November 2022 Mixed Case Special
$245 Value for just $175
Our latest Mixed Case Special is full of interesting and delicious wines that you’ll love sharing with family and friends this holiday season. Only a couple of “old favorites” in this edition, the rest are brand new delights that we’re sure you’ll have a great time checking out.
Sampler includes 1 bottle each:
Pfeffingen Dry Scheurebe (Germany) – The Scheurebe grape is a crossing of Riesling and perhaps a variety called Bukettrebe and was developed in Rheinhessen in 1916 by Dr. Georg Scheu. The Pfeffingen estate has made great wines from Scheurebe for over 50 years, and first introduced this dry version back in 1978 and it has since gained national and international acclaim as one of the top examples of the Scheurebe verietal. Only the estate's best grapes are hand for this bottling and winemaker Jan Eymael prefers to pick the grapes just before the maximum of ripeness, insuring the wine stays fresh with a delicate lime blackcurrant and the signature pink grapefruit aroma typical of Scheurebe. This reasonably priced dry bottling offers bright, zippy gooseberry and lychee flavors bathed in a spry, blossomy perfume. NZ Sauvignon Blanc fans looking for something new and different will absolutely love this wine.
Egeo Verdejo (Spain) - The Verdejo from Egeo is a very pretty and expressive wine on both the nose and palate. The classy nose jumps from the glass in a mix of pear, casaba melon, a touch of candied lime peel, salty soil tones, a hint of beeswax and a lovely mix of gently savory and floral elements in the upper register. On the palate the wine is bright, full-bodied, focused and complex, with a lovely core of fruit, good acids and grip and a long, vibrant finish. This is very good Verdejo, produced from sixty year-old bush vines grown on alluvial soils.
Qveri Wine Cellar Kisi Dry Amber (Georgia) – This delicious and unique wine from Georgia (the country, not the state!) is the first “orange” wine to be featured in one of our sampler packs. For those of you not familiar with this buzz-worthy style of wine, this is a fantastic introductory wine; a little funky but not too much. While wines can and are made from the fruit know as an orange, an “orange” wine is a type of wine made by leaving the grape skins and seeds in contact with the juice during fermentation, like in red wine production. This creates an intensely flavored and deeply colored white wine that is usually and orange-amber color. This particular wine is made from the local Kisi varietal and fermented in qvevri (pronounced “kway-vree”), traditional clay vessels used in winemaking dating to 6000 BCE. This is amber colored “orange” wine has aromatic notes of dried orange peel and stone fruit leads to a palate of deep citrus with hints of black tea. It is full in the mouth, with chewy tannins and flavors of grapefruit, guava and vanilla that persist into a grippy finish.
Juliette La Sangliere Rosé (France) - Juliette is a delicious and crisp rose wine that has an initial fruit-forward taste of raspberries and berries that give the wine an attractive open feel. Juliette is refreshing and elegant, bone dry rosé wine, with layers of lively fruit and a bright, smooth finish – just the way a true rosé wine from Southern France should be.
Laurent Perrachon Beaujolais Fleurie Vieilles Vigne (France) - The Perrachon family acquired the domain of la Bottière, in Juliénas, in 1877 and can trace their winemaking history all the way back to 1601. Fleurie is probably the most feminine of the Beaujolais yet within the Fleurie district, some parcels are of greater quality and produce wines of more power and complexity than most like Perrachon’s parcel on the footsteps of "La Madone", a very rugged landscape with steep slopes, probably the best "climat" in the Fleurie Appellation. Less than 400 cases were crafted from 50+ year old vines yielding a wine with vibrant red color, with a rich, velvety texture and an elegant mix of fruit and floral aromas such as iris, violet, summer roses, peach, blackcurrants and red fruits.
Domaine Chateaumar Cuvee Bastien Grenache (France) - Much of the fruit in this fantastic Cotes du Rhone is declassified Chateauneuf-du-Pape. One Chateaumar has selected the lots that make it into their Chateauneuf, the leftover barrels get blended with fruit their organically farmed vineyards just outside the Chateauneuf district and while many producers so something similar, most produce a blend similar to their Chateauneuf-du-Pape bottling. Chateaumar opts to highlight singular components of their blend and releases fantastic, 100% Grenache and 100% Syrah (Cuvee Vincent) as regular Cotes-du-Rhone bottlings. The Grenache is a gorgeous purple color with aromas of plum, violets, cinnamon and cherry. The palate follows through on the flavors promised by the nose and adds garrique, wet cement and boysenberry pie notes.
Pedra Cancela Dao Winemakers Selection (Portugal) - If you like Cotes du Rhone style wines, then you love this one for both the flavor and price point, about half of what you would have to pay for a comparable French CdR. Joao Paul Gouveia is the dynamic viticulturist partnered with the Wine and Vines consulting team that works with many of the Dao region’s most famous producers. Pedra Cancela is his family’s vineyard, sited on slopes above the Dao River.
An equal blend of Touriga Nacional, Alfrocheiro and Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo) yields aromas of cigar box, earth, fig, dried fruit, and blackberry. Black pepper and dusty brambles compliment the fruit flavors of sour cherry, blackberry and plum with earthy, fine grained tannins that hit on the finish. While the flavors might be intense, it is actually fairly lithe on the tongue and light to medium bodied.
Matchbook Wines "The Arsonist" Red Blend (California) – The Arsonist Red is just amazing and a more than worthy follow up to the 2017 vintage, which was rated 92 points by Wine Enthusiast and named one of their top 100 wines of the year (#71). The Arsonist Red Blend begins with an absolutely intoxicating aroma of plum, licorice, cinnamon, spice, blueberry and more. Lots of secondary notes come out in the glass with a little air as well. The lovefest continues when tasting this smooth, delicious wine. There is, of course, lots of rich, ripe dark fruit but also hints of chocolate, more cinnamon and licorice and even a bit of bramble. Chewy tannins lead into the dry, lingering finish.
Breca Garnacha de Fuego (Spain) – If you’re a long time Taylor’s shopper, then this one might sound familiar, but it’s been a while since we’ve loved a vintage of Breca’s Garnacha de Fuego as much as this one. Spanish importer Jorge Ordóñez pioneered the introduction of Garnacha into the United States in the 1990s, when Garnacha was the most widely planted grape in Spain. At that time, however, most of the Spanish red wines available in the American market were Tempranillo dominant. Jorge recognized the quality of the old vine plantings of Garnacha and the wines they produced, and in 2010 he helped found this value driven label that produces wines from old vine Garnacha in Calatayud. Neon ruby-red. Jammy red and blue fruit and floral aromas and flavors are sharpened by a spicy nuance that builds with air. Shows very good energy and refreshing tanginess on the long, subtly tannic finish, which leaves boysenberry, candied lavender and white pepper notes behind.
Barbanera Ser Passo Toscana Rosso (Italy) – Barbanera has become one of our favorite “bang for the buck” producers in Italy and the latest & greatest offering from them is the Ser Passo Toscana Rosso. A beautiful, bright purple in the glass aromas of black cherry and sassafras come to mind on the nose. The tasty palate is brimming with black cherry, cola, and dark chocolate followed by fine grained tannins gently introduce themselves to coating the tongue and gums all the way through the mid-palate and onto the finish.
Gran Appasso Passito Rosso (Italy) – Amarone and Ripasso style wines from Veneto are classic parings with Thanksgiving and fall/winter comfort food fare, but it’s become all but impossible to find a decent one under $20 these days. This southern Italian take on the dried fruit style of winemaking that has made Amarone so famous and expensive is an incredible bargain. Gran Appasso is a blend of Primitivo and Negroamaro grapes, where the Negroamaro are partially dried before fermentation. The result is a wine with a deep ruby color and intense tones of dark, juiciness of red fruits and spices. In the mouth a combination of plums, blueberries, blackberries, cherries and chocolate. Beautiful full and velvety wine with pleasant juiciness and a very long finish.
Vina Robles Cabernet Sauvignon (California) - There's lots of exciting wineries in Paso Robles making incredible wines, but few are consistently delivering wines from SIP Certified (sustainability in practice), estate grown vineyards. Even fewer are the wineries getting the incredible ratings that Vina Robles' wines have been garnering lately. Fewer still are the wineries that can do all that at the incredibly reasonable prices that their wines are priced at.
An absolute steal at full price (it's $32 on the winery's website and can often be found for $25) we can offer it at just $19.99! "This is a rich and thoroughly satisfying Cab, starting with aromas of roasted boysenberry, cocoa, violet and toasty oak on the nose. The palate is cohesive and neatly woven, with rich black fruit, mocha and espresso flavors that are wrapped in firm but balanced tannins. - 94pts Wine Enthusiast”
750ml x 12
Please note that with the uncertainty around shipping & deliveries from our suppliers, it might become necessary to make comparable substitutions in our mixed packs as certain items run out. Thanks for understanding!