Experience Wine The Vin Bin Way
The Vin Bin will harbor no mediocrity when it comes to selecting wines for our shelves. We routinely travel to wine making regions to get a sense of the terroir that provides the wines on our shelves. We actively seek unique and expressive wines that demonstrate value, quality and a sense of place. We do the work so you don’t have to – consider us your wine concierge!
Best Wines at Best Prices
You are probably thinking: “quality wines equal expensive wines”. At The Vin Bin, our mission is to find the best wines at the best prices. Every wine on our shelf is tested. No wine is sold unless we have determined it meets our quality to price standards, is an exceptional value and uncommon. You might have heard this before, but “we drink a lot of bad wine so you won’t have to.”
We generally stock 400 to 600 different wines each day. We try to have the best selection of wines from the different regions- our standards will not be compromised. If we cannot find wine good enough for our customers, we just won’t carry anything until we do. This is what we believe: “There is no good price for a bad wine.”
Best of all, The Vin Bin staff is knowledgeable about all our products and can help you whether you are a connoisseur or novice.
Lancaster Cabernet Sauvignon
Lancaster Vineyards has some nice neighbors. Sprawled along the hillsides of Alexander Valley, it is within shouting distance of Jordan, Stonestreet, Silver Oak. Pretty nice indeed.
Not necessarily as well known as the iconic Silver Oak, Lancaster is quietly racking up gaudy critical acclaim for its mammoth eruptions of fruit and aromas. In the past 10 vintages, it has never scored lower than 93 points on critic scales. The 2009 we have today was declared Napa’s Best Cabernet Sauvignon by Wine and Spirits Magazine.
Intense blackberry and berry flavors are augmented by spicy, cedary, cigar box aromas and at times, herbal scents of lead pencil, tobacco, mint or bell pepper. Always a medium- to full-bodied dry wine with noticeable tannin, it is often aged in oak barrels to soften its attack and enhance its palate.
Aromas and flavors consist of blackberries, black cherries, crème de cassis, sometimes with notes of chocolate or mocha. Merlot ripens earlier than Cabernet and has a softer tannin structure. Always a medium- to full-bodied dry wine, like Cabernet, it too is often aged in oak barrel for added dimension.
Pinot Noir can be silky yet deceptively powerful, with perfumes of strawberry and red cherry fruit, cedar, spice, cola and clove. It can be delightfully earthy with seductive mushroom and forest floor notes. A finicky grape to grow due to its thin skin, it needs ample warmth to fully ripen.
Rich, dark, spicy wines with the scents and flavors of black raspberries, often with jammy, briary notes of plum and raisin. It takes well to limited oak contact, which adds nuances of cedar, vanilla and tobacco. Zinfandel can also be made into a sweet, late harvest style fortified Port.
Syrah typically offers purple plum fruit, with tell-tale black pepper, smoked meat and loamy soil nuances, and is a deeply colored, full-bodied wines with firm tannins. It is this smoky, earthy quality that pairs so well with game and grilled meats.
Some blends are not easily classified. Grapes are chosen for balance, structure, flavor and aromas and many – sometimes more than a dozen – are used to create the perfect wine. Food-friendly, usually dry, perfect when “what’s for dinner?” is “let’s grill!”
Syrah offers purple plum fruit, with black pepper, smoked meat and loamy soil nuances, and is a deeply colored, full-bodied wine with firm tannins. Pairs well with game and grilled meats. Grenache marries the aromas and flavors of light red fruit with spicy black pepper. You may find notes of chocolate, licorice, and tar. Roasts, burgers, and barbecue are good pairings.