Bench Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Awesome Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon — Less Than $20

Talk about an awesome Knights Valley Cabernet from an amazing vintage for less than $20!  The 2015 Bench Cabernet Sauvignon from the Brack Mountain Winery is clicking on all cylinders in this glorious vintage.  From a vintage that Robert Parker rated 97 points overall for Cabernet Sauvignon, you will be hard pressed to find a better North Coast Cab at this price.  Deeply colored, full bodied, and soaring with gorgeous notes of dark fruits, cocoa, vanilla and spice box, this is one of my favorite California Cabs for the money.  You’ll like it too!  And you can taste it for yourself this Friday, October 6th along with a couple of other “Cabernet family members” any time between 4-7pm.  Here’s the deal:

2015 Bench Cabernet Sauvignon Knights Valley – On Sale Through Saturday, October 21st

Regular Price: $24.99/bottle

Sale Price: $18.99/bottle — Over 20% Off By The Bottle!

The Knights Valley AVA has been made famous by the likes of Beringer and Peter Michael, and this wine shares a connection.  All of the fruit comes from the Totem Ridge Vineyard which was  planted in 1991 under the guidance of Paul Vander Schalie.  That name might not ring for many of you, but he was one of the leading viticulturists in Knights Valley for over 30 years.  He advised both Beringer Vineyards, and was highly influential later in the planting of vineyards for nearby Peter Michael Winery.  The rich and rocky, volcanic loam soils sustain the vines without the need for irrigation, and the vines struggle just enough to create the intense and unique aromas and flavors for which Knights Valley Cabernet is known.

I recommend that you try the Knights Valley Cabs from both Peter Michael and Beringer, but be prepared to pay a lot more than $20.  Before you try those, however, you should try this classic and value priced Cab from Bench.  From the hot and dry 2015 vintage, the vines were seriously stressed and yielded deeply flavored grapes and intense wines.  This one is feremented in stainless steel with indigenous yeasts, and was then aged in 100% French oak (45% new) for 18 months.  Deep, dark, and opaque in the glass, it offers up aromas of cassis, blackcurrant, black cherry, dark chocolate and complex spice.  The palate is elegantly wound with dusty tannins and a supple, velvety texture.  If ever there were a wine for red meat, this is the one.

All in all, this offers up flavors, intensity, and complexity usually only found in $30+ bottles of Napa and Sonoma Cab.  Talk is cheap, I’m sure you want to taste it!  Stop by the store Friday, October 6th (4-7pm) and do just that……….for free.  Cheers and happy drinking and eating in Asheville.

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator at Table Wine

Wine of the Week – 2010 Bench Cabernet Sauvignon

Bench Wines are produced by the Brack Mountain Wine Company, founded in just 2008, and dedicated to producing artisanally made, small-lot, premium wines offered at a fair price.  In the case of their Cabernet, all of the fruit is from a vineyard in southern Alexander Valley that Jordan used to use to craft their Cabernet Sauvignons. 

Bench Wines (they also make a Chardonnay and Pinot Noir) are primarily sold in top restaurants, but they do save a little bit for us small retailers.  The wines are brand new to North Carolina, and we are very pleased to be one of the only shops in Western North Carolina to stock their wines.

Just 2,500 cases of this wine were produced for the 2010 vintage, and the fruit yields were extremely low at just around 3 tons per acre……….that’s very low!  The resulting wine is a big, burly wine with a deep purple color along with a lovely core of ripe black cherry and black currant fruit along with secondary nuances of cedar, earth and spice box.  It tastes even better with a grilled piece of meat, but possesses plenty of “drink alone” charm.

Regular Price: $26.99/bottle 

On sale through August 7 at $22.94/bottle 

The only rule is that you must mention that you saw this on the website or in the newsletter to get the sale price.