Wine of the Week – 2012 Chateau Massiac Minervois “Sentinelle de Massiac”

The sale period for this wine runs from Wednesday, May 28th through Wednesday, June 11th.  This is that elusive, under $15 bottle of red wine that delivers a ton of flavor, a great story, and 100% satisfaction again and again.  Josh says “this made by dry rubbed, spicy grilled chicken taste incredible.”  Tom says “this wine holds up and keeps delivering the goods for five days once it’s opened.” And Ben says very simply “just buy it.”  Lets just say Team Table Wine loves this wine, and we think you will too.

Located in the village of Azille, in the deep southern part of France, this small, certified organic estate makes less than 5,000 total cases of wine per year, and they make four different wines.  The Chateau can trace its “roots” back to the Roman Empire, and the entire estate was burned to the ground during the French Revolution. Bernard Bourdouresques and his family recently took over and revived the estate, and they currently own 53 acres of vineyards.  The estate’s rocky, well drained soils combined with the warm and windy Mediterranean climate of the region work together to bring out concentrated flavors and aromas in the grapes and the wines made from them.

Massiac’s Cuvée Sentinelle is produced from roughly 2/3 Syrah and 1/3 Carignan from older vines fermented and aged in tank.  In a good year, about 800 cases of this wine make it into the U.S.  What makes this the quintessential summer red can be summed up in one word, BALANCE. There’s ripe and rich fruit to balance out some of the more rustic characteristics of the wine.  There’s some grip (aka tannin), but there’s a plushness to the wine that keeps you coming back for sip after sip with or without food.  There’s fruit, but there’s other interesting “stuff” happening in the glass too.

The nose smells of Southern France right after you pop the cork on this one, and the palate is open knit, seamless and friendly.  Ripe blueberry, raspberry and plum mingle with smoky sage, pepper and dark chocolate notes.  The mouthfeel is soft and luscious with ripe, succulent baked berry notes along with the classic peppery spiciness of Syrah, finishing with smoky bacon fat.  And who doesn’t like bacon?!  Serve this with any of your favorite grilled foods from pork and steak to chicken and portobellos.  Or just drink it and enjoy it as it doesn’t require food.

All in all, this is an extreme value in high quality, hand crafted, Southern French red wine.  We can’t recommend it highly enough! Stop by and pick some up or you can 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 5/28 through 6/4

Regular Price: $13.99/bottle

Buy 3 Bottles: $12.59 (10% off)

Buy 6 Bottles: $11.89(15% off)

Buy 12 Bottles: $11.19 (20% off)

Friday Wine Tasting – Fantastic French Selections

This Friday, June 6th, 2014 from 4 to 7 p.m. — $5/person…..Free for Grape Nuts — Join us this and every Friday any time between 4 and 7 p.m. to “wine down” your work week and get your week end off to a good start with the best wine tasting in Asheville!  This week, we’ll have special guest Rick Bowman on hand to pour a really stellar lineup of delicious French wines.  From a couple of light, porch-friendly whites and a tantalizing dry rosé to a delicious Beaujolais and a full-bodied, meat friendly Bordeaux, there’s a wine for every palate.  Stop by, taste, learn, and save every Friday at Table Wine.

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

The Wines
(Prices range from $10 to $26)

1. 2013 Cave de Pomerols Picpoul de Pinet (Languedoc, France) – Often referred to as the “Muscadet of Southern France,” the Picpoul grape produces a light, dry,and zesty white wine marked by lime, green apple, herb and mineral.  It is a super refreshing white to consume poolside on warm summer days…..and those are right around the corner.

2. 2013 Domaine des Cassagnoles Gros Manseng (Gascogne, France) – For less than $15, this wine earns major points for being one of the most exotic and most interesting in the store.  From older Gros Manseng vines, this offers up lovely notes of white peach, grilled pineapple, white currant and honeysuckle/floral goodness.

3. 2013 Les Aphillanthes Cotes du Rhone Rosé (Rhone Valley, France) – From a small, biodynamic/organic farm in the Southern Rhone, this is one of Josh’s favorite dry rosés of the vintage.  Primarily Cinsault, with smaller doses of Grenache and Syrah, it displays lovely notes of fresh strawberry, watermelon, red currant, and just a touch of spice.

4. 2012 Domaine du Vissoux Beaujolais Vieilles Vignes “Cuvée Traditionelle (Beaujolais, France) – Pierre and Marie Chermette make some of the most lipsmackingly good Beaujolais on the planet and this is no exception.  Bursting with juicy red fruits, a hint of earth, some spice and virtually no tannin, this is a delightful, warm weather red.  Try it with grilled salmon!

5. 2010 Chateau Beauséjour Pentimento Montagne-St. Emilion (Bordeaux, France) – We’ll end the tasting on a “BIG” note with a lovely, Right Bank Bordeaux that is composed of 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc.  The average age of vines is 55 years, and the wine is aged in fine French oak for 9 months.  The end result is a big, ripe, polished and structured wine boasting aromas and flavors of black cherry, cassis, plum, mineral and oak spice.

Free Saturday Wine Tasting – Italy: North vs. South

This Saturday, June 7th, 2014 from 2 to 5 p.m. — Stop by the store every Saturday any time between 2 and 5 p.m. for a free and educational wine tasting.  This Saturday, Mike Tiano will be manning the tasting bar and pouring a lovely little quartet of Italian wines.  Two of the wines come from Alberto Cordero di Montezemolo’s Piedmont Wine Project (that’s the Northern part of the tasting) and the other two wines come from Gaetana Jacono’s Valle dell’Acate Winery in Sicily (that’s the Southern part of the tasting).  Come learn how a region’s climate and geography play a role in the flavor and style of the wine.  Table Wine’s Free Saturday Tasting, it’s always a great way to “try before you buy” and save some serious bucks on some seriously delicious and affordable wines.

Don’t forget, all Saturday tasting wines are 10% off by the bottle and 15% off when you mix any six of them, and 20% off when you mix any twelve of them!

The Wines
(Prices range from $12 to $15) 

1. 2012 Valle dell’Acate “Case Ibidini” Insolia (Sicily) – The lovely Gaetana Jacono runs one of Sicily’s finest estates, and her Insolia or Inzolia makes for a great cocktail, aperitif, or warming up for dinner kind of white wine.  Nice lemon, apple, mixed citrus, and mineral zip make this the perfect white to cool down with on a warm day.

2. 2012 Piedmont Wine Project Bianco “Asinel” (Piemonte) – The white from this fun and free spirited project is made up of a Cortese, Arneis and Dry Moscato.  The resulting wine is highly aromatic and packed with lovely, floral accented, peach, apricot, and golden apple notes.  It’s hard not to have a second glass of this one!

3. 2012 Piedmont Wine Project Rosso “Gambai” (Piemonte) – The red is a blend of the familiar Barbera grape and the less familiar and highly aromatic Ruche and Pelaverga grapes.  Bursting with fresh raspberry, cherry, a touch of spice and light tannin, this juicy, thirst-quenching red disappears quickly.

4. 2012 Valle dell’Acate “Case Ibidini” Nero D’Avola (Sicily) – Jacono does incredible things with Nero d’Avola, the most planted and arguably most important Sicilian red grape.  Juicy, red fruited, and flowing across the palate effortlessly, this is just pure, unbridled deliciousness.

Table Wine Welcomes Noah Dorrance of Banshee Wines

Wednesday, March 5th from 7-9 p.m. — $20/person…..$16 for Grape Nuts — This is going to be one heckuva’ wine tasting! We’ll roll the wine racks back and bring out the tables and chairs for a seated and informative tasting of 7 wines from one of the rising star producers of California. We’ll be joined by my good friend and Banshee co-founder Noah Dorrance; I’ve been harrassing him for over a year to come see us in Asheville, and he finally succumbed to my pestering.

Noah Dorrance of Banshee Wines -- Josh Spurling of Table Wine Asheville.

Noah and myself doing what we do best!

Noah and a couple other cool guys founded Banshee Wines in 2009, and we’ve stocked their wines since we opened.  They source fruit from top growers and vineyard sites throughout Sonoma and Napa, and their wines are solid from top to bottom. Respected wine writer Antonio Galloni just did an article entitled “The Undiscoverd California” highlighting some of the states top new producers, and Banshee was one of just thirteen producers featured in the article.  Needless to say, these guys are doing an awesome job, and this is a grand opportunity to taste pretty much all of their wines in one setting.

Included with the price of entry, you’ll get to taste seven Banshee wines, and we’ll have bread and cheese for you to cleanse your palate.  Furthermore, we’ll be offering all of the wines for sale at 10% off by the bottle, 15% off if  you mix any six Banshee wines, and a whopping 25% off if you mix any 12 of them!  You can reserve your spot by calling us at 828.505.8588 or by stopping by the store to pre-pay.  Due to our advanced planning needs, we can only issue refunds for cancellations made within 72 hours of the tasting.  Thanks for understanding.

The Wines
All tasting wines will be discounted 10% by the bottle, 20% in mixed six packs and 25% in mixed cases!

1. 2012 Sauvignon Blanc Sonoma County: Banshee worked with vineyards in the Russian River and Dry Creek Valleys to craft their 2012 Sauvignon Blanc.  A hefty dollop of Sauvignon Musqué (a highly aromatic clone of Sauvignon Blanc) is blended into this wines and about 30% of the wine is fermented in neutral oak barrels.  The resulting wine is marked by sweet pea, gooseberry, mint and herbal oil notes……..it’s one you’ll just want to smell all day!

2. 2012 Chardonnay Sonoma Coast: This is Banshee’s first Chardonnay release ever, and it’s the perfect counterpoint to their Pinot Noir.  These guys love the wines of Burgundy, and you can detect that in this wine.  From a very strong North Coast vintage, this one charms right out of the shoot with lovely pear, lemon, spiced apple, vanilla and just a whiff of toasty oak.

3. 2013 Rosé of Pinot Noir Sonoma County: We’re going to kick off dry rosé season a little early this year, and we can think of no better representative than Banshee’s Vin Gris.  Wild strawberry, fresh cherry, cranberry, melon……..I’m already drooling!

4. 2012 Pinot Noir Sonoma County: The estate’s flagship wine is one of the best QPR Sonoma County Pinot Noirs we’ve ever tasted!  Vintage 2012 was a dream year for growers throughout Sonoma and the boys at Banshee work with some great folks.  In the words of the Banshee boys, “the dreamy 2012 vintage brought clarity, focus, and harmony to our flagship wine.”

5. 2012 Pinot Noir “Marine Layer” Sonoma Coast: Just a couple few barrels (about 100 cases) of this wine are produced annually, and it comes from four of the top vineyard sites throughout California’s Sonoma Coast.  It is drop dead gorgeous and we’re lucky to be able to pour and sell this one!

6. 2012 Pinot Noir “Tina Marie Vineyard” Sonoma Coast: Just 3 barrels (about 75 cases) of this one were made in 2011, and it got some raging good press…….2012 is even better!  Very fine, full of finesse and full of pure red fruit, tea and complexity galore. What a treat!

7. 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley: The cool and challenging 2011 vintage was a great test for the guys at Banshee, and in our estimation, they passed with flying colors.  They cut a lot of fruit in late August and they sold half of their fruit on the bulk market, leaving them with only the very best barrels from the best blocks. The resulting wine is elegant, chiseled and pretty with a solid core of lively red fruit, earth, pepper and spice.