Sunday, February 10, 2013

Triangle Wine Experience Sip & Sign: Taylor's Wine Shop

By Dathan Kazsuk | Feb 10, 2013
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Part 2 of our Sip & Sign adventure took us to Taylor’s wine shop on Six Forks Road. There I talked to wine manager Cory Lyerly about some of the great winemakers gracing the store. Taylor’s was jam-packed with over 60-people sampling wines from not 1, not 2, not even 3, but 4 different winemakers.

Wesley Steffens pours a sample from the
2010 "7" Cabernet Sauvignon.
After talking to Lyerly about the winemakers and their interest in pouring at Taylor’s, I decided it was time to try the wines. Our first stop was with Wesley Steffens, who along with his family, owns Vineyard 7 & 8 in Napa. We tried two wines, a 2010 “7” Cabernet Sauvignon (retail $75) and the 2009 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (retail $120). Both of which were very enjoyable.

Favia Wines Andy Erickson
Next we moved over to visit with winemaker Andy Erickson, who was pouring his Leviathan Red and the wines he crafted with his wife, Favia Wines. Unfortunately I was not able to try the 2010 Leviathan Red (retail $53), but got in samples of all three of the Favia wines. The 2010 Quarzo Syrah (retail $65) and the 2010 Favia Rompecabezas (retail $65) were quite great. I really enjoyed the story about the Quarzo, which got its name from the quartz crystals that can be found in the soil the grapes are grown in.

But my favorite of the three was Erickson’s flagship wine, the 2009 Favia Cerro Sur (retail $150). A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, this wine was layered perfectly. It was also given 94-points by Parker’s Wine Advocate.

Next we moved to Valeri Bure, who was showing off three of his wines from Bure Family Wines. And for you NHL fans out there, Bure has played a decade in the NHL with teams such as the Calgary Flames, Florida Panthers, St. Louis Blues and the Montreal Canadiens. Oh, and for any of you Full House fans out there, Bure is married to actress Candace Cameron (who played DJ Tanner on the show).

Valeri Bure poured 3 different wines
He poured a chardonnay, which again, not being a big fan of that grape, didn’t care for. But the next two wines he poured were amazing. The 2010 Bure Nuit Blanche (retail $53) was a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, tasting similar to some great whites coming out of New Zealand. The second was the 2010 Duration Red (retail $195). This was a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Only 100 cases of this wine were released, and if I wanted to dropped $200 on a bottle of wine, this would be it.

The final winemaker, we didn’t get a chance to visit with because we were running behind and had to make it to our final destination. The final winemaker was Ray Signorello with Signorello Estates who poured for the people there three wines: A Cabernet Sauvignon (retail $90), a 2010 Hope’s Cuvee Chardonnay (retail $70) and a 2010 Edge North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon (retail $21).

Our next and final destination for the evening was Uncorked – and you can read about that in part 3 of my 3-part series.