All-American Wine at Zachys: What’s Hot & What We’re Drinking Now
By Andrew McMurray
In honor of the July 4th holiday, we couldn’t think of a better time to celebrate wines of the good ol’ USA! From Oregon to Napa to New York, Zachys has over 700+ American wines that shouldn’t be overlooked for your summer holidays.
Noble Pinot Noir from Oregon’s Willamette’s Valley
Oregon’s Willamette Valley, one of the hottest winemaking regions in the world, may be the best home next to Burgundy for the noble Pinot Noir. With a little support from renowned French winemakers, the ripe 2012 Oregon vintage was epic, 2013 produced leaner and more classic wines, and the 2014 vintage just received 94-97 Points from Wine Spectator.
Combined with an ambitious group of small American winemakers from Brick House to Soter, Ken Wright to Bergstrom, Cristom to Evening Land, and now Chapter 24 and Nicholas Jay, the wines of Willamette Valley are becoming a household name!
- The French Are Coming: Resonance Pinot Noir Resonance Vineyard 2013 (94WE), $74.99
A joint venture between Jacques Lardiére and Maison Louis Jadot, Resonance Vineyard Pinot Noir showcases Maison Louis Jadot’s longstanding tradition of making terroir driven wines from the best vineyards.
Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is back!
Napa Valley experienced two of its greatest, back-to-back vintages ever—the ripe and opulent wines from the 96-Point 2012 vintage versus the cooler, more retrained classically driven wines of the 98-Point vintage of 2013. Better yet, historic wines like the Clos du Val are available for under $33.
Renowned wine critic Robert Parker has declared it, “the greatest vintage I’ve tasted in 37 years visiting Northern California” and Antonio Galloni has been touting it as a “modern day classic.”
This newcomer is full and fruity, yet reserved, and drinks like a $200 bottle for under $30! How can you beat that?
- For the special occasion: 2013 Clos du Val Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (95+WA), $39.99
Another great story in American wine history, winemakers John Goelet and Bernard Portet began the Clos du Val Winery in 1972 in California’s Napa Valley. At the same time, the winery’s 1972 vintage was one of six selected during the famous 1976 Judgement of Paris Tasting. Also a Hollywood prize, Clos du Val has been making cameo appearances in numerous films and TV shows. James Gandolfini poured it in The Sopranos, Ray Romano served it in Everybody Loves Raymond, Sean Penn sat with it in 21 Grams, and Tom Hanks sipped it over dinner in The Terminal. Appreciated for being approachable, Clos Du Val has found a comfortable place in American culture.
We love New York
Our New York roots may make us a bit biased, but New York State wines should not be missed! Long Island wineries Macari Vineyards and Channing Daughters get us excited about North and South Fork wines.
- Hotter than Brangelina’s Miraval: 2015 Wölffer Estate Vineyard “Summer In A Bottle” Rosé (92ZBT), $28.99
We can’t think of another crowd-pleasing wine that screams summer like this gem—the hottest selling Rosé in New York and it’s not from Provence or Bandol! Just 2.6 miles from the Atlantic Ocean in Bridgehampton, the estate’s land has a unique soil blend of clay and Bridgehampton loam, along with maritime ocean breezes that create Bordeaux-like conditions for growing grapes. Sure to please everyone at your next summer BBQ, especially if they’re a New Yorker!
You Asked, We Answered: Why are California wines expensive?
Many California wines are expensive and can be cost prohibitive—a pricing or stereotype often associated with Napa’s cult Cabernets, like the revered Harlan, Sloan, Screaming Eagle, and Schrader Old Sparky, which can command up to $1000s per bottle. It comes down to production. Wines like Harlan have a case production of a mere 1,200 to 2,000 compared to the production levels of the top cru classe of Bordeaux and iconic Super Tuscans of Italy often with 25,000 cases, which helps explain the cost associated with smaller, cult wines.
In addition, the top California vineyards can easily command more than $350,000 per acre. Not many places in the U.S. or the world can offer this prized and proven terrior—a combination of soil, temperatures, positioning, old vines, and history.
Founded in 1944, and growing ever since, Zachys has built its business on offering one of the most complete selections of fine wine and spirits in the country. SERVICE is our motto. Our website offers thousands of selections complete with label images and tasting notes and an inventory system that updates constantly. Our brick and mortar store is located in the heart of Scarsdale, across the street from the Scarsdale Metro-North train station.
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