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 accreditations 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 me!
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 12 pack designed to capture the essence of the season and to showcase 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 August! Your case will have 2 of each bottle. There are no substitutions. Orders will arrive within 14 days of ordering barring no issues with delivery from our distributor! Pre-Order and then be sure to select WINE SHIPPING.
Domaine Costal / Henri Costal Les Truffières (Chablis): This is a collaboration between Kermit Lynch and Domaine Jean Collet. It is a unique wine in many ways and the name “Costal” is to pay homage to Romain Collet’s great grand father “Henri Costal.” The wine is 100% Chardonnay sourced from organic estate vineyards. The juice is vinified in stainless steel, and aged in a combination of stainless vats, and neutral barrels. The wine is also un fined and un filtered. This is nothing like American Chardonnay. But it is also not really like classic Chablis. This is This is leaner than American but fuller than traditional Chablis. Pale in color in the glass, this wine is crisp, w/ flinty minerals and bright tropical fruit that is elevated with pronounced acidity. This is a delicious wine to have alone, or with cheese, or with some fish.
Mauritson Dry Creek Zinfandel (Sonoma County): We had the pleasure of venturing out to Sonoma County in Late September of this year and one of our stops was at Mauritson! This is a cool family winery with a really interesting history in wine making. They make a slew of zinfandel based wines of great quality. This Dry Creek Zin is 94% zinfandel and 6% petite syrah. The fruit is a blend of estate fruit as well as some sourced from neighboring vineyards. It is inky in the glass and opaque. The nose is packed with ripe red and black berry fruit, baking spices, and subtle earth. It is round and full on the palate. Oak flavors come through along with ripe, stewed fruit flavors, spice, subtle tannin and spice that screams zinfandel. This is a great wine to drink with or without food. Definitely a BBQ wine. (92WE)
Stoller Dundee Hills Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley): I love the Willamette Valley and every time I drink and write about Willamette Valley wine I’ll remind you of that. Its the geography, the climate, the people and the wine. It is a very low key place where you can find killer wine without the pretense. The wines are largely very fruit forward with plenty of earth, they are approachable and yet can provide a great deal of sophistication at the same time. Stoller Family Winery is true to the nature of the area. They are sustainably focused, producing a several wines that are worth trying. Their Dundee Hills Pinot Noir is made with sourced from their various vineyards in the Dundee Hills. Dainty is the best way to describe how it looks in the glass. The nose is red cherries, raspberry jam, subtle spices from aging in french oak. On the palate you get fruit first, spice second and earth on the finish. It is light but not lean. Acidity is balanced and makes the fruit pop! Definitely a great wine for salmon. (92JS)
Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Cabernet 2018 (Colchagua Chile): In late January / Early February of this year, I ventured out to Chile with my good friend Brady. We were on a mission to explore Santiago, and the Colchagua valley to the south of Santiago. We hit several wineries and drank a heroic amount of wine! One of the wineries we visited was Clos Apalta, the ultra premium label in the Lapostolle family of wines. The have a very impressive estate in the Apalta sub appellation of the Colchagua valley and if you ever have the opportunity to visit, do it. Chile has a very long wine making history. To their benefit they have the most stable economy in south and Central America. They are geographically the most isolated country in the world with the arctic to the south, the driest desert in the world to the north, the Andes mountains to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. Their vineyards are still own-rooted because they were never affected by Phylloxera. Last but not least, there is a variety of topography and climates that can accommodate the production of a vast assortment of grape varieties. One last thing… Yes, there is a lot of low quality wine to be had in Chile. There is also so much great wine to be had, sadly much of the truly great stuff is hard to find in the US, but that is changing. Back to the wine at hand…. The Lapostolle Cuveé Alexandre Cabernet is a blend of 85% cabernet sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Carmenere. This winery comes from a long line of french wine and spirit makers (Grand Marnier anyone?). This is a well crafted wine and it punches well above it’s weight class. In the glass this wine is a deep dark red almost purple. The nose is packed with blackberry, black cherry, fennel, figs, prunes, currants, dried cherry, spice. On the palate this is a round and full bodied wine. It coats the mouth with ripe, stewed fruit flavors, and spice with polished tannins, and an earthy finish that lingers a bit. Let it breathe for an hour or two before drinking and serve at cellar temp (55F). (95JS)
K Vintners The Beautiful 2016(Walla Walla): There is great stuff happening in eastern Washington. Just ask Charles Smith. His line,K Vintners, is known for making big, bold, new world renditions of old world classics. It’s rock and roll wine making with a focus on popularizing the Syrah Grape. The Beautiful is a wine made with Syrah from the Powerline Vineyard and co-fermented with Viognier. Co-fermenting Syrah with Viognier is very much a Cote Rotie method of making syrah. The additional juice from the viognier helps with extracting color from the Syrah and it adds a slight floral characteristic to the spicy and racy Syrah. This particular vintage of the Beautiful is epic status. In the glass it is dark purple almost opaque. The nose is packed with Dark berries, Plums, Dried Fruit, Earth and even a smokey meaty quality. This thing is so money. Drink with BBQ, Indian Food, Grilled Steak. Drink now or in 10 years. (98JD)
Castello Di Bossi Reserva Berrardo 2015(Chianti Classico Italy): I love Sangiovese. I Really love a great Chianti Classico Reserva. This Castello Di Bossi Reserva hits on everything that I love most about Chianti. There is a lot of history with this particular estate, and even so, this particular vintage is being considered to be one of the best ever made. In the glass this wine is slightly more concentrated than the typical Chianti Classico. The nose is packed tart cherries, black cherry, blue flowers, organic earth, and spice. On the palate you get that tart cherry and Italian must (in a good way), spice, great tannic structure (grippy but not over powering) and bright acidity. This is a refined, delicious Chianti Classico Reserva that is great with pizza, pasta with red sauce, rustic Italian cooking, beef, etc. Honestly, bang for the buck, this thing is off the charts. (98JS)