Robert Mondavi’s vineyards are what one could categorizer as the very niche category of “grape paradise”. With sunshine and fog living in perfect equilibrium, it’s no surprise that these wines are notorious for their quality. The slow and drawn out process of growing the prize winning grapes pays off with their depth and purity of flavor. Mondavi himself spoke to the immense impact that the location of his vineyard has on his wines, “there is no secret: great wine begins in the vineyard.”
This particular vineyard’s notable history began in 1968 when Robert Mondavi developed a dry oak-aged Sauvignon Blanc called Fumé Blanc. It became so popular that it is now synonymous with Sauvignon blanc, thus began the incredibly astronomical success of Robert Mondavi’s wines and vineyard. From the Fumé Blanc came a number of incredible wines, but today the subject is none other than the Robert Mondavi Bourbon Barrel Aged Cabernet Sauvignon.
A member of Mondavi’s Private Selection, this wine is nothing short of what you’d expect from such a notorious name in this industry. It is pleasant to all your senses. Visually, its deep red color is perfectly matched to the deep warm smell we are initially greeted with. The toasty smell is paired sweetly with vanilla and brown sugar. Our mouths are watering even before our first sip!
The taste is just as delicious as one would imagine. It’s as if the Earthy scent of this red has been liquefied, sprinkled with the finest spices, and aged in the greatest bourbon barrels on the perfect vineyard! Among the traditionally delicious cabernet sauvignon taste, there is a mix of ripe blackberries and tart black cherries.
This is truly a bottle you need to reserve as soon as possible from your local Payless. It’s not every day that you find a wine that will taste just as delicious with ribs as a charcuterie board!
A Zinfandel should have characteristics like a full bodied fruitful taste with smoky notes and a subtle toasted oak finish.
Great news! 1,000 Stories brings these great qualities and more to their premier Zinfandel. What makes their Zinfandel so attractive, their unique aging process. Batch #001 of 1,000 Stories Bourbon barrel-aged Zinfandel is produced in small batches similar to premium bourbon, giving it an exceptional taste and inviting aroma.
What started as an experiment became an opportunity to live out a passion. Charlie and Bob, owners of 1,000 Stories, believed that by fermenting wine from a small parcel of premium Zinfandel and then maturing it in bourbon barrels, they would achieve the distinctive taste complexity they were looking for. After acquiring old bourbon barrels from a distillery in Kentucky, Charlie and Bob were able to fulfill their dream and now share their story in each bottle of 1,000 Stories.
1,000 Stories Bourbon barrel-aged Zinfandel was bottled on October 29th, 2014. This date signifies the merging of two American stories, the post Gold Rush arrival of the Zinfandel grapes to California and the new Bourbon barrels, now being made from American oak. Some of the barrels used at 1,000 Stories are 13 years old, having once made the highest quality bourbon.
So, what exactly can you expect from this Bourbon barrel-aged Zinfandel?
The taste can be described as, a well-balanced blend of dark fruity spices with distinct charred vanilla notes and a subtle smoky finish. The deep and rich purple color can be attributed to the intense mix of the raspberry and black pepper spices. And of course, the warming finish is a result of the custom maturing in the aged Bourbon barrels, which leaves you with the matchless taste promised from 1,000 Stories Winery.
Don’t miss out on the exceptional taste of 1,000 Stories Bourbon barrel-aged Zinfandel, available in your local Payless Liquor Store. You can also visit the Contact Us page to reserve a bottle now. Cheers!
La Crema Winery is located in the Russian River Valley of California and has been making Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, & Pinot Gris since 1979. Now a part of the Jackson Family Wines owned by sisters Laura Jackson-Giron and Jennifer Jackson, La Crema handcrafts their wine to ensure balance and intense fruit flavors in very bottle.
The Russian River valley is ideal for producing balanced wines. The first few vintages at La Crema winery were devoted to learning the ins and outs of growing grapes and winemaking in this cool, windy climate. Now, careful canopy management and hand harvesting assure ripe and undamaged grapes. Director of Winemaking, Elizabeth Grant-Douglas then uses artisan winemaking techniques that bring out their distinct flavor.
To ensure La Crema wines stay true to both the varietal and the region, the wine-making teams uses traditional wine-making techniques. They whole-press their Chardonnays before they are fermented and aged in French oak barrels. Before fermentation, the Pinot Noir grapes are cold-soaked in open-top fermenters for five-eight days then aged in both new and used French oak barrels.
Studies have shown that adults who drink light to moderate amounts of alcohol may be less likely to develop heart disease than those who do not drink at all or are heavy drinkers.
Researchers have suggested red wine, in moderation, has long been thought of as heart healthy. The alcohol and antioxidants may help prevent heart disease. February is American Heart Month and we’ve teamed up with Jackson Family Wines for Payless Has Heart. 10% of the proceeds from the sale of all Jackson Family Wines will be donated to the American Heart Association this month.
Join us Thursday, Feb. 25 for a Payless Has Heart tasting at our Brendon Way store in Zionsville. Grady and Big Joe from 1070 the Fan will be there from 6-7. The wine tasting begins at 5. And stop by your favorite Payless location anytime this month and purchase La Crema or one of the other wines from the Jackson Family Estate and help the American Heart Association this month.
This Sunday many eyes will be watching the Denver Broncos take on the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50. This is the golden anniversary of the Super Bowl and to commemorate this achievement, Freemark Abbey along with leading winemaker, Ted Edwards, were selected to create a one-of-a-kind, limited release wine. Fiftieth Reserve is a 2013 Napa Valley Bordeaux-style red wine. It was sourced from pedigreed single vineyard sites from the honored Spring Mountain.
Fiftieth Reserve has rich, dark fruit aromas of dark cherry, Bay leaf, and other herbs. On the palate, ripe boysenberry and Santa Rosa plum are accompanied by a hint of milk chocolate.
The blend of Fiftieth Reserve is 67% Merlot, 14.3% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc, and 5.7% Petit Verdot. The wine was aged in premium French oak barrels for 18 months. The life span of this wine if stored in a proper cellar is 20+ years. So drink now or save it for Super Bowl 70.
Freemark Abbey began in 1886, when Josephine Tychson established the original winery along Route 29 in St. Helena where Freemark Abbey still stands. Tyschson is one of the firm women winegrowers on record. The name of the winery was created in 1939, when the three owners – Charles Freeman, Markquand Foster and Abbey Ahern – combined their names to form the “Freemark Abbey.” Ted Edwards has been a winemaker at Freemark Abbey since 1985. He was named partner in 1992 and is now Director of Winemaking.
Founded in 1772 by Philippe Clicquot-Muiron, Veuve Clicquot played an important role in establishing champagne as a favored drink of the upper class throughout Europe. Philippe owned a number of vineyards decided to establish Clicquot House wines. When he passed in 1805, he left his widow, Barbe, in control of a company. Madame Clicquot became the first woman to take over a Champagne house. The French word for window is Veuve.
By 1866 Veuve Clicquot had become both a substantial Champagne house and a respected brand. Recognized by its distinctive bright yellow labels, the wine holds a royal warrant from Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom.
Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label has grapes from 50 to 60 growing areas. They include approximately 55% Pinot Noir, 20% Pinot Meunier and the remainder Chardonnay. Each grape helps ensure the structure, round out the blend, and provide a balanced wine’s elegance & sophistication.
The appearance of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label looks beautiful. A golden yellow color adorned with a foaming necklace of bubbles.
On the nose, it begins with hints of white fruits, followed by vanilla and brioche. Note the fine balance between the fruity aromas coming from the grape varieties and the toasty aromas following the ageing in the bottle.
On the palate, the initial sip delivers a combination of freshness and forcefulness which is synonymous with Yellow Label. This is a classic Brut Champagne.
Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label is an ideal aperitif or companion to a white meat, white fish or pasta dish.
You can purchase a bottle of Veuve Clicquot at your favorite Payless store for just $39.99, perfect to ring in 2016!
California. It’s the state that brings us major motion pictures and television shows. It’s the state that’s home to many of our favorite actors, entertainers, and celebrities. Yes, Hollywood is important, but so is Monterey. Because Monterey brings us wine. Specifically, Hess Select Chardonnay.
The 352 acre Shirtail Creek estate vineyard located in Monterey, California is the home to this classic wine. With the cooling fog, Pacific coastal breezes, and moderate temperatures, the climate is ideal for growing Chardonnay to produce wines with tropical notes and crisp acidity. Here, the growing season is longer than most places, allowing the grapes to evolve with many different layers of flavors that separate this as a Central Coast wine.
Hess Select Chardonnay is a new take on the most popular wine around. The signature lemon-lime flavor of chardonnay is combined with apple flavors, tropical notes, and just a hint of toasted oak to keep the wine in balance. Its natural acidity is the perfect complement to the complexity of flavors. Hess Select Chardonnay is crisp and clean while still being original and exciting.
Pairing well with a variety of meals and being able to stand along, this one-of-a-kind chardonnay is perfect for the holiday season! Parties, family gatherings, and celebrations alike, Hess Select Chardonnay promises to be a hit. Try it with your Thanksgiving dinner. Then again after a long day of shopping on Black Friday. After that, you’re almost guaranteed to want it at the rest of your parties leading up to the holidays. And even on New Year’s Eve. Any excuse to drink Hess Select Chardonnay will do.
You can pick up a bottle of Hess Select Chardonnay for just $9.99 at the majority of our locations or contact us to reserve your bottle! Come by today!
Sitting on a tree covered knoll overlooking the Napa Valley is Rombauer Vineyards which was founded in 1982 by Koerner and Joan Rombauer. The winery features caves that extend for over a mile into the hillside and they provide a constant temperature and humidity which result in optimum conditions for aging Rombauer wines.
Their unique style of Chardonnay has developed over time with select vineyards from the Carneros region. The cool climate and clay soils offer ideal conditions for their Chardonnay grapes.
The 2012 Rombauer Carneros Chardonnay was aged for ten months in American and French Oak. It is a soft yellow color that will darken with age. You’ll notice bright, vibrant tropical fruit aromas flowing from the glass while underlying grapefruit and lime add depth and character to the aroma. The palate features layers of cantaloupe, pineapple and vanilla. A mouthwatering finish leaves you wanting another sip. And the flavors only develop further as the wine ages.
Rombauer wines are consistently ranked high in the wine trade journals. Many of the finest restaurants throughout the country include Rombauer wines on their list and feature them by the glass. And you can find your bottle at select Payless locations or you can reserve your bottle online by using our Contact Us form.
This just in at Payless Liquors! This week we welcomed a great-value to our shelves. Hardy VS Fine Cognac- Red Corner is a creamy blend made with spirit aged in Limosouin oak for 5 years.
Did you know that a spirit must meet a required minimum of 2 years to be recognized as a cognac by law? Hardvy VS meets those requirement with an added 3 years, just to make sure. Some would even consider it to be extremely “youthful”, hence the short aging process.
History of Hardy
Hardy Cognac has a rich history that dates back to 1863. They are well known for their quality cognacs as well as traditional production methods. Each bottle can be recognized by the familiar rooster logo and the evident traditional recipe that has been passed down from generation to generation.
Cognac Characteristics & Flavors
Each bottle is an elegant pale color with golden reflections. The nose has a sweet honeyed aroma with hints of plum, creamy caramel and mixed nuts. On the palate, Hardy VS is very smooth with tones of toasted oak and dark fruit flavors. The harmonious blend of cognacs from the best regions around the world, also offers a balanced freshness and floral notes. The finish is long with a slight floral exit.
At just $19.99 a bottle, Hardy VS Fine Cognac won’t last on our shelves for very long. We encourage you to reserve a bottle here on our website today.
Dom Pérignon has established themselves as one of the most well-known luxurious champagne brands in the world. The bottle, the taste, the color, everything is extremely iconic.
The Second Pléntitude
Enter Dom Pérignon P2.The Second Pléntitude offers the renowned champagne in a sleek and sexy update. The process of developing the change was extremely hush-hush and only a few journalist and retailers were initially let in on the secret.
“The Ultimate Champagne” is an energetic and different expression of the classic Dom Pérignon Vintage. P2 is all about magnetic energy and is symbolic of Iceland’s glaciers and minimalistic landscape. It’s a product of time and dedication. The highly acclimated champagne 1998 vintage brut wine was given a score 98 by Wine Spectator Magazine. The magazine recognized P2’s “mouthwatering and persistent” flavors. It’s among the post priced, yet most popular wines sold from the region.
An intense, full bouquet with sweet notes of honeysuckle, citrus and hints of toasted almond. It has a major focus on the dark, salty and mineral flavors. On the palate, the vintage is characterized by an edgy, yet embracing aroma. The layers of ripe blackberry and dried apricot are graced with exotic spice. The finish is smoky and continues with energetic tones for an all-out balanced taste.
How to Enjoy
Purchase P2 to celebrate an anniversary, promotion or even the purchase of a new home. Age to save for the perfect occasion or serve right away, chilled.
The Dom Pérignon P2 will be featured in our new Charlie’s Pick Collection, which will feature the finest products at Payless Liquors. You can purchase this product in select stores or reserve a bottle here on our website.
Valentine’s Day will be here before you know it! Payless Liquors is the perfect spot to find top rated wines that won’t break the bank. This year we have complied a list of wines to help you find a bottle for celebrating with the love of your life or with your closet girlfriends.
Fifty Shades of Grey Collection
The much anticipated movie adaptation of the ever popular, Fifty Shades of Grey book series now has a collection of wines inspired after the phenomenon. The first bottle in the collection is White Silk. It’s a balanced, easy to drink white wine with an intense floral scent. On the palate, enjoy rich notes of crisp grapefruit, lush pear.
The second wine in the collection, Red Satin is a blend of Petit Sirah and Syrah. It has intense flavors of smoke, oak and eucalyptus. Hot on the nose and the palate, subtle black cherry and caramel flavors cool down the heat.
Enjoy this collection of wines with your gal pals on a dinner and move night to see the premiere of Fifty Shades of Grey on February 14th. .
1,000 Stories Zinfandel
Produced in small batches, 1,000 Stories is sourced from Mendocino County. Each lot is started with a traditional aging process in American and French wine barrels. The next step I its aging process is the introduction of the wine to bourbon barrels. The bourbon barrel aging creates a new flavor profile of warm vanilla, spices and caramel. In the final step of the process, the blend is transferred to old bourbon barrels from Four Roses and Heaven Hill to complete the aging process. It’s a wine like you’ve never had before! It’s represented as a dark plum color with hints of vanilla, berry and smoke in the aroma. The taste is similar to jam with strong notes of plum. This wine is perfect to enjoy with your love paired with a quiet night in on Valentine’s Day. He will certainly appreciate notes of bourbon.
Attention all avid Downton Abbey fans! The Downton Abbey Wine Collection has expanded their portfolio with the Countess of Grantham Collection, and just in time for the show’s fifth season. The collection features a Cabernet Sauvignon and a Chardonnay. These wines were inspired by Lady Cora Crawley, the American-born wife of a British aristocrat, Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham.
The Downton Abbey duo of wines are crafted with premium fruit from the prominent Entre-Ceux-Mers region of Bordeaux, France by the Dulong Grand Vins. The family-owned vineyard has well more than 130 years of winemaking experience. It is quite possible that the Dulong ancestors might have very well made the wines enjoyed at Downton.
Downton Abbet Claret
Claret is an elegant, dry red blend made with the finest grapes from the Entre-Ceux-Mers region of France. Each bottle of Claret was made using the traditional vinification process, which includes aging in temperature-controlled environments for 4 to 5 weeks for the ideal color and flavor. Then, the wine goes through another nine months of aging prior to the final blend. The result of this process is a deep purple color that embodies sweet scents of blackberries, raspberries, and black currants. Hints of spice are also present due to the Malbec blend. On the palate, you will notice a well-rounded taste of ripe fruits from the Merlot. And finally, the Cab aspects give an added freshness to the overall tone, and a silky finish.
A Muscadelle and Semillon Blanc blend, Blanc is a classic white wine also made with grapes from Entre-Ceux-Mers in Bordeaux, France. To ensure the best flavor, the grapes were harvested at the best time, when they were ripe and full of flavor.
Blanc is a lovely pale yellow color with a sweet aroma. On the palate, there are notes of tangerine, orange, and apricots. All the citrusy fruits meld together for a delightful flavor. This is a perfectly balanced wine that offers a refreshing, lingering finish.
Blend: 70% Muscadelle, 30% Semillon Blanc
This Downton Abbey Wine duo, Claret and Blanc, are available at most of our Payless Liquors locations. To ensure you get your hands on a bottle, reserve on our website.
Finding the perfect wine for the holiday season might be easier said than done, but Payless Liquors can help you find a wine for the occasion. This month we welcomed two new wines to our stores from The Prisoner Wine Company Winery. Prisoner Wines offer a burst of flavor that will compliment any holiday celebration.
Prisoner Wines are truly one-of-a-kind wines launched in 2003 by Dave Phinney. Dave was inspired by the “mixed black” blends first made by Italian immigrants, who settled in the Napa Valley. The wines produced by Prisoner Wines are innovative and unique in their own respects. In order to cultivate this distinct blend, growers pay careful attention to the complex foundation of the relationships between the different grapes. Grapes are acquired from more than 80 vineyards in exclusive regions of Napa Valley.
Currently Prisoner Wines has a collection of four: The Prisoner, Blindfold, Cuttings and Saldo. In Payless Liquors stores we are carrying the Blindfold and Cuttings bottles.
A bold and intriguing white wine blend, Blindfold was created on a Chardonnay base and evokes fresh flavors of lemon zest, pear and mandarin orange. Hints of roasted marshmallow, spiced apple tart and pineapple are also present. Enjoy a creamy, yet rich and balanced overall taste.
Reminiscent of its name, Cuttings is a deep red blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Petite Sirah and Zinfandel. Indulge in its powerful and structured profile, with intense smells of dark fruit, black cherry, spice and cedar. Expect a rich and dense flavor, with hints of ripe plum, red berries and dark chocolate.
This week, we’ve switched gears and turned our focus toward wine. In case you missed it, Wine Spectator magazine has released its Top 100 Wines of 2014. We are proud to announce that Payless Liquors is the exclusive retailer of the #1 wine, Dow’s Vintage Port 2011. Dow’s received a 99 point rating from the magazine, which is the highest honor. It was also the first fortified and first Portuguese wine to top the famous list. So what makes this wine so great? Let us take you on a journey to uncover the secrets behind Dow’s one-in-a-million flavor.
Dow’s has been owned and operated by the Symington family since 1912, but the origins of the Port can be dated back all the way to 1878, when it was one of the first wines to have its own vineyard established. The Symingtons have been producers of wines for five generations, but their involvement with the wine industry dates back almost fourteen generations to their beloved great-grandmother, Beatrice Leitao de Carvalhosa Atkinson. This family is a well-known wine producer throughout Europe, and owns what is also recognized as the leading vineyard in the Douro Valley. The Dow’s notorious portfolio of Ports include: Late Bottled Vintage, Trademark Reserve, Aged Tawny Ports and Vintage Ports. In the United States, Dows Port is imported by Premium Port Wines, Inc. It’s available in restaurants and retailers nationwide.
The red Port is a blend of several grape varieties. The creation of the perfect balance of proportions is key to producing an appetizing final blend. In the Douro region, there is much debate on what fortified wine is. But in reality, there is no secret to be protected, because no one actually knows for sure what they are growing in their vineyards. Vintage Port is the most expensive and prestigious member of the Port family. Although the Vintages only account for 1% of Port production, it remains one of the most popular wines around the world. A Port is declared Vintage when the quality of fruit, bottles available and the market meet a demand. The Vintage stamp of approval is one highly sought after among Ports.
Dow’s Vintage Port 2011
Country: Portugal Region: Douro Type: Dessert & Fortified Wine Varietal: Port-Vintage Special Designation: Collectibles
A strong-bodied, luscious and refined red Port. A tobacco nose with an astonishing texture. The bouquet divulges hints of chalk and stone with hints of herbal scents. The core reveals an elegant combination of dark fruits and sweet tart. The finish is long with rich, chocolaty flavors. Certainly a lip-smacking wine!
Like we mentioned, Payless Liquors is the exclusive retailer of Dow’s in the local Indianapolis area. Stop by your local Payless store to pick up your bottle of the extraordinary Dow’s Vintage Port 2011, or reserve a bottle here on our website.