Friday Wine Tasting – French and Spanish Selections from Eric Solomon

Friday, May 23, 2014 from 4 to 7 p.m. — $5/person…..Free for Grape Nuts — Join us 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 pour you a delicious selection of wines from importer Eric Solomon, who is based out of Charlotte.  Eric has a tremendous knack for picking very high quality and highly rated wines that don’t cost a ton of money. This promises to be a great wine tasting and with our aggressive tasting discounts, it’s a great chance to stock up on some wines that are guaranteed to please. All six 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 $14 to $20 

1. 2012 Espelt Vailet (Emporda, Spain): The Espelt family winery has produced a lovely white wine with their 2013 Vailet, an old vine blend of 60% Garnacha Blanca and 40% Macabeo.  Fruity and floral, but crisp and dry, this wine exhibits bright notes of melon, tropical fruits and mineral.

2. 2012 Domaine Lafage Cuvée Centenaire (Roussillon, France): The talented Jean-Marc Lafage, one of the top winemakers in southern France, has crafted this stunning white wine based on 100+ year old Grenache Blanc, Grenache Gris and a bit of Roussanne.  It displays ripe and creamy notes of white peach, white currant, exotic tropical fruits and crushed rock.  The Wine Advocate called it “one of the best values in white wine in the world today.”

3. 2012 Gramona Gessami Blanco (Penedes, Spain): If ever there were a wine that smelled like a sunny spring day, this would the one.  A blend of old vine Sauvignon Blanc, Muscat, and Gewurztraminer, this wine explodes out of the glass with aromas and flavors of roses, jasmine, fennel, apricot and peach.

4. 2012 Chateau Pesquié Ventoux “Cuvée Terrasses” (Cotes du Ventoux, France): As is always the case, Pesquié’s Terrasses Rouge is one of the great red wine values in the world.  70% Grenache and 30% Syrah from older, organically farmed vineyards, it is a pure and flavor packed taste of Southern France.  Loaded with pure kirsch, dark berries, licorice, and spring flowers, the 2012 is clicking on all cylinders.  92 points The Wine Advocate

5. 2012 Domaine Lafage “Cuvée Nicolas”: Jean-Marc’s red is composed entirely of Grenache from vines that average 60 years of age.  Named after his son, the wine is one of the best values in the store at the moment.  Showing plenty of body, but seamless tannin and tons of ripe berry, spice and herb flavors, this is undeniably delicious.  93 points The Wine Advocate

6. 2012 Bodegas Castano Solanera (Yecla, Spain): We’ll end the tasting with Castano’s newest release of Solanera, a custom cuvée made for Eric Solomon for distribution in the U.S.  A blend of 70% Monastrell, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Garnacha aged for 10 months in a combination of French and American oak, this hearty, full bodied, intense red wine tastes like a $40 to $50 bottle, but it comes to you at less than $20!  Don’t miss your chance to taste and buy this incredible value.  94 points Robert Parker

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