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Unfined. Unfiltered. Unparalleled.

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Bottled unfined and unfiltered, this wine is unparalleled for the price, $13.99.  Located in Catamarca, Argentina, surrounded by the Andes Mountains, the Alto3 vineyard is one of the highest altitude vineyards in the world sitting at 4947 feet!  It is this high altitude and the characteristic dry rocky soil combined with minimal rainfall and highly contrasting temperatures between day and night, that produce low yield, high quality grapes.  The altitude and weather facilitate organic practices. The vines are not treated with any chemicals.

The grapes that make Alto3 are hand picked and packed in small cases of 30 pounds.  Fermentation takes place in small concrete tanks and only native yeasts are used. After a 21 day maceration, the wine is aged in American and French oak casks for 6 months and then bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Made of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, Alto3 presents a deep red, purple color in the glass. On the nose, you will find red currants, herbs, licorice and tobacco.  On the palate, the flavors mimic the nose and add a slightly minty quality to the mix. Alto3 is medium bodied with a smooth texture, solid structure and balanced fruit profile.

"The Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva is inky purple with an attractive bouquet of toasty black currants.  The wine has excellent depth with ample spicy red and black fruits, light tannin, and a very good depth.  Bodega Alto's Alto3 vineyard, consisting of 190 acres, is located in Catamarca, 515 miles north of Mendoza, at 4900+ feet of elevation. The vineyard is farmed organically." Wine Advocate 88 points.

Metro Wines Tasting Panel ALL agreed, and this is not always the case!, that this wine is excellent. Being unfined and unfiltered, the true flavors of the grapes are strong, yet elegantly blended. Alto3 is a great food wine.

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Metro Wines Tasting Panel Approved Unanimously

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Is Metro Wines the low price leader?

When we opened Metro Wines in late April, one our goals was to offer you great wines at very competitive prices.  Whether you had been buying your wine at one of Asheville’s other wine shops or even the grocery stores, we wanted you to feel confident that you would always get a great price at our shop.

But we didn’t realize how good our prices were until we started hearing from our customers.  Our very first regulars told us that our wines tasted like they should cost about $8 more than our actual price.  Later, we began hearing from those customers who roam the shops looking for the best price on their favorite wines.  Their conclusion?  They found that our prices were either the same or lower than others in Asheville.  Many of our bottles priced under $20 were $3 to 75 cents lower than wines at other locations.  So, they didn't pay more and usually saved money when shopping at Metro Wines.

Other customers have been happy that we found them a new favorite wine at a substantially lower price.  Case in point, one customer was willing to pay up to $60 for a high quality ice wine.  We found him one rated 90 points by Wine Spectator that set him back less than $25.  For another customer, we found him a hard to find Italian white wine at less than ½ the price of his old favorite.

So do the math and make your own decision.  We think you’ll find that you’ll get more for your hard earned money at Metro Wines.

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CHATEAU ROC MEYNARD

Metro Wine poured Chateau Roc Meynard at the Bastille Day event on Sunday. Tough crowd for a French wine!

Verdict: Tres bien.

Chateau Roc Meynard 2010, Bordeaux Superior is a true Bordeaux value.  Aged for 20 months in tank, this Bordeaux blend is 90% Merlot giving the wine finesse and fruit, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon adding weight and complexity and 5% Cabernet Franc making for the high note. Located in the village of Villegouge, the Chateau sits stately next to the Fronsac Region. The vines are planted on the hillsides within a perfect terroir of chalk, clay and sandy soils. Robust, yet elegant, with ripe tannins and a velvety feel, the wine presents black fruits and darker spices on the palate making it a perfect match in texture and taste for meats and cheeses.

Chateau Roc Meynard received the MEDAILLE D'OR, concours de bordeaux 2012.

Being sold everywhere for $16.99, OUR PRICE IS $13.99. tres bien!

We pour again to taste on "Bring Me Bordeaux Sautrday."

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Chardonnay FAQ

Kendal's Chardonnay FAQ

  • Chardonnay is the world’s most popular white wine grape and it is grown in virtually every wine-producing region. 
  • Chardonnay generally produces dry to medium dry wine with oak, spice, smoke, vanilla, pear, apple, tropical, or citrus fruit flavors
  • When there is little to no oak barrel aging, Chardonnay tends to be more crisp and fresh. With extensive oak aging, the wine tends to have a creamy and buttery flavor with vanilla.
  • Chardonnay thrives as the white grape of Burgundy and it produces extraordinary wines in the Russian River Valley and Carneros region in California.
  • It is a relatively “low-maintenance” vine that adapts well to a variety of climates, resulting in fairly high yields worldwide. These high yields translate into millions of bottles of Chardonnay wines. As a result, you can buy a good bottle of Chardonnay for under $15.

 

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A $5.99 CHARDONNAY AND A $29.99 CHARDONNAY?

The answer to the question is relatively easy to explain. An inexpensive Chardonnay, for the most part, will be light, easy-drinking and will have little oak influence and are relatively one dimensional on the palate, pure and simple. 

As you move up the price tier, most Chardonnays released have two principle influences. The first is the benefit of a more precise growing area, which has proven to be ideal for Chardonnay. For example, the Russian River Valley in Sonoma County has proven to be one of the most prestigious areas in California for Chardonnay. These wines generally display more intense fruit flavors and more complexity.

The second factor is oak aging. Oak barrels are very expensive, for example one 60 gallon French oak barrel is approximately $1,200, but well worth the investment, especially when Chardonnay is involved. When oak is involved, the retail is certain to increase. However, the wine’s body, complexity and finish increase dramatically as well.

In conclusion, a Chardonnay at $29.99 compared to a Chardonnay at $5.99 will have more complexity, more intense fruit flavors, a longer finish and more integrated oak flavors.

 

One of the most popular Chardonnays at Metro Wines is Domaine de Valensac. Page down to read the review on Wine Blog.

 

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Food Pairings:

  • Unoaked Chardonnay:
    • Raw or lightly cooked shellfish
    • Grilled Fish and Chicken
    • Creamy pasta with chicken or pork
    • Chicken or ham based salads
  • Full Bodied Chardonnay
    • Grilled steak, veal, and red peppers
  • Foods not to eat with Chardonnay
    • Smoked fish and meats
    • Tomato based dishes
    • Thai flavors
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Case Club Report

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If you were a member of the Case Club, you found these great wines in your box:

RED

 

Altes Herencia Garnatxa Negra 2012

 

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

“Another incredible value and full-throttle wine made from 100% Grenache.  From very old vines and aged completely in concrete, is a naked, unadulterated, unmanipulated effort with great minerality (from the chalky, limestone soils) and an intensity and richness (from the old vines) that are normally found in $50+ wines. It offers loads of kirsch, raspberry, licorice, and chalky minerality. Medium to full-bodied and dense, it is best consumed over the next 2-3 years. “

 

Pair with grilled meats, and Spanish and Mexican foods that have low levels of chili pepper heat.

 

Chateau Recougne Bordeaux Superieur 2009

 

Robert Parker called Recougne the finest Bordeaux Superieur. It is an estate that has produced wine for over 400 years, and its name is said to have come from King Henri IV in the early 17th century, in "recognition" of the quality of its wine. Factors that contribute to the quality of the vineyard include: several parcels of very old vines of 50+ years, environmentally friendly viticulture techniques, minimal spraying, low yields through green harvesting, and excellent canopy management.  The blend is 75% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc.

 

This is liberally toasty up front, with a mocha edge giving way to notes of espresso and spice, yet pure red currant, black cherry and plum fruit emerges from behind, with a roasted cedar edge inlaid on the finish. Drink now through 2013.  Serve with beef, mushrooms, and heavier French or European style meals.

 

Colle Ambro Rosso Piceno 2009

 

This wine is made from 70% Montepulciano and 30% Sangiovese. Ample, persistent aroma of ripe red fruit with scents of cherries, plums and prunes as well as fresh licorice roots. Flavor is full, and warm with generous hints of tannins that are moderately expressed.  Enjoy with anything Italian.

 

 

Honoro Vera Monastrell 2012

 

The Honoro Vera is deeply colored with aromas of sweet herbs and spices, and the lush palate is bursting with ripe raspberries, blackberries, and cherries. Backing all of these aromas and flavors are firm tannins; which makes the wine a great match for braised lamb and pork dishes, as well as a plate of figs and aged cheeses.

 

WHITE

 

Con Class Rueda 2011

 

A blend of 60% Verdejo, 25% Viura and 15% Sauvignon Blanc aged on its lees in stainless steel, this is a light to medium-bodied, pure, floral-scented, nicely textured, crisp white that admirably demonstrates the remarkable progress Spain has made with its white wine program.  The Wine Advocate rated it 87 points.

 

Enjoy with chilled shellfish, variety of tapas, warm cream sauces and soups, salads, grilled fish, or a wide variety of cheeses including brie and goat cheese.

 

Cono Sur Bicicleta Viognier 2012

 

Pale gold color; tropical fruit aromas with melon, peach and orange blossom notes; dry, medium bodied, with great acidity and flavors of grapefruit, peach, green apple and pineapple; good length on the finish.


Serve with stir-fry or wok-sautéed white meats, vegetables and creamy poultry.

Don't let another month pass you by. Some of these wines just don't stay on the shelf.

And Case Club Members always get First Dibs!

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More Lonely Grapes

Terrazze Pinot Nero (Noir)

Made from the Pinot Noir grape hand picked on the Mazzolino Estate in Italy. The intense ruby turn garnet color is spectacular. On the palate, the wine presents ripe red fruits , a hint of violet and a slightly spicy taste. The wine is full but soft.

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Cote EST 2011 Grenache Blanc (50%), Chardonnay (30%) and Marsanne (20%). Winner, Medaille D'Or, Paris, 2012

The color is gold with hints of green. The taste is sharp and clean with a nice acidity for fish or chicken. The wine is also good with lighter fare or can stand on its own.

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Bastille Day. Bastille Wine.

What better on Bastille Day than Bastille Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.  The winemaker says: "Wine is made from the soul, not a rulebook. Ours is made without restraint, without pretension, quite simply, it's time to experience the freedom of what great wine can be."

Bastille Chardonnay is made in Languedoc from 100% Chardonnay. Aged for 6 months in steel tanks, this wine is round and crisp with nice flavors of exotic fruit, green apple and white flower.

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Bastille Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 is a red table wine from Languedoc Rousillon, France. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon made from older vines, this wine, aged for 10 months in stainless steel tanks, is full and rich on the palate with well integrated tannins. The wine presents dark ripe fruit followed by a solid structure and smooth finish.

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The importer for these wines lives right here in Asheville. Word is that the importer, Philippe Bourgeois will be here for the Bastille Day Celebration.  This is a great opportunity to ask him not only about his wines but about the process of importing wines from France.  About the company:

Bourgeois Family

Region: France

Website: http://www.bourgeoiswines.com/default.htm

Bourgeois Family Selections is a highly specialized importing company that puts the focus on the greatest wine nation in the world, France. The heart and soul of France are the small estates which are the very pulse of its lifeblood, “le vin”. We put the spotlight where it belongs, on the terroir that generations of the same family have toiled, the handpicked grapes, wine lovingly made with the knowledge handed down father to son, since time immemorial. Jean-Philippe is a sixth generation legacy in the beer, wine and spirits industry in his native country. He has spent years traveling the wine regions and countless time scouring the back roads of Gaul for unique, hand selected, organic wines. Our goal is to bring you what only a Frenchman can; the most exciting undiscovered gems of the old world; beautiful, passionately hand made wines, never before available in the US market.

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40% below...

40% below original price for a Napa Valley red wine.  Once again, we’ve surprised even ourselves at the low prices on our wines.  We’re offering the 2009 Beaulieu Tapestry Reserve at $33, which is about 40% less than its original purchase price of $55.  Both Wine Spectator and the Wine Advocate gave 91 points to this blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec.

We checked the Internet last week to find the best online price.  Our research showed the best price that day was $42.64, 29% higher than our price once you include the shipping charges. 

So, whether you are buying this as a gift or want to make your 4th of July grilled steaks the best meal of the weekend, drop by and pick up a bottle.  You’ll get a great price and you won’t have to wait while it’s shipped to your door.

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Banshee

New York Times today featured Banshee in an advertisement for their New York Times Wine Club saying: "Embark on the ultimate journey through the spectacular world of wine." WE HAVE BANSHEE in the shop now. 2011 was not the best year for Pinot Noir but you would not know it from this bottle of Banshee 2011 Pinot Noir from Sonoma County offering layers of depth and refinement, complexity and richness. Yes. All that. And more. 

Giving this vintage 89 points, Stephen Tanzer of International Wine Cellar, said this in June of 2013 of Banshee Pinot Noir: "Deep red. High-pitched red berry and floral aromas are accented by cinnamon and pungent herbs. Taut and linear on the palate, offering tangy redcurrant and bitter cherry flavors and a hint of cola. Finishes clean and brisk, with lingering spiciness and a touch of bitter herbs."

Metro Wines Tasting Panel agrees with Tanzer's description particularly the distinctive hint of cola on the palate as well as cherry and would add raspberry and blackberry. This is a bold and balanced wine.

Sourced primarily from the Sonoma Coast AVA, the cool-climate fruit presents an earthy character. Balance is brought to the bottle by the addition of fruit from a top Sonoma Mountain grower and a few Russian River sources. Complexity and richness are complements of the 20 barrels added to the final blend from declassified single vineyard fruit from Tina Marie and Hurst Vineyards. Banshee recommends pairing this bottle with grilled salmon or mushroom risotto.

It is widely agreed that this 2011 Banshee Pinot Noir is an exceptional value and that it will sell out.

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Boxed Wine? No. Wine in a Box.

YELLOW BLUE WINES

Founded by Matthew Cain, Yellow Blue Wines is a leader in the new way of the wine world. After 15 years in the wine industry including a decade working with renowned wine importer Kermit Lynch, Cain decided the wine business was in need of an overhaul. With financial and environmental costs of wine making increasing by the day, Cain embarked on a plan to bring top quality organic wines to market at reasonable prices and wiht minimal negative impact on the environment. the result is Yellow Blue Wines. why the name? Because, Cain says, when you mix the two together, you get green, as in, he says, "environmentally conscious, forward thinking and committed to positive change."

With the high cost of fuel driving up shipping charges, Cain solved the problem by partnering with organic wineries and packaging wines in light weight, recyclable, unbreakable boxes. Cain says he hopes to change the world "one box at a time." What better for the 4th of July?

Yellow Blue Sustainable Select Red

Dark purple black in color, this rich and powerful wine presents aromas of blackberry, leather and cardamom, with a long spicy finish. The grapes come from Santa Barbara County where the east west orientation of the coastal mountains form valleys opening directly to the Pacific Ocean.  It is this unique topography, the winemaker says, that allows the flow of fog and ocean breezes to shape distinct microclimates perfect for cultivation of classic grape varietals and world class wines.  In a box!  The fruit has an unusually long hang time on the vine allowing it to fully develop acids , flavors and tannins needed to produce wines with distinctive character.

Sustainable Chardonnay

The color is golden yellow. The aroma is mineral, apple and lime. The taste is full yet elegant with fine acidity and a lingering complex finish. And the region is Lodi, between San Francisco Bay and the Sierra Nevada Mountains. With a classic Mediterranean climate, the break out wine star Lodi makes for wines that are full bodied and balanced.

At $11.49 for a liter, there is no better choice for a picnic, a hike, boat trip, bicycle ride, camping. But the truth is, this wine can be served at the table anytime. the bottom line is that this is good wine "screaming good" according to Klimpton Hotels Wine Director, in a box.

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"I hear it's your birthday." "It's my birthday too, yeah."

Update: The staff finished the bottle tonight with a combination of leftovers, take out and the contents of a doggie bag from Limones in downtown Asheville including peanut butter and jelly, black bean cakes with ketchup, brussels sprouts with bacon, scallops with corn and italian white beans beans and a pineapple chutney, habanero sauce, chocolate, rosemary potato bread, pasta and red sauce, tofu and sesame noodles. The bottom line is that Luna is nothing to write home about BUT its weakness is its strength. That is to say, the very fact that Luna has no extraordinary and intensely identifiable highlight is exactly what enables it to go down smoothly with so many foods. Special order for parties where there will be a wide variety of flavors.

And so it was. We celebrated my birthday at the store with Luna Argenta Prosecco 2012 from the Veneto, Italy. We are a wine shop so we could have picked any bottle at a good price!!! but we chose Luna Argenta. This is a light sparkling wine that is perfect as an aperitif, a celebration, or with light meals and sushi.  This Prosecco is fruity with a hint of ripe apples, lemons and a touch, just a touch of grapefruit. At 12.49, you can buy it by the case. Besides sushi, other good pairings include pasta with pesto, spinach and herb risotto and even cabbage.  This sparkler can do it all.

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Wednesday Wines

Open Hearts Benefit, Art Exhibition and Wine Tasting is set for Wednesday, June 26th at 5pm.  Join us to taste these popular, value minded wines that are perfect for big events where you need to accommodate a variety of taste preferences and hold the line on expenses.

Frisk Prickly Riesling, Australia, 2011, $11.49

Wine Spectator calls Frisk a "Winery to Watch." This unusually "less sweet" Riesling is all about the yeast. The winemaker, describes the winery as "maverick" and says: "A gentle spritz courtesy of these clever yeasts, is captured to deliver a palate rousing tickle." And indeed it does. This is the Riesling for people who have not found a Riesling to suit them. Yours truly included.  This is a Riesling apart. The winemaker describes the taste as having "just a tinge of sweetness."  True. A touch of Muscat Gordo adds a floral note to the natural acidity of the Riesling grape. On the palate, the highlights are notes of lime sorbet, rose petals and fennel. Yes, fennel.  The wine presents, as the winemaker claims, "racy verve!"  All true.

2011 Vintage received these accolades: Best Buy from Wine Enthusiast, 90 Points from Wine Review Online, Top 25 Bargains from Frederic Koeppel.

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evodia, Old Vines Garancha, Spain, 2011, $9.99

This custom cuvee for Eric Solomon is 100% Garancha from high altitude vineyards planted 100 years ago in pure slate soils. Intensely ruby in color, the 2011 evodia opens with aromas of rose, blackberry and smoky minerals, and perhaps, a hint of white pepper.  Almost perfectly balanced, this wine presents a full, yet smooth taste with a strong finish.  The very fruit forward taste is characterized by blueberries and blackberries  This wine received 88 points from Wine Spectator and 90 from Stephen Tanzer of The International Wine Cellar. At $9.99, a Garancha of this quality could easily be on the shelf and sell for twice the price.

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ARTAZURI, Garnacha Rose, Spain, 2011, $11.75

Made by one of the great small producers of the Navarra in Spain from vines at least 75 years in the ground, this medium body, crisp rose presents a pleasant, zesty acidity and a nice finish.  Strong strawberry and notes of raspberry, blackberry and rose petals on the nose with cranberry and currant on the palate.  Popular in Europe, the wine is often described as "young, fresh and pink, but meaty." So say we all!  Perfect for a potluck, ARTAZURI pairs with dishes from spicy onion rings to teriyaki spareribs to maple roasted squash soup.

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The Tillerman

The Tillerman, Hook and Ladder, Russian River, 2011

In 1970, San Francisco firefighter Cecil De Loach and his wife Christine bought 24 acres of old vine Zinfandel in the Russian River of Sonoma County, California.  The Tillerman, named after Cecil, is a single vineyard blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (43%), Cabernet Franc (25%), Merlot (10%) and Sangiovese (22%). Released May 2012, the winemaker is Jason DeLoach.

This blend is a beautiful and we mean beautiful ruby turn violet color. Cinnamon and Hook & Lader signature waft of dry herbs on the nose. Cherries and leather on the palate rolling into ripe cranberry. The Metro Wines Tasting Panel describes the taste of The Tilllerman as "spicy with notes of earthiness." The addition of a grape not usually matched with a particular varietal can make all the difference. And so it is here. Adding Sangiovese to a traditional Bordeaux style blend makes ALL the difference.  Sometimes, you can improve on success! 

This is a solidly built wine that presents good fruit with a strong finish.  The Tillerman can pair with rich meals but will not overpower a lighter meal. And this versatility is a characteristic we find in find in many Hook and Ladder Wines. That said, we come to our point. This wine can go it alone as well. Draw a nice bath, sit back, take The Tillerman to the tub!

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Bordeaux Superieur, $14.99

Bring me THIS Bordeaux!

Bordeaux in southwestern France is arguably the most famous wine region in France, in the world, anywhere, ever. The region takes its name, roughly translated as "next to the water" from the port city of Bordeaux. Bordeaux can be, usually is, outrageously expensive. But if you shop smarter, shop Metro Wines, you can find a quality Bordeaux for less than $15.  

Our Chateau De La Vieille Bordeaux Superieur is imported by Wine Traditions, Falls Church, Virginia. We tell you this because this importer visits the wineries, knows the winemakers and selects top quality wines for the price to bring home. Wine Traditions is highly regarded among wine importers. This parituclar Bordeaux is not widely available in this country. Google it and witness all the prices in Euors. 

At $14.99, Chateau De La Vieille Tour Bordeaux Superieur 2010 is an excellent choice. A blend of 40% Merlot and 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, this Bordeaux offers, according to the winemaker, aromas of cherry, blackcurrant, black pepper and licorice. Our tasting group noted that it is this higher percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon that sets this wine apart from its price competitors and gives it a full feel, rich taste and weight.

Because of the weight of this Bordeaux, the wine pairs best with grilled and roast meat, poultry and cheese.

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The Scene Features Metro Wines

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Mackensy Lunsford talked tonic water in The Scene yesterday. She noted that the New York Times has given high praise to Fentimans Tonic Water and that you could find it here in Asheville at Metro Wines. Mackensy also mentioned our Rose Lemonade, an elegant drink when alcohol is off the menu.

The Scene story here!

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Carmenere is a Lonely Grape

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Apaltagna Envero Gran Reserva Carmenere 2011 from the Colchagua Valley, Chile

Seldom grown in France today, Carmenere is originally a Bordeaux. The grape has found a home, due to the warm, dry growing season, in Chile. Although Chile grows more cabernet grapes, the carmenere has become the country's signature grape. Apaltagna is known for high quality for the price, small production appelllation based wines.

This 2011 Gran Reserva Carmenere is no exception. For the price, this wine is unusually lush, offers firm and fine tannins with good volume and a long finish. The red fruit on the nose turns a concentrated and velvety black plum and blueberry on the palate. 

This bottle has won many, many awards around the wine world including the Gold Medal at Selections Mondiales de Vins Canada, Quebec and Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2013. 

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Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc

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What the winemaker says:

"A vibrant combination of fresh basil and spicy tomato leaves, tossed with tangy nashi pears and mandarin, sprinkled with a little lemon zest. A highly perfumed wine with blossom-like subtle aromas and a flintiness that alludes to an underlying core of minerality. A mouth watering, refreshing style with a deliciously crisp, yet luscious finish."

WOW. That's a tough act to follow! We would add that this wine is balanced with a capital "B." Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc 2011 is soft and light but presents real weight. This fruit intense wine with notes of grapefruit, passion fruit and peach offers vibrant acidity carrying through to a lengthy, chalky finish. Much like our Domaine de Valensac Chardonnay is proving to be the red wine drinkers white wine, Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc might just be the Sauvignon Blanc for those who have not found one to like. Robert Parker says drink until 2014.

What the other critics say about Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc 2011

92 points Wine Spectator

  *Top Wines of 2012* This intriguing white delivers a complex aromatic note that includes whiffs of petrol, oolong tea, mineral and lanolin, giving way to an equally complex flavor profile. Crunchy green apple, Meyer lemon and melon flavors are refreshing, balanced, and persistent on the finish. Drink now. 1,500 cases imported. –MW   (6/ 2012)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

  Pale, bright yellow. Highly aromatic nose combines grapefruit rind, underripe pineapple, white pepper, fresh herbs and stony minerality. Rich, pliant and fairly full, but with a juicy sappy quality to the orange blossom and spice flavors. In a rather forward style but bright framing acidity gives it definition and thrust. Finishes with excellent length. Greywacke is the new project of sauvignon blanc guru Kevin Judd, who put Cloudy Bay on the map during his 25 years as winemaker there.   (9/ 2012)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

  Former Cloudy Bay winemaker Kevin Judd’s new label displays a vibrant pungency to its leafy aromas, then opens up on the palate to add gooseberry and grapefruit notes. It’s refreshingly medium bodied, with a slightly creamy texture and a long finish filled with pink grapefruit.   (8/ 2012)

 

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Valensac

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Where do we start?  Not one but three of our customers who prefer and generally only drink red wine, went home with a bottle, sometimes two!! of Domaine de Valensac Chardonnay 2011.  Perfect for everyday or special occasion, this Chardonnay is from the Lafon estate, Vin de Pays d'Oc. In the family for more than a century, Domaine de Valensac is considered by many critics to be one of the superior chateaux in the Languedoc and has gained a reputation for producing good value, solid white wines.

This unoaked Chardonnay offers a pleasant, buttery taste blended with exotic ripe fruit with correspondent pleasing and encouraging aromas. This Chardonnay has been described as "crackling," "vivacious" and "competitive with more prominent Chardonnays." The bottom line is that Domaine de Valensac Chardonnay 2011 is just born of basic, good winemaking. And, this is, as we noted, a red wine drinkers white wine.

At $13.49, this Chardonnay has earned a place on our shelf.

Pairing possibilities include sautéed spinach with white beans and pine nuts, chicken marsala with pancetta and cream. This Chardonnay can work smoothly with difficult to find wine partner flavors from artichokes to ripe red peppers.

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Father's Day Auction!

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Father's Day Gift Basket Silent Auction!

Give the unique. The Metro Wines gift Basket is perfect.

Basket Contains:

Bottle of Grochau Cellars 2009 Pinot Noir (not available in Asheville, from owners private collection)

4 rounds of golf at Reems Creek Golf Club ($100 value. Cart fee not included.)

2 bottles of Fentimans Tonic Water, Great Britain

Bottle of Olde Hickory Piedmont Pilsner

"Rough Guide to Digital Photography"

An original art gift card by Botanical Illustrator Jules Whelan

Starting Bid: $25

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G&T, Mario Batali and Fentimans

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Before you enjoy that Metro Wines bottle of wine with dinner, consider serving TV Chef Mario Batali's G&T. Mario says his secret summer ingredient is celery. Our secret ingredient is Fentimans Tonic Water. Botanically brewed the traditionally way since 1905, Fentimans Tonic Water is imported from Great Britain.

Mario suggests that you finely chop 4 ribs of celery and take all the leaves of a whole head and put them in a saucepan with 2 cups each sugar and water, bring to a boil and simmer 30 minutes. Cool, strain and chill. Fill a highball glass with 3 ounces Bombay Sapphire, 2 ounces celery syrup and 4 ounces tonic water. Top with a lime wedge and a few celery seeds.

Mario probably has a little more time to devote to a G&T than the rest of us.  But if you have the time, this recipe is screaming come hither.  If not, we suggest a good Gin and our Fentimans Tonic Water.

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