2011 A. and G. Fantino Barbera d'Alba Cascina Dardi

2011 A. and G. Fantino Barbera D’Alba Cascina Dardi

Wine of the Weeks – Amazing, old vine Barbera from a classic vintage as low as $19.99/bottle! Email josh@tablewineasheville.com or stop by the store to make sure you get some.  As I’ve gotten older and my taste in wine has “matured,” Barbera has become a real go-to wine for me. Being a lowly wine shop owner, I can rarely afford Barolo and Barbaresco, but I can always afford good Barbera, and one of the secrets to getting the best wine for your dollar is to buy Barbera from a top notch Barolo or Barbaresco producer.  This is one of those!  From a marvelous vintage in Italy’s Piemonte region, this is from a 60 year old vineyard in the Bussia cru, just north of Montforte, one of Barolo’s most famous zones.  It’s the 2011 A. and G. Fantino Barbera d’Alba Cascina Dardi, and it’s the new Wine of the Weeks.  Here’s the deal:

2011 A. and G. Fantino Barbera d’Alba Cascina Dardi – On sale through Wednesday, May 25th

Regular Price: $24.99/bottle

Sale Price: $21.99/bottle (over 10% off) or $19.99/bottle on solid 6-packs (20% off)

I forgot to mention that there are just 6 precious cases of this wine available — I bought all that my distributor had to offer Western North Carolina, and I have no doubt that this one is going to go fast.  Stop by this Saturday, May 14th between 2 and 5 p.m. and we’ll pour you a splash if there is any left to sell.  Alright, I’m starting to sound like a used car salesman.  Let me tell you why I bought all of this one.  The brothers Alessandro and Gian Natale Fantino run this family estate in Monforte d’Alba.  Prior to dedicating himself to running his family’s estate with his brother, Alessandro managed the vineyards and served as the enologist at the legendary Cantina Bartolo Mascarello for 20 years, from 1978 to 1997.

He has definitely put his experience working for one of the legends of Barolo to good use.  Of course, it’s not hard to make good wine when you have a great vintage and a great vineyard.  Wine Spectator rated the 2011 Piemonte vintage at 94 points and said it was a “fine year for Barbera.”  Yep, they got that right!  The Fantinos choose to ferment this wine in stainless steel, and I completely support that decision.  When you’re working with 60 year old, deeply rooted, low yielding vines, why do anything to take away from the natural purity and abundance of character inherent in those grapes?

As importer Kermit Lynch says, the “Fantino brothers produce an amazing Barbera d’Alba from these ancient vines in Dardi. The Barbera is loaded with lush fruit and smooth, silky texture, and a ravishing perfume.”  Yep, Kermit pretty much sums that up nicely.  I had similar notes that included terms like silky, polished, balanced, cherry, plum, leather, spice, complexity and so on.  All in all, this is just a ridiculously good wine from a small family estate (they make 3,800 cases total and they make 8 wines).  Buy some or I’ll take it all home……….that’s a promise!  Stop by the store or email me at josh@tablewineasheville.com to pick some up before I do just that.  Happy drinking, happy eating, and happy spring from me to you!

Free Piemonte Wine Tasting

Try Three for Free Wine Tasting – Piemonte Wines

Try Three for Free Wine Tasting this Saturday, May 14th from 2 to 5 p.m. featuring a trio of Piemonte wines guaranteed to please!  Italy’s Piemonte zone, in the northwestern part of the country, is home to some of the country’s most prized wines.  Barolo, Barbaresco, Barbera, Dolcetto and a host of other regions and grapes thrive here, and the Piemonte is populated by many high quality, family owned estates.  We’ll pour your a few of those! We’ll start with an absolutely stunning Cortese from a new, up and coming producer that is destined for greatness.  Next up, we’ll take a slight detour with a rich and creamy Pinot Grigio from Slovenia.  We’ll return to the Piemonte to finish up with our new Wine of the Weeks, an absolutely stunning old vine Barbera that is just absolutely delicious.  Stop by, taste, learn and save up to 20% off on all of the tasting wines this Saturday — you won’t regret it!

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

The Wines

1. 2014 Oltretorrente Cortese Colli Tortonesi (Piemonte, Italy) – As my friend Jay Murrie of Piedmont Wine Imports says: “A young wine-obsessed couple from Milan and their two kids are starting a new organic farm in sleepy Paderna. So far the results are really exciting!”  We agree wholeheartedly.  From the far eastern hills of the Piemonte, neighboring the more famous village of Gavi, this is a fabulous new producer that was established in 2010.  Their organically farmed vineyards, some of which exceed 100 years of age, give us this lovely, mineral-infused, focused and powerful white wine.  
Tasting Price: $15.29 in mixed 3-packs | $14.44 in mixed six packs | $13.59 in mixed cases


2. 2015 Ptujska Klet Pullus Pinot Grigio (Podravje, Slovenia) – If you are tired of drinking thin, washed out, boring Pinot Grigios, you’ll love this version from Slovenia’s oldest winery (started in 1239!).  Pinot Grigio grapes are pinkish in color, and this winery allows the juice and the skins to “steep” together for about 3 days.  The resulting wine is a Pinot Grigio rose — light salmon/orange in color, it offers up richer and creamier notes of ripe melon and pear, with complex spice and mineral notes.
Tasting Price: $15.29 in mixed 3-packs | $14.44 in mixed six packs | $13.59 in mixed cases

3. 2011 A. and G. Fantino Barbera d’Alba “Cascina Dardi” (Piemonte, Italy) – It’s our Wine of the Week, and it is an absolute stunner!  Alessandro Fantino was the longtime enologist at famed Barolo producer Bartolo Mascarello before he returned to his family’s estate in 1998 to work with his brother. Today, he and his brother Gian Natale produce about 3,800 cases of wine total (they make 8 different wines), and this is one of their stars.  From a 60 year old vineyard, these ancient vines give us an incredibly satisfying, complex, silky and savory Barbera.  Drink now or over the next couple of years as this one is in top form right now!
Tasting Price: $22.49 in mixed 3-packs | $21.24 in mixed six packs | $19.99 in mixed cases
Wine of the Weeks Price: 
$21.99/bottle (over 10% off) or $19.99/bottle on solid 6-packs (20% off)

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator/Wine Buyer
Table Wine Asheville
828.505.8588 or josh@tablewineasheville.com

Italian Wine Tasting

Free on Fridays Wine Tasting – Awesome Italian Wines

Free Wine Tasting at Table Wine this Friday, May 6th from 4 to 7 p.m. featuring some seriously awesome Italian wines.  Get your weekend off to a grand start with the best free wine tasting in Asheville!  This week, we’re serving up a really nice lineup of new arrival Italian wines that are sure to bring a smile to your face.  With somewhere around 350 different grape varieties grown throughout the country, Italian wines offer something for everyone.  We’ll kick things off with one of favorite new whites in the store, a crisp and sunny Locorotondo from the Puglian coast.  Next up, we have one of our favorite Italian dry roses — a pale colored, beautifully aromatic  version from Giorgio Rivetti’s famed La Spinetta estate.  We’ll finish up with Chianti from Tuscany’s famed Selvapiana estate — trust me, their 2013 is delicious and shows more roundness and softness than most Chiantis.  All you have to do is stop by, taste, learn and save up to 20% off on all of the tasting wines.

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

The Wines

1. 2014 I Pastini Antico Locorotondo Bianco (Puglia, Italy) – Locorotondo is a town of roughly 14,000 located along Italy’s southeastern Adriatic coast, and it is listed as one of the most beautiful villages of Italy.  Taste this unique white wine, based on a blend of Verdeca, Bianco d’Alessano, and Fiano Minutolo, and be transported to one of the most beautiful parts of Italy…….sort of.  Nicely dry and possessing aromas and flavors of fresh flowers, citrus, mineral and sea air, this would be the perfect wine to wash down fried calamri or any range of seafood dishes……..or no food at all of course!
Tasting Price: $12.59 in mixed 3-packs | $11.89 in mixed six packs | $11.19 in mixed cases


2. 2015 La Spinetta Il Rose di Casanova (Tuscany, Italy) – Trust me folks, this is one of the best dry roses of the 2015 vintage!  Giorgio Rivetti just doesn’t make bad wine, whether it be his award winning Barolos, Barbarescos and Barberas or his groundbreaking Tuscan wines.  His dry rose comes from a single parcel of Sangiovese vines called “Casanova,” and despite its pale color, it really packs a punch. Smelling of fresh peach, summer strawberry, white flowers and mineral, it hits the palate with a round and rich texture.  Don’t miss your chance to try this because there’s not much left to sell!
Tasting Price: $17.99 on mixed 3-packs | $16.99 on mixed 6-packs | $15.99 on mixed cases

3. 2013 Selvapiana Chianti Rufina (Tuscany, Italy) – I poured this wine at a private tasting last week, and when folks saw I was pouring Chianti, many weren’t overly excited…….until the first person took a sip and loudly pronounced it as the best Chianti she had ever tasted.  Thank God for people like that!  Selvapiana is one of the top Chianti producers, and they are not even in the Classico zone.  Their wines show classic Tuscan pedigree, but tend to me more elegant and fine grained than most of their peers.  This one truly shows those traits — silky cherry and plum fruit mingle with mellow mineral and dusty herb notes. Lovely with all sorts of foods (from chicken to beef), this one really just needs a big glass!
Tasting Price: $16.19 on mixed 3-packs | $15.29 on mixed 6-packs | $14.39 on mixed cases

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator/Wine Buyer
Table Wine Asheville
828.505.8588 or josh@tablewineasheville.com

2013 Verso Salento Rosso

2013 Verso Salento Rosso

Wine of the Weeks – The Verso Salento Rosso is back by popular demand and you can try it for free this Friday, April 15th (4-7 pm)! Email me at josh@tablewineasheville.com to place your order or stop by the store and pick some up.  Like Amarone but hate paying $50+ per bottle?  You might want to try the 2013 Verso Salento Rosso.  Bold statement for sure, but stay with me.  This rich and decadent blend of 60% Negroamaro, 35% Primitivo and 5% Malvasia Nera is made with a small percentage of appassimento grapes.  This process of drying out and raisinating the grapes results in more concentrated and heady aromas and flavors, and it is exactly the same process that is used to make Italy’s famed Amarone.  Trust me folks, this is one of the great Italian red wine values out there, and the only place you will find this wine is at Table Wine.  I worked a deal, bought all of the wine, and I’m offering it for the next two weeks at a ridiculous price.  Here’s the deal:

2013 Verso Salento Rosso — On sale through Tuesday, April 26th

Regular Price: $17.99/bottle

Sale Price: $14.99/bottle, $13.99/bottle on solid 6-packs, or $12.99/bottle on solid cases!  Save up to more than 25% off!!

Many of you will remember the 2010 vintage of this wine that we carried a few summers back.  It quickly developed a huge following and became one of the top sellers in the store and one of the go-to summer barbecue/cookout wines of 2013.  Unfortunately the 2011 and 2012 versions of the wine were not up to my standards, but the new vintage is back to its previous quality level.  This is a big wine folks — there is nothing shy about it at all!  Deeply colored, full bodied, packed with flavor and Southern Italian soul, it is the quintessential red to serve at your spring and summer cookouts.

Even better, the wine by no means has to be served with food.  It possesses a round and supple texture that makes it perfect for serving and sipping solo.  For fans of big, rich, spicy Zins and Red Blends (think Orin Swift or The Prisoner), this is a must try wine.  The Verso Salento Rosso pours a deep, nearly opaque color and smells of sun baked fruit — think fig, warm blueberry, raspberry and dark cherry.  I couldn’t find exact technical data on the wine, but the nose and the palate suggests that the wine sees some oak aging.  Intermixed with the rich fruit flavors are notes of clove, vanilla and allspice.  It all works to create a showy and flamboyant, yet balanced red wine.

This is a great go-to red to take to parties and cookouts this spring and summer.  Trust me, once people taste this, you’ll be the most popular person at the party until your bottle is empty.  Thus, you might want to take more than one bottle!  So there you go, one of the most popular red wines in the history of Table Wine is back and it’s as good as ever.  We bought the last 28 cases of the wine and based on its past performance, those won’t last long.  Stop by and pick some up or swing by the store this Friday, April 15th (4-7 pm) to taste it.  Until then, happy drinking and eating in Asheville.

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator/Wine Buyer
Table Wine Asheville
828.505.8588 or josh@tablewineasheville.com

Italian Wine Values

Great Value Italian Wines

Try Three for Free Wine Tasting this Saturday, April 9th from 2-5 pm featuring some new arrival, great value Italian wines!  Stop by the store this Saturday for one of the best free wine tastings in Asheville!  We’ll have a trio of new arrivals from some of Italy’s most prized viticultural areas and all you have to do is drop by!  We’ll start with a glorious Vernaccia, the classic white wine of Tuscany before heading north for a super juicy and easy drinking Merlot from Friuli.  Last, but not least, we’ll pour you a splash of the sturdy and hearty Barbera from the Piemonte’s famed Vallana Estate.  Trust us, you don’t want to miss this!  Stop by, taste, learn and save up to 20% off on all of the featured tasting wines.

Best free wine tasting in Asheville.

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

The Wines

1. 2014 Fontaleoni Vernaccia di San Gimignano (Tuscany, Italy) – Tuscans say that Vernaccia is the wine that tickles, licks, bites and stings and we tend to agree with this.  Super clean, zesty and refreshing, the version from Fontaleoni is textbook in character.  If you want a perfect sunny day sipper, look no further.  For a special treat, try it with prosciutto wrapped melon!
Tasting Price: $13.49 in mixed 3-packs | $12.74 in mixed six packs | $11.99 in mixed cases


2. 2014 Visintini Rosso Palmira (Friuli, Italy): This certified organic, family owned estate produces one of the most charming versions of Merlot we’ve ever tried.  Fermented entirely in stainless steel with some whole clusters and native yeasts, it is fresh and juicy with dark cherry, raspberry and cranberry notes galore.  Low in tannin but high in pure drinking pleasure, it’s a perfect quaffer for everyday drinking or for serving with grilled chicken or pork.
Tasting Price: $11.69 in mixed 3-packs | $11.04 in a mixed six pack | $10.39 in a mixed case

3. 2014 Vallana Barbera (Piemonte, Italy) – This fifth generation family estate is one of the most famed in Italy’s Alto Piemonte.  They make a tiny amount of Barbera and we were one of the lucky North Carolina wine shops to get any.  From organically farmed vineyards, the grapes are hand harvested and fermented in cement tanks (the old way).  The resulting wine is hearty, honest and real with a great mix of red and dark fruit and plenty of heart and soul.  For those seeking a really traditionally styled Italian wine at  a great price, look no further.
Tasting Price: $12.59 in mixed 3-packs | $11.89 in a mixed six pack | $11.19 in a mixed case

Northern Italian Wines

Free on Fridays Wine Tasting – Northern Italian Wines

Free Wine Tasting this Friday, March 4th from 4:00 to 7:00 featuring some delicious Northern Italian wines and a super special Slovenian white!!!  Do you love wine and like to taste it before you buy it?  If you answered yes, then plan to join us this Friday for one of the best free wine tastings in Asheville.  We’ll be pouring some serious heat this week, including the rare and exotic Edi Simcic Malvazija from Slovenia along with a couple of delicious traditional reds from the varied terroirs of Northern Italy.  Stop by, taste, learn and save up to 20% off on all of the featured tasting wines.

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

The Wines

1. 2010 Edi Simcic Malvazija (Goriska Brda, Slovenia) – Adventurous wine drinkers take note — this is one of the most exotic and singular wines in the store.  Edi Simcic’s vineyards are situated in the western part of Slovenia, just across the border from Italy’s Friuli zone.  From an organic, dry farmed, old vine, hand harvested vineyard, this wine is barrel fermented and then aged for 11 months in barrel and another 6 months in bottle before release.  Rich and intensely aromatic, it is somewhat reminiscent of a White Rhone with an intriguing mix of honeyed fruit, beeswax, ginger and green herbs.
Special One Day Tasting Price: $35.99/bottle 

2. NV Elvio Tintero Langhe Rosso (Piemonte, Italy) – Cantine Elvio Tintero’s little Vino Rosso is one of the cheapest ways to get Nebbiolo into your belly!  A blend of 40% Nebbiolo, 40% Barbera, 10% Dolcetto, and 10% Cabernet Franc fermented entirely in stainless steel, this is a real charmer.  Bright, light, tangy and bursting with bright red fruits and a touch of earth, this is an absolute no brainer for Pinot and Gamay admirers.
Tasting Price: $10.79 in mixed 3-packs | $10.19 in mixed 6-packs | $9.59 in mixed cases

3. 2014 Indie Cuvees Vino del Popolo Rosso (Piemonte, Italy) – Importer Indie Wineries has crafted a literal “wine for the people” using the Piemonte’s three most noble varieties.  A blend of 45% Nebbiolo, 35% Barbera, and 20% Dolcetto, the wine is fermented in stainless steel with native yeasts.  The result is an utterly charming, fruit filled red wine with fabulous purity and sheer chuggability.
Tasting Price: $16.19 on mixed 3-packs | $15.29 on mixed 6-packs | $14.39 on mixed cases

Central Italian Wines

Try Three for Free – Central Italian Wines

Try Three For Free Wine Tasting this Saturday, March 5th from 2:00 to 5:00 featuring some delicious Central Italian Wines!!!  Want to taste a 94 point rated Brunello di Montalcino from the fabulous 2010 vintage?  Then stop by this Saturday for Asheville’s best free wine tasting!  We’ll have the 2010 Mocali Brunello di Montalcino open for you to try before you buy, and it’s simply fantastic.  In addition, we’ll some other great selections from the varied vineyards of Central Italy.  Stop by, taste, learn, and save up to 20% off on all of the featured tasting wines.

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

The Wines

1. 2012 Torre dei Beati Pecorino ” (Abruzzo, Italy) – The Pecorino grape (from pecora, meaning sheep) is an ancient varietal that is said to have been domesticated from local wild grapes.  The tiny Torre dei Beati Estate is mentioned in Ian D’Agata’s book “Native Wine Grapes of Italy” as one of the regions top three producers of this unique white wine.  Beautifully aromatic, this one bursts out of the glass with aromas of pear, peach, citrus fruits and flowers leading into a zesty palate of bright fruit and mild mineral.
Tasting Price: $19.79 in mixed 3-packs | $18.69 in mixed 6-packs | $17.59 in mixed cases

2. 2014 Badia a Coltibuono Chianti “Cetamura” (Tuscany, Italy) – Badia a Coltibuono is one of the grand old estates of Tuscany and this is year in and year out one of the best Chianti values on the planet.  Composed almost entirely of Sangiovese and fermented in stainless steel, it is a young and vigorous wine with a great mix of red fruit and spice.  Simple, delicious, and custom made for pizza or red sauced pasta dishes, it’s hard to beat for the price.
Tasting Price: $10.79 in mixed 3-packs | $10.19 in mixed 6-packs | $9.59 in mixed cases

3. 2010 Mocali Brunello di Montalcino (Tuscany, Italy) – The 2010 vintage was fantastic for Brunello di Montlacino, and Mocali crafted one of the top values (relatively speaking) of the vintage.  Wine Spectator says: “The mix of cherry, strawberry, eucalyptus and juniper flavors is focused, building to an excellent finish. This is well-structured and lingers on the earth- and mineral-laden finish. Best from 2019 through 2035.” 94 points
Tasting Price: $43.19 on mixed 3-packs | $40.79 on mixed 6-packs | $38.39 on mixed cases

Free Italian Wine Tasting

Free on Fridays Wine Tasting – New Italian Wines

Free on Fridays Wine Tasting – Delicious, soulful and affordable new wine arrivals from Italy – Friday, February 5th from 4:00 to 7:00 – Free, drop-in style tasting – Italy continues to be on of our go-to European countries for great wines at great prices, and we’ve added several new wines to our roster in the new year. From bone dry and minerally Verdicchio and pizza/pasta loving Sangiovese to bargain Barbera that drinks well above its price point, we can’t wait to share these new wines with you.  Stop by, taste, learn and save up to 20% off on some great Italian wines.

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

The Wines

1. 2014 Garofoli Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore “Podium” (Marche, Italy) – If you’ve not experience the joys of Verdicchio yet, this is a fine wine to begin with.  From one of Italy’s top producers of the grape, their “Podium” bottling is made with fruit from older, low yielding vineyards and the wine is aged for 15 months in stainless steel before it is bottled.  Elegant yet structured and possessing a complex mix of rich fruit, bright citrus and honeyed mineral, the 2014 has not been reviewed yet, but the wine has not scored lower than 91 points (Vinous Media) in the past five vintages!
Tasting Price: $15.29 on mixed 3-packs | $14.44 on mixed 6-packs | $13.59 on mixed cases

2. 2014 Trevini Sangiovese “Rubicone” (Emilia-Romagna, Italy) – This simple, fruit forward, chuggable little red wine hails from Emilia-Romagna where wines of this sort are served with the rich and flavorful cuisine that the area is know for.  Fermented entirely in stainless steel, it offers up straightforward notes of ripe red fruits and just a hint of earthy spice.  Get a few bottles, make some spaghetti and meatballs, and let the chugging begin!
Tasting Price: $8.19 on mixed 3-packs | $7.64 on mixed 6-packs | $7.19 on mixed cases

3. 2014 Marchesi di Barolo Barbera di Monferrato “Maraia” (Piemonte, Italy) – Marchesi di Barolo is one of the Piemonte’s oldest and most respected producers.  It’s interesting to note that many wine scholars believe that Barbera originated in the rolling hills of Monferrat, although producers in Asti might take issue with that. Whatever the case, this is a wonderful wine full of charming ripe red fruits and just a whiff of oak.  Soft, juicy, and super easy to drink, it makes for a great house wine.
Tasting Price: $12.59 on mixed 3-packs | $11.89 on mixed 6-packs | $11.19 on mixed cases

Italian Wines From Piedmont Wine Imports

Italian Wines From Piedmont Wine Imports Part Uno

Authentic, Traditional, and Delicious Italian Wines From Piedmont Wine Imports Part 1 – Join us this Friday, October 2nd from 2-7 p.m. for a free wine tasting featuring a fine new batch of Italian wines brought to us by Durham-based Piedmont Wine Imports. Owner and founder Jay Murrie travels extensively throughout Italy to find incredible wines that always deliver.  He only works with small, family owned and operated estate wineries, and we’re constantly amazed by the honesty and authenticity of his wines.  Whether you’re yearning for authentic wines you drank when you were in Italy, want to get a preview of what you’ll taste when you go to the Old World, or just want to learn more about Italian wines in general, don’t miss this one.  Even better, we’ll have Lauren Vaught of Edible Musings in the house offering up free samples of her delicious plant-based foods.  She’ll also be talking about why a plant-based diet is delicious, nutritious, and better for the Earth.

Don’t forget, all of the tasting wines are 10% off by the bottle, 15% off if you mix any six of them, or 20% off if you mix any twelve of them.  This is a great chance to taste and stock up and save!

The Wines
Prices range from $15 to $25

1. NV Alla Costiera Prosecco (Veneto) – Filippo Gamba crafts one of the best Proseccos we’ve ever tasted! Not only does it taste great, you can feel really good about drinking it because it’s certified organic.  Composed entirely of 15-75 year old Glera, it is made using the Charmat method in very small batches.  It will quite simply blow your mind!
Tasting Price: $15.29/bottle | $14.44 in mixed six packs | $13.59 in mixed cases

2. 2012 Corzano E Paterno Corzanello Rosso (Tuscany) – This 40-year-old working family farm makes unpasteurized sheep’s milk cheese, olive oil and wine from vineyards just west of Greve.  Their Rosso might be called Chianti Classico by others, but they save that designation for their more “serious” wine.  Certified organic and composed of Sangiovese with small bits of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, this is true, authentic Tuscan red wine for all occasions.
Tasting Price: $15.29/bottle | $14.44 in mixed six packs | $13.59 in mixed cases

3. NV Caparsa Rosso di Toscana (Tuscany) – This certified-organic one-man estate makes compelling wine from old vines in the heart of Chianti Classico, with very little manipulation or modern technology.  Proprietor Paolo Cianferoni makes this wine in rememberance of the ancient Chianti wine made for the peasant to drink a lot.  It’s Sangiovese and two white grapes: Trebbiano and Malvasia.  It’s brilliant!
Tasting Price: $15.29/bottle | $14.44 in mixed six packs | $13.59 in mixed cases

4. 2009 Pruneto Chianti Classico (Tuscany) – Riccardo Lanza makes prototype, pure Chianti Classico from his beautiful, organically farmed Sangiovese.  He always holds his wines back longer than most, so this is the current release.  Just 833 cases were made — how does this guy make a living?  As Riccardo says, “Sangiovese can make the best red wine, and is the flavor of Tuscany.”  Come taste it and see what you think!
Tasting Price: $21.59/bottle | $20.39 in mixed six packs | $19.19 in mixed cases

 

 

Piedmont Wine Imports Primitivo Party

Primitivo Party with Piedmont Wine Imports

It’s a Primitivo Party with Piedmont Wine Imports – If you like big, rich, spicy Italian reds, join us this Saturday, October 3rd from 2-5 p.m. for a free wine tasting featuring a delicious quartet of Puglian Primitivo-based wines from Southern Italy.  Durham-based Piedmont Wine Imports is skillfully guided by owner/wine savant Jay Murrie, and this guy finds good juice!  Working only with small growers and family farms from throughout the country, these are wines that show traditional and authentic personalities.  Jay will be at the store this Saturday to pour and talk to you about the wines, the land, the people, and the grape.  FYI, Primitivo is the same as Zinfandel, but these ain’t pink!

Don’t forget, all of the tasting wines are 10% off by the bottle, 15% off if you mix any six of them, or 20% off if you mix any twelve of them.  This is a great chance to taste and stock up and save!

The Wines
Prices range from $15 to $30

1.2013 Plantamura Primitivo “Etichetta Rossa” (Puglia) – A certified organic small family farm working with old vines, Mariangela Plantamura and her husband make wine in a simple cellar behind their home.  It’s the same house that she grew up in!  We love this wine, and as Jay says, “You want to support these people. They make exactly the wine I want Piedmont Wine Imports to traffic in, delicious, thought-provoking, joy-producing wine for every day. Wine for a better world where normal people get to drink in all the good stuff that nature provides.”
Tasting Price: $13.49/bottle | $12.74 in mixed six packs | $11.99 in mixed cases

2. 2012 Plantamura Primitivo “Etichetta Nera” (Puglia) – Mariangela Plantamura got tre bicchieri from Gambero Rosso for this wine, a major deal in the Italian wine trade. She deserves it: this Primitivo is fresher at 15% alcohol than should be possible. It’s remarkable to me that a winery not much larger than a US garage is operating with this high level of skill and vision. It is the rare red that can handle Korean meat courses, or even saucy short ribs.
Tasting Price: $17.99/bottle | $16.99 in mixed six packs | $15.99 in mixed cases

3. 2012 Morella Primitivo “Mezzanotte” (Puglia) – This biodynamic estate is farming very old bush vine Primitivo in an effort to preserve and grow interest in a disappearing form of local agriculture.  Lisa Gilbee has lived in Manduria for 12 years. She is Australian, married to an Italian. They have two young kids. She travels around the world making wine for other people, and also makes wine for a large Puglian winery. But Manduria is home, close to the seas, where they can make wine the way she wants.  Mainly Primitivo with small bits of Negroamaro, Malbec, Cabernet and Petite Verdot, it is a big mouthful of wine.
Tasting Price: $22.49/bottle | $21.24 in mixed six packs | $19.99 in mixed cases

4. 2010 Morella Primitivo/Negroamaro (Puglia) – This wine is a blend of 85% Primitivo and 15% Negroamaro, made from 40-year-old vines. Hand harvested in to small baskets and fermented at 28 degrees Celsius, it is aged in Allier oak barrels for 12 months, and then an additional 8 months in bottle before release.  It is one of the best Southern Italian wines I’ve ever had.
Tasting Price: $26.99/bottle | $25.49 in mixed six packs | $23.99 in mixed cases