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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
828.505.8588
josh@tablewineasheville.com

Try Three For Free: Premium West Coast Wines

Asheville’s Best Free Wine Tasting – Premium West Coast Wines – Saturday, May 9th from 2 to 5 p.m. – We dig a little deeper than most wine shops when it comes to our selections, and this Saturday’s free wine tasting is the perfect time to experience that first hand.  We’ll have a trio of premium but moderately priced wines from Oregon and California.  These are wines that drink like twice their price point, and who doesn’t like to find a good deal?  Stop by, taste, learn, and save every Saturday at Table Wine.

We’ll start with the brand new 2014 Elk Cove Rosé of Pinot Noir, a beautiful, dry pink wine from one of Oregon’s veteran producers.  Bursting with fresh strawberry and raspberry fruit, you’re going to want to pop this on your back porch on a warm and sunny day.  Our advice, buy at least two bottles!  Up next, the 2013 Bench Pinot Noir is in top form this vintage.  From select vineyards along the Sonoma Coast, this is fuller styled, silky Pinot Noir that could easily pass for a $50 bottle.  And last but not least, the 2012 Bench Cabernet Sauvignon is simply fantastic. Fruit is sourced from a vineyard that previously provided fruit to some very famous, high end Alexander Valley producers.  You won’t believe how good this is!  The only thing left to do is stop by.

Wine 101: Exploring Sonoma County With Brack Mountain Wine Company – Thursday, April 11, 2013 – 7:00 to 9:00

We could think of no better team to explain the wines of Sonoma County to you than the duo of Dan Fitzgerald and Ali Smith, both of the Brack Mountain Wine Company, a self proclaimed “next generation winery”.  They produce small lots of hand-crafted, premium wines sourced from several of the best growers in Sonoma County, and offer them at fair market prices.  Dan is the head wineamker and Ali is the National Sales Manager, and both will join us for this discussion and tasting of the wines of the region.
To truly understand Sonoma, you need to go there, but we’re going to do our best to create a mental picture of what it’s like to be there.  Compared to Napa, which can tend to be a bit glamorous and pretentious, Sonoma is more laid back, rustic and organic.  This mellow, unpretentious attitude doesn’t mean that world class wines aren’t produced there; the growers and producers of Sonoma just don’t take themselves quite as seriously as their neighbors in Napa.  Brack Mountain works with many of these farmers as well as their own vineyards to craft a number of delicious and memorable wines and we can’t wait to share them with you.
Lynn and myself in the caves at Brack Mountain Winery.

Lynn and myself in the caves at Brack Mountain Winery.

For this tasting, we’ll sample six of their Sonoma County wines ranging from Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay to Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon.  Bread and cheese are included for this seated, educational and fun tasting of wines from one of California’s hottest young producers. Call us at 828.505.8588 to reserve and pre-pay for 1 of the 24 seats available for this event.
$20/person…..$15 for Grape Nuts 
Here’s the lineup:

The Wines
Prices range from $18 to $42

1. 2012 Origine Sauvignon Blanc Russian River Valley
Sourced from the Louvau Vineyard, in the heart of the Russian River Valley, this tiny production Sauvignon Blanc is super aromatic and beautiful.  A Top 100 wine pick w/the San Francisco Chronicle.

2. 2011 L’Oliveto Chardonnay Russian River Valley
100% Chardonnay sourced from one of the oldest vineyards in the Russian River Valley, this one is barrel fermented and only about 300 cases were made.  Rich and toasty notes are balanced by refreshing fruit flavors of pear, apple and citrus fruits.

3. 2012 Origine Rosé of Pinot Noir Russian River Valley
We were lucky to receive one case of this wine, which I believe they produce less than 500 cases of.  It is dry and very flavorful with notes of framboise, raspberry, cranberry and an assortment of other red fruits.  Zesty, zesty and perfect for salmon, tuna, sushi and porch pounding!

4. 2011 Bench Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast
Ali Smith will be joining us for this tasting and she is the national sales and marketing manager for Brack Mountain.  She said that in numerous trade, blind tastings, this wine beat out Kosta Browne more than once.  That’s a bold statement considering Kosta Browne was Wine Spectator Wine of the Year in 2011.  Come taste this, you might like it!

5. 2010 Bench Merlot Alexander Valley
This was a very pleasant suprise when we tasted it at the caves at Brack Mountain.  More structured and “serious” than your average Merlot, this one breathes notes of ripe plum, cherry, cedar, spice box and herb.  Really, really fine Merlot.

6. 2010 Cyprus Cabernet Sauvignon Dry Creek Valley
This 300 case production wine comes from the top block of the Enos Vineyard, about 2 miles out West Dry Creek Road.  It’s where Lynn and I stayed on our trip, so this wine has a very special place in our hearts.  It is full, heavy and hearty, with gorgeous notes of macerated raspberry, black cherry and currant along with more complex nuances of cedar, spice box, earth and vanilla.  Silver Oak fans will love this wine!

Due to the advanced planning needs, we are unable to offer refunds with less than 72 hours notice for this event.

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.