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La Rioja Alta Wines – Try Three For Free Wine Tasting

Saturday, October 21st from 2-5pm – This week, we’re pouring the legendary wines from Spain’s La Rioja Alta Estate and beyond.  For fans of traditionally-styled, complex Spanish wines, this is a tasting you don’t want to miss.

Formed in 1890, La Rioja Alta is one of the top quality-oriented producers in Spain.  In addition to making world class Riojas, the firm has also purchased prestigious properties in other top viticultural zones throughout the country.  Join us as we present you with three wines from three different properties including a stunning Albarino, a world-class Rioja, and a powerful Ribera del Duero.  You’ll be amazed at the quality to price ratio on all of these wines.  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 Lagar de Cervera Albarino (Rias Baixas, Spain) – Owned by La Rioja Alta S.A. since 1988, Lagar de Cervera produces some of the finest dry white Albarino in Spain.  This wine particularly stands out for its great aromatic intensity, with marked hints of stone fruit (peaches) and white fruit (ripe apples and quinces) against a citrus background of lemon tree leaves.  Big, flavoursome and fresh in the mouth, with a well-integrated acidity.
Special Tasting Price: $13.59/bottle

2. 2010 La Rioja Alta Vina Alberdi Reserva (Rioja, Spain) – Year in and year out, this is one the top values in classic Rioja.  100% Tempranillo, the wine was aged for 24 months in American oak before being bottles in 2013.  “This is the younger of their wines, with even some red berry aromas and spicy oak, quite harmonious. The palate is lively, balanced and polished, with tasty flavors and bright acidity. Delicious.” – Luis Gutierrez – Wine Advocate – 91 points
Special Tasting Price: $19.99/bottle

3. 2013 Bodegas Aster Ribera del Duero Crianza (Ribera del Duero, Spain) – Owned by La Rioja Alta since the 1990’s, this is 100% Tinta del Pais (the local name for Tempranillo) aged for 22 months in French and American oak.  “The straightforward and fruit-driven 2013 Crianza is a classical Ribera del Duero: clean, modern and with nicely integrated oak. It’s pure Tempranillo aged in French oak (70% new) for 22 months. The palate is approachable, balanced and fresh, very good for the year.” – Luis Gutierrez – Wine Advocate – 90 points
Special Tasting Price: $20.79/bottle

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

European Value Wines Tasting at Table Wine in Asheville, North Carolina.

Euro-Zone Extreme Value Wines – Try Three For Free Wine Tasting

Saturday, July 8 from 2-5 p.m. – Make your Saturday great with a free wine tasting showcasing some extreme value wines from Europe. All 3 wines are new, they’re delicious, and they’re grossly under-priced.

The producers throughout the Euro-zone continue to put out the greatest wine values in the world, and I keep buying them!  Join us as we pour you a trio of new, budget friendly wines from Spain and Austria.  Up first, it’s a Sauvignon Blanc-like Verdejo-driven blend from Spain’s Telmo Rodriguez.  Fresh and zesty, this is a great summertime wine.  After that, it’s the dry rosé from Austria’s Anton Bauer — light, tart, refreshing and crisp, it’s really good this year.  To finish, it’s a really special treat in the form of a pre-aged Ribera del Duero.  Translated, it means you are going to get to try (and possibly buy) an eight year old Tempranillo that is in fine form.  Oh yeah, it’s less than $15 too…….and we bought it all!  Stop by, taste, learn and save big on all of the 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 Telmo Rodriguez “Basa” Rueda Blanco (Rueda, Spain) – Rueda is located in the western part of Spain, and it has become a hub for fresh and zesty white wines based on the Verdejo grape.  Telmo Rodriguez, one of Spain’s pioneering winemakers, blends 90% Verdejo with 10% Viura to create a lovely and refreshing white wine.  Laced with notes of exotic tropical fruits, citrus, herb and mineral, it is a great alternative to Sauvignon Blanc.
Tasting Price: $11.69 in mixed 3-packs | $11.04 in mixed 6-packs | $10.39 in mixed cases

2. 2016 Anton Bauer Rosé (Wagram, Austria) – Born in 1971, Anton Bauer is the fourth generation to manage his family’s 25 hectare vineyard and winery.  His dry rosé is a blend of nearly equal parts Zweigelt, Merlot and Syrah and it is fermented in stainless steel.  Dry, super crisp, and offering up flavors of tart cherry, cranberry, citrus, and white flowers, it is the perfect wine to beat the heat of summer.
Tasting Price: $11.69 in mixed 3-packs | $11.04 in mixed 6-packs | $10.39 in mixed cases

2. 2009 Torrederos Ribera del Duero Roble (Ribera del Duero, Spain) – One of my distributor reps tasted me on this one a few weeks back and I bought all 20 cases he had to offer.  Ever tried Tempranillo with 8 years of aged under its belt?  Here’s your chance!  Offering up savory and complex aromas of smoked meat, spice, leather and dried fruit, this one fleshes out on the palate with rounded and sweet dark fruit and lots of secondary complexity.
Tasting Price: $13.49 in mixed 3-packs | $12.74 in mixed 6-packs | $11.99 in mixed cases

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

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.