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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

Best Free Wine Tasting Asheville, North Carolina

Cabernet Sauvignon Family Reunion – Free On Fridays Wine Tasting

Friday, October 6th from 4-7pm – Join us for a free Cabernet Sauvignon Family Reunion Tasting this Friday!  In case you didn’t know, Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc are the “parent grapes” of Cabernet Sauvignon.  We’ll pour you one of each of those, before we let you sample the 2015 Bench Cabernet Sauvignon, our new Wine of the Week.

It makes sense when you think about it.  Cabernet Franc possesses notes of dark berries, pepper, tobacco, and spice, and Sauvignon Blanc is high in acidity and herbal aromatics.  When you combine the two, you get Cabernet Sauvignon.  Stop by the store and join us on this fun and engaging journey into the roots of Cabernet Sauvignon……..no pun intended.  We’ll start with an award winning South African Sauvignon Blanc before we move into a spicy and peppery Cabernet Franc-based red from France.  And last, but not least, we’ll pour you a majestic, Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.  It’s fun, it’s free, it’s Friday at Table Wine!  Stop by, taste, learn, and save.

All of the featured tasting wines are being offered at 20% off by the bottle!  All sales must be tendered by the end of business on Friday unless other arrangements are made.  Email us at josh@tablewineasheville.com with questions. 

1. 2017 Bayten Sauvignon Blanc (Constantia, South Africa) – From South Africa’s esteemed Buitenverwachting Estate, this is world-class Sauvignon Blanc at a great price.  Typically a 90+ pointer, we’re confident the 2017 will score in a similar fashion.  The wine has a pale lemon yellow color and a bouquet reminiscent of green figs with hints of gooseberries and an intrusion of green peppers. The wine is dry, full bodied and has a long lingering finish.
Special Tasting Price: $13.59/bottle

2. 2016 Isle Saint-Pierre Rouge (Rhone Valley, France) – This fun and quaffable French country wine is a blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot, the rarely seen Arinarona, and Petit Verdot.  Fermented in stainless steel to preserve freshness and purity, it is a medium-bodied, peppery, and fresh red wine for everyday guzzling.
Special Tasting Price: $7.99/bottle

3. 2015 Bench Cabernet Sauvignon (Knights Valley, California) – It’s our new Wine of the Week, and it’s a screaming deal in high-quality, North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon.  Boasting intense and full aromas and flavors of cassis, blackcurrant, dark chocolate and spice box, it possesses dusty, but fine grained tannins and a long and satisfying finish.  
Special Wine of the Week Price: $18.99/bottle

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator at Table Wine
828.505.8588
josh@tablewineasheville.com

Best Free Wine Tasting Table Wine Asheville North Carolina.

Great California Wine Deals – Free on Fridays Wine Tasting

Friday, September 22nd from 4-7pm – It’s not always easy to find great California wine deals, but we’ve managed!  Stop by to try some of the best values the Golden State has to offer.  The tasting is free, it’s fun, it’s informative, and you’re invited.

We’ve got a great lineup of California wines lined up for this Friday’s tasting, and we’ve got Muriel Edens of The Country Vintner joining us to pour them.  Stop by to taste a trio of wines, all priced under $20, that are guaranteed to please the most picky of palates.  We’ll start with the crisp and fruity Chenin Blanc/Viognier blend from Napa’s Pine Ridge Vineyards before moving into some fuller styled reds from Ancient Peaks, one of the Paso Robles’ top estates.  All you have to do is stop by!  Taste, learn, and save every Friday at Table Wine.

All of the featured tasting wines are being offered at 20% off by the bottle!  All sales must be tendered by the end of business on Friday unless other arrangements are made.  Email us at josh@tablewineasheville.com with questions. 

1. 2016 Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc/Viognier (Various Regions, California) – What started out as an experiment 20 years ago, this is now considered one of California’s top white wine values.  80% Chenin Blanc from the Clarksburg AVA with 20% Viognier from Lodi, all stainless steel fermented.  Just off-dry, yet fresh, crisp and beautifully aromatic.
Special Tasting Price: $12.79/bottle

2. 2015 Ancient Peaks Zinfandel (Paso Robles, California) – This is just classic Paso Robles Zinfandel!  Made with fruit from Ancient Peaks’ estate Margarita Vineyard, on the cooler west side of Paso Robles, this one captures the essence of Zinfandel.  Aged 17 months in French and American oak, it offers up broad and plush flavors of brambly raspberry, dark cherry, spice and vanilla.
Special Tasting Price: $15.99/bottle

3. 2015 Ancient Peaks Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles, California) – The warm days and cool nights that are common on the west side of Paso Robles are ideal for rich, yet balanced Cabernet Sauvignon.  This one lives up to that statement!  Aged 16 months in French and American oak, this one shows off classic Cabernet notes of dark berry fruit, cedar, anise and spice box.  Plush and smooth, it’s just as happy with a steak as it is without.
Special Tasting Price: $15.99/bottle

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator at Table Wine
828.505.8588
josh@tablewineasheville.com

Free Lamadrid Estate Wine Tasting at Table Wine in Asheville North Carolina.

Lamadrid Estate Wines – Free on Fridays Wine Tasting

Friday, June 23rd from 4-7 p.m. – Join us as we pour you 4 splendid red wines from Argentina’s Lamadrid Estate.  Steve Nelson, formerly of The Wine Guy and Earth Fare, joins us to pour the wines and tell the stories.  Steve is now with Grapevine Distributing, and I’m very pleased to have him as my sales rep!

Lamadrid Estate is a lovely, family owned winery located in the Agrelo district of Mendoza, Argentina, long considered one of the best spots in the region for growing grapes.  Founded in 2004 by Guillermo Garcia Lamadrid, the family owns three vineyards in Agrelo: Finca La Matilde (planted 1929), Finca Lamadrid (planted 1973), and Finca La Suiza (planted 2004). Each wine comes from one of these Agrelo single vineyards and only indigenous yeasts are used, with no fining or filtration.  The winery combines a unique mix of traditional and cutting-edge winemaking.  This will be an fun, interesting, and delicious tasting as we’ll let you try both of Lamadrid’s entry level reds (Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon) as well as their Reserve wines.  Taste the wines, learn, and save big on all of the featured tasting wines.  Cheers and we hope  to see you!

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.

1. 2014 Lamadrid Malbec “Agrelo” (Mendoza, Argentina) – From one of their younger vineyards, don’t be fooled into thinking that this is a simple wine. Fermented in American oak and then aged for 6 months prior to bottling, it shows loads of dark and decadent fruit framed by toasty oak. Powerful, yet ripe and smooth, this is a great introduction to the house style.
Tasting Price: $15.29 in mixed 3-packs | $14.44 in mixed 6-packs | $13.59 in mixed cases

2. 2013 Lamadrid Cabernet Sauvignon “Agrelo” (Mendoza, Argentina): From the same vineyard site as wine #1, this is an impressive Cab at a great price.  Fermented in cement vats with indigenous yeasts, the wine is aged for 8 months in those same vats with oak staves added.  The resulting wine is rich, dark fruited, savory and delicious.
Tasting Price: $15.29 in mixed 3-packs | $14.44 in mixed 6-packs | $13.59 in mixed cases

3. 2014 Lamadrid Malbec “Single Vineyard Reserva” (Mendoza, Argentina) – The big difference between the entry wines and the Reserva wines is older vines and longer aging in barriques (small barrels).  Wine and Spirits named this wine their top Malbec of the year!  Rich, ripe, decadent, yet structured, this one sees 12 months aging in new and used French oak.  For those who like wines laced with rich dark fruit and toasty, spicy oak, you’ll love this one!
Tasting Price: $20.69 in mixed 3-packs | $19.54 in mixed six packs | $18.39 in mixed cases

4. 2014 Lamadrid Cabernet Sauvignon “Single Vineyard Reserva” (Mendoza, Argentina) – Like the Malbec before it, this is a BIG BOY!  From some of their oldest Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards, the wine sees 14 months aging in French oak.  The result is a deep, rich, and pliant Cabernet Sauvignon loaded with dark berry fruit, hints of earth and spice, and plenty of roasty-toasty oak.
Tasting Price: $20.69 in mixed 3-packs | $19.54 in mixed six packs | $18.39 in mixed cases

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator at Table Wine
828.505.8588
josh@tablewineasheville.com

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Cabernet Sauvignon Showdown – Try 3 For Free Wine Tasting

Saturday, May 13th from 2-5pm – Our Cabernet Sauvignon Showdown is one of our most popular free wine tastings of the year!  We’ll pour you three different Cabs from various regions and at different price points.  

Cabernet Sauvignon continues to be the go-to red wine for many wine drinkers, and I completely get it.  The grape yields bold, full bodied, and powerful red wines with overt aromas and flavors.  Sometimes, Cab-based wines can be quite tannic and astringent and best paired with food.  Other times, they can be lush, opulent, and perfectly fine as a cocktail wine.  For this tasting, I have intentionally selected 3 distinctly different styles of Cab, and I invite you by to taste them.  Up first, it’s a soft, plush, and fruit driven Cabernet from Paso Robles.  It also happens to be the best selling Cab in the store!  Next, it’s a slightly more structured version from Mendoza, Argentina.  With fine grained tannin and bolder, more intense flavors, I think this one is tasty by itself but better with a grilled steak.  Lastly, we’ll pour you a more powerful and “serious” Cab from Napa Valley.  From the glorious 2014 vintage, this one is powerful, structured, and best enjoyed with grilled or roasted meats.  If you love Cabernet Sauvignon, you don’t want to miss this.  Stop by, taste, learn, and save on all of the tasting wines.  Can’t make it by, but want to place an order?  Just email me at josh@tablewineasheville.com.

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The 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.

1. 2014 Broadside Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles, California) – This is the best selling Cabernet in the store!  I completely understand why. Husband and wife Stephanie and Brian Terrizzi take a hands off approach in the making of their wines.  They harvest healthy and ripe fruit, ferment with indigenous yeasts, and age in completely neutral oak barrels.  This minimal intervention allows the ripe and sumptuous fruit to really shine through.  Soft, round, and full of flavor, this is one of California’s top Cab values.
Tasting Price: $13.49/bottle | $12.74 in mixed six packs | $11.99 in mixed cases


2. 2013 Finca Decero Cabernet Sauvignon “Remolinos Vineyard” (Mendoza, Argentina) – Decero means “from scratch,” and that is exactly how proprietor Thomas Schmidheiny started.  He found a beautiful piece of land, planted it with vines in the late 1990’s, and today Finca Decero is one of Argentina’s most lauded estates.  I love this wine and constantly recommend to folks who want Napa-like style, but don’t want to pay $30+.  It’s really well put together and complete with ripe, full flavors and fine grained tannin.
Tasting Price: $16.19/bottle | $15.29 in a mixed six pack | $14.39 in a mixed case

3. 2014 Textbook Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley, California) – Jonathan and Susan Pey specialize in small lots of Cabernet Sauvignon, and I think they craft one of Napa Valley’s top value versions of the grape.  Grapes comes from the Oakville, Rutherford, and Oak Knoll AVA’s and are blended to create a highly stylish and delicious Cabernet.  I am always fond of this wine, but the 2014 vintage is one of the best I’ve tasted from the Pey’s.  Classic in style, well mannered, and highly enjoyable, I think you’ll like it too.
Tasting Price: $29.69/bottle | $28.04 in a mixed six pack | $26.39 in a mixed case

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator at Table Wine
828.505.8588

Excelsior Estate Cabernet Sauvignon at Table Wine in Asheville, NC.

Best Under $10 Cabernet Sauvignon Ever

Case of the Month – The 2015 Excelsior Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is hands down the best under $10 Cabernet Sauvignon I’ve ever tasted.  I know, that sounds grandiose, but I’m prone to grandiosity when describing wine, and this one is 100% deserving.  Our friend Zingo Munger of Cape Classics, the importer of the wine, says 2015 was an exceptional vintage………so does every wine writer out there.  Dry, warm, and sunny conditions led to a bumper crop of super high quality grapes, and it is clearly evident in this wine. Ripe, supple, and possessing complexity pretty much never found in a Cabernet Sauvignon in this price range, this is guaranteed to be a critic’s choice for best Cabernet Sauvignon value of the year.  It’s the 2015 Excelsior Estate Cabernet Sauvignon and it’s our new Case of the Month — here’s the deal:

2015 Excelsior Estate Cabernet Sauvignon – On Sale Through April 12th

Just $9.99/bottle or $7.89/bottle (over 20% off) on your solid case!

Stop by the store Friday, March 10th (4-7pm) to taste this one for free.

There are several things going for Excelsior’s Cabernet Sauvignon.  In addition to the nearly perfect vintage, this is a family owned estate.  Freddie and Peter De Wet are the 4th and 5th generation of their family to tend the vine.  Their 400 acres of vineyards are situated in Robertson and their limestone-clay rich soils are ideal for the vine and all of the grapes are hand harvested.  Additionally, the 2015 is “bulked up” with 10% Petit Verdot — this adds darker fruit, complex mineral notes, and additional structure.  Last, but not least, the wine is aged in “real deal” French and American oak barrels for a period of 9 months — no oak chips or artificial oak flavoring here.  100% estate grown fruit, attention to quality in the vineyards, real oak barrels, an attractive package……….how do they do it for less than $10??  I don’t know, but I encourage the De Wet’s to keep up the good work!

The resulting wine is a thing of beauty.  Deeply colored and offering up a “$40 nose” of dark currant, cassis, licorice, tobacco, graphite, and spice box, this does not smell like an $8 bottle of wine.  On the palate the wine exhibits soft and plush flavors of dark cherry, currant, herb, creamy mocha and more — this doesn’t taste like an $8 bottle of wine either! All in all, I’ve always been a big fan of Excelsior’s Cabernet Sauvignon and all of their wines, but this year’s release is off the charts.  I can say with absolute certainty that this is the best under $10 Cabernet Sauvignon I’ve ever tasted.

Stop by Friday, March 10th (4-7pm) or shoot me an email at josh@tablewineasheville.com to place your order.  I’ll be glad to hold your wine through the end of the sale period. Cheers and happy drinking and eating in Asheville!

Cabernet Sauvignon Tasting

Free on Fridays – Cabernet Sauvignon Showdown

Free on Fridays Wine Tasting!  Focus on Cabernet Sauvignon !  Friday, October 30th from 2-7 p.m. –
Cabernet Sauvignon continues to be the most consumed red wine among American wine drinkers, and we’re big fans as well!  Join us as give you the chance to sample some of our favorite versions of the grape this Friday.  We’ll pour you a couple of great values along with one blockbuster, highly rated version from Jonata, Screaming Eagle’s sister winery.  Trust us, you don’t want to miss this one!  The only thing left to do is stop by, taste, learn, and save big on all of the tasting wines.

Remember, all of the tasting wines are on sale the day of the tasting.  Save 10% off if you mix three of them, 15% off if you mix six of them, or 20% off if you mix twelve or more of them!

The Wines
Prices range from $7 to $30

1. 2014 Santa Luz Cabernet Sauvignon “Alba” (Central Valley, Chile) – This easy drinking, fruit forward red is the perfect “Cocktail Cabernet.”  Not overly complex, heavy or tannic, it’s perfect with or without food. Bursting with juicy cherry, blackcurrant, and pepper notes, it finishes round, smooth, and velvety.  Stock up on this one for everyday drinking and upcoming holiday parties.
Tasting Price: $7.19 in mixed 3-packs | $6.79 in mixed 6-packs | $6.39 in mixed cases

2. 2014 Elsa Bianchi Cabernet Sauvignon (Mendoza, Argentina) – Argentinean Cabernets are better than ever and many of them could easily go toe to toe with versions from Napa and Sonoma.  The big difference is price as the Argentinean Cabs cost a fraction of the price.  Here’s a great version that doesn’t even come close to breaking the bank.  With ripe dark fruits along with hints of black pepper, licorice, and mint, this moderately complex and structured Cabernet Sauvignon is a ton of wine for the money.
Tasting Price: $10.79 in mixed 3-packs | $10.19 in mixed 6-packs | $9.59 in mixed cases

3. 2012 The Paring Red Wine (Central Coast, California): This is the California Cab that all of the wine critcs are talking about.  The Wine Advocate called it “smokin’ good” and Antonio Galloni of Vinous Media said the “2012 Red Wine is easily one of the very best values readers will find in California.” A mix of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Franc and 7% Petit Verdot, this is really special stuff!
92 points Antonio Galloni (Vinous Media), 91 points Jeb Dunnuck (The Wine Advocate)
Tasting Price: $26.99/bottle in mixed 3-packs | $25.49 in mixed 6-packs | $23.99 in mixed cases

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Seated Wine Tasting – Exploring Cabernet Sauvignon

We’re excited to announce our next seated wine tasting, and it’s going to be all about Cabernet Sauvignon, the most consumed red wine among American connoisseurs.  It’s set to take place on Thursday, March 12th from 7 to 9 p.m. in the comfort of the Table Wine Classroom, and the cost is $25/person or it’s just $20 if you are a Grape Nut.  Tom Leiner of Grapevine Distributors will join us to help us pour and talk about various Cabernet Sauvignon selections from his extensive and diverse portfolio.

We’re still in the process of finalizing the list of wines, but for Cab aficionados out there, this is your tasting. You’ll get to try everything from super value Cabs from South America and France to super lavish (and more expensive) versions from Napa and Sonoma…….and a few others!  Add to that a nice selection of artisan cheeses, meats, bread and whatever else we think looks good when we go to the market, and there’s no way you can’t have fun at this one.  At the end of the night, you decide what you like and what you want to order.  All of the wines will be available to order at prices of 10% off by the bottle, 15% off if you mix any 6 of them, or 20% off if you mix any 12. To reserve your seat, just call us at 828.505.8588 and we can run your credit card. All cancellations made within 48 hours will receive a full refund.

Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Tasting

Focus on Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the most recognized grape varieties in the world, and it is responsible for some of the most famous wines produced on the planet.  Despite its fame, the grape is a relatively young one that came about as a result of a chance encounter between Cabernet Franc (the father grape) and Sauvignon Blanc (the mother grape).  It’s a relatively easy to grape to cultivate, and that’s why it’s planted and produced in almost every major wine growing region in the world.  The grape’s naturally thick skin results in wines with ample color, flavor intensity, structure (tannin and acid), and the propensity to age well.

With all of that technical information out of the way, we invite you to stop by the store this Friday, December 5th any time between 4 and 7 p.m. to take a World Tour of Cabernet Sauvignon.  The style of Cabernet Sauvignon can vary tremendously depending on where the grapes are grown — different soil types, weather patterns, and producer philosophies all contribute to these differences.  We’ll have 5 different, highly rated Cabs open for you to try before you buy, and the cost for the tasting is just $5 or it’s free if you’re a Grape Nut.  Even better, all of the tasting wines will be on sale at the best prices in town.  Join us to taste, learn, and save this Friday at Table Wine.

The Wines

1. 2013 Les Traverses de Fontanes Cabernet Sauvignon (Languedoc, France): Cyriaque Rozier, the highly acclaimed winemaker and vineyard manager at Château La Roque, makes his own wine under the label Château Fontanès in Pic St-Loup in the Languedoc.  He farms his vineyards according to the principles of biodyanmicsand his Cabernet vineyard is over 40 years old.  Fermentation and aging take place in stainless steel resulting in a pure and natural taste of Cabernet Sauvignon.  This is a really neat wine, and I encourage you to stop by and taste what Cabernet Sauvignon tastes like when it’s not aged in oak.  89 points Table Wine

2. 2012 Bodegas Nekeas “Vega Sindoa” Cabernet Sauvignon (Navarra, Spain): 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Spain?  Yep, and this one sells for less than $15, but drinks like one that would typically run you $25+.  Aged for 15 months in new French oak, it smells of “dark berry and cherry complicated by hints of cocoa powder and cola.  A jolt of cracked pepper adds spiciness and lift to the sweet, seamless blackberry and blueberry flavors, with a smoky element emerging with air.” 90 points Stephen Tanzer

3. 2012 Fabre Montmayou Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva (Mendoza, Argentina): Bordeaux-born Herve Joyaux Fabre is the man behind this over-achieving estate, and this is yet another incredible value that sells far south of $15.  “It abounds with subtle aromas of cedar wood, incense and a hint of leather intermixed with the crunchy red and black fruit while the palate displays more dusty-tannins with a pungent sapid sensation that I associate with Cabernet Sauvignon. This is very good value. Drink now-2016.” 89 points The Wine Advocate 

4. 2012 Finca Sophenia Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva (Mendoza, Argentina): Finca Sophenia’s Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the great Cabernet values in the world for the 2012 vintage.  “The 2012 Finca Sophenia Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is bright ruby-colored, with a clean nose displaying varietal notes of Cabernet, some cedar wood and a chalky feeling. The palate is fresh, with very fine tannins, great purity and length. It has the sophistication of a much more expensive wine. A steal. Drink 2014-2017.”  91 points The Wine Advocate

5. 2012 Louis Martini Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma County, California): This is consistently one of California’s great Cabernet values and the nearly perfect growing conditions of the 2012 vintage have elevated this to superior status.  “Always one of the best buys in Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma (85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petite Sirah, 4% Merlot and 4% Zinfandel) offers a deep ruby/plum color, classic black cherry and blackcurrant fruit intermixed with background spice, and soft, supple tannins. This medium-bodied, easygoing, attractive, savory Cabernet should drink well for 5-7 years.”  88 points The Wine Advocate

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Free Wine Tasting: Deconstructing Cabernet Sauvignon

Join us this Saturday, December 28th anytime between 2 and 5 p.m. for our weekly free wine tasting.  This week, we’ll be “deconstructing” Cabernet Sauvignon……..if you’re confused, don’t worry, just stay with me here.  Who knew that Cabernet Sauvignon was the offspring of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc?  Anyone, anyone?  It’s true, and this Saturday, we’re going to break Cabernet Sauvignon down and put it back together again.  We’ll start by tasting the two “parent grapes” separately, and we’ll finish with a couple of pure Cabernet Sauvignons.  Through this tasting, you’ll recognize that Cabernet Sauvignon shares similar aromas and flavors with both of its parent grapes — such as the black currant and tobacco leaf notes of Cabernet Franc and the grassy, sometimes bell pepper notes of Sauvignon Blanc.

It’s gonna’ be fun, it’s gonna’ be informative, and it’s gonna’ be delicious.  Always be tasting, always be learning, and always be empowering yourself when it comes to wine.  That’s our motto and our philosophy at Table Wine, and we invite you to make it yours as well!  See you Saturday.

The Wines
10% off by the bottle, 15% off if you mix any six tasting wines

1. 2012 Ancient Peaks Sauvignon Blanc (Paso Robles, California)
This one brims with those “wild green” notes discussed above……bell pepper, gooseberry, asparagus, chive and fresh cut grass.

2. 2012 Chateau Fouquet Saumur Champigny (Loire Valley, France)
A gorgeous, boisterous Cab Franc from Asheville’s sister city in France.  Kermit Lynch calls a wine like this “Bordeaux Nouveau” and we think that’s a very apt description.

3. 2012 Altosur Cabernet Sauvignon (Mendoza, Argentina)
 This overachiever from Mendoza, Argentina is a perfect introduction to the classic flavors of Cabernet Sauvignon.

4. 2011 Trim Cabernet Sauvignon (North Coast, California)
Trim blends Cabernet Sauvignon with a fairly healthy dose of Merlot to create a rich and seamless wine.  Crafted by Napa Valley veteran vigneron Ray Signorello, it is a tremendous value in high quality, small batch, California red wine.

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