Check out some of the NEW ARRIVALS this Fall at Taylor’s Wine Shop!
ELEVEN ELEVEN WINES 2012 ESTATE CABERNET SAUVIGNON – $99.99
LAKI’S VINEYARD, OAK KNOLL, NAPA VALLEY – 90 Points – Wine Enthusiast,2/1/2016
“While soft and approachable, this wine also offers a density of black currant and cherry that gives significant power and juicy exuberance. Sizable tannins risk overtaking the fruit, but never do, with the oak imparting a jolt of smokiness on the finish.” – Virginie Boone
Gold Medal, 2016 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Tasting Notes: This Library Vintage of our Cabernet begins with a beautiful and wildly dark purple rim. Full force aromatics of camphor, crushed herbs, black cherry, rose, violet and cured game exude from the glass, building in volume to reveal nuances of olive, French oak and vanilla. The first sip is striking as you swirl the wine over your tongue. An exciting arrangement of flavors emerge including blueberry, chocolate, espresso and red hard candy. The tannins and acidity are perfectly balanced, and the complexity of the palate will only build over time. Enjoy now through 2029 and beyond. PRODUCTION: 856 CASES
Eleven Eleven 2013 Chardonnay (Russian River Valley) – $44.99
93 Points, Wine Enthusiast: Lemon meringue and custard provide decadence to this vineyard-designated wine, the site planted to decades-old vines. It becomes sublime as it opens, spicy and soft in quince and Asian pear. The finish returns to the opening theme, delivering a punch of caramel.
Renteria Family Wines 2014 Los Carneros Chardonnay – Taylor’s Bottle Price $44.99
Blended from two fantastic vineyards, the Brown Ranch which the Renteria’s purchased a few years ago and the Sangiacomo family’s Vella Vineyard, just 426 cases were made in 2014 of this fantastic Chardonnay. The wine saw just 25% new French oak (the rest was neutral French oak), but it’s still a bold and rich style due to frequent lees stirring (battonage) and 100% malolactic fermentation. Bright, fresh citrus, white peach and tropical fruit flavors flow seamlessly through a round, rich mid-palate while a dusty minerality and delicate perfume of honeysuckle carry on through the lingering finish.
Renteria Family Wines 2014 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir – Taylor’s Bottle Price $49.99
The 300 cases of this delicious Pinot Noir were bottled unfined and unfiltered to preserve as much of the complex flavors as possible yielded by the wild/native yeasts responsible for both alcoholic and malolactic fermentation. Sourced mostly from the Trione Vineyard located just 12 miles from the Pacific Ocean, it’s loaded with generous notes of red cherry and fresh wild strawberry over a hint of baking spices, dusty earth and sweet tannin. The mouthfeel is rich, round and juicy, the bright acidity carrying the nuanced flavors through a long, echoing finish.
Renteria Family Wines 2014 First Cut Napa Valley Red – Taylor’s Bottle Price $44.99
A blend of Petite Sirah from St. Helena’s Chiarello Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon from Stice Lane Vineyard (St. Helena), Merlot from Tambor Vineyard (Mt. Veeder) and Syrah from the famous Hyde Vineyard (Carneros), just 325 cases were produced in this debut vintage of 1st Cut Red. A deep, dark wine the brims with layered aromas of black fruits, crushed rocks, violets and black spice. The palate is lush and intricate with flavors of red and black fruit complimented by well integrated oak, ample tannins and hints of mocha, spice and turned earth.
Post House 2014 Missing Virgin Red Blend $24.99
A really cool and unique blend from South Africa’s Post House Winery. Everything we’ve tasted from this little winery has been absolutely delicious, but the cream of the crop is definitely the Pinotage based blend, Missing Virgin. Post House’s main building is an old post office and all of their labels feature philately themes. The Missing Virgin gets it’s name from a “Holy Grail” type of error stamp for collectors. The wine is a Pinotage and Petit Verdot blend that is full bodied rich wine has supple soft tannins but with a lively long finish. The nose has a hint of cinnamon, blue berries, fruit cake and wild heath, all echoed on the palate along with flavors of plum and blackberry preserves, smoke and dark chocolate.
Bedrock Wine Co. 2014 Old Vine Zinfandel $29.99
In recent years, the buzz around Bedrock has reached a fever pitch that has elevated them to cult status among the likes of Turley, Carslile and Martinelli among Zin enthusiasts. Up until now they’ve been mailing list only, but a small amount has finally hit shelves in NC. Bedrock is the project of Joel Peterson’s (Ravenswood founder) son Morgan Twain-Peterson, and this second generation Zin guru is making some incredible wines. The Bedrock wines manage to perfect meld the higher tones of Provencial herbs, loam and bright acidity with the base notes of plum, currant and red fruit compote mixed with smoke, peppery spice and solid tannins.
Ampeleia 2015 Unlitro Costa Toscana $22.99
As the name would imply, this is a 1 Liter bottle from the Tuscan coast. A blend of Mediterranean grown in central Italy made from Grenache, Carignan and Alicante Bouchet that come in one of the coolest bottles we’ve come across lately. A pure, light and lively red with no oak covering up the delicate and delicious myriad aromas and flavors of wild flowers, forest fruit, red berries, and subtle spices.
Elio Perrone 2015 “Tasmorcan” Barbera d’Asti $17.99
What could be better than the 2014 Tasmorcan that we absolutely loved? The 2015 of course, a delicious wine that is better than the 2014, from a higher quality vintage, and $2 cheaper! A darkly colored and richly concentrated Barbera d’Asti that is a great wine to pair with pizza or oven-roasted lasagna. There is a lot of energy and vitality here, and the wine presents raw tones of cherry and blackberry fruit, offering a dark purple color and thick, fruity lines at the back.
The Whole Shebang! Red Wine $14.99
Speaking of Bedrock’s Morgan Twain-Peterson, he’s also the genius behind this fantastic, and fantastically price red blend. Using his family’s extensive contracts Morgan sources top quality fruit from various regions throughout California for this tasty blend. Zinfandel blended with Carignane, Petite Sirah, Mourvedre, Alicante Bouchet, Grenache, Syrah, Alicante Bouchet, Grenache, Syrah, Barbera and a touch of whites for aromatics, plus it’s a non-vintage wine meaning that there are also grape from several different vintages inside. Bold and spicy without being jammy, a perfect Tuesday night or Saturday afternoon burger wine.
Ancient Peaks 2014 Renegade Red $19.99
Ancient Peaks is one of Paso Robles brightest up and coming stars. Their large and unique property was recently given it’s own AVA, Santa Margarita Ranch.
The components of this blend change every year, and this vintage shows black cherry paste, crushed purple flowers and vanilla. Juicy blueberry and blackberry decorate the lavish palate, which is lifted by thyme and mint herbs.
Valdrinal 2013 “6” Ribera del Duero $15.99
Regularly $18.99, we’re getting a great buy on the last of the 2013 Valdrinal from Spain’s Ribera del Duero Region. Made from 100% Tempranillo (which they call Tinta Fina in this area of Spain) and aged for 6 months in French and American oak, which is where this particular cuvee gets its name. Ribera del Duero usually delivers a more fruit forward expression of Tempranillo (but not as juicy as Toro can get) than you omplex scents with hints of spices and black, ripe fruits. The palate is round, well balanced, noble tannin, smooth and shows classic flavors of blueberry, cedar, tobacco and rose water.
Vansha 2014 White $10.99
A tasty blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc and Viognier from one of our favorite South African producers, Ridgeback. An upfront, tropical array of pineapple, pear and lemon rind with hints of lavender spice is complimented by a creamy mid palate with notes of white peach lingering on the finish. A great sipper, it’s also a wonderful food wine, and will be one of our top recommendations for Turkey Day.