FEATURED WINES & WINE REGIONS
We’re constantly on the lookout for new delicious, interesting, hand crafted wines. Click HERE to see our latest finds.
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.
MAY IS MERLOT WINE MONTH AT TAYLOR’S!
All Merlot Wines are on Sale for the entire month of May!
10% off marked bottles 1-5 and 15% off marked bottles 6+
Look for colored dots on qualifying selections.
CHECK OUT THIS SAMPLER PACK AND SAVE!
MAYNARD JAMES KEENAN SAMPLER PACK (CADUCEUS CELLARS & MERKIN VINEYARDS)
A fan of Tool and its frontman Maynard James Keenan? And/Or his wines? Grab six of his fantastic wines in this 6 bottle sampler pack at a great price!
You get one bottle each of:
Caduceus Nagual de la Naga (Italian varietal red)
Caduceus Primer Paso (Cote Rotie style red)
Caduceus Anubis (Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petite Sirah blend)
Merkin Shinola (Italian varietal red)
Merkin Chupacabra Red (Cotes du Rhone style red)
Merkin Chupacabra Blanca (Dry Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc white blend)
$218 suggested retail value, Taylor’s 6-pack Sampler price just $180! Save $38!
A FEW FEATURED WINES
Our list of hot items, best sellers and staff favorites!
Pahlmeyer 2014 Napa Valley Merlot $84.99
A perfect example of the greatness that Merlot can achieve and the fickleness of the market. Pahlmeyer’s Merlot, a 94 point Parker wine is made by the same people, in the same way as, from the same vineyards as, and is a main component of Pahlmeyer’s Napa Valley Red. The Napa Red also scored 94 points from Parker, yet it sells for $150 almost twice the price of the Merlot. “with a beautiful fruited nose of blackberry, plum, chocolate, mocha and espresso. The aromatics are killer and then the wine hits the palate with a medium to full-bodied lushness and an expression that says, “Kiss me!” This is a delicious, front-end loaded, full-bodied Merlot to drink over the next 15 or so years. – Parker”
Revelry 2013 Horse Heaven Hills Reserve Merlot $44.99
Taylor’s is the only place in NC where you can find this incredible Merlot. We fell in love with it when a winery rep visited us a few months ago and quickly sold through the original NC allocation and called the winery a begged them to send us more. A Merlot of great depth and scale, it explodes on the palate with compote of fresh blackberries, Marion berry, and blueberry, finishing with well rounded, yet substantial tannins seasoned by roasted Vanilla meringue.
Irreverence 2012 Barrel Select Napa Valley Reserve Merlot $26.99
Produced by Porter Family Vineyards, a boutique producer in the heart of Coombsville that focuses on sustainably grown, cooler climate expressions of Bordeaux varietals and Syrah planted on gently rolling hillsides. The 2012 Irreverence Merlot will restore your faith in this oft-maligned grape at a reasonable price, given the quality of the wine. Ripe and round with notes of black plum, raspberry and black cherry with fern leaf and tobacco, its streak of fresh acidity keeps it from being heavy or cloying, a testament to Coombsville’s cooler growing season.
Santa Ema 2013 Reserve Merlot $14.99
An incredible value from Chile, the 2013 Santa Ema is a deep violet-ruby-red, this Merlot is a very fruity wine with aromas of plums, blackberries, and black currant accompanied by intense notes of caramel, chocolate, and vanilla. It has soft, ripe tannins that lend good structure and balance on the palate. 90pts Wine Spectator
Hartford 2014 Old Vine Russian River Zinfandel
Wine Spectator’s #10 Wine of the Year
Sugg: $37.99, Taylor’s: $31.99
We were able to secure a few more bottles of this fantastic Zin AND we’ve got them for $5 off their suggested retail. If you’ve read any wine magazine articles over the last couple years about Zinfandel, you’ll notice that a few names always pop up on everyone’s “Best Of” lists. Lately Hartford has consistently been mentioned along side Zinfandel superstars like Turley, Carslile, Bedrock… and most recently their 2014 Old Vine Russian River Zinfandel notched the #10 spot on Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines of 2016. “Plump and fleshy, with a dense core of focused tannins and lively acidity. Aromas of ripe black raspberry, anise and licorice open to layered, slightly jammy flavors of black cherry, blueberry pie and smoky cracked pepper. – 93pts Wine Spectator”
Department 66 2014 Others Grenache $29.99
The newest release from Dave Phinney and the crew at his Department 66 Winery in the Catalanes region of France. For most of his career (Prisoner, Papillon, Locations …) Dave has relied on fruit purchased from other growers until he saw this property in Maury, France and its amazing Grenache vines. He took the plunge and bought 40 acres, built a winery and only regrets not buying more in the place he now calls his “other” home. The wine has a profound cardinal hue with powerful aromas of rhubarb compote, savory roasted plum, star anise and leather. Opening with potent flavors of cola, dark fruits, raspberry jam and baking chocolate, it transitions to offer beguiling flavors of forest floor, fennel, and earthy Asian spices. With a purposeful finish, the wine closes with shards of acidity and lengthy polished tannins.
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