News Release: Monday, November 18th, 2019
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Renee Roscoe of Klinker Brick hosted The Asheville Wine Focus Group @MetroWines last night. This gathering was a little different because we were asking Group to consider whether Klinker Birck, which has 5 to 6 placements in this small shop, should have one or two of their labels voted off the island! Not only are none of the labels leaving, we might have taken in two more! Renee brought Old Ghost and 1850.
There is no way to pick a winner. Participants snapped of every, and I do mean, every bottle of Rose', Brickmason, Old Vine Zinfandel and Syrah. And customers who came in shop after the eventtasted the wines at the counter and bought four more cases. The price to quality ratio is high. In most cases, Group guessed over the shelf price.
Klinker Brick early on realized that the climate at the winery was similar to The Mediterranean and pulled up Chardonnay to focus on varietals that fared will in Mediterranean temperatures and topography. Some of the new viticultrual residents include Albarino and Dolcetto.
We talked about old vines. It seems that "old vine" means 40 years or older but some of the deep down vines at Klinker Brick are over 100 years old. They struggle, they concentrate, they simmer down into elegance.
And we talked about red blends. Not every varietal plays well together. Blending is not a DYI project and that's a fact.
We talked about the versatility and tolerance of Klinker Brick Wines. Because of the smoothness in texture, most of their wines, even some of the reds! can even work with Indian flavors. So the flavors on your Thanksgiving Table has to be a cakewalk!
Shop crowd pleasing Klinker Brick all year @MetroWines. Clearly, it's not going anywhere soon!
Jacquart Brut Mosaigue
Holiday and Host Gift Perfect
Mosaique is a non-vintage brut from top Champagne producer Jacquart. Lively and fresh, with a good backbone of fruit and a very fine mousse.
STOCK UP! These bottles will sell out.
This is a good time to mention our tasting
"Sizing Up The Holidays" @MetroWines!
Saturday, December 14th from 1 to 4pm
Taste Sparkling Wines in all sizes
including single servings in a four pack
perfect for stocking stuffers or a host gift,
half bottles suited for opening a dinner for two followed by wine, and magnums that not only make an extraordinary gift but also look fabulous and festive on a table!
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News Release: Tuesday, October 8th, 2019
The Felten Family own and manage fifteen individual vineyard blocks of “Old Vine” Zinfandel that range in age from 40 to 120 years old. Each vineyard is planted in sandy loam soils in the Mokelumne River Appellation of Lodi and the Clements Foothills.
In the nineties, the family began to market their zinfandel in the bulk wine market, selling to a number of prestigious, benchmark producers of Zinfandel in Napa and Sonoma Counties.
In 2000, Steve and Lori produced their first vintage of Klinker Brick Old Vine Zinfandel. They continue to produce wine from all of the vineyard blocks, culling only the very best lots for bottling Klinker Brick Old Vine Zinfandel and designated vineyard wines. They produced their first vintage of Farrah Syrah in 2001.
The Feltens and Klinker Brick have one goal…produce world-class wine.
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News Release: September 18th
Where is the Love? That is what we were asking at the last Focus Group ("Group"). We presented four wines that we thought were great for the price, that have either fallen out of favor or just never got there. As always, Group was spot on and provided invaluable information.
Group was concerend about blends that do not indicate what the heck is in the bottle on the label. And while a wine story is good, it is not a great sales tool. For example, a bottle that was made from a special clone might be of interest to wine geeks but not so much to most customers. Group did think an eye catching label was imoortant in a sea of wine. But of most importance is education. More classes on wines such as txakolina are necessary to insure customers know what is being offered. And more informational cards on the shelf so custoemrs can roam around by themselves and get the drift.
So, of the four wines reviewed by Group, only one survived! While two of the others were acceptable for now, don't reorder! And one was a flat out why bother. Here's the winner:
Winemaker's Notes: This Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon has all the hallmarks of a great, true-to-style Cabernet. Its structure is approachable, the fruit is juicy red with a hint of savory which is appropriate for this varietal. Oak is well integrated and lends spiciness on the palate. This wine is very fitting for a weekday wine and/or for more formal occasions.
Eva Luna 2016 Garda
Cabernet Suavignon & Csabernet Franc Blend
As a second generation producer in a region that her father Sergio Zenato put on the map, Nadia Zenato and her mother Carla Prospero created Evaluna out of a deep love but also deep knowledge of the area. Evaluna (Eve + Moon) evokes the passion and a long practice in the vineyard sites of Lake Garda by the Zenato family. Evaluna in name and intent endeavors to break the mold of what is considered possible in a land of diverse agricultural abundance.
Customers like that this wine would not only hold up to heavy flavors and cold weather foods but could also be chilled for a summer dinner. Eva Luna offers an opportunity to really taste the cabernet grape without the full throttle of a California bottle or the vegetal flavor, not always completely pleasant, this variety can show. This wine is very flavorfull yet light.
Some of our BEST Participant comments:
"Full bodied but light."
"Not too overwhelming for a red."
"Yes! So MF good. Summer."
Most participants guessed price to be between 1$18 and $20 or higher. Eva Luna is $15.99 @MetroWines.
WINNER: June Great Rose Tasting
Le Quattro Terre, Barbera, Piemonte Rosato, $14.99
The soil is calcareous-clay and silt with south exposure. Manual harvest. Direct pressing of grapes.
Static cold decantation, fermentation in stainless steel tanks on fine lees for 3 months at controlled temperature.
Brilliant rosé with light purple hues. Delicate but intense. Pleasant, with light hints of wild strawberry and sour cherry.
Medium body, good acidity and minerality. Provencal in style with Italian Grapes!
"Quattro Terre" Piemonte Rosato is Gianpiero's is an iconic rosé made of 100% Barbera grape,
This wine represents the Piemonte Region, specifically the Monferrato terroir.
The rosé is also made with grapes from four different types of soil at La Meridiana Estate;
hence the name, "QUATTRO TERRE" or "FOUR SOILS." Clay, sand, limestone, and iron.
The blend presents complexity and minerality. Elegant body and harmonious acidity.
And Le Quattro Terre Red will be "on the taste at Foucs Group on Wednesday!
And Katarina had a great time and has already agreed to return in October!
Extra Info: HERE!
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News Release: Thursday, May 9th, 2019
Our 1939 Model M tractor has been a workhorse for three generations. Like this wine, it’s enjoyable, unassuming, and reliable for the long haul. Dusi has sold grapes to Turley! This wine reflectes that big, rich, lush style. A blend of Syrah, Petite Sirah and Zinfandel from Central Coast of California. The Asheville Wine Focus Group found it to be a crowd pleaser. $14.99
News Release; Saturday, April 9th
Thursday, March 14th, 2019
Ser Passo was conceived as an attempt to surprise and delight the wine consumer with new flavors, tastes and aromas. The unique flavors are of intense, strong and ripe fruits, such as cherries and black cherries. A velvety structure on the palate leaves a graceful softness in the mouth which make it suitable for tasty pasta, red meats and game in general.
Focus Group Said:
"strong black cherry flavor
"touch of chocolate"
"could enjoy alone or with food"
"can handle meat"
Among Group last night was a sommelier from Italy, Roberto, who said "This wine is a good example of the great values coming out of Italy. You could definitely take this wine to a dinner or party with confidence."
We say: $11.99 !!
Over the past years Anne Pichon Wines acquired more old vineyards to bring the size of the domaine to 21 hectares. “The best vineyards in Ventoux are low-yielding and difficult to cultivate,” said Marc. “They’re the ones that people want to get rid of.” With organically farmed holdings that include 9ha Grenache, 5ha Syrah, 1ha Merlot, 0.8ha Carignan, 1.2ha Roussanne, 1.5ha Viognier, 0.7ha Grenache Blanc, 1.5ha Clairette and 0.3ha Bourboulenc, the micro-climate at Anne Pichon is dry, with cool, manually tilled soils that retain moisture when it rains. And because of the Mistral that sweeps up from the hills below, fruit is less susceptible to rot and disease, providing and ideal environment for organic viticulture.
Employing careful vineyard management, low yields and late harvesting, Pichon hand-harvests and destems all of the fruit. Reds are vinified in small 50 hL cement tanks or stainless steel, at low temperature to achieve a long maceration. For extraction Marc generally performed two gentle pump overs daily, with additional manual punch downs if necessary. The fermentations extend 3 to 4 weeks with a slow progressive increase in temperature to extract a very fine tannin structure. The malolactic fermentation and ageing take place partly in oak barrels but mostly in cements tanks. White wines are made from only a light pressing of first run juice and vinified in stainless steel tanks with strict temperature control to maintain a balance of ripe fruit and freshness.
News Release: Thursday, January 10th, 2019
45 customers gathered to consider the wines presented by Richard McKinney and Nick Demos of Tryon Distribution.
We talked wine, soil, biodynamic methods, Chile and Argentina, Bordeaux grapes, and herbaceous flavors!
We liked all of the 4 wines presented and thought they met the quality to price ratio challenge. But in the end, one was the most impressive to most of the group. While everyone has a different palate and preferences and every wine has a different best use, the fact that most people liked this one is a good indicator that most customers will like this wine. And in a small shop with limited space, that matters! And the winner is.......