In this hand-picked Taste of Wine Access Set, curated by our Judging Panel, you’ll find small production gems and highly-lauded favorites that best represent what we are known for. If you’re new to Wine Access, this is the place to start, with member favorites and some of the most popular — and highly rated — wines we’ve offered all year.
The Taste of Wine Access Set includes:
1. 2014 Teeter-Totter Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California, USA
Winemaker Benoit Touquette is a master who scored six perfect 100-points on his wines since 2012 alone. His 2014 Teeter-Totter Cabernet is another winner Robert Parker calls “heady, round” and “hedonistic” — even the head sommelier at The French Laundry placed it on their coveted wine list. Bursting with notes of blackcurrant, mocha, anise, and subtle, toasty cedar, this is a full bodied, silky wine with alluring earthy notes and purple florals.
2. 2016 CHAD Pinot Noir Carneros, California, USA
CHAD Pinot Noirs have garnered nearly 1500 5-star ratings from Wine Access clients. This 2016 Carneros is a small-lot label Pinot of prime, hand-picked grapes from two special Carneros vineyards. $48 per bottle under the winery’s own single-vineyard Pinot label — just $24 under Chad’s. Lively aromas of black cherry, cracked pepper, rhubarb, and sun-kissed herbs result in a silken wine with supple tea-tannins, buttressed by fresh and juicy acidity.
3. 2015 Chaumeau-Balland Sancerre Blanc, Loire Valley, France
Truly small production, the exquisite 2015 Chaumeau-Balland Sancerre is a textbook cellar-stuffer, mineral Sancerre beauty. Sancerre’s 2015 growing season was one of the finest in recent memory and this is a stellar representation of the vintage. Bursting with pithy grapefruit aromas and Mediterranean herbs, this wine is round and creamy on the palate with bright citrus flavors, lime zest and mouthwatering acidity.
4. 2014 Three Wine Company “Bigelow Vineyard” Zinfandel, Contra Costa County, California, USA
The 2014 Three Wine Company Bigelow Vineyard Zinfandel — from ancient-vines preservationist Matt Cline of Contra Costa County — is a 93-point Wine Enthusiast “Editors’ Choice.” Wine Access clients fell for it, rating it 4.4 out of 5 stars, a quintessential Zin that illuminates California’s rich history with these 130-year-old-vine grapes. Supple on entry with velour-like texture, this wine is loaded with ripe boysenberry, sweet spice, and cola, bracketed by round tannins and exuberant acidity.
5. Langlois-Chateau Crémant de Loire Brut
When a revered Champagne house like Bollinger heads to the Loire Valley to produce a sparkling wine to Champagne standards — without Champagne’s hefty price tag — the result is this Crémant de Loire Brut. Beautifully precise, a blend of 60% Chenin Blanc, 20% Chardonnay and 20% Cabernet Franc, bursting with ripe apple and pithy grapefruit notes, the wine’s round and elegant palate is balanced with lively acidity, complex citrus notes and creamy layers hinting at baked fruit and brioche.
6. 2016 Tiefenbrunner Pinot Grigio, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
A darling of 3-Michelin-starred restaurant wine lists from Per Se to Le Bernadin, this mineral-fruit-infused Pinot Grigio is among the best of Italy’s Trentino-Alto Adige region. You could order a marked-up bottle at your next Michelin-starred meal, or, bring it home for a fraction of the price. Supple and round, this wine buzzes with ripe pear and apple notes, accented by citrus peel and meadow grass, giving way to a finish marked by terrific chalky minerality.