featured wines

Zambra has assembled one of the region’s finest selection of Spanish and New World wines. We have been awarded the Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence and our wine list has been voted the best in Asheville.

The list below is some of our finest selections and featured at Zambra. To get the full wine list click the link above. Wine by glass is selected in house week to week.

SEGHESIO 2014

Sonoma County, California
Zinfandel
92 Points – Wine Spectator
Plump and luscious, this is jam-packed with fruit. Lively blackberry, pepper and
other spice box aromas lead to ripe and rich flavors of black raspberry, caramel
and licorice. There are more complex Zinfandels, but few that are more enjoyable
to drink. Drink now through 2022.
1/2 Bottle 28~ Bottle 50~

SHAFER 2004

Napa Valley, California
Merlot
92 Points – Wine Spectator
Ripe, juicy plum, blackberry and wild berry fruit is lively, plush, well-proportioned
and highly distinctive, finishing with a burst of fruit and pretty toasty-oak
shadings.
Bottle 90~

MARTINELLI ‘VELLUTINI RANCH’ 2011

Russian River Valley, California
Zinfandel
91 Points – Wine Spectator
Plush, silky and ripe, with aromas of cherry, mineral and spice that lead to layered
and jammy wild berry, caramel and herb flavors. A style many will love. Drink
now through 2020.
Bottle 95~

ARTERBERRY MARESH ‘MARESH VINEYARD’ 2010

Dundee Hills, Oregon
Pinot Noir
94 Points – Robert Parker
2010 Pinot Noir Maresh Vineyard takes us into a realm of high-toned red berry;
mysterious underbrush; noble fungus; meat stock; and overall elegance fondly
reminiscent of great Volnay. Piquant fruit pit and mouthwatering salinity lend a
goosebump-inducing degree of invigoration to this satiny, sleek, ravishingly long
Pinot that kept revealing new nuances and deeper, multi-faceted sweetness as it
took on air. I suspect this will have a 12-15 year run and become a yet more profoundly
satisfying along the course.
Bottle 106~

WILLIAMS-SELYEM ‘FLAX VINEYARD’ 2007

Sonoma North Coast, California
Pinot Noir
93 Points – Robert Parker
The 2007 Pinot Noir Flax Vineyard possesses one of the deepest ruby colors of all
these Pinots as well as a big, sweet nose of boysenberries, black cherries, earth,
and spice. Rich and medium to full-bodied, it is among the most generous, sumptuous,
and accessible of these offerings. It should continue to drink well for a decade
or more.
Bottle 140~

CORRA 2009

Napa Valley, California
Cabernet Sauvignon
94 Points – Wine Spectator
A rich, expansive Cabernet, with tiers of black and blue fruits joined by currant,
melted licorice, mocha and cedar flavors. Yet for all its size and density, this offers
the finesse and grace found in the best 2009s. Best from 2013 through 2023. 375
cases made.
Bottle 200~

STAGLIN FAMILY VINEYARD 2004

Rutherford, Napa, North Coast, California
Cabernet Sauvignon
97 Points – Robert Parker
A striking, provocative, complex set of aromatics jump from the glass of this dense
plum/purple-colored wine. Beautiful plum, anise and black currant fruit characteristics
are found in this voluptuously textured, opulent, full-bodied wine. This
compelling effort from the Staglin Family appears to be close to full maturity
given its impressive aromatics and silky mouthfeel, but its impeccable balance
suggests it will last another 15+ years.
Bottle 220~

SAXUM ‘BROKEN STONES’ 2012

Paso Robles, California
Syrah
97 Points – Robert Parker
The 2012 Syrah Broken Stones is a beauty. Made from 79% Syrah, 7% Petite
Sirah and the rest Grenache, Mourvedre and Roussanne, it offers up full-bodied,
decadent, yet incredibly pure notes of creme de cassis, smoked earth, pepper and
violets. Seamless and silky, yet with a great mid-palate and notable tannin, it
needs 2-3 years of bottle age and will have 15 years or more of overall longevity.
Bottle 300~

BERGSTROM ‘SIGRID’ 2011

Willamette Valley, Oregon
Chardonnay
91 Points – Robert Parker
offers generous lime, tangerine and pineapple deftly folded into butter cream,
with honey, nut pastes and lanolin adding to both the textural patina and finishing
complexity of a vibrant and delightfully buoyant performance. A hint of wet stone
in the finish helps set off the rich and luscious elements.
Bottle 75~

 

PETALOS 2014

Ribera Del Duero, Spain
87 Points – Wine Spectator
This juicy red offers bright cherry and strawberry flavors, with accents of licorice
and vanilla. Citrusy acidity and gentle tannins lend support. Balanced and lively.
Bottle 44~

ALMIREZ 2013

Toro, Spain
Tinta de Toro
92+ Points – Robert Parker
Even more powerful and rich is the 2013 Almirez, an opaque purple wine made
from 100% Tinta de Toro from vineyards planted at 2,300 feet (the highest in all of
Toro). The wine has a fabulous opaque purple color, notes of blackberry, blueberry
and cassis, licorice, graphite and truffle. Deep, rich, full-bodied and powerful with
moderate tannin, this wine was aged 12 months in about 30% new French oak. Drink
it over the next decade.
Bottle 50~

TRIGA 2012

Alicante, Spain
Monastrell, Cabernet Sauvignon
92 Points – Robert Parker
The mid-level 2006 Numanthia is a deeper color than both vintages of Termes. It
displays a brooding bouquet of wood smoke, Asian spices, violets, espresso, black
cherry, and blackberry. Dense, rich, powerful, and incipiently complex, it merits 5-7
years of additional bottle age and will offer prime drinking from 2015 to 2026.
Bottle 68~

PINGUS ‘PSI’ 2013

Ribera del Duero, Spain
100% Tempranillo
91 Points – Robert Parker
The percentage of Garnacha has grown to around 10%, while the rest is, of course,
Tempranillo. The wine has a fruit-driven profile, fresh and clean, developing some
notes of flowers and red berries. Once it’s in contact with air for some time, it opens
up (so decanting the wine in advance might be a good idea), and is more approachable
than the previous vintage. This could be a lighter year that drinks quite well and
was a real triumph over nature.
Bottle 75~

MAS DOIX ‘SALANQUES’ 2013

Priorat, Spain
Garnacha, Carinena, Syrah
93 Points – Robert Parker
The 2013 Salanques is a blend of old-vine Garnacha (65%) and Cariñena (25%) and
young-ish Syrah (10%) fermented in stainless steel with neutral yeasts and matured
in 50/50 new and second use French oak barrels. This has the complexity, depth and
concentration of the top wines from many wineries. It’s not particularly powerful,
on the contrary, it is built on elegance and balance, with fresh aromas and a refined
palate. It has clean, focused and pure aromas and flavors with very good acidity and
very fine tannins. This is just great.
Bottle 78~

QUINTA SARDONIA 2011

Castilla Leon, Spain
Proprietary Blend
93+ Points – Robert Parker
2011 is extremely ripe and the wine reached 15.4% alcohol, but it doesn’t show. It
starts quite lactic, with notes of fruits-of-the-forest yogurt, spicy and lush, with no
noticeable oak. The wine needs plenty of time and air, so decanting it in advance is
a good idea. The palate is full-bodied, but it has very good balance and acidity, a
special liveliness provided by the mineral, chalky, drying sensation of the texture. A
soil-driven red of character.
Bottle 105~

NUMANTHIA 2011

Toro, Spain
100 % Tempranillo
92 Points – Robert Parker
The 2011 Numanthia is a powerful and concentrated Tempranillo with abundant aromas
of peat, tar, shoe polish and ripe dark fruit with hints of minerality and a marked
earthiness. The palate is warm, with noticeable alcohol that seems to coat the tannins
while the acidity is barely enough to provide freshness for such an amount of
glycerol. With time, the aromas are clearly from the barrel: dark chocolate, espresso
coffee and toasted bread. XXL for sure, for fans of the style.
Bottle 142~

MALLEOLUS DE SANCHO MARTIN 2009

Ribera del Duero
100% Tinto Fino
97-100 Points – Robert Parker
The 2009 Malleolus de Sanchomartin was tasted from a barrel sample. Opaque
purple in color with lovely floral aromas, Asian spices, and incense, on the palate
it effortlessly combines power with elegance. It has superb grip, great volume, and
plush, succulent fruit. It has the structure to evolve for 8-10 years and should drink
well through 2040.
Bottle 230~

RAFAEL PALACIOS ‘AS SORTES’ 2011

Valdeorras, Spain
100% Godello
93 Points – Robert Parker
An outstanding vintage for his flagship wine is the 2011 As Sortes, produced from
dry-farmed, small plots of old Godello vines (35- to 92-years-old), giving very low
yields. The wine ferments in 500-liter French oak barrels where it’s aged for eight
months on its lees. 22,500 bottles were produced. This is the benchmark for white
Valdeorras grown on granite soils in the Bibei valley of the appellation. Yellow,
golden-colored, the aroma is subtle, citric, precise, elegant and sharp, with ripe
yellow fruit, and lemongrass notes. The palate is full and very mineral, with a dense
texture and flavors of ripe tangerine, some nuts, apples and a tropical touch, pungent
and intense, with laser-like delineation.
Bottle 65~