COLLECTIBLE AND CELLAR WORTH WINES

We pride ourselves at Taylor’s on stocking and having access to many of the world’s (and especially California’s) hardest to find and cellar worthy wines.   These highly sought after, collectible and low production wines come and go quickly.  Here are just a few of the gems currently in stock.

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SMALL PRODUCTION, ALLOCATED, COLLECTIBLE REDS

PINOT NOIR

KOSTA BROWNE 2014 SONOMA COAST PINOT NOIR - $109.99

Kosta Browne’s 2014 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir boast lifted red fruits, smells like the coast, herbs, freshness, spring tips, citrus tones, cedar and earth on the nose. On the mouth, experience precise fruit, red and crisp, fresh, pretty texture: grippy with bitter chocolate, rose hips.

KOSTA BROWN 2013 KEEFER RANCH PINOT NOIR $144.99

This Kosta Browne 2013 Keefer Ranch (Russian River Valley) Pinot Noir is superb with aromatics of juicy pomegranate, cranberry, lingonberry and touch of vanilla bean. On the palate, you experience ripe, red cherry and raspberry with notes of sassafras. Medium body with a bright acidity and bursting with rich concentrated flavor. Berries and cream evoke a velvety finish.

KOSTA BROWNE 2014 GAP'S CROWN VINEYARD SONOMA COAST PINOT $144.99

A nose of Wild flowers, cherry and huckleberry are followed by truffles and cocoa. Precise and richly textured with dark cherry and berry fruit on the front palate. Notes of citrus peel and wild fennel. Fine tannins define a long and smooth finish.

CABERNET SAUVIGNON

SCHRADER LPV BECKSTOFFER LAS PIEDRAS VINEYARD

Schrader LPV Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon $369.99

Rated 94 Points by The Wine Advocate & 95 Points from Wine Spectator! Building upon a remarkable debut, the 2012 Schrader LPV from the Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard benefited from ideal growing conditions throughout Napa Valley. Using a complement of clone 4 and clone 337, the Schrader LPV is provocative, exceptionally rich, and deeply compelling. The wine offers a luxurious mouth feel and distinctive fruit core that displays aromas of blueberry and blackcurrant mixed with an underlying essence of crushed rock minerality, a testament to this wines terrific range. Truly delicious, the Schrader LPV fulfills on the promise and the multi-dimensional flavor profile of the Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard.


ORIN SWIFT 2014 MERCURY HEAD

ORIN SWIFT 2014 MERCURY HEAD $119.99

This 2014 Mercury Head Cabernet Sauvignon is one of our BEST SELLERS & cannot seem to keep it on the shelf, but we do have it in stock right now! An alluring hue of dark garnet sits in the glass, encircled by a glowing ruby rim. Immediate aromas of ripe black cherry, blueberry and classic cassis are supported by undertones of lavender, jasmine, sage, tobacco, cigar box and the slightest touch of anise. Rich and vibrant upon entry, flavors of dark plums, figs and black fruit transform into sweet vanilla and dark chocolate framed by velvety and plush tannins. The wine finishes with great length and a touch of acidity—an elegant Cabernet Sauvignon from select vineyards in the Napa Valley.


PAUL HOBBS 2012 BECKSTOFFER CABERNET SAUVIGNON

Paul Hobbs 2012 Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon - $279.99

Rated 98 Points! We only get 2-4 bottles per year of Hobbs’ Dr. Crane Vineyard Cabernet and were pleasantly surprised to get the full 4 this year in such a fantastic vintage. 98pts from Parker this is a wine for the ages and should drink well for the next 20+ years.

“Blueberries, black raspberry jam and wet rocks that provide a hedonistic blast of fruit as well as exceptional minerality. With glorious richness in the mouth, fabulous purity, a skyscraper-like texture and an elegant style without heaviness, this sensational and compelling Cabernet Sauvignon should be one of the superstars of what looks to be a vintage loaded with big hitters.” – Parker


LAIL 2013 J DANIEL CUVEE CABERNET SAUVIGNON

Lail 2013 J. Daniel Cuvee Cabernet Sauvignon - $274.99

Rated 99 Points! “The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon J. Daniel Cuvée is probably the qualitative equivalent of the 2012, but slightly more backward and coiled tight. Coming from three vineyards that Robin Lail uses in Napa Valley: one in Calistoga, one in Oakville and the other on Howell Mountain. This is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged 20 months in about three-fourths new French oak. Just under 1,000 cases are produced. The 2013 comes across like a Napa version of the famous Château Montrose in Bordeaux’s St.-Estephe. Earthy notes intermixed with chocolate, blackcurrant liqueur, grilled meats and spice are all present in this opaque purple wine. Graphite and floral notes are also present. It is full-bodied and ripe with beautiful purity and superbly integrated acidity, alcohol, wood and tannin. This wine needs another 4-5 years, as it’s less dramatic and flamboyant compared to the 2012. It should evolve and age beautifully for 30+ years. .” – Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate


SHAFER 2011 HILLSIDE SELECT CABERNET SAUVIGNON

Shafer 2011 Hillside Select Stags Leap Cabernet Sauvignon - $249.99

Hillside Select is one of Napa’s blue chip wines, one you can count on increasing in value, with bottles from every past vintage since 2000 (except for 2006) currently selling for $300-$600. 2011 is a small vintage for Shafer and we’re only alloctated 6 bottles of this 96 point gem for this year, one of Parker’s top 10 Cabernets for the year.

96 Points, Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate: “Possibly the Cabernet Sauvignon of the vintage is Shafer’s 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select. Last year I thought it was a strong effort, but it’s even better now that it’s been bottled. With an opaque black/purple color and notes of subtle burning charcoal embers, blueberry, blackberry and graphite, the wine has a certain Bordelais minerality, but then the richness of Napa kicks in. It’s full-bodied (somewhat unusual for a 2011) with lighter tannins, and no doubt the wine will be on a faster evolutionary track than vintages such as 2010, 2012 and 2013. Nevertheless, the Shafers and Elias said this was the toughest vintage they’d ever experienced. To be able to produce a compelling wine like this is a testament to their extraordinary skills and craftsmanship. This wine can be drunk now or cellared for another 15-20 years.”

SCARECROW 2012 NAPA CABERNET SAUVIGNON

Scarecrow Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 - $499.99

Crafted from the oldest, most balanced and most intensely flavorful Cabernet lots grown onthe J. J. Cohn Estate, this impressive wine shows dark aromas of spiced plums, blackberries,mocha and cassis. Its dark complexity is equally evident on the palate, where the wine is atonce refreshing and somewhat mysterious. The layers of complex flavors reveal themselves with time in the glass, shifting and swirling between bright fruit and dark vanilla/caramel tones.

98 Points – The Wine Advocate – “The classic 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon included fruit from the 2-acre, old vine parcel that is nearly 70 years of age. It boasts an opaque purple color as well as copious notes of spring flowers, blackberries, black raspberries and wet rocks. The wine’s gravelly minerality and spectacular opulence and density make it an instant classic. This massive, full-bodied 2012 should drink beautifully for 15-20+ years. It showed incredibly well last year, and it still reveals the potential to possibly merit a 3-digit score – it’s that special.”

RED BLENDS

CONTINUUM 2013 PROPRIETARY RED BLEND

Continuum 2013 Proprietary Red Blend - $215

We’ve been huge fans of the Mondavi family’s Continuum since the first release of the 2005 vintage. It seems to be getting better and better with each release and this predominantly has to do with the fact that each successive vintage has relied less and less on purchased fruit and incorporated a higher percentage of the family’s Pritchard Hill estate fruit. 2013 marks the first vintage that utilizes only fruit from their estate vineyard, and they’ve crafted a “wine for the ages.”

Not only is this the first vintage that has all estate fruit, it marks the 40th harvest for Tim Mondavi and the 100th anniversary of Robert Mondavi’s birth, so they’ve pulled out all the stops to create something special and emblazoned the label with 1~40~100 insignia to commemorate the occasion.

Rated 99 Points by James Suckling and he describes it as “Impressive purity of fruit and definition with black currant, oyster shell, blueberries and slate. Graphite too. Very complex yet subtle. Full-bodied, very chewy and powerful yet polished and gorgeous. Electric style. Best ever from here.”


CONTINUUM 2012 PROPRIETARY RED WINE

Continuum Proprietary Red 2012 - $199.99

Another fantastic wine for the Cellar! 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cabernet Franc, 6% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot. 100% grown on our Pritchard Hill estate. The 2012 has a dense purple robe, red highlights and a vibrant violet rim. A sumptuous yet brilliantly balanced wine, the 2012 Continuum is flush with black cherry and mulberry fruit and complex flavors of graphite and African coffee. Full bodied and opulent, the 2012 is polished, supple and harmonious with a long and complex finish and a vibrant core of minerality. While you will find it deliciously enjoyable today, with patience, you can savor its evolution for decades to come.

96 points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): “Ripe, silky tannins wrap around the palate in the 2012 Continuum. Bright red cherry, plum, spice, menthol and hard candy meld together effortlessly in the glass. The 2012 captures the polished, refined side of the vintage. This is perhaps the most refined wine I have ever tasted from Continuum. The flavors are bright and focused, while the new oak has been decidedly toned down, both of which allow the personality of these breathtaking hillsides sites to shine. The 2012 is the first Continuum to be made entirely with estate grown fruit. Drink: 2017-2032. (Dec 2014)”


LARGE FORMAT

Continuum 2011 Proprietary Red Magnum (1.5L) - $460.00

Rated 95+ Points by Antonio Galloni
The 2011 Continuum is a dark, brooding beauty. The heavy presence of Petit Verdot, 11% in this vintage, is clearly felt in the wine’s somber, intense personality. The 2011 is going to require significant patience. It boasts superb density and pedigree, but it was also bottled just a few months ago, and is a bit unsettled at this stage. The 2011 was made from virtually all estate fruit, with a splash of Petit Verdot from Mount Veeder.


Continuum 2013 Proprietary Red Blend (1.5L) - $495

We’ve been huge fans of the Mondavi family’s Continuum since the first release of the 2005 vintage. It seems to be getting better and better with each release and this predominantly has to do with the fact that each successive vintage has relied less and less on purchased fruit and incorporated a higher percentage of the family’s Pritchard Hill estate fruit. 2013 marks the first vintage that utilizes only fruit from their estate vineyard, and they’ve crafted a “wine for the ages.”

Rated 99 Points by James Suckling and he describes it as “Impressive purity of fruit and definition with black currant, oyster shell, blueberries and slate. Graphite too. Very complex yet subtle. Full-bodied, very chewy and powerful yet polished and gorgeous. Electric style. Best ever from here.”


Orin Swift 2011 Papillon Proprietary Red Magnum (1.5L) - $175

The Wine Spectator give this wine 93 Points!
“Offers a rich, inviting core of dark berry, mocha, crushed rock, fresh brownie and sandalwood notes, with fresh-cut flower scents. Gains depth and richness before ending with ripe tannins and layers of flavor. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec.”

Cakebread 2010 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (3L) - $400

90 Points – Wine Advocate
“The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa represents an attractive blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest small amounts of Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec. This fruity, still grapy 2010 is nicely concentrated with lots of cassis and plum notes. Medium to full-bodied, pure, juicy, sexy and alluring, it will clearly age for 15 or more years despite its early appeal.”

WINES FROM OTHER GREAT PRODUCERS THAT ARE IN STOCK OR AVAILABLE:

Rivers-Marie, Williams-Selyem, Sitar, Pisoni, Donum, Del Dotto, Pali Wine Co., Brewer-Clifton, Robert Foley, Shea, Bergstrom, Ken Wright and many others. Contact us to find out more.