Sangiovese Takeover wine tasting at Table Wine in Asheville, NC.

Try 3 For Free Wine Tasting – Sangiovese Takeover

Saturday, April 22nd from 2-5pm – Drop by Table Wine for a free “Sangiovese Takeover” Tasting!  This is your chance to try the new Barnard Griffin Sangiovese Rose along with some classic Tuscan interpretations of the grape!

I love Sangiovese in all its various forms and styles.  It creates everything from dry and refreshing roses to full bodied, long lived red wines………and everything in between.  Join us as Sangiovese takes over the tasting bar!  Not familiar with the grape?  Not to worry as I will guide you through the tasting and tell you about the grape and the wines.  To start, the Barnard Griffin Sangiovese Rose always reminds me of picking strawberries in the summer as a kid.  It literally smells of sun-soaked strawberries but remains crisp and dry on the palate.  Up next, the Poggio Vignoso Chianti flows with juicy, ripe red fruits.  It makes me want a big plate of eggplant parm.  To finish, the Brunelli Poggio Apricale is what I like to call “Poor Person’s Brunello.”  90% Sangiovese and 10% Merlot from younger Brunello vineyards, it is rich, ripe, and savory.  Bring on the bolognese!  Getting hungry yet?  Stop by this Saturday, taste, buy and get to cooking!  Can’t make it by, but want to place an order?  Just email us at josh@tablewineasheville.com.

The Wines
Save big on all of the tasting wines!  Mix any 3 of them and save 10%, mix any 6 and save 15%, or mix any 12 and save 20%!

1. 2016 Barnard Griffin Sangiovese Rose  (Columbia Valley, Washington) – I’ve been selling this wine for over 10 years and it’s always great!  100% Sangiovese fermented in stainless steel, it just hits the spot on so many different levels.  It’s dry, it’s packed with aromas and flavors of ripe summer fruits, and it goes down super easy.  Pour this at your next outdoor spring or summer party and your friends will think you’re a certified sommelier.
Tasting Price: $12.59 in mixed 3-packs | $11.89 in mixed 6-packs | $11.19 mixed cases
Special Case of the Month Price: Just $10.99/bottle on your solid case through May 10th!

2.2015 Poggio Vignoso Chianti (Tuscany, Italy) – There are oceans of horrible Chianti on the market — thin, sour, and astringent, they just plain suck.  This is not one of those!  Rich, complex, and packed with ripe cherry and plum fruit, this tastes more like a Classico.  With a bit of complexity in the form of leather and earthy spice, it’s a wine I could have a conversation with just as much as I could chug it.
Tasting Price: $13.49 in mixed 3-packs | $12.74 in mixed 6-packs | $11.99 in mixed case

3. 2015 Brunelli Poggio Apricale (Tuscany, Italy) – This one really does it for me!  From younger vines located on the outskirts of Montalcino, it gives me Brunello-like heart and soul at a fraction of the price.  I pick up notes of wild cherry, blackberry, black tea and savory spice all offered up on an opulent and open knit palate.  Who’s bringing the bolognese over?
Tasting Price: $17.99 in mixed 3-packs | $16.99 in mixed 6-packs | $15.99 in mixed cases

Taste some classic Northern Italian wines at Table Wine in Asheville, NC.

Free on Fridays Wine Tasting – Classic Northern Italian Wines

Friday, March 31st from 4-7 pm – Join us on Friday (directions here) for a free wine tasting starring some Classic Northern Italian Wines.  Taste a trio of delicious new arrivals to the store!

Northern Italy is home to some of the country’s most well known and greatest wines.  From easy-going sparkling wines and refreshing whites to big, structured reds, the region has a wine for every type of palate. We invite you to stop by the store this Friday to sample some of our new favorites!  Up first, it’s an estate-grown Prosecco from a family run estate — this is a rarity for Prosecco as most of these wines are made at large facilities.  Trust us, you will be able to taste the difference!  Up next, we’ll pour you a deliciously refreshing Arneis, one of the Piemonte’s most important white grapes.  To finish, you’ll taste an exquisite Barbera from old, organically farmed hillside vineyards……….this one’s got a little age on it too.  Translated, it’s drinking really well right now.  Stop by, taste, learn, and save on all of the featured tasting wines.

Can’t make it by, but want to place an order?  Just email us at josh@tablewineasheville.com.

The Wines
Save big on all of the tasting wines!  Mix any 3 of them and save 10%, mix any 6 and save 15%, or mix any 12 and save 20%!

1. NV Tenuta Degli Ultimi “Ciacola” Prosecco Brut  (Conegliano-Veneto, Italy) – This estate-grown Prosecco comes from hillside vineyards in the village of Conegliano, long hailed as the best spot in the Veneto for Prosecco production.  Fermented completely dry, it offers up crisp notes of apple and tropical fruits, finishing with zesty acidity.  You’ll be hard pressed to find a better Prosecco for the money!
Tasting Price: $12.59 on mixed 3-packs | $11.04 in mixed six packs | $11.89 in mixed cases

2. 2015 Cordero di Montezemolo Roero Arneis (Piemonte, Italy) – Talk about an absolutely delicious, extroverted white!  Arneis is the grape, and it literally means “rascal” because it can be difficult to grow.  Whatever the case, Cordero di Montezemolo makes one of the richer, creamier versions out there.  With creamy pear, peach, golden apple, and floral notes, this calls to mind good White Burgundy but costs a fraction of the price.
Tasting Price: $16.19/bottle | $15.29 in mixed six packs | $14.44 in mixed cases


3. 2011 Borgo Moncalvo Barbera d’Asti Superiore (Piemonte, Italy) – Talk about a bargain in super high quality, perfectly aged, certified organic Piemonte red wine!  Most of Borgo Moncalvo’s Barbera was planted back in the 1950’s.  These old vines yield a hearty and robust style of wine with soaring aromas and flavors of ripe blueberry, raspberry, and spice.  The “bottle conditioning” on this one contributes a soft and supple texture.
Tasting Price: $15.29 in mixed 3-packs | $14.44 in mixed 6-packs | $13.59 in mixed cases

 

Big Italian Reds Wine Tasting at Table Wine in Asheville, NC.

Try 3 For Free Wine Tasting – Big Italian Reds

Saturday, March 11th from 2-5pm – Join us (directions here) for a free wine tasting featuring a trio big Italian reds!  Trust us, if you are a fan of full bodied, full flavored Italian reds, you don’t want to miss this one!

From north to south and from east to west, Italy is home to some of the world’s greatest red wines.  We’re excited to share some of our favorites with you this Saturday!  Up first, we’ll pour you the stunning Toscana Rosso from Podere Il Palazzino, one of the great estates in Chianti.  This is a wine that Antonio Galloni of Vinous Media called “one of the best wines readers will find in its price range.”  Sound good?  It is!  Up next, we’re pouring a Cannonau (aka Grenache) from Sardinia from Antonio Sanguineti.  Be warned — we are down to the last few cases of this one and it’s drinking really well right now.  To finish, we’ll pour you a splash of a perfectly aged Super Tuscan from Montepeloso, one of the all-stars of coastal Tuscany.  All you have to do is stop by, taste, learn and save big on all of the tasting wines.  Just do it!

Can’t make it by, but want to place an order?  Just email us at josh@tablewineasheville.com.

The Wines
Save big on all of the tasting wines!  Mix any 3 of them and save 10%, mix any 6 and save 15%, or mix any 12 and save 20%!

1. 2014 Podere il Palazzino Rosso di Palazzino (Tuscany, Italy) – As we said, Antonio Galloni described this wine as “one of the best wines readers will find in its price range,” and we agree 100% with him on that.  Basically a really, really, really good Chianti Classico without the price tag, this Sangiovese-based wine from one of the top estates in the region is incredible for the price.  Words don’t do it justice………get some in your glass and let the wine do the talking!
Tasting Price: $15.29 on mixed 3-packs | $14.44 on mixed 6-packs | $13.59 on mixed cases

2. 2014 Antonio Sanguineti Cannonau di Sardegna (Sardinia, Italy) – This has been a top seller at the store for 2 years running!  100% Cannonau (aka Grenache) from the island of Sardinia, it’s rich, supple, and packed with flavors of ripe berries, spices, and just a hint of damp earth.
Tasting Price: $15.29/bottle | $14.44 in mixed six packs | $13.59 in mixed cases

3. 2012 Montepeloso A Quo (Tuscany, Italy) – Proprietor Fabio Chiarelotto farms a variety of grapes/vines in Suvereto, one of the warmest micro-climates of Tuscany’s coastal Maremma zone.  His wines are powerful, but also full of finesse and charm, and that is definitely the case with his 2012 A Quo. A blockbuster blend of 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Montepulciano, 20% Sangiovese, 10% Marcellan, and 10% Alicante Bouschet, it is one of the best Super Tuscan values out there.  Drink now through 2025.  
Tasting Price: $22.49 in mixed 3-packs | $21.24 in mixed six packs | $19.99 in mixed cases

2015 Barbanera Ser Passo at Table Wine in Asheville, NC

Case of the Month – 2015 Barbanera Ser Passo

Who’s in the mood for a rich and ravishing Sangiovese-based red blend from Tuscany?  The 2015 Barbanera Ser Passo is just the ticket!  From the gloriously warm and sunny 2015 vintage, this is rich, ripe, and ready for drinking tonight.  It is fetching $22 online from a big, well known retailer, but we’re going to beat that price by a long shot.  How does $11.99/bottle or $9.49/bottle on your solid case sound?  If interested, keep reading!

2015 Barbanera Ser Passo Toscana Rosso – On sale through Thursday, March 9th

Regular Price: $11.99/bottle

Sale Price: $9.49/bottle on your solid case — that’s over 20% off!

As I said in the opening paragraph, Vintage 2015 was a great one throughout Tuscany.  Wine Spectator said, “The growing season brought a warm summer and just enough rain for promising Sangiovese.”  After an incredibly challenging vintage in 2014, producers were rewarded with near perfect conditions in 2015.  It really shows in this wine!  This one is brand new to the United States, so I found it challenging to find much online information about the wine.  You’ll just have to trust me and my tasting notes.  Oh yeah, stop by this Friday, February 10th any time between 4-7pm, and you can taste it for yourself.

A blend of Sangiovese with bits of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, the wineis fermented in stainless steel and then aged for 6 months in new and used oak barrels. It pours a dark ruby color and the nose is all warm cherry, strawberry, raspberry and spice.  On the palate, the wine is fuller than most Sangioveses in this price range, but it is silky smooth, rounded, and easy to drink with or without food.  The flavors of ripe berry fruit are almost sweet, but there’s just enough acidity to give this one lift and freshness.

Overall, the Barbanera Ser Passo is a super classy, stylish, and highly likeable wine — I can see why some stores are getting $20+ for it.  I know my write-ups can sound to good to be true, but this one is the real deal.  We just received 20 cases, and I predict we’ll sell out by the end of the week.  Stop by the store to pick some up, stop by this Friday to “try before you buy” it, or email me at josh@tablewineasheville.com and let me know how much you would like!  Happy drinking and happy eating in Asheville, NC this winter.

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator at Table Wine
828.505.8588

Saturday wine tasting with Sour Grapes at Table Wine in Asheville, NC.

Super Saturday Wine Tasting – Italian Wine Tour

Saturday, February 25th from 2-5pm — Come take an Italian Wine Tour with Muriel Edens and Anne  Kaufmann of The Country Vintner — try 8 incredible Italian wines for just $5 — free for Grape Nuts!

Grape Nuts unite as your membership just got better!  If you don’t know what we’re talking about, click here to read more about Table Wine’s VIP Wine Club or ask us about Grape Nuts the next time you’re in.  Membership has its privileges and becoming a Grape Nut entitles you to a number of perks for a small fee.  One of the major bonuses of becoming a Grape Nut is the new Super Saturday Wine Tasting series.  These big, themed tastings take place the last Saturday of each month and will give you the chance to taste more and better wines than typically offered at our free weekend tastings.  With a Grape Nuts membership running just $25 for 12 months, all you have to do is attend 5 Super Saturdays to recoup your original investment.

Our first Super Saturday was a huge success, and we’re excited to announce our next wine adventure.  Stop by the store (click here for directions) any time between 2-5pm to try a wide selection of Italian wines brought to us by our friends at The Country Vintner.  From $10 “pizza wines” to spendier and more “special occasion” wines, this is a tremendous opportunity to taste, learn, save and stock up on some high quality Italian wines.  No RSVP is required and you do not have to be a Grape Nut to attend — just pay $5 before you begin the tasting and have a great time.

The Wines
Save big on all of the tasting wines!  Mix any 3 of them and save 10%, mix any 6 and save 15%, or mix any 12 and save 20%!

1. 2015 Nals Margreid “Punggl” Pinot Grigio (Alto Adige)

2. 2015 Luigi Baudana “Dragon” Langhe Bianco (Piemonte, Italy)

3. 2015 Tenuta Sant’Antonio Scaia Bianco (Veneto)

4. 2015 Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Cetamura (Tuscany)

5. 2015 Tenuta Sant’Antonio Scaia Rosso (Veneto)

6. 2014 G.D. Vajra Langhe Rosso (Piemonte, Italy)

7. 2013 San Marzano Primitivo di Manduria “Talo”

8. 2013 Avignonesi Vino Nobile di Montepulciano (Tuscany)

Purchase Mannara Primitivo at Table Wine in Asheville, NC.

Case of the Month – 2014 Mannara Primitivo

Do you need a delicious house red for the winter?  I have found it!  Customers and staff alike love the 2014 Mannara Primitivo, and the wine is already a great deal at $8.99/bottle.  At just $6.99/bottle for the next month, you won’t find a better red wine value at Table Wine.

2014 Mannara Primitivo – On sale through Thursday, February 9th

Regular Price: $8.99/bottle

Sale Price: $6.99/bottle on your solid case — that’s over 20% off!

Jim Stock and Mike Tiano of The Haw River Wine Man are really good at finding bargains.  They are the same ones who found the Bidoli Sauvignon Blanc, our last Case of the Month, and we sold close to 50 cases in a month.  The 2014 Mannara Primitivo is another of their finds, and it can be summed up with one word — AWESOME!  Hailing from the warm and sunny region of Puglia, in the heel of Italy’s boot, Primitivo is the Italian name for Zinfandel.  Offering up loads of ripe fruit, moderate complexity, and surprisingly long finish, the only thing it lacks is the “superficiality” typically found in wines in this price range.  It’s just good, and you should buy some!

Puglia is sunny and warm and responsible for some of Italy’s greatest red wine values.  Mannara Primitivo qualifies in my book as an extreme value and it truly demonstrates its warm and sunny place of origin.  Fermented and aged entirely in stainless steel, the wine shows a deep, almost purple color in the glass.  The bouquet is overt and obvious with notes of warm blueberry, dried blackberry, fig, and zesty herb leading into a soft and juicy palate of dark fruit, smoky sage, dark chocolate and spice.  All of that for just $6.99/bottle?  Yep!

Even better, the wine is not at all sweet or artificial tasting like so many in this price range.  I’ve enjoyed this wine with classic “Amer-Italian” dishes like eggplant parm, baked ziti, and spaghetti and meatballs, but I’ve also enjoyed many bottles with nothing more than a glass and a good friend.  It’s not overly flashy or flamboyant, but it’s also far from boring and mundane.

Still not sure?  Join us Friday, January 13th any time between 4-7pm and try it at our Free on Fridays Wine Tasting.  At less than $7/bottle, I don’t know what more you could ask for.  Stop by the store or email me at josh@tablewineasheville.com to make sure you get some of this one today!  Happy drinking and happy eating in Asheville, NC this winter.

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator at Table Wine
828.505.8588

Taste some great value Italian wines at Table Wine in Asheville, NC.

Free On Fridays Wine Tasting – Great Value Italian Wines

Friday, January 20th from 4-7pm — Free on Fridays Wine Tasting featuring some incredible value Italian wines from the Haw River Wine Man!  

When we’re looking for delicious and affordably priced wines from Italy, distributor and importer The Haw River Wine Man is our #1 source.  Company owners Jim Stock and Mike Tiano attend Vinitaly (Italy’s largest wine exhibition) every year to taste through hundreds of different wines.  We’d say their palates are aligned with ours as most of our under-$15 Italian wines come directly from them!  Join us this Friday as we pour you some of our favorites.  We’ll start with a fresh and fruity white blend from Sicily before we pour you a taste of our new Case of the Month Selection, an incredible Primitivo from Puglia.  To finish, we’ll pour you a hearty and robust Barbera that will blow your mind!  Stop by, taste, learn and save!  Can’t make it by, but want to place an order?  Just email us at josh@tablewineasheville.com.

The Wines
Save big on all of the tasting wines!  Mix any 3 of them and save 10%, mix any 6 and save 15%, or mix any 12 and save 20%!

1. 2015 Mannara Grillo/Pinot Grigio (Sicily) – You will be amazed at the quality of this incredible white wine value.  From warm and sunny Sicily, you can almost taste the sunshine in this wine.  Ripe apple, pear, citrus, and white floral notes abound in this delciously dry white.
Tasting Price: $8.09 on mixed 3-packs | $7.64 on mixed 6-packs | $7.19 on mixed cases

2. 2014 Mannara Primitivo (Puglia) – It’s our Case of the Month, and it’s one of the best Italian red wine values we’ve ever encountered.  Primitivo is the Italian name for Zinfandel, and the grape thrives in the warm and sunny condition of Puglia in the southern part of Italy.  Ripe, soft and flowing with rich berry fruit, and hints of herbs and dark chocolate, this is perfect for everyday sipping or for serving with pizza or anything with red sauce.
Tasting Price: $8.09 on mixed 3-packs | $7.64 on mixed 6-packs | $7.19 on mixed cases
Special Case of the Month Price: Just $6.99/bottle on your solid case!

3. 2013 Sant’ Evasio Barbera d’Asti Superiore (Piemonte) – Barbera specialist Sant’ Evasio has crafted a splendid wine here!  With a little bit of age under its belt, this one is flowing with goodness.
Medium bodied, laced with ripe black cherry, juniper berry and earthy complexity, it is a ton of wine for the money.
Tasting Price: $13.49 on mixed 3-packs | $12.74 on mixed 6-packs | $11.99 on mixed cases

 

Buy 2015 Bidoli Sauvignon Blanc at Table Wine in Asheville, NC.

Case of the Month – 2015 Bidoli Sauvignon Blanc

The 2015 Bidoli Sauvignon Blanc is one of our top white wine finds of the year!  Like Sancerre, but looking for a white that costs less.  I found it!  At just $9.99/bottle on you solid case, this is an incredible deal.  

2015 Bidoli Sauvignon Blanc – On sale through New Year’s Eve 2016

Regular Price: $12.99/bottle

Sale Price: $9.99/bottle on your solid case — that’s over 20% off!

When Mike Tiano of the Haw River Wine Man poured this for me about a month ago, I didn’t expect much.  Sure, Italy is home to some good to great Sauvignon Blancs, but the really good ones tend to run $20+ per bottle.  I figured this would be a nice little white wine with simple citrus and herbal notes. Wrong!  Mike poured it in my glass and I could smell it from close to 5 feet away………and it smelled incredible!  I then took a look at the price and had to keep my “poker face” on as I knew I was going to buy big on this one.  We picked up 10 cases 2 weeks ago, sold out in less than a week and reordered in time to make it our new Case of the Month.  Have I got your attention yet?

Bidoli Vini is a 3rd generation family owned winery that was founded in 1924 in the Friuli Grave (pronounced grah-veh) region of Northeastern Italy.  This specific zone of is renowned for Sauvignon Blanc due to the presence of its gravelly, rocky soils.  The rocks get hot during the day and chill down at night which provides for optimal ripening during the day while  sustaining crisp and fresh acidity.  The peculiarity of these soils, together with the beneficial effect of the Adriatic Sea and the shelter provided by the Dolomites and the Alps, combine to create the perfect conditions for Sauvignon Blanc.

I am quite sure that this is always a nice wine, but Vintage 2015 was an exceptional one throughout all of Italy.  It was a hot and dry vintage throughout the country, and you can taste the warmth and the sunshine in this wine.  Fermented in stainless steel and aged in tank on the lees for 3 months, this is substantial Sauvignon Blanc with more body, weight, and intensity than other Sauvignon Blancs in this price range.  Right out of the bottle, it smells of ripe pear, passion fruit, carmelized grapefruit, and white flowers and herbs.  On the palate, it is full and intense with a nice mix of citrus and orchard fruits and a long and flavorful finish.

There you go, one of my top white wine finds of the year and a Sauvignon Blanc for all palates.  Enjoy this with festive holiday fare or drink it as an aperitif.  It would also make for an ideal party/large gathering white wine as it seems to suit a wide variety of palates.  Stop by the store or email me at josh@tablewineasheville.com to make sure you get some of this one today!  Happy holidays, cheers, happy drinking, and happy eating in Asheville!

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator at Table Wine
828.505.8588

Taste some Northern Italian wines at Table Wine in Asheville, NC.

Free on Fridays Wine Tasting – Northern Italian Wines

Free on Fridays Wine Tasting this Friday featuring some elegant and refined Northern Italian Wines.  Friday, December 2nd from 4-7pm.

Northern Italy is home to some of the country’s most prized wines, and we are huge fans.  From the legendary reds of the Piemonte region to the world class whites of Friuli, Northern Italian wines are some of the best produced in all of Italy.  Join us as we’ll pour you some of our favorites this Friday.  We’ll start with our new Case of the Month, an incredible Sauvignon Blanc value from Friuli.  After that, you’ll try a Piemonte red blend from the famed Vajra Barolo house, followed by an elegant Barbera from one of the Piemonte’s oldest and most respected producers.  Stop by, taste, learn and save this Friday at Table Wine.

Can’t make it by, but want to place an order?  Just email us at josh@tablewineasheville.com.

The Wines
Save big on all of the tasting wines!  Mix any 3 of them and save 10%, mix any 6 and save 15%, or mix any 12 and save 20%!

1. 2015 Bidoli Sauvignon Blanc (Friuli, Italy) – This is our new Case of the Month as well as one of the best Sauvignon Blanc finds of all time.  From the gravelly, rocky soils of Friuli Grave, this fuller styled, intense Sauvignon Blanc is packed with aromas and flavors of pear, lime, passion fruit, fresh green herbs and mineral.
Tasting Price: $11.69 on mixed 3-packs | $11.04 in mixed six packs | $10.39 in mixed cases
Special Case of the Month Price: $9.99/bottle on your solid case — over 20% off!

2. 2013 G.D. Vajra Langhe Rosso (Piemonte, Italy) – G.D. Vajra is one of the Piemonte’s top names in Barolo, and their blended red wine is always one of the great values of the region.  A crisp, medium bodied blend of Dolcetto, Barbera, Nebbiolo, Pinot Nero, Freisa and Albarossa, it is a true taste of the Piemonte.  From younger vines, it is fresh and fruit forward, but not at all simple.
Tasting Price: $14.39 on mixed 3-packs | $13.59 on mixed 6-packs | $12.79 on mixed cases

3. 2014 Cordero di Montezemolo Barbera d’Alba (Piemonte, Italy) – This old and historic estate can trace its roots back to 1340!  Like G.D. Vajra, this is one of the most respected Barolo producers of the region, and their Barbera is a ton of wine for the money.  Rich and juicy, it shows notes of blackberry, dark plum, dark cherry, violet and just a kiss of oak.
Tasting Price: $21.59 on mixed 3-packs | $20.39 on mixed 6-packs | $19.19 on mixed cases

Sangiovese Tasting in Asheville, NC.

Free on Fridays Wine Tasting – Celebrating Sangiovese

Free on Fridays Wine Tasting – Join us as we’ll be celebrating Sangiovese and all of its glories!  Friday, October 28th, 4-7pm.

Sangiovese is responsible for some of Italy’s greatest red wines.  From classic Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino to grandiose Super Tuscans, the grape is one of the most prolific in the country.  Join us this Friday as we pour you 3 different versions of the grape and talk to you about the style and significance of the grape.  We’ll start with a delicious and value priced Chianti that would make a great mate to a big plate of lasagna or spaghetti and meatballs.  Next up, we’ll move out of Italy and into California as we pour you a slightly richer, fuller style of Sangiovese from the Central Coast.  We’ll finish up with a bigger, brawnier, more structured red from the famed hill of Montalcino.  All you have to do is stop by, taste, learn, and save!  Can’t make it by, but want to place an order?  Just email us at josh@tablewineasheville.com.

The Wines
Save big on all of the tasting wines!  Mix any 3 of them and save 10%, mix any 6 and save 15%, or mix any 12 and save 20%!

1. 2013 Fattoria Casabianca Chianti Colli Senesi (Tuscany, Italy) –This small, family owned and operated estate consistently over-delivers the goods on this wine.  If you want to wow the Italian wine lover in your life and not spend a ton of money, this is the wine to do it with.  80% Sangiovese with the balance in Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Canaiolo, it is velvety smooth and exhibits aromas and flavors of ripe cherry, plum, and light earth nuances.
Tasting Price: $11.69/bottle | $11.04 in mixed six packs | $10.39 in mixed cases

2. 2011 Pietra Santa Sangiovese (Cienega Valley, California) – This one comes from California’s Central Coast and Pietra Santa blends in 8% Cabernet Sauvignon.  You can taste it too! With ripe plum, black cherry, and toasty oak notes, this one reminds us of a modern styled Super Tuscan accented by more of the plush fruit of California.
Tasting Price: $15.29 on mixed 3-packs | $14.44 on mixed 6-packs | $13.59 on mixed cases

3. 2013 Caprili Rosso di Montalcino (Tuscany, Italy) – Caprili is one of our favorite Brunello producers, and their 2013 Rosso di Montalcino is lights out this vintage.  Composed entirely of Sangiovese Grosso from the estate’s younger vines that will eventually go into their Brunello, it is a pure taste of Tuscan Sangiovese.  It exhibits aromas and flavors of ripe cherry, dark plum, damp earth, licorice and mushroom.  Full bodied, but totally accessible, it is a joyous wine to drink now or over the next 5 years.
Tasting Price: $23.39 on mixed 3-packs | $22.09 on mixed 6-packs | $20.79 on mixed cases