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

BB's Buddies Wine Tasting Benefit

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

Big, free wine tasting featuring wines from Small Vineyards.

Big, Free Italian Wine Tasting

Big, Free Italian Wine Tasting on Saturday, September 24th from 2-5 p.m. featuring selections from importer Small Vineyards!  Seattle-based importer Small Vineyards brings in a bevy of delicious wines from the types of producers and family farms that we love to support.  We’re talking small family owned and operated wineries that make their wines in a traditional manner.  These are producers who get their hands dirty in the vineyards to ensure superb quality in their wines.  This careful and conscious approach to their craft results in wines full of heart and soul, and many of our top finds ever have come from the Small Vineyards portolio.  Join us and special guest Aldo Morales, brand ambassador for Small Vineyards, as we take you on a tour of Italy through her wines.  Taste, learn, and save up to 20% off on all of the featured tasting wines.

The Wines

1. 2015 San Rocco Soave (Veneto, Italy) – This is the entry level wine from famed Soave producer Monte Tondo, and it’s one of the best values of its type we’ve ever found.  100% Garganega, the grape responsible for making great Soave, it is fresh, bright, and absolutely delightful.
Tasting Price: $11.69/bottle | $11.04 in mixed six packs | $10.39 in mixed cases

2. 2015 Jordanov Rkatciteli (Macedonia) – This ancient white grape is believed to be one of the oldest on the planet!  Marked by spicy and floral notes and bright citrus fruits, it makes for a refreshing and delicious white wine to pair with spicy Asian cuisine.
Tasting Price: $11.69/bottle | $11.04 in mixed six packs | $10.39 in mixed cases

3. 2015 Poggio Vignoso Chianti (Tuscany, Italy) – Chianti can be awful!  Many renditions lack the ripe fruit necessary to offset the natural acidity of Sangiovese.  Not this one!  Elegant, juicy and laced with dusty plum and dark cherry fruit, this would be great with a big plate of spaghetti and meatballs.
Tasting Price: $13.49/bottle | $12.74 in mixed six packs | $11.99 in mixed cases

4. 2014 Antonio Sanguineti Cannonau di Sardegna (Sardinia, Italy) – This has been a top seller most of the summer and we were able to get our hands on another 10 cases to use for this tasting.   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

5. 2013 Casa Contini Brindisi Riserva (Puglia, Italy) – It’s our current Wine of the Week Selection, and it’s selling at a very rapid pace.  A combination of Negroamaro, Malvasia Nera, and Sangiovese, it tastes like a hypothetical cross between a complex, firm Barolo and a spicy rich Zinfandel.  Yum!
Tasting Price: $16.19/bottle | $15.29 in mixed six packs | $14.39 in mixed cases
Special Wine of the Week Price: $15.99/bottle, $14.99/bottle on solid 6-packs, or $13.99/bottle on solid cases!

6. 2013 Perazzeta Erio Rosso Toscana (Tuscany, Italy) – Here’s a true Super Tuscan that won’t break the bank.  Alessandro Bocci and his daughter craft brilliant wines from their property in Montecucco just miles from the prized vineyards of Montalcino.  A blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah aged in barrique for 18 months, this is rich, flashy and flamboyant red wine that could easily sell for $40+.
Tasting Price: $19.79/bottle | $18.69 in mixed six packs | $17.59 in mixed cases

7. 2015 Brunelli Poggio Apricale (Tuscany, Italy) – From the famed vineyards of Montalcino (Brunelli makes epic Brunello as well), this one is not aged long enough to be called Rosso or Brunello.  A blend of 85% Sangiovese, 10% Merlot and 5% Colorino, this is an opulent and complex red wine marked by aromas and flavors of ripe berries, orange peel, spice, and a hint of leather.  It’s a ton of wine for the money!
Tasting Price: $17.99/bottle | $16.99 in mixed six packs | $15.99 in mixed cases

8. 2014 Verso Salento Rosso (Puglia, Italy) – Talk about a powerhouse of a wine!  This blend of Negroamaro, Primitivo and Malvasia is like a first rate Zin or Red Blend from California with just a splash of Italian Amarone.  Full bodied, super rich and ripe, and soft and supple on the palate, get ready to be blown away.
Tasting Price: $16.19/bottle | $15.29 in mixed six packs | $14.39 in mixed cases

2013 Casa Contini Brindisi Riserva

Wine of the Week – A rare and rich red from one of Italy’s most remote regions – It is wines like this one that make our jobs incredibly easy.  It’s from a remote and rarely visited part of Italy, it’s delicious, and the only place to find it in Western North Carolina is here is at Table Wine!  If you can imagine a hypothetical blend of Old Vine Zinfandel (rich and spicy) blended with a splash of Barolo (firm and complex), you can begin to understand what a great deal this wine is.  In fact, it’s a super deal at less than $20 per bottle, but at less than $15 per bottle on your solid six pack, it’s one of the top red wine deals of the year.  It’s the 2013 Casa Contini Brindisi Riserva, and it’s our new Wine of the Week.  Here’s the deal:

 

2013 Casa Contini Brindisi Riserva – On Sale Through Wednesday, September 28th

Regular Price: $17.99/bottle

Sale Price: $15.99/bottle
$14.99/bottle on your solid 6-pack – Over 15% off
$13.99/bottle on your solid case – Over 20% off

Casa Contini is owned and operated by the Botter family, and they farm vineyards in the Southern Italian region of Molise.  If you’ve never heard of it, don’t worry as only about 1 out of 100 Italians have ever visited this remote and sparsely populated region.  Let’s be honest, there’s not a ton of great wine made in this area as the climate is very hot.  Many of the wines are extremely alcoholic and smell and taste of sweet, cooked and dried fruit.  Winemaker Alessandro Botter’s wines are quite the opposite.  Because he farms and harvests by hand, he only selects the healthy clusters for his wines, and the resulting wines possess amazing balance, tremendous intensity, and overachieving complexity.

Alessandro Botter’s 2013 Casa Contini Brindisi Riserva is a blend of 80% Negroamaro, 10% Malvasia Nera, and 10% Sangiovese.  In case you aren’t familiar with Negroamaro, it is one of the most important grapes of Puglia and Southern Italy, and it contributes rich fruit and perfumed spice and earth character.  Malvasia Nera provides color and dark fruit notes and Sangiovese gives subtle red fruits, earth and acidity.  All in all, the 3 grapes work incredibly well together, each one complimenting the other.  After fermentation in stainless steel, Botter moves the wine to large oak casks for 24 moths of aging before he bottles it.  This long oak aging allows the wine to settle, soften, come together and gain complexity.

This patience and attention to detail results in a wine that easily outclasses the mass majority of Southern Italian red wines.  On the nose, it exhibits mature and sophisticated notes of warm raspberry, baked cherry, allspice, rosemary, vanilla, toasted coconut and violet.  The palate is full bodied and firm, with a nice sense of ripe fruit framed by dusty tannins.  Delicious now, you could easily drink this one over the next 5 to 7 years if not longer.  With fall just around the corner, make sure to save a few bottles for your favorite autumn beef or lamb stew.

If you would like to taste it first, don’t miss our Big, Free Italian Wine Tasting on Saturday, September 24th from 2-5 p.m.  We’ll pour you this one along with some of our other favorite new arrivals from the Italy. Otherwise, stop by and pick some up, call us at 828.505.8588, or email us at josh@tablewineasheville.com and we’ll set some aside for you until you can get by and pick it up. Cheers and happy drinking and eating!