HOT NEW WINES
We’re constantly on the lookout for new, interesting and delicious wines in both the collectible and value categories. Look here to see our most recent finds!
Cayuse 2014 Cailloux Vineyard Syrah
We only get two 3-packs per year of this marvelous elixir. “The only Syrah to incorporate Viognier, the 2014 Syrah Cailloux Vineyard is co-fermented with 7% Viognier and brought up all in puncheons. The Viognier shows on the nose and it has a floral, perfumed bouquet of ripe berry fruits, plums, orange blossom, fruit cake and mulled spices. Picking up a touch of green olive with time in the glass, this full-bodied, ripe, downright sexy beauty will have two decades of longevity. – 95-97pts Wine Advocate”
HOT NEW ARRIVALS FROM TANTARA!
Since 1997, Tantara has been dedicated to producing the very finest Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Located in the beautiful Santa Maria Valley (Santa Barbara County), their wines are sourced from top Central Coast growers and vineyards. Because of their commitment to detail and the finite amount of fruit that meets their standards, total winery production remains small.
From volunteering to Tantara’s first harvest in 1997 to becoming their full time winemaker in 2011, Rick Hill has helped perfect the Tantara wine profile that we enjoy today. Rick, a native of New Zealand, graduated from Charles Sturt University in Australia with his degree in Wine Science prior to moving to California to pursue his passion for winemaking.
We are excited to offer these three Pinot Noir’s at such a fantastic price!
Tantara 2010 Pinot Noir Brosseau Vineyard
Reg. $49.99 | Taylor’s $39.99
Grown in limestone soil, this wine is a pure example of a uniquely lean Pinot Noir with robust minerality and sharp, sweet tannins. On the nose, this wine imparts the inviting aroma of a raspberry and cherry punchbowl. Enjoy it tonight or save for a special occasion when it reaches optimal evolution in three to four years-whichever you decide, it is truly delectable. Perfect with roasting pork and fig.
100% Pinot Noir, alcohol 14.7%
Tantara 2010 Bien Nacido Adobe Pinot Noir
Reg. $49.99 | Taylor’s $39.99
How do we love our 2010 Bien Nacido Adobe Pinot Noir? Let us count the ways! This wine has a voluptuous nose that boasts decadent aromas of sarsaparilla, strawberry piecrust, Scottish shortbread, and rich, sweet earth. Plums and rhubarb pie greet the palette, as well as late season red currants, blackberries, and chocolate-oh my! Enjoy with roasted duck in a cherry sauce.
100% Pinot Noir, alcohol 14.8%
Tantara 2010 Pinot Noir Silacci Vineyard
Reg. $49.99 | Taylor’s $39.99
The complimenting aromas of balsamic and plum dance on the nose in this sublimely earthy Pinot Noir. Robust high notes of raspberries and strawberries fascinate the palate. Especially delicious as an aged wine, this wine is a perfect gift-for yourself and others-for that special occasion or anniversary in years to come. Enjoy it tonight with wild game for the consummate experience. Perfect with bison.
100% Pinot Noir, alcohol 14.8%
HOT NEW WHITE WINES:
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.
Refugio Ranch 2014 Viognier $19.99
90 Points, Wine Advocate! A quintessential expression of this timeless varietal, the viognier offers high toned notes of jasmine, doughnut peach, tangerine, and apricot. Hints of flint and baking spice offer a wonderful complexity to this concentrated and rich vintage. The wine is full bodied, with great length, maintaining freshness in a pristine, clean, bright style.
Lail 2015 Blueprint Sauvignon Blanc $49.99
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.
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.
HOT NEW RED WINES:
Hilliard Bruce 2013 Sun Vineyard Pinot Noir - Sale $44.99
Regular Price: $54.99, Taylor’s: $44.99 – Crafted by Greg Brewer (of Brewer-Clifton fame), the 2013 Sun is comprised of Dijon clones, 667, 777 & 115, from two south-facing parcels with maximum sun exposure. Sandy loam soil lends drive and power, as it jumps from the glass with exuberant dark red and grounded black fruit. Sun always showcases the heart of Hilliard Bruce vineyard. Vivid ruby-red color with flavors of black raspberry, cherry and incense on the pungent, intensely perfumed nose. Fleshy and expansive, offering energetic red and dark berry preserve flavors, a hint of cola and a suave note of candied lavender. Picks up spiciness with air and finishes on a smoky dark berry note, with excellent thrust and length and supple tannins that sneak in late.
Naked on Roller Skates by Some Young Punks $24.99
If you’re not brave enough to actually go “Naked on Roller Skates”, you can drink to the spirit of the action with fantastic Aussie red blend. Shiraz and Mataro from the McLaren Vale, it’s a bold and spicy red with brooding aromas of cassis, licorice and cocoa powder are lifted by a floral nuance. Fat, sweet and seamless, offering pliant dark fruit liqueur flavors and a touch of bitter chocolate. Finishes with smooth building tannins and very good length.
Saxum 2014 Broken Stones $159.99
95 – 97+ Points, Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate: Up there with the great vintages of this cuvée, the 2014 Syrah Broken Stones offers incredible purity and elegance paired with blockbuster richness and depth. Giving up lots of sweet black raspberry fruit, crushed rock, a hint of chocolate and toasted spice, this beauty is full-bodied, unctuous and layered. I never find this cuvée to have quite as many layers as the other Syrahs, but this is beautiful. This is the only cuvée from Justin that comes from multiple vineyards.
Saxum 2014 Paderewski Vineyard $159.99
95 – 97 Points, Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate: The 2014 Paderewski Vineyard comes from a warm site located high up off of Peachy Canyon Road (I wasn’t able to get the exact blend but it’s normally a mix of Mourvèdre, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, and Syrah, with a splash of Tempranillo). It offers sexy, full-bodied, broad, rounded and powerful notes of candy corn, black raspberry, chocolate and chalky minerality. The 2014s in general show concentrated, rich profiles as well as broad, supple tannins, and this has both in spades.
Refugio Ranch 2014 Petite Sirah $31.99
This is a classic brooding petite sirah offering dark plum, black cherry, and blackberry intermingling with hints of violet, anise, clove, cedar, and a smoky charcoal note. This wine, deep and concentrated, brings the quintessential masculine tannin of the varietal and will benefit from a couple hours decanting. Aged for 22 months in 100% French oak, a varying selection of 400L and 228L, of which 35% new.
Raen 2015 Royal St Robert Cuvee Pinot Noir $74.99
Royal St. Robert Cuvee is named in the honor of our grandfather who taught us to be committed to excellence. This bottling is a selection of our finest barrels to represent this world class wine site. Fresh cut wild strawberries fill the bowl with sweet resin, white tea, thyme, forest floor and rose petals. The texture is rich, complex with silky fine-grained tannins leading to a long sumptuous finish.
Loring Wine Co. 2015 Gary's Vineyard Pinot Noir $56.99
Rated 93 Points, Wine Enthusiast: Deep, rich aromas of baked plum, rhubarb pie, star anise, red cinnamon, forest floor and gingerbread show on this nose of this wine from a vineyard planted by the two Garys, Pisoni and Franscioni. The palate is full of baked raspberry and cinnamon-and-clove-spiced cookies, remaining elegant and layered throughout the sip.
Loring Wine Co. 2015 Clos Pepe Vineyard Pinot Noir $56.99
92 – 94 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Wine Advocate): A classic expression of this site in the Sta. Rita Hills, the spice-filled 2015 Pinot Noir Clos Pepe Vineyard is medium-bodied and seamless on the palate, with a complete, balanced feel and tons of red plums, spice, crushed berry fruit and floral characteristics. It will easily be an outstanding Pinot Noir and have upwards of a decade of longevity.
Lavau 2013 Gigondas $23.39 (reg $25.99)
“Bright and racy in feel, with high-pitched red currant, cherry and raspberry coulis notes, laced with violet, white pepper and chalk details. The long, youthfully taut finish should settle in with mid-term cellaring. Best from 2017 through 2023. 5,000 cases made. – Wine Spectator Top 100 #71”
Casanova di Neri 2011 Brunello di Montalcino $64.99
Giacomo Neri has produced a very approachable wine in this warm vintage. The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino is plump and juicy with loads of dark fruit and mild spice at the back, offering floral, strawberry, cherry and spice aromas and flavors. On the lean side at the end, finishing with lively acidity. 92pts WS, 92 RP, 92 VM
TAYLOR'S PRIVATE LABEL
Band of Blends 2014 Paso Robles Red Wine Blend, Lot #1
Suggested Price: $50 – $60 Taylor’s Label Price: $34.99
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.