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!
Marc Hebrart Cuvee Reserve Brut Champagne
“Nothing but the Best Selection” Marc Hebrart Cuvee Reserve Brut Champagne $49.99
This tiny “grower” Champagne producer is our most exciting new find in sparkling wines. Their NV Brut Cuvee de Reserve is a fabulous wine overflowing with aromas of sweet red berries, lime and jasmine emerging from the nose of this taut, wiry Champagne. The wine flows across the palate with notable energy and tons of appeal. The Cuvee de Reserve is 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay and is a gorgeous bubbly perfect for any celebration, gathering or meal.
CHEERS TO GAME OF THRONES!
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:
Le Chai Duchet Macon Villages Chardonnay $17.99
Pouilly-Fuisse is one of the “old school” classic wine choices for Thanksgiving, and it’s still a wonderful choice. Unfortunately the price of the better Pouilly’s start at around $30 these days, so a better value choice are the delicious wines of the Macon-Villages appellation. Similar soil and climate to Pouilly and just right around the corner, Le Chai Duchet’s will make your guests think you paid much more for this wine than you actually did. A refined, yet intense bouquet with hints of white peach, dried honey and white chocolate that are beautifully entwined with the oak. The palate is rounded on the entry with fresh lime, apricot.
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:
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.
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.
Buoncristiani 2014 OPC Napa Valley Red
Sugg: $69.99, Taylor’s $59.99
95 points Wine Advocate: The 2014 Proprietary Red O.P.C. is a blend of 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Syrah, 20% Malbec and 12% Merlot. A brilliant nose of blue, red and black fruits, licorice, graphite, background spice and roasted meats jumps from the glass of this complex proprietary red. This is an intriguing blend that Buoncristiani has pulled off flawlessly. The color is a dense ruby/purple, the wine full-bodied and rich with sweet tannin, a burgeoning, broad suppleness and a rich, long, lusty finish. Drink it over the next 10-12 years.
Cooper and Thief Cellarmasters Bourbon Barrel Aged Red
Sugg: $23.99, Taylor’s $19.99. She’s going to love the sweet, creamy vanilla and bourbon notes that come from the bourbon whiskey barrels that this red blend is aged in, but don’t let granny have more than one glass because we believe they must have left a little bourbon in the barrels before they put the wine in, because it weighs in at 17% alcohol! Highlighted by its deep blackberry and jammy black raspberry accents, the intense, dusty dark fruit flavors engage in a warm layering with the bourbon notes. Intermingling with the wine, vanilla is predominant to spice. The final combination is a deep, rich flavorful red with a sense of soft, velvety tannins and a subtle heat leading into a long, lingering finish.
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.