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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

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

Chardonnay Three Ways – Try Three For Free

Try Three For Free this Saturday, May 23rd – 2 to 5 p.m. – Chardonnay Three Ways – Chardonnay is known as the “winemaker’s grape” because it can be shaped and crafted into a wide variety of styles of wine.  From the lean, tart, and unoaked versions all the way up to the super rich, creamy, and toasty types, this is a grape and a wine that can never be generalized.  Join us as we’ll pour you both of these styles as well as one that is sort of right in the middle — it’s a don’t miss tasting for all of the Asheville Chardonnay lovers out there.  Stop by, taste, learn, and save up to 20% on all of our tasting wines every Saturday at Table Wine.

We love all of the wines this week, but #3 is a little extra special.  Rated 93 points by Wine Enthusiast and #15 on their Top 100 Wines of 2014, it’s a super rich, complex Chardonnay that should appeal to the Rombauer lovers out there……..but it costs a lot less!  In addition, we’ll pour you a perennial Parker favorite Chardonnay from the southern part of France and a perfectly balanced, lightly oaked Russian River beauty.

The Wines

1. 2014 Domaine Lafage “Novellum” Chardonnay (Roussillon, France): Jean-Marc Lafage just doesn’t make bad wine, and this is year in and year out one of his best values.  The 2013 scored 92 points with The Wine Advocate, and we’d say this one is probably going to earn similar marks.  Aged for a bit in neutral Burgundy barrels on the lees of a Viognier, it is exotic, beautifully balanced, pure, and simply too easy to drink.
Tasting Price: $12.59/bottle | $11.89 on mixed six packs | $11.19 on mixed cases

2. 2013 L’Oliveto Chardonnay (Russian River Valley, California): From our friends at The Brack Mountain Wine Company, this is that perfect “in betweener” style of Chardonnay.  Moderately rich, but bright and fresh at the same time, it’s like a California version of Pouilly Fuissé.  Although fermented entirely in French oak, only 33% of the barrels are new — thus, the oak doesn’t dominate the fresh fruit profile.  Instead, you get a nicely balanced, moderately rich, but fresh style of Chardonnay.  Great at the table with roasted or grilled chicken, it also works well as an aperitif.
Tasting Price: $20.69/bottle | $19.54 on mixed six packs | $18.39 on mixed cases

3. 2012 Mount Eden Vineyards Chardonnay “Wolff Vineyard” (Edna Valley, California): Mount Eden is responsible for some of California’s greatest Chardonnays, and they’ve definitely knocked it out of the park with this one.  From one of the oldest and latest ripening vineyards in Edna Valley, this is all barrel fermented and undergoes 100% malolactic fermentation.  The resulting wine is golden in color, creamy in texture, and loaded with buttered, spiced apple, tropical fruits, and citrus oils.  93 points Wine Enthusiast
Tasting Price: $22.49/bottle | $21.24 on mixed six packs | $19.99 on mixed cases

Asheville's Best Free Wine Tasting!

Honest and Affordable House Wines

Like a great meat loaf, pot roast, or any other number of “comfort foods,” a great house wine is comforting, affordable, and easy to consume. These are the perfect types of wines to have on hand at all times to open for all sorts of occasions.  Your neighbors are coming over and they don’t “appreciate” your higher end wines, you’ve already downed two nice bottles but want to keep the party going, or you’re having a party and need good honest wines to serve to your guests — all of these scenarios call for good house wines.  You’re invited to stop by this Saturday, November 1st between 2 and 5 pm to taste through a great lineup of budget priced, easy drinking, and easy-to-buy wines from various parts of the globe.  And just because they’re budget priced doesn’t mean they’re not good!  We’ll try a 92 point rated Chardonnay from Southern France that drinks like one that would run you $25+, a classic and traditional Sangiovese-based wine from Tuscany, and a smooth and spicy Merlot from the Rhone Valley.

Even better, this is a free wine tasting to you and all of your friends, and all of the tasting wines will be discounted 10% by the bottle, 15% if you mix six of them, and 20% if you mix a case or more of them.  Prices range from $10 to $15.

The Wines

1. 2013 Domaine Lafage Novellum Chardonnay (Languedoc/Roussillon, France): Jean-Marc Lafage doesn’t know how to make bad wine — we’ve tasted most of his wines, and we’ve never felt the need to spit any of them out.  The new release of his perennial top value Chardonnay might be the best he’s ever crafted.  “A custom cuvee by importer Eric Solomon and a blend of 100% Chardonnay that comes from two separate vineyards, this Cotes Catalanes is aged three months (on Viognier lees) in a combination of Burgundy barrels and stainless steel. Exotic and perfumed, with ample white peach, creme, brioche and subtle nuttiness, it flows onto the palate with a medium to full-bodied, layered and beautifully detailed texture that shows bright acidity and fantastic purity of fruit.” 92 points The Wine Advocate

2. NV Caparsa Rosso di Toscana (Tuscany, Italy): Based in Radda in the heart of the Chianti Classico zone, Caparsa is owned and operated by Paolo Cianferoni, a fast talking, passionate farmer and winemaker.  In the words of importer Jay Murrie (Piedmont Wine Imports), “this certified-organic (by CCPB) one-man estate makes compelling wine from old vines in the heart of Chianti Classico, with very little manipulation or modern technology.”  We love Paolo’s Sangiovese-based Rosso, a pure and pretty rendition of the grape that exhibits plenty of fresh and tart cherry, cranberry, earth and spice notes.  We love this one with red sauced pasta, meaty pizzas, and grilled or roasted chicken or pork.

3. 2011 Domaine de Couron Merlot (Ardeche, France): Under the stewardship of Jean-Luc and Marie-Lise Dorthe, this family run estate is nestled in the tiny village of Saint Marcel d’Ardeche in France’s Southern Rhone region.  The estate’s Merlot rootstock originated in Pomerol in Bordeaux and the vineyards were planted in 1974.  All of the fruit is hand harvested and the fermentation takes place in cement vats to produce a pure, rustic and charming version of the grape.  Packed with ripe blueberry, cherry and plum fruit along with subtle notions of spice and earth, this one sells for less than $10 and it doesn’t disappoint.