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.
JUNE IS SAUVIGNON BLANC MONTH AT TAYLOR’S!
All Sauvignon Blanc Wines are on Sale for the entire month of June!
10% off marked bottles 1-5 and 15% off marked bottles 6+
Look for colored dots on qualifying selections.
Celebrate Sauvignon Blanc Month!
What’s lighter than your typical Chardonnay? Drier than most Rieslings? More complex than your average Pinot Grigio? And considered one of the world’s “noble” grape varietals?
Sauvignon Blanc of course!
While New Zealand’s grapefruity examples of the varietal are pretty popular at the moment (as they should be, they’re wonderful), there’s much more to this fantastic grape varietal. Originally from western France’s Loire Valley and Bordeaux regions, the grape is still widely grown there and in most other wine growing regions around the world.
In cooler climates such as New Zealand, grapefruit, bell pepper and grassy notes are the core flavors and aromas you will encounter. When grown in warmer areas, flavors of lemongrass, lemon, and green apple appear in these less cold growing regions. In warm areas (Sauvignon Blanc doesn’t do particularly well in hot climates) flavors of lemon curd, melon and honeysuckle can be found.
New Zealand and other southern hemisphere (South Africa, Australia, Chile) regions tend to produce Sauvignon Blancs with high acidity featuring prominent pink grapefruit notes complimented by nettles, fresh herbs and gooseberry flavors.
Try – Walnut Block Sauvignon Blanc $13.99
French Sauvignon Blancs come mainly from two regions, Loire Valley and Bordeaux. The ancient seabed soils there yield crisp style Sauvignon Blancs with strong mineral components to compliment the green apple, citrus and herbal flavors. Bordeaux produces many the worlds most famous and expensive Sauvignon Blancs where it is often blended together with Semillon and makes both dry and sweet style wines. Green apple and pear along with lemon citrus are typical of the dry style wines and the mineral notes lean towards river stones.
Try – Les Hauts de Lagarde Bordeaux Blanc $14.99 or Domaine Plouzeau Touraine (Loire) $14.99
Since California is such a large state with various micro-climates, altitudes and soils used for growing Sauvignon Blanc, it can be hard to generalize them. For the most part, the vineyards are warmer than you would find in New Zealand or Loire, so the fruit expressions tend to be the ones on the left side of our graphic above and the mineral components less prominent that the ones from France. Lemongrass notes seem to be the most common thread you will see along with honeysuckle, lemony citrus and fresh herbs.
Try – Compass California Sauvignon Blanc $11.99
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