FEATURED WINES & WINE REGIONS
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.
This month we are featuring the Wines of Fall and November Favorites! We have 10 Fall Reds and 10 Fall Whites for you to choose from and they are all on sale.
~ The Wines of Fall & November Selections ~
For the entire month of November, we have Select Wines on Sale!
10% Off marked Single Bottles and 15% Off marked Bottles 6+
Look for colored dots on qualifying selections and SAVE!
November’s Featured Red Wines
10% Off Single Bottles & 15% Off 6 or More Bottles
Loring Wine Co. Mateo Pinot Noir $34.99
Brian Loring is one of our favorite California winemakers and Pinot Noir is one of the classic Thanksgiving wine pairings. This wine is a unique blend of California’s finest Pinot Noir grapes is dedicated to José Mateo Cuenca Anderson. Deep ruby color with earthy plum and cherry aromas. Full, rich plum and cherry flavors with baking spice and white pepper notes. Great structure and balance with a long, complex finish.
Chateaumar Cuvee Bastien Grenache $15.99
This declassified Chateauneuf-du-Pape is an outrageous bargain. Producers in Chateauneuf are only allowed to produce a certain number of bottles labelled Chateauneuf-du-Pape each year, so Chateaumar releases some fantastic, 100% Grenache as regular Cotes-du-Rhone in some vintages. 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.
Rich Table Cabernet Sauvignon $19.99
One of our favorite new Cabernets is this new project from winemaker Andrew Rich, Rich Table Columbia Valley, Washington Cabernet. Intoxicating aromas of earth, black currant, and flowers lead to fruit flavors—rich, yet still fresh and lively with a smooth, creamy finish.
Herrigoia Rioja $14.99
Beaujolais Nouveau is another of the classic Thanksgiving pairings, but it seems to have fallen out of favor recently and sales have bottomed out (we probably won’t bring in more than a case or two this year). One of the things that makes Beaujolais Nouveau such a great Thanksgiving wine is the way it’s produced, by utilizing a fermentation process called Carbonic Maceration. Whole grapes, before pressing undergo fermentation in and Oxygen poor, Carbon Dioxide rich environment and this unique style of fermenting is responsible for the intensely fruity, creamy, bubble gummy flavors of Nouveau. Herrigoia does this with Rioja’s Tempranillo grape and the results are fabulous and different from any other Rioja you’ve ever had. Super juicy (with out being sweet) and full of blackberry, blueberry and purple fruit flavors with super soft tannins.
Talamonti Moda Montepulciano d'Abruzzo $10.99
Ruby red with garnet reflections, the bouquet is fruity and persistent, reminiscent of red fruits, marasca cherries, and plums with vanilla nuances. A full-bodied Montepulciano with good balance and firm tannins that is reasonably priced, flavorful, long on the palate, immediately appealing and versatile.
Edmeades Mendocino Zinfandel $16.99
Zinfandel is one of the few uniquely American wine styles and great choice for this American holiday. Offering plenty of textbook Zinny character, it’s dry and brisk in mouth-cleansing acidity, with soft tannins and rich flavors of dusty baking spices, blackberry puree, cherry compote, cola, shaved dark chocolate, red licorice and a savory coating of toasted cedar wood.
Domaine Bousquet Gaia Red $19.99
50% Malbec, 45% Syrah and a splash of Cabernet Sauvignon from the Tupungato region of Mendoza. One of the highest growing regions in Argentina, Tupungato produces Malbecs that are more elegant and European in style than the warmer areas of Mendoza. Blended here with Syrah, it’s a bold blend that has lots of earthy spices. A dense purple color, with intense aromas of red and blackberries, showing many layers of silky and round followed by a silky palate and soft rounded tannins with notes of blackberries, spices, truffles providing aromatic complexity for an exquisite finish.
Rene Leclerc Bourgogne Rouge $29.99
Rene treats this entry-level wine with the same care and quality as his more expensive wines and has been one of our favorite Burgundy producers for years so we are super excited that the brand has surfaced again with a new importer. Textbook old school style French Pinot Noir, its elegant and beguiling with blackberry and dark strawberry fruit wrapped around a core of earthy spice and vibrant acidity.
Bussola Ca' del Laito Valpolicella Ripasso $25.99
Amarone and Ripasso from Italy are another traditional Thanksgiving favorite as the dried grapes used to produce them go perfectly with fall dishes that make use of raisins, figs, roasted root vegetables, fruity sauces.
Nothing but the Best Selection Shafer 2013 Relentless Red $109.99
95 points Wine Advocate – A blend of 97% Syrah and 3% Petite Sirah, the wine is opaque black/purple with an incredible nose of subtle wood, charcoal embers, blackberry, blueberry and black raspberry fruit, baking spices, and again, a roasted meatiness with some bouquet garni thrown in the background. The complex aromatics were already starting to roar from the glass, and the wine, enormously endowed, is full-bodied and flawlessly constructed. This is a killer effort that should drink well for 40+ years.
November’s Featured White Wines
10% Off Single Bottles & 15% Off 6 or More Bottles
Iconic Wines Heroine Chardonnay $21.99 (Reg: $34.99)
100% Chardonnay sourced from the Sonoma Coast. 50% Michael Mara Vineyard and the remaining sourced from the Russian River AVA. Predominantly Clone 4 with a portion of Old Wente clone. Aged on the lees for 6 months and in neutral French oak for a total of 8 months. A portion of the barrels were fermented with native yeast while the rest was inoculated with champagne yeast. Tropical fruit aromas are tamed with bright notes of apple and pear with vibrant acidity. Just 340 cases produced.
Las Bas Dry Gewurztraminer $11.99
Gewurztraminer is a fantastic Thanksgiving wine choice in both sweet and dry forms, and this dry example from Spain is surprisingly good and reasonably priced for a wine coming from such an unexpected region. It has all of the herbal, spicy, floral and nutty notes that makes Gewurzt a wonderful choice for the Thanksgiving table without the cloying sweetness a lot of people are used to from German or Stateside examples.
Notorious Pink Grenache Rose $16.99
Although we love great Roses all year long, Thanksgiving is the traditional last hurrah for Rose season in many people’s eyes. The guys at Notorious ONLY make dry Rose, this one dry Rose and that dedication really pays off. From the south of France made from 100% Grenache. Cold fermented to protect the fresh, juicy fruit flavors without any sweetness it has lovely red berry fruit and clean citrus notes backed by vibrant acidity and subtle minerality.
Domaine du Prince Costieres de Nimes Blanc $12.99
A classic Rhone varietal blend of Grenache Blanc, Marsanne and Roussanne from the town of de Nimes. Aromas showing Ample notes of tangerine, crushed rocks, flowers and crisp white peach soar from the glass of this layered, medium-bodied, classy and lengthy white that has both freshness and richness.
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.
Sant Evasio Moscato d Asti $13.99
Sant’Evasio Moscato d’Asti $13.99 – Well made Moscatos are the chocolate chip cookies of the wine world. Plenty of people insist that they don’t like sweets, or rarely imbibe, while there are also tons of folks out there that can’t imagine daily life without them. No matter which camp you fall into, who doesn’t enjoy a really great chocolate chip cookie once in a while? Really good, hand crafted Moscato is like that, impossible to not enjoy. It may or not be your typical tipple, but Sant’Evasio’s Moscato is impossible not to like. Notes of honeysuckle, apricot, and peach and the slightly fizzy texture of the wine brings everything together wonderfully to make this wine extra refreshing.
Les Hauts de Lagarde Bordeaux Blanc $13.99
White wines from Bordeaux that are heavy on the Semillon are a fantastic choice for the Thanksgiving table. The beautiful texture, yellow hay aromas and tropical fruit flavors that it adds when blended with Sauvignon Blanc make a wonderful combination and foil for the tart, crisp apple and grapefruit flavors of that grape.
Mader Pinot Blanc $20.99
Pinot Blanc and Pinot Auxerrois are allowed to be and often are blended together in the Alsace region of France and simply labeled “Pinot Blanc.” Mader leans heavily on the Auxerrois, which is why I like it so much and why it works well for Fall/Thanksgiving foods. Think Gewurztraminer (DRY!!!) crossed with Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc and you’ve got great Pinot Auxerrois/Blanc like this one here.
Ram's Gate Carneros Chardonnay $44.99
One of the most beautiful and exciting new wineries in Sonoma, this is a must visit on your next trip to wine country. This rich and decadent Chardonnay has a savory, meaty, toasted nuts and yeast extract-scented nose over a core of honeydew melon, pineapples and beeswax. The full-bodied palate is rich and spicy, with a pleasantly oily texture and great length that is almost a meal on its own and can stand up to the most complex dishes.
Lone Birch Pinot Gris $12.99
This family owned winery produces some of the best value wines in Washington’s Yakima Valley. An enticing bouquet of tropical fruit leads to a well-balanced, medium-bodied mouthfeel with luscious flavors of pineapple, pear, and white peach.
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