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Julien Sunier Fleurie at Table Wine in Asheville, North Carolina

Rising Star of Beaujolais – 2016 Julien Sunier Fleurie

Talk about a hot wine!  The 2016 Julien Sunier Fleurie is our new Wine of the Week, and it’s one of those wines that is rarely seen outside of New York and San Francisco……..until now.  Some of you might remember Sunier’s Regnier from last Thanksgiving.  It came in about two weeks before the holiday, and many of you enjoyed it with your turkey and fixins’.  Many of you also returned to buy more, but unfortunately it was gone.  Julien Sunier’s wines are back and I’m a big fan of his 2016’s.  Laced with notes of bright red fruits, forest floor, spice and floral nuances, it’s a marvelous wine, but it won’t last long.  We were only able to get 7 cases of Sunier’s Fleurie, and it will go quick.

2016 Julien Sunier Fleurie – On Sale Through Saturday, September 23rd

Regular Price: $31.99/bottle

Sale Price: $27.99/bottle or $25.59/bottle on your solid 6-pack — that’s 20% off!

Julien Sunier’s story is riveting.  Unlike many of the small producers I love, Julien did not come from a wine family.  Originally from Dijon, he came to wine in a unique way.  His mom made her living cutting hair, and one of her regular clients happened to be Christophe Roumier. Yes, it’s that Roumier, the one who makes some of the world’s finest Chambolle-Musigny(s) in Burgundy.  After graduating high school, Julien had no direction, so he decided to work with Roumier to “see what this wine stuff was all about.”  He caught the wine bug and spent the next several years travelling around the world working harvests in both California and New Zealand.  Why California and New Zealand?  Because he could simultaneously surf and deepen his understanding of the vine in both hemispheres.  He returned home in the early 2000’s and worked alongside Nicolas Potel in Nuits Saint-Georges and Jean-Claude Rateau in Beaune, where he solidified a passion for organic and biodynamic viticulture.  After that, Julien managed a large Beaujolais negociant and worked with small growers in all 10 of the Cru Beaujolais Villages.

Let’s just say he put his time in the old fashioned way.  He worked in the vineyards and the cellars with some of the best in the business, he studied the distinct terroirs of the respective regions in which he worked, and he finally decided it was time to do his own thing.  In 2008, he established his own domaine with the purchase of 3 hectares of prime, old-vine, hilltop vineyards in the Cru Villages of Fleurie, Morgon, and Regnie……….I’ve got a little bit of Morgon and Regnie too!  Currently, he is practicing organic, he harvests all of the grapes by hand, and he conducts whole cluster, indigneous yeast fermentation in concrete vats at low temperatures to preserve freshness, purity, and fine tannin structure.  After fermentation, he ages his wines for 11 months in older Burgundy barrels that he gets from his old buddy, Christophe Roumier.

His Fleurie comes from a hillside site that was planted in the early 1960’s.  Planted in rocky, rugged, granitic soils, the vineyard faces south capturing maximum sunshine.  The resulting wine is astounding!  Intense in aroma and flavor, yet beautifully pure and elegant, this is a very special bottle of wine.  Gorgeous aromas of fresh cherry, strawberry, dried leaf, brown spice and violet lead into a fresh and zesty palate. The tannin is quite fine, the acidity is bright and invigorating, and the finish long.  I am told that that these wines reward medium-term cellaring, but I seriously doubt I’ll delay the immediate gratification that this wine delivers.

With fall just around the corner and the leaves starting to fall, this is one of my top red wine picks.  Trust me, as good as it is drinking without food, it’s even better with classic fall fare such as roasted poultry or pork served alongside root vegetables and such.  If you can, save a bottle or 2 for Thanksgiving — you’ll thank me!  I said it once, and I’ll say it again, this one won’t last long!  Stop by the store and pick some up or email me at josh@tablewineasheville.com, and I’ll hold your order for you.  Cheers and happy drinking and eating in Asheville!

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

Italian Wine Tasting at Table Wine in Asheville, North Carolina.

Top Italian Wine Values – Try Three For Free Wine Tasting

Saturday, August 5 from 2-5 p.m. – Stop by Table Wine this Saturday to sample some top Italian wine values. Taste Italy’s first DOCG wine along with a couple of rich and hearty reds. It’s Asheville’s best free wine tasting and you don’t want to miss it!

Fans of hand-crafted, small production, delicious Italian wines, this is your tasting!  Why?  Because we’re pulling the corks on some awesome new arrivals.  Up first, it’s the brilliant Cesani Vernaccia and it’s in fine form this year.  This delicate, yet flavorful, certified organic white wine displays lovely notes of white peach, apple, and almond.  Up next, Maurizio Marchetti’s Rosso Conero is one of our favorite new Italian reds.  100% Montepulciano from Italy’s Adriatic coast, this one is rich, full flavored, and finely balanced.  To finish, the new vintage of Mauro Brunelli’s Poggio Apricale is really shining this year.  Mainly younger vine Sangiovese Grosso from Brunelli’s vineyards in Montalcino, the wine isn’t aged long enough to be designated as Brunello or Rosso di Montalcino.  Nevertheless, it exhibits classy notes of ripe black cherry, exotic spice and herb.  At less than $20/bottle, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better bottle of Tuscan wine.  Stop by, taste the wines, learn something new, and save big every Saturday at Table Wine!

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 Cesani Vernaccia di San Gimignano (Tuscany, Italy) – Many don’t know that Italy’s first DOCG was not Chianti, not Barolo, and not Brunello.  It was Vernaccia!  This crisp and refreshing white wine is absolutely delightful.  Clean, un-oaked, and zippy, try it with your favorite fish or seafood preparation.

2. 2016 Marchetti Rosso Conero “Castro di San Silvestro” (Marche, Italy) – Maurizio Marchetti makes a very macho-styled Montepulciano!  Yep, this one is dark, full bodied, and full of classic varietal flavor.  Bursting with notes of dark cherry, plum and spice, it is perfectly delicious without food, but very enjoyable with grilled sausages or other meats.  It’s a very fine bottle of wine at a great price.

3. 2016 Brunelli Poggio Apricale (Tuscany, Italy) – If you’re looking for Brunell0-like style for less than $20, Brunelli’s Poggio Apricale is your new best friend.  A testament to the fact that Tuscan Sangiovese is the best in the world, this offers up a ton of deliciousness for a very fair price.

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

 

Southern Italian Wine Tasting at Table Wine in Asheville, North Carolina.

Sensational Southern Italian Wines – Try Three For Free Wine Tasting

Saturday, July 22 from 2-5 p.m. – Stop by the store this Saturday to sample some truly sensational Southern Italian wines.  All of the wines are great, but the 2013 Morella Old Vines Primitivo is truly special.  It is one of the highest rated versions of its type to ever be produced!

The hot summer weather that is upon has me dreaming of warm and sunny Southern Italy.  I love the region’s rich and juicy reds as well as it’s Mediterranean styled whites.  Join us as we pour you some perennial favorites as well as some new ones.  Up first, it’s the brilliant Vermentino from Sardinia’s Argiolas. Crisp, fresh, and delightful, it has me dreaming  of the beach and seafood.  Up next, it’s a new extreme value from small grower/producer Paolo Petrilli.  A medium bodied, juicy blend of Nero di Troia, Aglianico, Montepulciano and Bombino Bianco, this is Italy’s answer to French Cotes du Rhone.  Last, but not least, we’ll pour you a really special treat in the form of Morella’s Old Vine Primitivo.  Australian Lisa Gilbee is making some of the region’s top wines, and this one just scored 93 points in The Wine Advocate.  Trust me, you’re gonna’ love it.  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 Argiolas Costamolino Vermentino (Sardinia, Italy) – I’ve had 10 consecutive vintages of this wine and it’s always fantastic.  A candidate for one of the best whites to serve with any sort of seafood, it is zesty and crisp with notes of melon, citrus, and white flowers.  I also enjoy it as an aperitif, especially on hot summer days.
Tasting Price: $15.29 in mixed 3-packs | $14.44 in mixed 6-packs | $13.59 in mixed cases

2. 2016 Paolo Petrilli Motte del Lupo (Puglia, Italy) – Jay Murrie of Durham’s Piedmont Wine Imports brings this one to us from a small, certified organic estate based in Lucera in the heel of Italy’s boot.  It is one of the most charming red wines I’ve tasted this year.  A stainless steel fermented blend of Nero di Troia, Sangiovese, Montepulciano, and the rarely seen Bombino Bianco, it is much lighter and fresher than most Puglian reds.  Bright notes of cherry, plum, herbs and spice flow through this extreme Italian red wine value.  Yum!
Tasting Price: $11.69 in mixed 3-packs | $11.04 in mixed 6-packs | $10.39 in mixed cases

3. 2013 Morella Old Vines Primitivo (Puglia, Italy) – Lisa Gilbee makes the best Primitivos in Italy……..there, I said it!  Crazy story — Lisa is from Australia, but she married a native Puglian and now is considered one of the region’s top winemakers.  Her home estate in Manduria is certifed biodynamic, and all of her vines are old — 80 years old for this wine. Grapes are hand harvested, fermented in small open vats, and then aged for 14 months in new French barriques.  The wine is then aged an additional 18 months in bottle before release.  The resulting wine is truly awesome.
Tasting Price: $47.69 in mixed 3-packs | $45.04 in mixed 6-packs | $42.39 in mixed cases

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

Vallana Barbera at Table Wine in Asheville, North Carolina.

2014 Vallana Barbera – Case of the Month

Case of the Month – Ben, Will and myself were sipping on the 2014 Vallana Barbera after work recently and a really good question arose.  How is this wine less than $15?  We’re talking about one of the most historically significant names in the Alto Piemonte and a producer that Wine Spectator called one of the top 100 producers on the planet.  And we’re also talking about a wine that is absurdly delicious, and one that we all agreed could easily sell for $20+ per bottle.  We never found an answer to our original question, but we certainly found extreme enjoyment out of that bottle of wine.  I promptly contacted Jay Murrie of Piedmont Wine Imports and secured enough Vallana Barbera to make it our next Case of the Month.  You should buy some! Here’s the deal:

2014 Vallana Barbera – On sale through June 17th

Regular Price: $13.99/bottle

Sale Price: $10.99/bottle on your solid case — Over 20% off!

Vallana is the stuff of legends.  The estate as we know it today was founded in 1937, but the Vallana family name first shows up in connection to high quality winemaking in Alto Piemonte in 1787.  As Robert Parker says, these are “intense traditionally-made wines that ooze with character.”  The family’s specialty is Spanna, the local name for Nebbiolo (we’ve got that too), and these are the wines that deservedly gain all of the critical acclaim.  But they also make a small amount of Barbera.  It is not to be overlooked, and it is the least expensive way to “test drive” a Vallana wine.  It also bears the stylistic framework that marks Vallana’s wines.

Vallana Winery in Alto Piemonte.

From humble abodes come grand wines.

The vineyards of the Alto Piemonte, located north of the Langhe at the base of the Alps, are cooler and possess more acidic soils.  These conditions give the Vallana wines their acidic backbone and the structure that allows them to age gracefully for years.  The propensity to age and improve is one of the hallmark attributes of Vallana, and the tradition is carried on today by Giuseppina Vallana, together with her son Francis (a Ph.D. in Viticulture and Oenology), and her daughters Marina and Miriam.

Although their Barbera is perfect to drink young, it also has a track record for medium to long term aging.  Yes, an $11 bottle of wine that you can age!  As with all of their wines, including their more expensive offerings, all of the grapes for their Barbera are hand harvested from organically farmed vineyards.  Fermentation and aging takes place in cement vats to preserve purity and character.  And wow, does this wine have some character!  Made in a traditional, old school Piemonte style, the wine is medium bodied and refreshing, offering up lovely notes of red berries and moderately complex notes of spices and earth.  High in acidity but possessing soft tannin, this is enjoyable all year round as a stand-alone wine, but I really love the way it enhances the flavors of grilled meats, especially lamb.

What more is there to say?  Seriously folks, this is the kind of wine that makes me do what I do with such vigorous passion.  Legendary producer, clean farming and production techniques, delicious wine.  Buy some!  If you’re not sure, we invite you to stop by Saturday, May 20th (2-5pm) to give it a sniff and a sip. Email me at josh@tablewineasheville.com if you’d like me to hold some for you as this one will run out.  Cheers and happy drinking and eating in Asheville!

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator
828.505.8588

Huia Vineyards Wine Tasting at Table Wine Asheville North Carolina

New Zealand’s Huia Vineyards – Try 3 For Free Wine Tasting

Saturday, June 3 from 2-5 pm – I used to sell the wines of New Zealand’s Huia Vineyards, and I loved them!  The wines left the market for a bit, but they’re back and they’re better than ever.  These are unique, non-formulaic New Zealand wines, and you’ll recognize that when you taste them.  From their crisp and minerally Sauvignon Blanc and their fun and playful “Tangle” White Blend to their rich and creamy Pinot Gris, these are world-class wines at great prices.

Huia Vineyard Tasting at Table Wine in Asheville, NC.

Huia’s pristine organic and biodynamically tended vineyards.

Huia Vineyards was started in 1990 by Claire and Mike Allan and they released their first wines in 1997.  They immediately hit the world market with a bang and they haven’t slowed down since.  Today, all of their estate vineyards are certified organic and all of their wines are made in a very natural fashion — native yeasts, long fermentations, and minimal sulfur additions.  Whatever they’re doing, I suggest they keep it up.  Join us as we taste through this fascinating and delicious lineup of wines.  Up first, it’s the Estate Sauvignon Blanc, and it’s unlike any other I’ve ever tried from New Zealand.  Far from the grapefruit bomb that many a Kiwi Sauvie have become, this wine is elegant, restrained, mineralic……….it actually calls to mind Sancerre.  Up next, Huia’s second label is called Hunky Dory………I know, kinda’ cheesy, but the wine is great.  The Tangle White Blend combines Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, and Riesling to create a “mostly dry” white wine laced with floral and ripe fruit notes.  To finish, the Estate Pinot Gris could have easily fooled me into thinking it was from a top flight Alsatian producer.  Good lord, talk about rich, textured, and full bodied………yet, there’s a vein of refreshing acidity present to hold it all together.  Bravo Huia!  Sound good?  Stop by this Saturday to taste, learn, and save big on all of the featured tasting wines.

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. 2016 Huia Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough, New Zealand) – Talk about a masterpiece of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc!  From Huia’s certified organic, practicing biodynamic estate vineyards, the wine is fermented in a combination of stainless steel and neutral French oak.  The oak component really adds a beautiful texture to the wine and it also contributes more aromatic and flavor diversity.  Guava, lime, gooseberry, green herbs, mineral, and on and on and on…….
Tasting Price: $19.79 on mixed 3-packs | $18.69 on mixed 6-packs | $17.59 on mixed cases

2. 2016 Hunky Dory Tangle White Blend (Marlborough, New Zealand) – I’m not a huge fan of the name, but I guess this is a commonly used phrase in New Zealand.  Who really cares right?  The wine is hugely delicious!  A combo of 53% Pinot Gris, 43% Gewurztraminer, and 4% Riesling, again from certified organic vineyards, the wine is almost dry.  It explodes out of the glass with exotic notes of honeysuckle, jasmine, lime and apple and proceeds to delight the palate.
Tasting Price: $14.39 on mixed 3-packs | $13.59 in a mixed six pack | $12.79 in a mixed case

3. 2016 Huia Pinot Gris (Marlborough, New Zealand) – This one really impressed me when I tasted it a couple weeks back.  I’m a total nutter for Alsatian Pinot Gris, and this one is a dead ringer.  From old, organically tended vines, the wine is fermented 50/50 with native and organic yeasts in a combination of stainless steel and neutral oak.  Post-fermentation, the wine was left on the lees for a bit to soften and add complexity.  The resulting wine is a 95 pointer in my book.  Rich, just off-dry, and possessing lovely notes of white peach, golden apple, spice and a creamy texture, this is just screaming for crab cakes or richer seafood preparations.  I’ll eat it if you bring it!
Tasting Price: $20.69 on mixed 3-packs | $19.54 in a mixed six pack | $18.39 in a mixed case

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

Free wine tasting at Table Wine in Asheville, North Carolina.

Try 3 For Free Wine Tasting – Wines You’re Going To Like

Saturday, June 10th from 2-5 pm – Join us Saturday for a free wine tasting featuring 3 wines that are guaranteed to please your palate! This is your chance to try the Pullus Halozan, our new Wine of the Week and one of the best summer whites I’ve ever tasted.  Trust me, you are going to want to stock up on this one!

I easily taste over 1,000 wines every year.  Many are horrible, many are great.  I deem some as hard sells, but worth carrying and others as easy sells, but not necessarily to my liking.  Occasionally, the stars align and I find wines that are both pleasing to my palate and easy to sell.  That’s what this Saturday’s tasting is all about.  Stop by to try a trio of wines you are going to like……..I guarantee it!  Up first, it’s our new Wine of the Week, the 2016 Pullus Halozan.  This liter bottled Slovenian white blend is destined to become the top selling white wine of the spring and summer.  After that, it’s a fun and fizzy Pinot Noir rosé from a family-run, biodynamic farm in Austria.  Dry, yet fruit filled and way too easy to drink, I love this one at the beach or by the pool.  To finish, it’s a lovely, silky, value-priced Red Burgundy from the brilliant 2015 vintage.  In case you didn’t hear, the vintage has been called “nearly perfect” by a number of top wine writers, and this wine showcases the quality of the vintage.  Stop by, taste, learn, and save!

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. 2016 Pullus Halozan (Styria, Slovenia) – It’s our new Wine of the Week, it comes in a nifty liter bottle, and I’m calling it the most dangerous white wine in the world.  Why?  Because it’s too darned easy to drink!  A blend of 8 different white grapes (Welschriesling, Furmint, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Riesling, Yellow Muscat, Pinot Grigio if you must know), it is decidedly dry, fresh, aromatic and thirst-quenching.
Tasting Price: $13.99 on mixed 3-packs | $13.59 on mixed 6-packs | $12.79 on mixed cases
Special Wine of the Week Price: $13.99/bottle or $12.49/bottle on your solid 6-pack

2. 2015 Meinklang Pinot Noir Frizzante “Prosa” (Burgenland, Austria): From the small, biodynamic Michlits Family Estate, this is one of the funnest and easiest to drink wines in the store.  It’s pink in color, it’s dry, and it’s got a little spritz to it.  With aromas and flavors of fresh cherry, tart strawberry, and cranberry, this light and juicy rosé will convert the most suspicious pink wine pessimist over to our side.
Tasting Price: $16.19/bottle | $15.29 in mixed six packs | $14.39 in mixed cases

3. 2015 Domaine du Prieure Bourgogne Rouge (Burgundy, France) – I had a bottle of this one this past Saturday night, and it blew me away!  It’s incredibly hard to find good Red Burgundy for less than $20, but this one does it.  Based in the village of Savigny-les-Beaune, this is 100% Pinot Noir from 40 year old vineyards.  Hand harvested, fermented in stainless steel, and matured in French oak (just 10% new) for 10 months, this one offers up scents and flavors of red fruits, complex spice, and fine grained tannin.
Tasting Price: $17.09 on mixed 3-packs | $16.14 in a mixed six pack | $15.19 in a mixed case

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

 

The best Prosecco in the world at Table Wine in Asheville, North Carolina.

2015 Alla Costiera Prosecco – Prosecco Deal of the Year

Wine of the Week – The 2015 Alla Costiera Prosecco is the best Prosecco I have ever tasted!  I still remember the first time we tasted this wine with importer Jay Murrie, the man behind Piedmont Wine Imports.  It was revelatory.  The bubbles were finer and less frothy, the bouquet was intense with notes of white fruits and flowers, and the palate was smooth and almost creamy.  This was no ordinary Prosecco!  Jay went on to tell us about the history and methodology of the producer (we’ll get to that later), and it all made sense.  That was almost 4 years ago, and since then this incredible, certified organic, small batch Prosecco has become a staff and customer favorite.  The 2015 vintage arrived about a month ago after a long absence, I took a bottle home immediately, and I still say that the Alla Costiera is the best Prosecco I have ever tasted. Keep reading to learn more or trust me and stop by the store and pick some up.

2015 Alla Costiera Prosecco Extra Dry – On Sale Through Saturday, June 3

Regular Price: $16.99/bottle

Sale Price: $14.99/bottle or just $13.59/bottle on your solid 6-pack (20% off)

I’ll let wordsmith Jay Murrie sum up the philosophy at Alla Costiera: “Filippo Gamba is a no-nonsense farmer. Back when nearly nobody cared about natural viticulture in Veneto, he transformed Alla Costiera into a scrupulously organic and low-intervention estate. After nearly two decades in charge of this successful small family domaine, Filippo is still thinking and acting like a young visionary winemaker: like he has something to prove.”  Keep it up Filippo! Today, he and his family farm a mere 7 hectares of vines just outside the village of Vo Vecchio in the Colli Eugenei hills.  In addition to being certified organic, they work with old vines in the 15 to 75 year age range and use native yeasts for their fermentations.  Even more impressive is the fact that they make their Prosecco in tiny batches, about 2,500 bottles at a time.  In a good year, Alla Costiera will produce only 500 cases of their Prosecco.  Small production does not always guarantee quality, but it does in this case!

Filippo Gamba of Alla Costiera.

Filippo Gamba, the man behind Alla Costiera.

You can certainly taste the difference Filippo’s passion and hard work make in this wine.  This is true small grower/producer Prosecco, and this is exactly the kind of wine that I like to champion.  Completely contrary in so many ways to the mass produced Proseccos that line the shelves at grocery stores, this is truly special wine.  It’s all in the bottle here folks, and the best way to experience what I’m talking about is to buy some! Carefully remove the cork, pour yourself a glass, and you will be greeted by pristine aromas of pear, apple, citrus and floral notes.  Take a sip, and I think you’ll taste the difference.  There’s a perfect balance between ripe and round orchard fruits and higher toned citrus fruits that just keeps you coming back for sip after sip.

I don’t know what else I can say about this one………….oh yeah, you’re gonna’ like it!  Stock up on this one while it’s here because it does run out.  If you’d like to try before you buy, just stop by the store on Friday, May 19th (4-7pm) as we’ll be pouring it. Of course, you can always email me at josh@tablewineasheville.com, and I’ll be glad to hold some for you through the end of the sale period.  Cheers and happy drinking and eating in Asheville!

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator
828.505.8588

Buy 2012 Chateau Valcombe Ventoux Rouge at Table Wine in Asheville, NC.

Wine of the Week – 2012 Chateau Valcombe Ventoux Rouge Epicure

For fans of Chateauneuf du Pape, the 2012 Chateau Valcombe Ventoux Rouge Epicure is a must try wine!  A Table Wine Exclusive in Western North Carolina, this hearty red wine is eerily redolent of its more famous neighbor to the west, but it costs a fraction of the price.

2012 Chateau Valcombe Ventoux Rouge Epicure – On sale through Wednesday, December 15th

Regular Price: $21.99/bottle

Sale Price: $19.79/bottle or $17.59/bottle on your solid 6-pack

I recently went to the big city to attend some trade tastings with my favorite importers, and this was easily my top find of the trip.  From the portfolio of legendary New York City based importer Neal Rosenthal, I tasted this one at about 10:30 in the morning with Neal’s “right hand man” Jeremy Sells at the Mad Rose warehouse on the outskirts of Brooklyn.  We had tasted about 20 other super wines before this one was poured in my glass………I took a sniff, I took a sip, and I immediately knew that this wine would find a new home at Table Wine.

Chateau Valcombe is a small, family run, certified organic estate based in the foothills of Mont Ventoux.  Husband and wife Luc and Cendrine Guénard run the show these days, and they work with old vine Grenache, Syrah, Carignan and Cinsault to make their red wines.  The average age of the vines is 50 years old, but some of the Grenache and Carignan were planted back in 1936.  The soils are essentially limestone and are covered with the famous “galets” of that area, large round rocks worn smooth by the movement of the Rhone River.  These are the same rocky soils you’ll find in Chateauneuf du Pape, and it is these soils combined with the age of the vines that give this wine its unique character.

I almost forgot to mention the vintage!  Vintage 2012 was considered a really good one in the Southern Rhone — Wine Spectator rated the vintage 93 points describing the wines as “fine-grained and lengthy, with deliciously ripe flavors; well-balanced and should cellar well.”  Chateau Valcombe’s wine has been resting comfortably in the temperature controlled comfort of the Mad Rose warehouse for a couple of years now, and the wine has had time to “relax” and come together.  The wine is a blend of 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah, and 10% Carignan and fermentation occurs in cement tanks followed by aging in a combination of cement tanks and larger barrels.  In the glass it shows a deep, dark color and the bouquet offers up enticing notes of ripe blueberry, blackberry, kirsch, pepper and Provencal herbs.  The palate is full bodied and relatively sumptuous, but there is still some firm, yet fine grained tannin present suggesting that this is a wine that will continue to improve if cellared.

Enjoy this robust red wine with fall and winter stews, roasted meats, and root vegetables or cellar for another 5 to 7 years and be rewarded.  We only have 5 cases of this impressive red to sell so either stop by the store or email me at josh@tablewineasheville.com to make sure you get some.  Cheers, happy drinking, and happy eating in Asheville!

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator at Table Wine
828.505.8588

Envinate Albahra

2014 Envinate Albahra

The 2014 Envinate Albahra is one of the most unique and distinctively delicious Spanish red wines I’ve ever discovered!  Just 580 cases were produced and we got our hands on 12 of them!!

The 2013 vintage, the winery’s debut release, scored 91+ points with The Wine Advocate.  I’m predicting the 2014 will score 92-93 points.   Whatever it scores, it is absolutely delicious and one of my top picks for the fall season.  Talk is cheap.  Come try it this Saturday,  October 1st any time between 2 and 5 p.m.

Enviante is one of Spain’s newest and hottest young wineries.  Founded in 2005 by four friends who studied enology together at the University of Miguel Hernandez in Alicante, Envinate (translated Wine Yourself) is real wine from real folks.  This Gang of Four make wines in a number of Spain’s most distinctive zones, and their collective aim is to make profoundly pure and authentic wines that express the terruño of each parcel in a clear and concise manner.  To this end, no chemicals are used in any of the Envínate vineyards, all parcels are picked by hand, the grapes are foot-trodden, and the wines are fermented exclusively with wild yeasts, with a varying proportion of whole grape clusters included. For aging, the wines are raised in old barrels and sulfur is only added at bottling, if needed. The results are some of the most exciting and honest wines being produced in Spain today.

 

The Gang of 4 from Envinate.

Team Envinate

The 2014 Envinate Albahra is 100% Garnacha Tintorera (aka Alicante Bouschet) that comes from a 30 year old, organically farmed vineyard in Almansa, in Southeastern Spain.  The wine is fermented with wild yeasts in large cement vats and then is left to settle for 8 months before bottling.  While most of the Spanish Garnacha Tintorera I’ve tried has been deeply colored, chunky and rustic, this one is quite the opposite!  Displaying lovely notes of ripe cherry/black cherry, strawberry, savory earth and spice notes, it smells just as good as it tastes.  Even better, the palate is soft, silky, gentle and fresh.  It calls to mind really good Morgon (Gang of Four style) and rustic styled Red Burgundies from the south (think Mercurey).  One more reminder — come taste it this Saturday, October 1st!

2014 Envinate Albahra – On sale through Wednesday, October 19th

Regular Price: $21.99

Sale Price: $18.99/bottle (beats best online price) or $16.99/bottle on solid 6-packs (destroys best online price)

With fall and cooler weather upon us, I recommend stocking up on this one to enjoy with savory dishes, like roasted meats, sausages, mushrooms, and traditional Spanish rice dishes, like paella or arroz negro.  However, I drank a bottle with friends last night with nothing more than a glass and it was delicious.  With just 12 cases on hand and as excited as I am about this one, it won’t last long.  Stop by the store to pick some up or email me at josh@tablewineasheville.com and I’ll set some aside for you.  Cheers and happy drinking and eating in Asheville!

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator at Table Wine
828.505.8588

 

 

Italian Wine Tasting in Asheville, NC.

Try Three For Free Wine Tasting – New Italian Wines

Try Three For Free Wine Tasting on Saturday, August 20th from 2-5 p.m. featuring some new and exciting Italian wines!  We’ve been a hot streak with Italian wines as of late, and we’re expecting that trend to continue after you taste this incredible lineup of wines.  Daniel Lukin-Beck of Asheville’s own Sour Grapes Distributing joins us to pour a trio of truly incredible Italian wines.  A rich and textured Soave from one of the top producers, a fresh and juicy Tuscan blend based on Rhone varietals, and and a rich and powerful, 92 point rated Super Tuscan for less than $20 will wow your palate and transport you to Italy.  Stop by, taste, learn and save every Saturday at Table Wine!

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

1. 1. 2014 Gini Soave Classico (Veneto, Italy) – Gini is not only one of the best producers of Soave, they are one of the top white wine producers in the entire country.  Unlike many of the mass market Soaves that are watered down and innocuous, the Gini family craft white wines that are deeper colored, richer, and more nuanced………being that the family has farmed in the region since 1600, that should come as no surprise.  Their current release is almost golden in color with exotic notes of white peach, tangerine, apple and white flowers.  90 points Wine Enthusiast
Tasting Price: $17.99/bottle | $16.99 on mixed six packs | $15.99 on mixed cases

2. 2014 Ampeleia Unlitro (Tuscany, Italy) – This biodynamic/organic red wine from Tuscany is made by the super talented Elisabetta Foradori.  The blend is Grenache and Mourvedre which thrive in the warm and sunny condtions of Tuscany.  Fresh, juicy, charming and joyful to drink, this is a great one for fans of Beaujolais and Pinot Noir.  Even better, it comes in a liter bottle giving you an extra 1/3 of a bottle!
Tasting Price: $17.99 on mixed 3-packs | $16.99 on mixed 6-packs | $15.99 on mixed cases


3. 2011 Tenuta Monteti Caburnio (Tuscnay, Italy) – Famed wine writer sums it up pretty nicely – “Tenuta Monteti remains arguably the single finest source for reasonably priced wines in Maremma.”  Produced from organically cultivated grapes from the warm and sunny coast of Tuscany, this offers up big, bold Super Tuscan flavors at a ridiculously good price.  A blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 15% Alicante-Bouschet, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot, this dazzles with intense notes of dark cherry, blackberry, mint, herb and spice notes.  Drink now – 2022.  92 points Wine Enthusiast
Tasting Price: $17.99 on mixed 3-packs | $16.99 on mixed 6-packs | $15.99 on mixed cases