When we set out to start Old Major Market, a component of what we wanted to do was provide folks with access to really great wine at great values. To do this, Mark LaFay, founder of Old Major, beefed up his wine skills and acquired some accreditation in the wine business. Over the course of two years, Mark achieved status of Certified Sommelier, the 2nd level of certification through the Court of Master Sommeliers!
Picking out new wines can be a daunting task because who wants to pick a $20 dud? Not us!
Our Sommelier service is intended to take the guess work out of picking wine. All of the wines are selected by Mark, our level 2 Sommelier. Every month we will be offering a new mixed 6 or 12 pack intended to break you out of a potential wine rutt and different delicious wines throughout the year!
The price of the mixed case will fluctuate depending on the prices of the wines included, however we are always working at finding great wines at great prices. The price is inclusive of all sales taxes and if you live in Marion, Hamilton, or Boone County, delivery is free!
Here is our line up for March 2021! Your 6 pack will have 1 of each bottle. There are no substitutions. Pickup or if you’d like delivery, we can send most places in the state of Indiana.
Alpha Omega II Chardonnay: The acclaimed Napa California producer Alpha Omega, has a second line of wines called “Two Squared.” These wines present excellent quality at a great price. The Chardonnay is a rich, round, full flavored California Chardonnay. Ripe yellow apples, lemon curd, pineapple, toast and butter notes all come across on the nose. On the palate this is a rich full bodied chardonnay, lower acid due to the warmer growing conditions, bone dry, fruit forward, almost oily texture across the tongue. I’ve had several of the 2017 and it is great with seafood and rich pasta dishes. This would also be great with popcorn and a movie or on the back porch in front of a fire while you watch the sun go down in 65 degree weather! Est. Retail $29.99
Villa Sparina Gavi: Gavi is a small area (appelation) in the Piedmont region of Italy. This area is largely known for Barolo, Barbaresco, and to a lesser extend Barbera and Dolcetto. In the US, Gavi doesnt get the same recognition as these other wines, but it will. Gavi is made with the cortese grape, a grape that has record of use in wine dating back to the 1600s. The Cortese grape produces a lean style of wine that is high in acidity but this can be tempered with modern wine making techniques. Villa Sparina makes really fantastic Gavi wines. One of which is this Villa Sparina Sparkling Gavi. This is a sparkling gavi wine made in the traditional Champagne method. Bottle fermented, aged on the lees, punted, dosed and corked. This is a delicious wine. I mean really delicious. Fun, vibrant, and no pretense. Bread / Yeast characteristics on the nose and palate, lemon zest, and peach skin. Round and full on the palate, not overwhelmingly carbonated, straw yellow in the glass, dry on the palate, medium length finish, this is an fantastic wine at a great price!. Est. Retail $23.99
Donnafugata Tancredi: This Sicilian winery has been making wine since the 80s but their family has a history of wine making that extends nearly 160 years. Their goal in starting Donnafugata was to elevate the world’s perception of Sicilian wine. Needless to say, they’ve done that. They make several wines that showcase the local rock star grape: Nero D’Avola. Other indigenous grapes are used for blending along with global varieties. The Tancredi is a blend of Nero D’Avola and Cabernet along with some Tannat and other varieties in very small quantities. On the nose, this wine is ripe and with red and black fruits, herbs, chocolate, and tobacco. On the palate it is a full bodied wine with balanced tannin and acidity. If you like a bigger bolder style of wine, this is one that will fit the bill. It goes great with grilled meats. Est. Retail $45.00
Liquid Farms Santa Barbara Pinot Noir 2018: We had the benefit of visiting the Liquid Farms tasting room in late 2019. It is a delightful place and we had the pleasure of having our wines poured by an Australian gal that was beyond delightful. The experience was great and the wines matched if not exceeded it. Liquid Farms makes killer pinot and chardonnay in and around the Santa Barbara / central coast area. This is a “cooler” climate thanks to the orientation of the valleys running east/west which allows for morning fog, and evening breezes from the ocean to cool down the vineyards. In this region you can find different renditions of the same grape in a way that is less common than in Northern California wine regions. This Liquid Farms Santa Barbara Pinot Noir is a great pinot. somewhat dainty in color in the glass, the nose pops with red raspberry, cherry, clove, and cinnamon. It is vinified with a small amount of stems which adds a little more tannic structure and green characteristics to the wine. This wine also sees very little oak. On the palate the wine is dry, fruit forward, and while it is very ripe, it has great acidity that carries it along. This is a fantastic pinot and for this wine maker it is considered their entry-level wine, but don’t be fooled. and Est. Retail $45.00
Martin Ray Cabernet 2016: Martin Ray is a well known name in the Napa Valley. Martin Ray, himself, began making wine in the Santa Cruz mountains in the 40s. The winery has since evolved, grown and migrated norther to Sonoma County. They make wines featuring fruit from Sonoma AND Napa. This Martin Ray Cabernet is a straightforward napa cabernet with dark fruit on the nose, slight spice, and almost a dusty earth characteristic. On the palate, the wine has some grip from the tannin of the grape, great fruit flavors travel across the palate and some earth comes through as well. There is medium acidity that makes the ripe fruit pop! This wine is an entry-level Napa Cab. It is well made, balanced, and straightforward, intended to be consumed young, this wine comes with a screw cap. Drink with dinner or without. Est. Retail $29.99
Domaine de Beaurenard Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2017: CnP wines are really good ripe wines from the Southern Rhone of France. These wines are generally GSM blends (Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre), and very ripe and full flavored. The Southern Rhone is a warm place with lots of sun and the Chateauneuf-du-Pape AOC is known for these big stones called gallettes that are all over the place in and among the vineyards. This particular CnP wine is a wonderful wine at about a mid-level price. The 2017 Beuarenard CnP is primarily Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre but also has a smattering of several other approved varietals to round it out. Too many to list really. This wine is young and definitely needs time in the decanter to open up and shine. The nose is packed with jammy fruit, black berries, cherries, and you will notice an herbal characteristic as well and a slam dunk on the Fennel / Black Licorice. This is the easiest thing to pick up right as the bottle is opened and as the wine itself starts to breathe. On the palate the wine is medium bodied, dry, and medium-low acidity. It is balanced and delicious, the flavors open up as the wine moves across the palate. This is not a “punch you in the face” power house of a Chateauneuf-du-pape. It is more refined and reserved. A tremendous wine Est. Retail $59.99