beyond classic Chianti.  Let’s just say they wanted to shake things up a bit; for more information on Super Tuscans, click here to read more.  Today, many Tuscan producers make a Super Tuscan and most of them sell for $50 to $100 per bottle.  The fact that the Pietra Santa Sangiovese mimics this style but cost a fraction of the price is why this such an incredible deal.

Pietra Santa Winery occupies 450 acres in California’s Cinega Valley, just 25 miles inland from Monterey Bay.  Owners John and Phyllis Blackburn and their son Cort dedicate 150 acres to vineyards and olive trees, and though they make a number of different wines, they don’t make many cases of each.  The cooling influences of Monterey Bay allow their vineyards to enjoy a long growing season marked by hot days and cool nights, and the position of their vineyards on the San Andreas Fault results in rocky, infertile soils with a high amount of granite and limestone present………thus the name Pietra Santa which means “Sacred Stone”.  These rocky soils and the long hang time result in naturally lower yields and very distinctive and assertive flavors in their wines.  I can attest to this fact because I’m sitting here smelling and sipping on a glass of this wine as I type.

Winemaking and olive oil production is handled by Siena native Alessio Carli, who spent several years making wine at famed Chianti estate Badia a Coltibuono.  He adds 8% Cabernet Sauvignon to the Sangiovese and ages the wine for 24 months in new and used French oak before bottling.  The Blackburns and Carli don’t like to “rush” this wine; instead, they hold it and let it settle, rest and harmonize before they release it. The result is pretty amazing!  When you pour this one, you’ll notice it has a deep ruby color followed by a rich and complex nose of ripe cherry, strawberry, plum, earthy spice and integrated oak.  The palate is supple, sumptuous, and medium to full bodied with flavors of roasted red fruits, dark plum, brown spice, and sun baked earth, and the finish lingers for 20+ seconds.

This versatile red tastes great without food, but a rich red like this one would pair beautifully with a rich Bolognese or a big hunk of grilled, roasted, or braised meat.  For collectors, I would project that this one could lay down and improve for another 3 to 5 years.  Again, if this sounds to good to be true, stop by this Saturday, January 24th to taste it.  Or, if you trust us and would like to secure some of this outstanding wine for yourself, you can either stop by, email us at josh@tablewineasheville.com, or call us at 828.505.8588.


Highly Rated West Coast Wine Tasting

West Coast Wines – Great New Releases Tasting

Join us this Friday, January 23rd any time between 4 and 7 p.m. to taste a fantastic trio of west coast wines with Anne Kaufmann from The Country Vintner.  You’ll get to taste through a great lineup of wines from vested, veteran California producers including Pine Ridge and Seghesio out of California, and Milbrandt out of Washington State.  With many years under their belt making great wines, this guarantees to be a fun and delicious way to get your week-end off to a good start.  And if you like saving money on really tasty wines, this is the perfect opportunity to do so — take 10% off when you buy any tasting wine, take 15% off when you mix any 6 to 11 of them, or save a whopping 20% when you buy any 12+ bottles.  Taste, learn, and save every week-end at Table Wine!

The Wines
Prices range from $15 to $25

1. 2013 Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc/Viognier – For over 30 years, Pine Ridge has been delighting wine drinkers with their majestic, hand crafted wines.  Though best known for their red wines, their white blend has been and continues to be one of the great white wine values of California.  80% Chenin Blanc and 20% Viognier, this stainless steel fermented white shows “crisp, tart, melon, tangerine and bubble gum-like aromas” and a “crips acid profile.”  Perfumed, delicious and ready to drink, this is a great one to have around the house for all occasions.
The Wine Advocate – 88 points

2. 2013 Seghesio Zinfandel – Seghesio just keeps doing it!  For three years in a row, their Sonoma County Zinfandel has scored 90+ points with The Wine Spectator and the newest release just broke at 92 points.  It is “a lively, zesty red that offers bright cherry and tarragon aromas and sleekly layered flavors of briary raspberry, nutmeg and fresh-cracked black pepper. Drink now through 2021.”  We’d say drink it now, like tonight!  Wine Spectator – 92 points

3. 2012 Milbrandt Cabernet Sauvignon “Traditions” – As renowned grape growers supplying fruit to many wineries in Washington state, Jerry and Butch Milbrandt are applying the same dedication to their own namesake wines.  Their Cabernet Sauvignon has always been a great value, and the tremendous conditions of the 2012 vintage have resulted in an even better value.  “Soft and ripe, open-textured and medium-weight, offering plum, cassis and spice flavors that linger gently on the finish. Drink now through 2017.”  Wine Spectator – 89 points