Asheville’s Best Free Wine Tasting W/Advintage
Arnaud Lambert Clos de Midi Chenin Blanc
From his largest single holding of 3.5 ha of south-east facing vines planted in 1985 on light sandy clay soil over limestone. Vinification using no SO2 in stainless steel tank with indigenous yeast and no malolactic. The wine shows excellent freshness and precision in a pure fruit-forward expression of chenin in its most pure state. Very attractive and approachable right away.
County Line Pinot Noir
County Line Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir embodies the vibrant freshness and approachability of ripe coastal fruit. Bright raspberry, cranberry, and fresh alpine strawberries highlight the nose and palate. Subtle notes of violet and fennel weave throughout, further enhancing the vibrant freshness. Balanced tannins add structure to this smooth, easy-drinking wine. Pair with roast Liberty Duck, or a simple mushroom and ricotta pizza for a truly enjoyable evening.
Alejandro Fernández Dehesa la Granja
Dehesa La Granja is the dream of anyone who loves the countryside and is the Fernández Rivera family’s tranquil reverie come to life. The winery forms part of a working farm that is fully integrated into the environment of Zamora, a land it respects deeply, and embodies a true “farm-to-table” lifestyle. Within the 850-hectare farm, 150 hectares of Tempranillo vineyards stretch along the banks of the Guareña River. In addition to its expressive Tempranillo wines, the estate also grows other agricultural crops and raises livestock, producing items such as garbanzos, cured goat cheese and extra virgin olive oil. Close to the western border of the D.O. Toro, Castilla y León’s region of Zamora provides fruity, fresh and fragrant Tempranillo wines from the very heart of Spain. The estate was chosen for the unique traits that Tempranillo absorbs when grown in this distinctive terroir. All wines made at Dehesa La Granja are aged extensively. The estate has an impressive 3,000 m2 maze of 18th century tunnels that run under the farm, creating a unique labyrinth of cellars in which the wines repose. The Dehesa 14 is aged for 2 years in barrel, followed by at least 12 years in bottle before being released to the market. Toasted wood aromas that combine with noble fruity hints of ripe black cherries, spiced plums and a mineral background on the nose. On the palate it is tasty, very fruity and has a well balanced tannic structure, and the finish is full-bodied wood and fruit.
Alejandro Fernández Condado de Haza
The Fernández Rivera family has always been inspired by the great estates of Bordeaux. In 1987, they planted 180 hectares of Tempranillo along the Duero River in the province of Burgos, a northerly and colder part of Ribera del Duero. In true château style, Condado de Haza was built at the heart of the vineyards, A commitment to excellence backed by tradition was infused into everything when establishing Condado de Haza. Starting from scratch by boring into a hillside, the family built an aging room 30m below the vineyard. A 200m tunnel was excavated in order to create a chamber that would maintain the ideal natural temperature and humidity for cellaring wine. Only produced in the very best vintages, Alenza – a contraction of the names of Alejandro and Esperanza – is proclaimed as the most traditional of all the estates’ wines, being the only one going through traditional whole-cluster fermentation. Condado de Haza is committed exclusively to Tempranillo made from the estate-owned vineyards that produce bold wines with amazing complexity and class. The wines of the estate are a great value from Ribera del Duero and the culmination of the Fernández family’s commitment to producing exceptional and unique Tempranillo wines. Intensely garnet red in color, the Crianza’s juicy notes of ripe berries are accented by soft touches of sweet spice and violet on the palate.
Our Wine Wednesdays, include one *free sample from each of our hand selected fine wine features (up to four wines). New wines are chosen each week.
*tasting free with purchase of $10 or more per guest