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Novellum Chardonnay 2016

2016 Novellum Chardonnay – Case of the Month

When I saw the review on the 2016 Novellum Chardonnay, I nearly lost it!  92 points from the Wine Advocate, compared to Sonoma’s famed and very hard-to-get Aubert Chardonnay, and I can get it down to $9.99/bottle for you.  SOLD!  I’ve carried every vintage of this wine since the store opened, but the 2016 is really special.  The talented Jean-Marc Lafage crafts this wine from 30 year old, organically cultivated vines — that’s old for Chardonnay!  Run, don’t walk, to the store to get some of this.  It’s the Chardonnay deal of the year, and you’re gonna’ love it.

2016 Novellum Chardonnay – On Sale Through Saturday, November 4th

Regular Price: $13.99/bottle

Sale Price: $9.99/bottle on your solid case — That’s over 25% off!!!
$11.19/bottle on your solid 6-pack — That’s 20% off!

Trust me, this is no one-hit-wonder.  The 2015 scored 90 points, the 2014 scored 89 points, and the 2013 scored 92 points — all with the Wine Advocate.  Importer Eric Solomon works with Team Lafage to make this wine, and it’s made in a unique fashion. Those old vines yield intensely flavored grapes, and the wine is fermented in stainless steel.  After fermentation is complete, it is aged in tank (70%) and older French oak barrels (30%) on the lees of Viognier.  The resulting wine is beautiful — rich, yet clean, and full bodied, but snappy.

Here’s the review from Jeb Dunnuck of the Wine Advocate: “A sensational wine that will compete with wines five times the price, the 2016 Novellum Chardonnay is the real deal and actually reminded me of a Chardonnay from Mark Aubert in California’s Sonoma County. White peach, crushed rocks, spice and brioche notes all emerge from this medium to full-bodied Chardonnay that has depth, layered texture and length. Buy it.”

FYI, good luck getting your hands on a bottle of Aubert Chardonnay.  That’s one of Robert Parker’s favorite Chardonnay producers, and the entry-level wine fetches $100+.  Buy this instead!  Stop by this Saturday, October 7th any time between 2-5pm to taste this one along with a couple of others, or you can email me at josh@tablewineasheville.com, and I’ll put some aside for you. Cheers and happy drinking and eating in Asheville!

Best Free Wine Tasting Asheville, NC

Incredible Values from Domaine Lafage – Free Wine Tasting

Saturday, October 7th from 2-5pm – Stop by the store this Saturday to taste two incredible values from Domaine Lafage!  We’ll debut the new vintages of their 92 point rated Novellum Chardonnay as well as their 93 point rated Narassa.  And we’ll be offering these wines up at the best prices in the country.

Year after year, Jean-Marc and Eliane Lafage make some of the best wines coming out of Southern France.  With vineyards scattered throughout the warm and sunny Roussillon region, they work with old vines to create sumptuous, delicious, and value-priced wines.  Join us as we pull the corks on a couple of their top values.  You won’t believe how good the 2016 Novellum Chardonnay is!  From 30 year old vines planted in rocky soils, it offers up loads of substance and style and it costs less than $15.  Equally impressive, the 2015 Domaine Lafage La Narassa is a total knockout!  A blend of old-vine Grenache and Syrah, it is lush, hedonistic, and pleasure-bent.  Stop by, taste, learn, and save big every Saturday 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 Domaine Lafage Novellum Chardonnay (Roussillon, France) – This easily qualifies as one of the best Chardonnay values in the world!  The Wine Advocate says, “A sensational wine that will compete with wines five times the price, the 2016 Novellum Chardonnay is the real deal and actually reminded me of a Chardonnay from Mark Aubert in California’s Sonoma County. White peach, crushed rocks, spice and brioche notes all emerge from this medium to full-bodied Chardonnay that has depth, layered texture and length. Buy it.” – Jeb Dunnuck – 92 points
Special Tasting Price: $11.19/bottle or $9.99/bottle on your solid case!

2. 2015 Domaine Lafage La Narassa (Roussillon, France) – La Narassa is sourced from the famed black schist soils of the Agly valley in the northern Roussillon near the village of Maury. It is made in a semi-ripasso by harvesting the Grenache in successive passes picking only the ripest clusters.  “Notes of cassis, toasted spice, chocolate and licorice all emerge from the 2015 Cotes du Roussillon Villages Lieu Dit La Narassa, which is 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah brought up in demi-muids. This hedonistic, downright sexy, ripe and layered beauty will drink nicely right out of the gate.” – Jeb Dunnuck – Wine Advocate – 93 points
Special Tasting Price: $15.19/bottle

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

Banshee and Lafage Wine Tasting at Table Wine in Asheville North Carolina.

Free on Fridays Wine Tasting – Domaine Lafage and Banshee Wines

Friday, June 30th from 4-7 p.m. – Get your weekend off to a good start with the best free wine tasting in Asheville!  This week, Mike Kolker of Freedom Beverage Co. joins us to pour the awesome wines of France’s Domaine Lafage and  California’s Banshee.

If you’ve been shopping at Table Wine for any amount of time, you know the wines of Lafage and Banshee, and most likely you love them.  They are great wines at great prices made by great people.  Join us as we pour you a sampling of wines from these all-star producers.  Up first, it’s Jean-Marc Lafage’s Miraflors Blanc, a white blend that smells and tastes of sunny days and flowers.  After that, it’s Jean-Marc’s dry rosé, a perennial best seller and a candidate for the best looking bottle of wine on the market.  Next, we’ll move into the Banshee zone with a pair of reds from this Healdsburg-based winery.  First up is the 2014 Pinot Noir — the favorable conditions of the vintage and the expert winemaking of Ross Cobb resulted in a stunning value in Sonoma County Pinot Noir.  We’ll finish with their Mordecai, a big and boisterous red blend composed of several different grapes from various parts of the state.  It’s gonna’ be fun and it’s gonna’ be tasty.  Stop by, taste, learn and save big 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.

1. 2015 Domaine Lafage Miraflors Blanc (Roussillon, France) – Talk about a fun and exotic white wine.  Composed of Vermentino, Vigonier, Muscat, Grenache Blanc and a few others, it is dry, but tender, and laced with lovely notes of ripe lemon, white peach, spring flowers and herbs.  
Tasting Price: $15.29 in mixed 3-packs | $14.44 in mixed 6-packs | $13.59 in mixed cases

2. 2016 Domaine Lafage Miraflors Rose (Roussillon, France) – This is a stellar value in first class dry rose.  Jean-Marc Lafage crafts this one from blend of 80 year old Grenache Gris and younger vine Mourvedre.  The result is a wine flowing with ripe and creamy red fruits, white peach, and spring flowers.  Even better, it’s on sale!
Tasting Price: $16.19 in mixed 3-packs | $15.29 in mixed 6-packs | $14.39 in mixed cases

3. 2014 Banshee Pinot Noir (Sonoma County, California) – I had a bottle of this recently and was amazed at the quality for the price ratio.  Tasting like Pinots that often sell for $50+, this one is always good, but the 2014 is great.  Medium bodied, silky, complex and possessing gobs of ripe red fruits, exotic spices, and rooty, earthy nuances, it is a wonderful Pinot at a wonderful price.
Tasting Price: $24.29 in mixed 3-packs | $22.94 in mixed six packs | $21.59 in mixed cases

4. 2014 Banshee Mordecai (Various Regions, California) – 35% Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa, Sonoma), 28% Syrah (Anderson Valley, Sonoma), 22% Zinfandel (Dry Creek, Russian River), 6% Merlot (Alexander Valley), 4% Carignan (Mendocino), 3% Cabernet Franc (Sonoma), 2% Cinsault (Sonoma).  Is that enough grapes for you?  Aged for 15 months in French oak (new and used), the resulting wine is reminiscent of a good Cotes du Rhone meets Priorat.
Tasting Price: $19.79 in mixed 3-packs | $18.69 in mixed six packs | $17.59 in mixed cases

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

Buy Domaine Lafage Miraflors Rose at Table Wine in Asheville, NC.

Best Selling Dry Rose Is Back – 2016 Domaine Lafage Miraflors Rose

Our best selling dry rose of 2016 is back and better than ever!  The 2016 Domaine Lafage Miraflors Rosé arrived last week, Ben and I popped a bottle, and we are both convinced that this year’s version is even better than last year’s.  I know it’s still February, but this is one of those wines that tastes just as good as it looks no matter what time of year it is.  The only think I have left to say is come and get it!

2016 Domaine Lafage Miraflors Rosé – On Sale Through Thursday, March 9th

Regular Price: $17.99/bottle 

Sale Price: $15.99/bottle (over 10% off) or $14.39/bottle (20% off) on your solid 6-pack

I’m not going to go into depth about Domaine Lafage, Jean-Marc and his wife Eliane, and the incredible wines they make.  If you’ve shopped here, you’ve heard the in-depth story.  I will simply say that they make some of the best wines in France’s Roussillon region, and their Miraflors Rosé is always a standout.  A blend of organically cultivated Grenache Gris (80+ year old vines) and Mourvedre, this is literally springtime in a bottle.  Ripe and silky, yet elegant and energetic, it tastes even better than the bottle looks.  And yes, that is one of the best-looking bottles of wine we stock!  Laced with aromas and flavors of red berries (think strawberry, cherry, and raspberry) with hints of floral infused white peach, the wine is decidedly dry yet silky smooth.

Buy it and save it for the next 70 degree day or turn up the heat and drink it liberally.  You’ll thank me.  This is always one of the first dry rosés to arrive and thus one of the first to disappear.  Stop by and pick some up or email me at josh@tablewineasheville.com.  I’ll be glad to hold it for you through the end of the sale period.  Cheers and happy drinking and eating in Asheville, NC.

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator at Table Wine
828.505.8588

Try some Jean Marc Lafage wines at Table Wine in Asheville, NC.

Try 3 For Free Wine Tasting – Jean Marc Lafage Wines

Saturday, February 11th from 2-5pm — Valentine’s Day comes early as we’ll share the “Lafage Love” with you with a tasting featuring 100% Jean-Marc Lafage wines!

Jean-Marc Lafage is regarded as on of the best winemakers in Southern France.  As Jeb Dunnuck of The Wine Advocate says, when “it comes to quality-to-price ratios, no one does it better than proprietor Jean Marc Lafage.”  Join us as we pour you a trio of 90+ pointers all crafted by Monsieur Lafage.  We’ll start with a new white wine that is a classic blend of Mediterranean varietals — highly aromatic, super attractive, and absolutely delicious, this one will have you dreaming about warm and sunny spring days. Up next is the new vintage of Jean-Marc’s old vine Carignan — it is simply one of the greatest red wine values on the planet.  Last, but not least, you’ll get to sample the new vintage of the Tessellae GSM — that means Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre and this juicy, spicy, fruit forward red is performing incredibly well in this vintage.  Stop by, taste, learn and save on some incredible values this Saturday.

Can’t make it by, but want to place an order?  Just email us at josh@tablewineasheville.com.

The Wines
Save big on all of the tasting wines!  Mix any 3 of them and save 10%, mix any 6 and save 15%, or mix any 12 and save 20%!

1. 2015 Domaine Lafage Miraflors Blanc (Roussillon, France) – “A blend of close to equal parts Vermentino, Viognier, Muscat and Grenache Gris that was raised all in tank (with plenty of lees contact), it offers exotic aromas and flavors of mint, citrus peel and lemon to go with a medium-bodied, bright, fresh style on the palate that’s ideal for a hot summer day.” — Jeb Dunnuck — The Wine Advocate — 90 points
Tasting Price: $15.29 on mixed 3-packs | $14.44 on mixed 6-packs | $13.59 on mixed cases

2. 2014 Domaine Lafage Tessellae Carignan Vieilles Vignes (Roussillon, France) – One of Lafage’s greatest values, his old vine Carignan Cuvée comes from a 70 year old plot of vines in Maury, near the Spanish border.  Dunnuck calls it a “crazy value” and says “is one of the best examples of this variety from the Roussillon.”  He goes on to describe it as offering “tons of black raspberry and black cherry fruit, licorice and dried spices to go with a super sexy, heady, seamless style on the palate that keeps you coming back to the glass.” — Jeb Dunnuck — The Wine Advocate – 92 points
Tasting Price: $15.29 on mixed 3-packs | $14.44 on mixed 6-packs | $13.59 on mixed cases

3. 2014 Domaine Lafage Tessellae GSM Vieilles Vignes (Languedoc-Roussillon, France) – Can this man do no wrong?!  Here’s another highly rated wine that comes to you at an absurd price!  “A stunning bargain from Lafage is the 2014 Tessellae Old Vines, a blend of 50% Grenache, 40% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre, all aged in concrete. A delicious, dense ruby wine with notes of red and black cherries, earth, spice, pepper and a touch of Provençal garrigue. Fresh vibrant acidity is also present, and the wine is uncomplicated, but rich, fleshy and very well balanced.” — Jeb Dunnuck — The Wine Advocate — 90 points
Tasting Price: $15.29 on mixed 3-packs | $14.44 on mixed 6-packs | $13.59 on mixed cases

Taste some perfect house wines at Table Wine in Asheville, NC.

Free on Fridays Wine Tasting – Perfect House Wines

Friday, February 3rd from 4-7pm — Get your weekend off to a good start with the best free wine tasting in Asheville!  This week, we’ll pour you perfect house wines.  Affordable, delicious, and perfect for all occasions!

Being that Table Wine focuses on finding “artisanal wines at affordable prices,” it’s only natural that we stock a multitude of great, hand crafted wines that sell for less than $15.  Join us this Friday to sample some of our favorites!  We’ll start with one of the best Pinot Grigio values on the planet — trust us, this one has more body, more flavor, and a plumper texture than anything else on the market for $10.  Next up is one of the great Chardonnay values in the world — made by the talented Jean-Marc Lafage (one of the best winemakers in Southern France), it is a consistent 90+ pointer and this year’s release is outstanding.  To finish, it’s a new Red Blend from California — made by Larry Levin, the same guy who makes the Grayson wines, this is like a “Poor Man’s Prisoner.”  Stop by, taste, learn, and save big on all of the featured tasting wines.

Can’t make it by, but want to place an order?  Just email us at josh@tablewineasheville.com.

The Wines
Save big on all of the tasting wines!  Mix any 3 of them and save 10%, mix any 6 and save 15%, or mix any 12 and save 20%!

1. 2015 Alois Lageder Riff Pinot Grigio (Tre Venezie, Italy): Alois Lageder is regarded as one of the great producers of Italy’s Alto Adige zone, and for this wine, he selects fruit from his large and diverse list of high quality growers.  The resulting wine is one of the best Pinot Grigio values we’ve ever come across.  Ripe and nicely textured, with fresh apple, pear, peach and floral notes, this is a really nice interpretation of Pinot Grigio.
Tasting Price: $9.89 on mixed 3-packs | $9.34 on mixed 6-packs | $8.79 on mixed cases

2. 2014 Domaine Lafage Novellum Chardonnay (Roussillon, France) – This is year in and year out one of the greatest Chardonnay values on the planet, and the 2015 is no exception. Jeb Dunnuck of The Wine Advocate said, “Tasting like it cost three times the price, it offers lots of orchard fruits, white peach, honeysuckle and a hint of vanilla to go with a medium to full-bodied, crisp, yet still textured and mouth-filling style on the palate.” 90 points
Tasting Price: $12.59 on mixed 3-packs | $11.89 on mixed 6-packs | $11.19 on mixed cases

3. 2015 Ghostrider Ungrafted Red Blend (Various Regions, California) – This is a new one, but it’s already flying off the shelves!  A combination of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel and a few others, it is super ripe, supple, and packed with flavors of warm berries, spices and toasty oak.  For fans of wines like The Prisoner and such, this is a great everyday option.
Tasting Price: $12.59 on mixed 3-packs | $11.89 on mixed 6-packs | $11.19 on mixed cases

Super Saturday Wine Tasting with Sour Grapes at Table Wine in Asheville, NC.

Try 3 For Free Wine Tasting – 90+ Point Rated French Wines

Stop by Table Wine Saturday to sample a trio of great value, 90+ point rated French wines from importer Eric Solomon!  Saturday, January 14th from 2-5pm.

Importer Eric Solomon has a tremendous talent for finding delicious, value priced, pleasure-bent wines from Southern France.  Year in and year out, his roster of small family producers turn out impeccable wines that are beloved by many.  Join us Saturday as we treat you to 3 perfect reds for the cold, wintry weather of January.  Up first, we’ll pour you a gorgeous Syrah-based red blend from the Roussillon in Southern France.  Made by the talented Jean-Marc Lafage, it is ton of wine for the money.  Next up and one of the all-time great values of Southern France is the new vintage from Chateau Pesquié.  A blend of Grenache and Syrah from France’s Ventoux zone, it tastes like Chateauneuf du Pape but costs way less.  To finish up, you’ll get to try the dramatically delicious new release of Kerbuccio from Chateau Saint-Roch.  Yet another fabulous wine made by Jean-Marc Lafage in the hot new Maury Sec AOC, it combines the richness and opulence of Chateauneuf du Pape with the minerality and spice of Priorat.  Can’t make it by, but want to place an order?  Just email us at josh@tablewineasheville.com.

The Wines
Save big on all of the tasting wines!  Mix any 3 of them and save 10%, mix any 6 and save 15%, or mix any 12 and save 20%!

1. 2014 Domaine Lafage Bastide Miraflors Vieilles Vignes (Roussillon, France) – A blend of 70% Syrah and 30% Grenache from organically farmed vineyards in French Catalonia, this is about as good as red wine can get for less than $15.  “It is deep, ruby/plum/purple, with fresh notes of blackcurrants, plums, Provençal herbs as well as licorice. Deep, medium to full-bodied, with amazing fruit, the purity, authenticity and Mediterranean upbringing of this wine are obvious.” – Jeb Dunnuck – The Wine Advocate – 92 points
Tasting Price: $14.39 on mixed 3-packs | $13.59 on mixed 6-packs | $12.79 on mixed cases
Special One Day Sale Price: $11.99/bottle if you buy a solid 6-pack

2. 2014 Chateau Pesquié Ventoux “Cuvée des Terrasses” (Southern Rhone Valley, France) – This well run family winery has been in the Eric Solomon portfolio since 1990……..that’s the year Eric started importing!  The wine is a blend of 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah from older, organically farmed vineyards in the foothills of Mont Ventoux.  “Always a terrific value, the 2014 Ventoux Terrasses is no exception and offers complex, classic southern Rhone notes of dried garrigue, pepper, spice-box, licorice and sweet cherry fruit.” – Jeb Dunnuck – The Wine Advocate – 91 points
Tasting Price: $15.29 on mixed 3-packs | $14.44 on mixed 6-packs | $13.59 on mixed cases

3. 2014 Chateau Saint-Roch Maury Sec “Kerbuccio” (Roussillon, France) – Jean-Marc Lafage grew up near the village of Maury, a rugged, sheltered and warm part of the Roussillon marked by its black schist soils.  Lafage purchased this estate about 10 years ago and the quality of the wines skyrocketed.  We turned many of our regulars on to the 2013 version of this wine, and we’re deeply impressed by the 2014.  “A blend of 50% Syrah, 30% Mourvedre and 20% Carignan that was aged in 50% new demi-muids, the 2014 Kerbuccio Maury Sec has an inky color to go with lots of upfront black raspberry, cassis, licorice, wilder herbs and violet-like aromas and flavors.” – Jeb Dunnuck – The Wine Advocate – 93 points 
Tasting Price: $17.99 on mixed 3-packs | $16.99 on mixed 6-packs | $15.99 on mixed cases
Special One Day Sale Price: $15.99/bottle if you buy a solid 6-pack

4. Surprise Wine – It’s one of the best we’ve tried in 6 months, it’s a 93 pointer, and it’s less than $20.  You’ll have to stop by to check it out or you can email me at josh@tablewineasheville.com.

Chateau Saint-Roch Maury Sec Kerbuccio

2014 Chateau Saint-Roch Kerbuccio – 93 points The Wine Advocate

Jean-Marc Lafage is one of the most talented and ambitious winemakers in Southern France, and his 2014 Chateau Saint-Roch Kerbuccio Maury Sec is one of his best efforts of the year!  It is a somewhat mysterious blend of Southern French grapes, as importer Eric Solomon’s website lists the wine as being primarily Grenache with smaller amounts of Carignan and Mourvedre while Jeb Dunnuck of The Wine Advocate says it is 50% Syrah, 30% Carignan and 20% Syrah.  Whatever the case, this is a wine that could easily pass for a top flight Priorat or Chateauneuf du Pape, and it is one of the best under-$20 wines I’ve tasted this year.  Come taste it this Saturday, July 9th for yourself!  Rated 93 points by Jeb Dunnuck of The Wine Advocate, it is the 2014 Chateau Saint-Roch Kerbuccio Maury Sec, and it’s our new Wine of the Week.  Here’s the deal:

2014 Chateau Saint-Roch Kerbuccio Maury Sec – On Sale Through Wednesday, July 20th

Regular Price: $21.99/bottle

Sale Price: $18.99/bottle, $17.59/bottle on solid 6-packs (20% off) or $16.99/bottle on solid cases (over 20% off)

So what is this stuff Josh?  Kerbuccio?  Maury Sec?  Huh?  It’s really not that difficult but it does require further explanation.  Maury is a village and an appellation in the Roussillon zone of Southwestern France, and the AOC has long been heralded for sweet, fortified, Grenache-based wines.  For years, top producers have been making dry (in French, dry is “sec”) red wines from old vineyards in Maury, but these wines were relegated to the somewhat generic Cotes du Roussillon-Villages status as there was no recognized zone for dry wines.  After years of lobbying the INAO (the organization charged with regulating French agricultural products) by top producers and personalities of the region, Maury Sec gained it’s own AOC in 2011.  Finally, “Kerbuccio” is the Latin translation for the castle of Queribus, built by the Cathars, which sits at the top of the Corbieres Mountain overlooking the vineyards from the north.

Chateau Saint-Roch Kerbuccio

Old vines and black schist soils at Chateau Saint-Roch.

So there you go, technical information out of the way.  What’s the wine like?  As Master of Wine Andrew Jeffords of Decanter Magazine said, “I would say that this extraordinary zone in the central Agly valley has the potential to be one of the rare ‘grands crus’ of the South of France.  Or, if you prefer, to produce the greatest red wines of Northern Catalonia, wines which deserve to be tasted and judged alongside those of the ‘grand cru’ of Southern Catalonia: Priorat.”  After tasting the new vintage of the Kerbuccio, I would say I have to agree with Mr. Jeffords.  Much like great Priorat and Chateauneuf du Pape, the wine possesses a complex mineral nuance that comes forth in the form of hot rock and soil.  This non-fruity characteristic is what wine lovers pay the big bucks for, and it comes no doubt as a result of the black schist soils of the region.  Combine this with a sexy and supple nose and palate of “black raspberry, cassis, licorice, wilder herbs and violet-like” notes according to Mr. Dunnuck, and you have a wine that smells, drinks, and reads like Chateauneuf du Pape and Priorat but costs a fraction of the price.

Sound too good to be true?  Don’t listen to me, come try it this Saturday any time between 2 and 5 p.m.  Alternatively, listen to me and email me at josh@tablewineasheville.com or stop by the store and pick some up before the sale ends! Cheers and happy drinking and eating in Asheville.

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

Asheville's Best Free Wine Tasting

Mediterranean Wines from Importer Eric Solomon

Join us for Asheville’s best free wine tasting this Saturday, July 9th from 2-5 p.m.!  We’ll pour an all-star batch of Mediterranean wines from importer Eric Solomon including our new Wine of the Week, the 2014 Chateau Saint-Roch Kerbuccio.  When it comes to Mediterranean varietals, specifically Grenache and Syrah, Charlotte-based importer Eric Solomon can do no wrong.  His portfolio includes top flight producers from the Rhone, the Languedoc-Roussillon, and Spanish Catalunya, and we’re going to let you taste some of his all time greats. Stop by, taste some classic Mediterranean wines, learn, and save big on all of the featured tasting wines.

The Wines
On all tasting wines, save 10% off by the bottle, 15% off when you mix six of them, or 20% off when you mix a case or more of them!

1. 2015 Herencia Altes Garnatxa Blanca (Terra Alta, Spain) – The beautiful Nuria Altes comes from a long line of grape growers in Terra Alta, one of the largest DO’s in Spain’s Catalunya region.  After years of selling the family’s grapes to larger operations, Nuria started estate bottling her own wines in 2010 and we’re glad she did!  Her White Grenache comes from vineyards that range in age from 25 to 100+ years old, and the resulting wine is fermented in stainless steel and concrete eggs.  Fresh, dry, and expressing lovely old vine character in the form of lemon, pear and complex mineral notes, this is a year in and year out great value.
Tasting Price: $10.79/bottle | $10.19 in mixed six packs | $9.59 in mixed cases

2. 2015 Herencia Altes Garnatxa Negra (Terra Alta, Spain) – The red wine from Herencia Altes is 100% Grenache (Garnatxa is the Catalan name) from old vines planted in sandy clay limestone soils. Fermented entirely in concrete tank, it is a wonderfully pure version of Grenache that shows the grapes true essence.  Ripe cherry, raspberry, white pepper, and subtle mineral notes inform the nose and palate of this soft and supple, medium bodied red wine.
Tasting Price: $10.79/bottle | $10.19 in mixed six packs | $9.59 in mixed cases

3. 2014 Chateau Saint-Roch “Kerbuccio” Maury Sec (Roussillon, France) – It’s our Wine of the Week, and it’s one of the best red wines we’ve ever encountered from this appellation.  A somewhat mysterious blend of classic Southern French/Mediterranean varietals, it is nonetheless a stunning example of how good Southern French wine can be when made by an expert like Jean-Marc Lafage.  Eric Solomon’s website lists the blend as being Grenache, Carignan and Mourvedre, but Jeb Dunnuck of The Wine Advocate says its Syrah, Mourvedre and Carignan.  Whatever the case, it is a rich, sumptuous, and silky red wine flowing with ripe blueberry, cassis, dark raspberry and a host of other yummy notes.  Click here to read more.
Tasting Price: $19.79/bottle | $18.69 in mixed six packs | $17.59 in mixed cases

Domaine Lafage Wines

Free Wine Tasting – The Wines of Jean-Marc Lafage

Free Wine Tasting this Saturday, February 13th from 2:00 to 5:00 — In honor of Valentine’s Day, we’ll share the “Lafage Love” with you this Saturday with a sampling of the wines of Southern France’s Jean-Marc Lafage.  Regarded as on of the best winemakers in the region, Jean-Marc crafts a number of wines throughout the Languedoc-Roussillon, and they’re all good!  Join us to sample five of his wines, including three which scored 93 points or higher with The Wine Advocate………..the good news is that all of them will cost you less than $20! As Jeb Dunnuck of that periodical says, when ” it comes to quality-to-price ratios, no one does it better than proprietor Jean Marc Lafage.”   Stop by, taste, learn and save on some incredible values this Saturday.

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 Domaine Lafage Cote d’Est (Languedoc-Roussillon, France) – A blend of Grenache Blanc (50%), Chardonnay and Marsanne all fermented in stainless steel, this is a wine that delivers a ton of value every vintage. Fresh, dry, zesty and aromatic, it offers up a nice mix of exotic tropical and citrus fruits and gorgeous white floral nuances.  88 points The Wine Advocate
Tasting Price: $10.69 on mixed 3-packs | $10.19 on mixed 6-packs | $9.59 on mixed cases

2. 2014 Domaine Lafage Novellum Chardonnay (Languedoc-Roussillon, France) – This is year in and year out one of the greatest Chardonnay values on the planet.  “The wine is just lovely, with plenty of tropical fruit, such as peach, honeysuckle, apricot and pineapple that jump from the glass of this wine, which offers clean, fresh acids, a medium-bodied mouthfeel and delicious mineral underpining.” – 89 points The Wine Advocate
Tasting Price: $12.59 on mixed 3-packs | $11.89 on mixed 6-packs | $11.19 on mixed cases

3. 2013 Domaine Lafage Tessellae Carignan Vieilles Vignes (Languedoc-Roussillon, France) – One of Lafage’s greatest values, his old vine Carignan Cuvée comes from a 70 year old plot of vines in Maury, near the Spanish border.  Dunnuck says it “is an off-the-charts value that offers up thrilling notes of black raspberry, chocolate, graphite, tar and licorice to go with a voluptuous, decadent, yet seamless and gorgeously pure feel on the palate.” 94 points The Wine Advocate
Tasting Price: $15.29 on mixed 3-packs | $14.44 on mixed 6-packs | $13.59 on mixed cases

4. 2013 Domaine Lafage Tessellae GSM Vieilles Vignes (Languedoc-Roussillon, France) – Can this man do no wrong?!  Here’s another 94 pointer that comes to you at an absurd price!  The “2013 Tessellae Old Vines checks in as a blend of 40% Grenache, 40% Syrah and 20% Mourvedre that was aged all in concrete tank. It offers brilliant notes of black cherries, blueberry, licorice, clove and spring flowers in its medium to full-bodied, gorgeously pure profile.” 94 points The Wine Advocate
Tasting Price: $15.29 on mixed 3-packs | $14.44 on mixed 6-packs | $13.59 on mixed cases

5. 2013 Domaine Lafage Bastide Miralfors Vieilles Vignes (Languedoc-Roussillon, France) – Robert Parker called this “one of the greatest red wine values I have tasted in the last year or so.”  We can see why!  A blend of 70% Syrah and 30% Grenache from a galet-studded vineyard in the Roussillon, this full bodied, opulent, flavor bomb of a wine is outstanding.  “One would normally think such a superb, remarkable wine would cost over $50 a bottle.” – 93 points The Wine Advocate
Tasting Price: $15.29 on mixed 3-packs | $14.44 on mixed 6-packs | $13.59 on mixed cases