Oxford Liquor Shoppe is proud to announce that it now offers sales via the web. We have posted our inventory online and this will provide greater flexibility to our customers. There are three options for ordering. The first option is you can browse our online product pages and call 203 888 3866 to place an order. Next you can email firstname.lastname@example.org and a sales associate will contact you. Although we update our site regularly, this is also nice for checking product availability. The last way is to download our order form and fax in your order. All wine will be shipped using either Fedex or UPS with other options being local delivery for orders over $100 and in store pickup. We do not ship beer or liquor but it is available for either in store pickup or local delivery. If you have any questions please let us know. We want to hear your feedback.
With Summer right around the corner, we decided to break out a 2008 Muga Rioja Rose. Great for warm weather drinking and pairs well with anything off the grill. The nose has a nice aroma of roses and strawberry. It delivers flavors of strawberry and watermelon with a nice touch of acidity to balance everything out. Will go down nice on the hot summer days.
Two weeks ago I went to visit a friend of mine in New Jersey. He recently caught the wine bug and this was my first time down to his home since it happened. I offered to bring a wine so I grabbed a bottle of Matriarch made by Bond. Those of you unfamiliar with Bond, they are owned by Bill Harlan who also owns Harlan Estate and make one of the top rated Cabernets out of California. Matriarch is Bond’s entry-level bottling. Below is some of my thoughts on the wines.
We started off with a 2006 Dominus. It had been decanted for 2 hours. Robert Parker has said that whenever he tastes at Dominus, they offer him a freshly opened bottle and one that has been open for 24 hours. It’s easy to see why. The wine was still very tight but through the tannins, it had very nice structure and fruit. The wine was also very French which is no coincidence since Dominus is owned by the owner of Chateau Petrus.
We then drank the 2003 Saddleback Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon. This one was all Napa Valley baby! It displayed all the classic Napa cab flavors. I have been told by a friend that Saddleback wines are just like Dunn and Ridge, needing years of aging before being ready to drink. After 7 years I think this still has a long life ahead of it.
The six of us then dove into a 2007 Carlisle Papera Ranch, a wine I have been dying to try. It recently got 96 points from Wine Spectator and I bought 3 bottles myself. I am a big fan of Carlisle wines and believe they are making the best Zinfandel in California right now. The Papera Ranch did not disappoint but was very different from the other Carlisle bottlings I have had. I took a sniff and I swear I was smelling blueberry pie! I then took a sip and it was like drinking blueberry pie! I have never had a wine resemble a fruit so intensely! I have had other Carlisle wines that have been just as good but they have had a jammy flavor profile. This one was very focused.
We then tried the Matriarch. Since my wife and I drove down I could not decant it ahead of time. Not ready…we’ll come back to it.
So we switched to a Napa Zinfandel, this one being a 2005 Storybook Cellars. The amazing thing about Napa Zins is I find they have more in common with Napa Cabs than Zins from Sonoma. They also seem to age a little better in my experience. This 2005 was also very good and it was a nice contrast to the Carlisle. I think if it was a jammy Zin it would have gotten overshadowed by it but since it wasn’t it held its own, although I still prefer the Carlisle.
After the Storybook we came back to the Matriarch. It was now ready. It was classic Napa cab. Tons of structure but still had some tannins there so you would know it had at least 5-7 more good years….maybe more. It was amazing how different the Matriarch and Saddleback were to the Dominus. Had some great black fruit flavors from what I remember but my senses were starting to dull at this point in the night. So what do you do when that happens……
Break out another bottle! The 2007 Two Hands Lily’s Garden. I don’t remember much from this bottle although I could remember tasting the alcohol. No wonder…it was 15.7%. Gotta say I wish I would have tasted this another time to get the full sensory experience. I don’t like drinking good stuff this late in the game because I feel it’s wasted, although I can’t really call this wine good because I have never had it before. I’ll have to reserve judgement for another time. Anyway it was a good night and if anyone has tasted any of these wines I would love to hear your thoughts.
Last night we had our Spring wine club meeting. Our club meets 4 times a year and consists of Dave, myself, Alex (webmaster), Dave’s nephew, my wife and father-in-law. Each meeting we have a different agenda for what we taste and this meeting happened to be the wines of France. The format varies but last night we did white to red and everything blind.
1. Henri Bourgeois 2008 Sancerre Les Bonnes Bouches – Light, with aromas of lime, grapefruit, and stone. The wine was very crisp with nice acidity and displayed flavors of pear, apple and mineral. A great summer wine and in stock at the store!
2. Le Blanc du Chateau Prieure-Lichine 2005 White Bordeaux – This wine had everyone stumped. Most said it smelled like a chardonnay but didn’t taste like one. Once the bag came off people realized it was classic White Bordeaux. It had a nice mix of fruit and minerality that I personally love.
3. Domaine Jean Marc Morey 2002 Chassagne-Montrachet White Burgundy – The group debated whether this bottle was flawed or maybe just old. Smelled a bit oxidized as Dave pointed out. Wine had a taste of wet stone and the fruit was hardly there. Was a 2002 but you would figure a wine like this would last longer. I thought it was a 1994 or 95 before the bag came off.
4. Chateau Pontet-Canet 2000 Bordeaux – This wine was still really young. It had been given a 3 hour decant and was still very tight but it was still very good. I had mistaken it for a right bank Bordeaux but it did have classic Bordeaux characteristics of leather, tobacco and cherry on the nose. It also had some nice black fruits on the palate with cherry and earth. A nice wine that should get better with age.
5. Chateau Plince 1998 Bordeaux Pomerol – Again this wine was tannic but more accessible and smoother than the Pontet-Canet. It really tasted like a young wine though. It had a nice black cherry note with a touch of earth that led to a nice long finish. This wine also has a few good years ahead of it. We might have a few left at the store but Dave said he would have to check.
6. Chapelle-St-Arnoux Vacqueyras 2007 Cotes-Du-Rhone – Immediately this was different from the two previous wines and the group picked that out immediately. The wine had some nice blackberry, black cherry and earthy flavors. It tasted really young compared to the previous two wines. I guessed a Rhone wine because I could taste the Syrah in it but I was curious to know the amount in the blend.
7. Chateau Leoville Las Cases 1994 Bordeaux St. Julien – I think once the group tried this it was pretty unanimous that we had our wine of the night. It displayed some classic Bordeaux aromas of leather, earth, smoke and current. Wine was open for an hour and the tannins were perfectly integrated at this point in its life. It was smooth with flavors of cherry, smoke, earth and mushroom. Once the group voted this was Wine of the Night!
Overall it was a very nice night. We had some delicious food there too that consisted of some fine French cheeses, quiche, Duck a L’orange, Pasta with ground veal & capers and a nice French white bread pudding for dessert. The club will meet again in the Summer when we will visit the wines of Germany and Austria.
Today we are trying the 2007 Rabbit Ridge Allure de Robles from Paso Robles. One of our customers told us about this wine and we really respect his tastes. So we brought it in and this marks the first time we tried it. A Rhone style blend, it has a very fruity nose with raspberry and wild cherry. The wine explodes in your mouth with dark fruits including black cherry, plum and a touch of earth. The alcohol is 15.4% but it does not taste hot at all and is very well balanced. A screaming deal at $7.99.
2008 Seghesio Zinfandel Sonoma County
We decided to open this today since we just added it to our discounts section. The 2007 was #10 on Wine Spectator’s Top 100 of 2009 and gave it 93 points. We have carried this wine for quite a long time and year after year it is amazingly consistent. The 2008 has a very fruity nose with a touch of wood and earth. The wine displays flavors of dried cherry, licorice and blueberry leading to a nice long finish. Silky smooth, this is drinking great now and should drink nicely for the next few years. Great pizza wine!
Was $24.99 – NOW $21.99
Today we are tasting the 2007 Clos Du Bois Russian River Valley Chardonnay Reserve. This is a fabulous chardonnay with aromas of wet stone, vanilla, and toasty oak. It has flavors of Fuji apple, vanilla, marshmallow, and ends with a touch of minerality. It has a nice long lingering finish to boot. A house favorite, this finished first at a tasting of chardonnay’s at our personal wine club, beating out some $40-$50 bottles. An outstanding value at $14.99!