Todd Taylor Wines

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35265 Willow Ave # 204, Clarksburg, CA, USA

Todd Taylor Wines Clarksburg Reviews

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Single Vineyard Designated Wines Jan 31, 2009
Todd Taylor wines are single vineyard designated wines. That means each wine comes from its own vineyard and there is no blending involved. By leasing the vineyards, Todd can have better control over how the grapes are grown versus just buying them.

Todd Taylor produces about 2500 cases per year, direct from the winery sales only. Limited wines are available through the L Wine Lounge in Midtown Sacramento, but do not expect to find them on the store shelves. They are a small production vineyard and have sold out multiple wines just from tasting room sales.

Currently, they have nine wines available for purchase but will have new releases later this year. Todd's wines are designed to be at their optimal drinking point now versus some reds that need to age in order to reach their prime. One of Todd's approach to winemaking includes a cold soak up front and an extended maceration period (leaving the skins on) which gives his wines their beautiful color and intense flavor without being too rich in tannins.

The wines currently available for purchase:

2006 Bell Road Sangiovese ($25) - selected from a vineyard growing in the Brunello clone, in the Shenandoah Valley of Amador County. Wine is aged in 100% French oak cooperage and released unfiltered. Full bodied fruit of blueberry, plum, and raspberry accent the lush mouth feel of this wine. Silky tannins introduce a cocoa and cinnamon backbone, followed by a spiced vanilla and soft clove finish from the French oak.

Aroma: Orange Blossom, Strawberry

Tannin: Hazelnut

Aging: 12 months French Oak

Fruit: Blueberry, Strawberry, Cranberry

Oak: Spiced Vanilla

Maceration: 43 days

Production: 262 cases

2005 Lehrer Syrah ($25) - Lehrer Vineyards in Contra Costa County is where this wine comes from. Contra Costa County is known for their warm summer days and cool bay breezes which create a long growing season. Deep sandy soils force the vines to dig deep to find nutrients producing the earth and leather quality that define this region's best reds. This Syrah tastes of crisp cherry, currant, and strawberry fruit. Truffle and sandalwood define the long deep full budy followed by a long cinnamon vanilla finish. This is my favorite Syrah of all time. It's got a very complex unique finish that I am absolutely addicted to! *NOW SOLD OUT BUT LOOK FOR A NEW SYRAH SOON!*

2007 Tempranillo "Holland Landing" ($30) - Just released Jan 31, 2009! Todd's first wine from the Clarksburg region which made a stunning debut. Deep acidic soil nutures the berry fruits. And with Clarksburg warm days and the cool Delta breeze, the wine showcases a true Spanish character.

Aroma: Thyme, Chocolate, Bay Leaf.

Tannin: Hazelnut, Cocoa

Aging: 15 months New American Oak

Fruit: Boysenberry, Cranberry, Fig

Oak: Smoky Cedar, coffee

Maceration: 21 days

Production: 187 cases

2006 Zinfandel "Vineyard View" ($25) - Selected from the Deaver clone vines in Shenandoah Valley of Amador County. Aged in 100% American oak and released unfiltered. Black cherry fruit and blackberry jam leads into a rich wine of earth and spice. Black pepper, mushroom, clove, musk, sandalwood, and cinnamon follow in the wake of this full bodied wine. Almond and silky cocoa define the structured tannins. A soft cedar oak adds depth to the finish.

Aroma: Black Cherry, Portobello

Tannin: Almond, Silky Cocoa

Aging: 12 months New American Oak

Fruit: Black Cherry, Blackberry

Oak: Cedar, Pepper, Clove

Maceration: 21 days

Production: 243 cases

2007 Zinfandel "Clockspring Vineyard" ($30) - After an overwhelming love for the 2006 Clockspring, making it their first sold out wine, the release of the 2007 was highly anticipated. Just released in November 2008, it is proving to be as magnificant as the 2006. The 47 year old, dry farmed, head trained vines from the Shenandoh Valley produce a lower yield grape, but the result is a very jammy delicious Zinfandel!

Aroma: Raspberry, Boysenberry Jam

Tannin: Almond

Aging: 12 months New American Oak

Fruit: Boysenberry, Raspberry

Oak: Smoky Cedar, Coffee, Vanilla

Maceration: 25 days

Production: 225 cases

2007 Primitivo "Blue House" ($30) - released alongside the Clockspring Zinfandel in November 2008, this wine definitely gives the Clockspring some competition in the popularity department. This is one of my favorite wines and I think is only going to get better with time in the bottle. The Primitivo grape is grown in Puglia, the heel of Italy, and shares the same lineage as the Zinfandel grape. There are some definite similarities in the Primitivo and the Clockspring Zin but still markedly different. The Primitivo Todd makes are vines also located in the Shenandoh Valley of Amador County.

Aroma: Blackberry, Chocolate, Bay Leaf

Tannin: Hazelnut, Cocoa

Aging: 12 months New American Oak

Fruit: Boysenberry, Cherry

Oak: Smoky Cedar, Pepper, Clove

Maceration: 19 days

Production: 187 cases

2006 Lockwood Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon ($30) - Comes from the San Antonio Valley in southern Monterey County. The grapes are Clone 4 Cabernet, grown at 1000 feet of elevation in the Saint Lucia Mountains. This wine has a deep dark cherry flavor and rich ripe tannins produce a silky dark chocolate mid palate adding a full mouth feel. Aged in 100% French oak introduces a sweet vanilla and cinnamon finish. This is actually a great wine to pair with dark chocolate.

Aroma: Cherry, Cardamom

Tannin: Cocoa

Aging: 12 months New French Oak

Fruit: Cherry

Oak: Vanilla, Cinnamon

Maceration: 47 days

Production: 214 cases

**Silver Medal Los Angeles International Wine and Spirits Competition

**Silver Medal Best of Appellation America Competition

2006 Hearst Cabernet Sauvignon ($30) - Also from the San Antonio Valley, about 12 miles from the Pacific Ocean. (Lucky grapes!) This desired climate helps produce the perfect 337 clone Cabernet. This one produces a currant and blackberry fruit flavor. Earth coco characterizes the silky tannins producing a lush mouth feel. Aged in 100% new American oak, provides layers of pepper, sweet vanilla, toasted coconut, and cedar.

Aroma: Black Currant, Smoky Cedar

Tannin: Hazelnut, Almond

Aging: 12 months New American Oak

Fruit: Boysenberry, Black Cherry

Oak: Vanilla, Cedar, Coconut

Maceration: 47 days

Production: 207 cases

**Gold Medal Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition

**Gold Medal Best of Appellation America Competition

The Cellar, limited to 4 bottles per person

2006 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, "Lockwood Oaks" ($50)- Taking his favorite barrel, Todd aged this Cabernet 6 months longer than the regular release of the Lockwood Oaks which added a new aroma of Rose to an already exceptional wine. 39 cases produced

*Silver Medal Best of Appellation America Competition

2006 Zinfandel "Clockspring Vineyard" ($50) - This was the ever popular sold out Clockspring, but amazingly, there are a couple cases that they Taylors are willing to release from their personal collection for those die hards that still prefer the 2006 more!

Wines are available direct for sale on the website and through the wine club. Wine club shipments include four bottles and ship three times per year - only during the cooler months. February, May, and November - club shipments are between $80 - $100 and you may either pick the wine up at the tasting room or have it shipped for $20. Benefits in the wine club include 20% discounts on all wines and you receive invitations to special events, dinners, and seminars, as well as VIP tours and tastings. The events are becoming increasingly popular, especially since Todd usually prepares the food pairings himself! The Tempranillo release 1/31/09 included carmelized lamb chops, vegetable paella, ratatouille, and dark chocolate covered marcona almonds. Incredible!

Something else new for 2009 is a more personalized tasting with Todd himself for wine club members if requested. I had the opportunity to partake when I brought Brett in recently to meet them and what an interesting experience. We learned about the proper glasses to taste wine and we learned it really does make a difference. The most noticable one was the Sangiovese. We tried the same Sangiovese side by side - one in the proper glass and the other glass being the regular tasting room one. The true Sangiovese glass has a much narrower opening, really allowing the concentration of floral and fruit aromas to shine. Smelling the same wine side by side really gave the appearance of two completely different wines.

Todd Taylor Wines is located in the Old Sugar Mill in Clarksburg, CA along the Sacramento Delta region. There are four other wineries in the Sugar Mill so it's a great place to try multiple wineries without having to drive all over! Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy an afternoon of wine tasting, while having the opportunity to meet a fabulous winemaker!

*Updated Review 02/01/09*
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acowboy says:
I agree with Bill...
Posted on: Feb 01, 2009
bkretzer says:
After reading this, I have now offically tripled what I knew about wines. (The bar was pretty low). Very informative!
Posted on: Feb 01, 2009
FR-ank says:
Waouuu what a nice full description :) thanks
i should ask some contacts later...I wanna come to work in CA next june till december to finish my US visa in the other coast ;)
take care...
Posted on: Aug 08, 2008
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