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!
Louis & Martini 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
The most incredible California Cabernet steal we’ve seen in years, maybe ever! A 97 point Robert Parker Cab for just $34 ($45 winery suggested retail).
The Louis M Martini winery has a long history of making outstanding wines in California and was one of the first five wineries established in Napa after Prohibition in 1933. In 1938 Martini recognized the potential of Sonoma and planted the famous Monte Rosso vineyard among the slopes of the Mayacamas Mountains. After three generations of growing grapes and making wines beside each other, the Gallo and Martini families joined forces to usher in a new era for Martini. Today Mike Martini, with the backing of the Gallo family is steering his great grandfather’s winery towards heights beyond anything they have achieved in the past. The 2014 Alexander Valley Cabernet is a perfect example of the quality wines that they are producing and a shot across the bow of all the overpriced, ‘cult’ Cabernets coming from Napa.
Parker’s 97 point review
The bigger, richer 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley is 98% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Petite Sirah aged 16 months in 50% new French and American casks. This is a bigger wine and close to 2% higher in alcohol at 15.5%. There are 11,000 cases of this big, full-bodied, boisterous Cabernet Sauvignon that has a dense ruby/purple color, notes of underbrush, forest floor, tobacco leaf and oodles of blackcurrants and black cherries, with a touch of woodsmoke. The full-bodied wine hits the palate with a cascade of glycerin, fruit and purity. This is a beauty – dense, rich, and structured, but capable of lasting 20 or more years.
HOT NEW ARRIVALS!
Winter is Coming! The new season of HBO’s Game of Thrones start’s Sunday and what better way to drink along with your favorite than with the official Game of Thrones wines.
By definition, a wine label named for a TV show is “gimicky,” but HBO is serious about these wines and their quality. Top quality fruit in the hands of one of California’s most accomplished wine makers Bob Cabral of Williams-Selyem fame yielding wines as good as anything else from Napa or Sonoma at their $20 price point.
Game of Thrones Chardonnay $19.99
This elegant white is favored by those who prefer a golden, refined quaff. Enticing aromas of stone fruit and white blossoms lead to a rich, creamy palate of peaches, apricots, tangerine, Meyer lemon, baking spices and honey, balanced by mouth-watering acidity. A touch of oak on the lingering finish.
Game of Thrones Red Wine Blend $19.99
This blend of select lots is considered among the finest in the Seven Kingdoms by those who prefer dry, robust reds. And we do like red. Often served at feasts, paired with hearty meats, roasts and blackbird pie, poured at Small Council sessions. A blend of eight red varietals; predominately Syrah, Tempranillo and Petite Sirah. Dark black cherry, brambly blackberry, vanilla and cocoa aromas. Soft, juicy black fruit flavors combine in the mouth with hints of leather and spice. Tannins are round and chewy with a rich, juicy mouthfeel that ends with a warm and spicy toasty, vanilla-laced finish.
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:
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%
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%
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%
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”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.