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Buy 2012 Atalayas de Golban Torre de Golban Reserva Ribera del Duero at Table Wine in Asheville, North Carolina.

Tempranillo Treasure – 2012 Torre de Golban Reserva

Wine of the Week – Let me make this easy for you.  The 2012 Torre de Golban Reserva from Spain’s Ribera del Duero region is seriously awesome and easily one of the best values in its category!  100% Tinto Fino (the local name for Tempranillo) from 60 to 80 year old vines, 18 months aging in high quality French oak barriques, just 367 cases for the entire world, and it’s less than $25!  I ordered the last 10 cases that my distributor had in stock.  With the number of serious Spanish wine lovers that shop at the store, I can promise you this one won’t last long.

2012 Atalayas de Golban “Torre de Golban” Ribera del Duero Reserva — On sale through Saturday, April 22nd unless we run out first!

Regular Price: $24.99/bottle

Sale Price: $22.49/bottle (10% off) or $18.99/bottle on your solid 6-pack (over 20% off)

I should start the story by telling you about Ribera del Duero and why it is such a unique and special zone for Tempranillo.  This high desert plateau 2 hours northwest of Madrid gets steaming hot in the summer and frigidly cold in the winter.  Temperatures can easily surpass 100 degrees during the growing season, only to drop into the 50’s at night.  These severe temperature swings would destroy most crops, but these hearty old Tempranillo vines thrive under these conditions yielding grapes with powerful personalities and intricate flavors.  Similarly, the rocky, rugged, and dry conditions of Ribera del Duero cause the vines to struggle, intensifying flavors and adding structure to the wines.

That is why some of Spain’s and the world’s top wineries have set up shop here.  Atalayas de Golban is owned by and the neighbor to Dominio de Atauta, one of Ribera del Duero’s, Spain’s, and the world’s elite estates.  To produce the Torre de Golban Reserva, the estate’s top red wine, the winery uses 100% Tinto Fino from their oldest and highest altitude vineyards.  Tinto Fino is the name of the local clone of Tempranillo found in Ribera del Duero; heartier, thicker skinned, and more resilient than other clones of Tempranillo, it thrives in this inhospitable environment.  The winery ages the wine for 18 months in French oak barrels, followed by an additional 2 years of aging in bottle before release.

The resulting wine is a big one and one that can be consumed now or over the next 4 to 5 years.  It’s a little shy right out of the gate, so it’s not a bad idea to decant this one or pour it into your glass for a 10 minute “breather.”  Once it opens, it is a symphony of aromas and flavors that will delight the palates of Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux lovers……..or those who like big, strong, powerful wines.  Assertively dark fruited (blackberry, black currant, black cherry) with background notes of tobacco, spice box, coffee, vanilla, and dark chocolate, this could easily pass for a good Left Bank Bordeaux or mountain-grown Napa or Sonoma Cabernet.

 

Trust me folks, if you like bigger, more structured, and more savory wines that work wonders with grilled meats, this one is for you.  As I said in the opening lines, I ordered the last 10 cases from my distributor and this one won’t last long.  Stop by and pick some up or email me and I’ll be glad to hold your wine for you through the end of the sale period.  Cheers and happy eating and drinking in Asheville, NC.

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

Taste some robust European Red Wines at Table Wine in Asheville, NC.

Free on Fridays Wine Tasting – Robust European Red Wines

Friday, February 17th from 4-7pm — Get your weekend off to a good start with free wine tasting featuring some hearty and robust European Reds!

This is guaranteed to be the best free wine tasting in Asheville as we’ll be pulling the corks on some fuller styled, full flavored and complex European red wines.  First in the lineup is the fresh and lively Chat Fou Cotes du Rhone from France’s Eric Texier.  Primarily Grenache, with 20% white varietals, it is plump, juicy, earthy and spicy with notes of red fruits, white pepper, earth and forest floor.  Up next is the stunning, Wine Advocate 92 point rated Monastrell from Enrique Mendoza, one of Spain’s masters of the varietal. Warm, rich, and laced with spicy dark fruit, this soft and full bodied red sells for less than $15!  To finish up, you’ll get to sample a true masterpiece of Spain’s Ribera del Duero zone.  100% Tempranillo from the hot, dry, and sun drenched vineyards, the Torre de Golban Reserva is firm, layered, and complex with notes of dark fruits, tobacco leaf, dark chocolate and exotic spices………it’s also less than $25 which is incredibly rare for Ribera Reservas.  All you have to do is stop by, taste, learn and save big on all of the 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. 2014 Eric Texier Cotes du Rhone Rouge “Chat Fou” (Rhone Valley, France) – Eric Texier is one crazy cat (Chat Fou means pesky or crazy cat) and we are told that many of his winemaking friends refer to him with that nickname.  He has no formal winemaking training, he makes close to 30 different wines, and he has a cult following…..we are members of that “cult.”  This one is 80% Grenache with 20% white varietals (Clairette, Viognier, Chasselas) that comes from various parts of the Rhone.  It is pure, soulful, highly drinkable red wine from one of our favorite producers.
Tasting Price: $15.29 on mixed 3-packs | $14.44 on mixed 6-packs | $13.59 on mixed cases

2. 2014 Enrique Mendoza Monastrell “La Tremenda”  (Alicante, Spain) – One of the great Monastrell champions and red wine producers of Southern Spain, this wine is an absolute joy to drink.  “La Tremenda” is a single plot of old Monastrell vines grown in the rugged and arid region of Alicante………..the vine truly struggles here and the resulting wines are intense and distinctive.  This year’s release is incredible when you consider the price — full bodied, silken in texture, and lengthy on the finish, it offers up ripe and accessible notes of dark cherry, blueberry, plum and cocoa.  92 points The Wine Advocate
Tasting Price: $12.59 on mixed 3-packs | $11.89 on mixed 6-packs | $11.19 on mixed cases

3. 2012 Atalayas Torre de Golban Reserva (Ribera del Duero, Spain) – We poured this not long ago at our first Super Saturday Wine Tasting and it was the first wine to sell out.  The sister winery and neighbor to the region’s famed Dominio de Atuata, this is 100% Tempranillo (from 60-80 year old vineyards) and it exudes classic Ribera del Duero sophistication, power, and class.  Just over 350 cases were produced and the wine saw 18 months aging in French oak barriques.  Showing firm, yet ripe notes of dark fruits along with tons of secondary complexity, this is one of the best Ribera Riservas we’ve ever offered for the price……………these wines tend to start at $35 and go up from there.  Enjoy!
Tasting Price: $22.49 on mixed 3-packs | $21.24 on mixed 6-packs | $19.99 on mixed cases

2014 Aderezo Tempranillo

2014 Aderezo Tempranillo

Wine of the Weeks – Stunning Ribera del Duero for Less Than $15/bottle – On Sale Through Tuesday, October 27th – I know that many of you love Tempranillo, Spain’s most famed grape, and I highly recommend that you try this one.  This one is brand new in North Carolina, and I’m not kidding when I say that it is one of the best Ribera del Duero values I’ve ever tried.  Composed of 100% Tempranillo from 50+ year old vines, this unoaked and unfiltered beauty is a ton of wine for the money.  It’s the 2014 Aderezo Tempranillo, and it’s our new Wine of the Weeks.  Here’s the deal:

2014 Aderezo Tempranillo (Ribera del Duero)

Regular Price: $17.99/bottle

Sale Price: $14.99/bottle (over 15% off) or $13.99/bottle on solid 6-packs (over 20% off) 

Aderezo is the proprietary red wine from Bodegas Vina Vilano, a small family estate located in Pedrosa de Duero, the highest zone of Spain’s famed Ribera del Duero zone.  Founded in 1957, the winery sits at about 3,000 feet in elevation in the dry, rugged landscape of Western Spain.  Low yielding old vines that fight to survive?  Yep, it’s those same conditions that result in some of the greatest wines on the planet.

Aderezo literally means garnish, dressing, or seasoning, and the wine got its name after an epic meal at Nazareno, one of the top restaurants in the region.  Importer Josh Hackler of Spanish Vines had just enjoyed some “lechazo” or suckling baby lamb with a fresh tank sample of this wine.  All parties at the table agreed that the wine was the perfect compliment or seasoning to the lamb, and a new wine was born.  I’m looking forward to having that meal myself one day!

Trust me, this is not a wine that requires food of any sort to be enjoyed.  Far from it, this is ripe, lush, and downright flamboyant with a nice mix of sweet cherry, raspberry, and plum aromas and flavors.  It’s not just a fruit bomb though.  There’s some nice complexity in the form of cracked pepper, Indian spice, and violet both on the nose and the palate.  What I really like about this wine is the texture and the overall mouthfeel.  It’s full bodied and full flavored without being aggressively tannic or acidic.  Let’s call it soft, luscious, and interesting.  How’s that sound?

Good?  Want some or want to try before you buy?  If you trust me and like the wines that I write about, simply email me at josh@tablewineasheville.com and let me know how much you’d like.  I’ll put it aside for you until you can make it by.  Or you can stop by this Saturday, October 17th between 2-5 p.m. to taste it first and make sure it’s your “glass of wine.”  Until then, happy drinking and eating in Asheville.