FEATURED WINES & WINE REGIONS
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Each month we’ll be featuring a different wine growing region, grape or style of wine. All wines from our featured region or style will be on sale for the whole month and we’ll publish educational info to the website and in our newsletters.
AUGUST FEATURES PINOT FAMILY WHITE WINES THIS AUGUST AT TAYLOR’S
All Pinot Family White Wines are on Sale for the entire month of August!
10% Off marked Single Bottles and 15% Off marked Bottles 6+
Look for colored dots on qualifying selections including Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris,
Pinot Grigio, Pinot Blanc Auxerrois & Pinot Noir Blanc.
Celebrate White Pinot’s this Month!
Summertime and the heat of August calls for crisp, refreshing, unoaked, non-malolactic (not buttery) style white wines. White wines from the Pinot family fit that bill perfectly.
Summertime and the heat of August calls for crisp, refreshing, unoaked, non-malolactic (not buttery) style white wines. White wines from the Pinot family fit that bill perfectly. So what do I mean by “The Pinot Family?” Pinot Noir, the red skinned grape that many of us love is one of the wine world’s oldest varietals and has been cultivated for over 1000 years by winemakers. The Pinot Noir vine is genetically unstable and mutates spontaneously on a regular basis. Over the centuries, some of these mutations have been propagated and found to produce fine wines with many of these mutations having green, grey or pink skins and used for white wine production. By some estimates, there are over 1000 different versions of the Pinot vine currently being grown around the world.
Similar but not the same… ok, some of them are the same. So which of the various Pinot whatever are different grapes and which ones are synonyms for the same thing? Yes, it can be confusing.
Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio
Exactly the same grape with Pinot Gris being the French pronunciation and Pinot Grigio Italian. So that means Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio taste alike, right? Not exactly. The typical Italian Pinot Grigio is a lighter expression of the varietal. Usually crisp, fruity and easy to drink. The main area for French Pinot Gris is Alsace and the wines typically have more body and richness than their Italian counterparts. Producers around the world usually use two different names as an indication of the style they are producing. You will sometimes even see Pinot Gris on an Italian wine when a producer has made a bolder style wine than is typical for their region. Because of their extra richness and complexity (and the costs in producing such wines) Pinot Gris’ usually commands higher prices than Pinot Grigios.
Pinot Blanc/Pinot Bianco
This is a different grape and here again we have the French and Italian names for the varietal. Most of the world has chosen to use the French as the Pinot Bianco is fairly rare in Italy. Pinot Blanc typically is richer than Pinot Gris with fruity notes that lean a little more toward the tropical end of the spectrum. A great alternative for Chardonnay drinkers.
Pinot Noir Blanc
This is a white wine made from the red skinned Pinot Noir. As you may or may not know, all the color for a wine comes from the skins, so if you filter off the skins and to not let them soak in the must during fermentation the wine doesn’t pick up any of the pigments from the skin and you get a white wine. Let the skins soak in the juice for minutes to an hour or so and you get a Rose’ and longer soaks yield red wines.
A few wines to try this month:
Bidoli Pinot Grigio $10.99
A classic and one of our best selling white wines for years. This wine perfectly demonstrates that you can get a high quality, family owned, hand crafted wine for a reasonable price without having to settle for a mass produced, grocery store type wine. Very light straw color with light citrus aromas and flavors of crisp lemon, green apple, a hint of almond and a clean finish with LOTS of mineral flavor.
J Wilkes Pinot Blanc $15.99
Delicate, smoky aromas and flavors of grilled apple, ripe melon, and nougat with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a brisk plantain, apple bobbing water, pepper, and bamboo shoot finish.
Mouton Noir O.P.P. Pinot Gris $19.99
Winemaker Andre Mack made is name as sommelier to restaurateur Thomas Keller. Now he makes his own wines under the Mouton Noir label and they are wonderful, complex, food-friendly that you would expect from a guy charged with pairing wines with dishes from one of the country’s most famous chefs. Heady aromas of ripe pear, juicy cantaloupe, and a hint of banana are seasoned with honey and an intriguing touch of spice. Rich and plush at first sip, transitioning to a crisp and palate-cleansing acidity that wraps around sunny flavors of lemon and fresh grated ginger.
Terlan Pinot Bianco $21.99
An incredible nose that resonates with lime, camomile and a hint of raspberry. The palate introduced notes of lemongrass, pear and quince that finishes with salty minerality.
A FEW FEATURED WINES
Our list of hot items, best sellers and staff favorites!
Chateau Carbonnieux 2014 Pessac-Leognan $49.99
Don’t think crisp and clean style white wines don’t age well? Stick this beautiful wine in the cellar for 10-15 years (The Wine Advocate says it should drink well through 2032 and give it 92pts). When young, Carbonnieux’s white wine charms with its freshness, its purity and its fruity, floral aromatic intensity. When mature, it develops notes of dried and preserved fruit which offer numerous opportunities for satisfying food matches.
Lail 2015 Blueprint $44.99
Robin Lail is one of the most influential ladies in Napa Valley wine and her family’s history in Napa goes back to the Valley’s earliest days and her great grandfather, Gustav Niebaum (heard of Niebaum-Coppola? Her great grandfather was THAT Niebaum). Her 2014 Blueprint Sauvignon Blanc has beautiful aromas of lemongrass, honeysuckle and Meyer lemon, with a hint of passion fruit and vanilla. In the mouth the wine is acid driven, fresh, vibrant and focused with classic citrus flavors so characteristic of the grape. It shows the intensity a complexity of another great vintage in Napa Valley.
Saint Clair Family Estates 2016 Wairau Reserve $32.99
Saint Clair is one of Marlborough’s top producers of Sauvignon Blanc and their top expression is the ‘Wairau Reserve’ bottling. The Saint Clair team go through n extensive grading process assessing each of their and their grower vineyards. The most distinctive parcels of fruit and wines go into the ‘Pioneer Block’ bottlings, but the outstanding wine goes into the ‘Wairau Reserve’. Thus the flagship wine is usually a single vineyard wine, and each vintage of the ‘Wairau Reserve’ can potentially be from a different site each year. Occasionally, the characteristics of a few of the parcels are so good and complementary that a blend can make the ‘Wairau Reserve’ Sauvignon Blanc, this being the case in 2016 when two neighbouring vineyards in the Dillons Point sub-region needed to be put together. One had great aromatic intensity, the other possessed an impressive depth of palate weight. 2016 was a challenging vintage for Sauvignon Blanc in Marlborough, with thiol expression prevalent from the ripeness of the fruit. The Saint Clair team ensured there were “flinty, nettle and leaf” spectrum elements to provide a crisp and clean edge to the wines. Here, I review the 2016 ‘Wairau Reserve’ Sauvignon Blanc.
Reverdy 2015 Cuvee Les Coutes Sancerre $29.99
There is perhaps no better match for a dozen oysters than minerally Sancerre from one of the best producers in the region. This release is always a cut above textbook Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc, with bright acidity, smoke, citrus and grassiness. Reverdy is packed full of fresh lime, lime zest, chalk and nettles. With a lip-smacking acidity, this is an refreshing and classical expression of the appellation.
TAYLOR'S PRIVATE LABEL IS HERE
Band of Blends 2014 Paso Robles Red Wine Blend, Lot #1
For our 2nd private label we turned to our favorite hunter of exceptional wines at incredible prices, The Treasure Hunter himself, Hunter Vogel. A blend of 43% Grenache, 38% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre and 9% Petite Sirah, this is a bold and spicy blockbuster you won’t believe. Hunter knew that we have loved the Moon Duck Red that he did a couple years ago with Saxum assistant winemaker Mark Adams, so he went in search of another winner from Paso Robles for the Taylor’s wine lovers and came back with this absolute stunner.
As usual, Hunter can divulge the original source (otherwise the original winery couldn’t get away with charging premium pricing for their label) but he can say that it’s from a “big name,” mailing list only winery who’s stuff normally isn’t available in NC unless you’re one of the lucky few on their list. He also says that the 2013 version of this wine under the main label got 95 points from Parker’s Wine Advocate.
Beautiful deep crimson color, offering up notes of black raspberries, cassis, hints of bacon fat, liquid violets and pepper. Full-bodied and concentrated, yet showing surprising finesse with a silky finish that has a beautiful purity of fruit with fine tannins.
Suggested Price: $50 – $60 Taylor’s Label Price: $34.99