Somm’s Picks for February 2016

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Looking for a special bottle this Valentine’s Day? We’ve got a wine that’ll not only pair well with all foods, but is celebratory in nature. Deutz rosé champagne is perfect for the occasion, and is sure to become an instant favorite for you and your special someone.

Pick 1: Old World Wine Pickch coudert

Ch. Coudert St. Emilion Grand Cru 2005

This St. Emilion comes from a greatly heralded vintage and the wine matches it’s pedigree. With dark red fruit on the nose, typical dusty tannin of Bordeaux, and its rich midpalate, this wine will please any Bordeaux lover!

Ch. Beau-Site has the same owners as Ch Batailley, a 5th growth, and Ch Trotte Vielle, a 1er Grand-Cru Classé, giving it impressive siblings from which to draw winemaking talent.

Pick 2: Crowd Pleasing Winesdeutz rose champagne

Deutz Rosé Champagne NV

Rose Champagne is perfect for any celebration, whether it be an anniversary or just Tuesday. Deutz is a perfect one to celebrate with due to its amazing bouquet of cherries, blackberries, and strawberries with layers of almond and brioche underneath.

All Champagnes are made to very strict standards that include regulations from how the vineyards are planted to the grapes all the way through the release date. It’s in part due to these high standards that Champagne has remained the world’s premier sparkling wine region.

– 91pts Robert Parker –

Pick 3: The Great Onesrioja alta 904 gran reserva

Rioja Alta 904 Grand Reserve 2004

The 904 Gran Reserva 2001 is still one of the greatest wines from Spain in recent history, but Bodegas Rioja Alta has out done themselves with this ’04 release. Rich, fragrant, fruity, with amazing underlying mineral notes this wine has it all and is a spectacular value.

Winemaking in Rioja drastically changed in the late 1800’s due to the Phylloxera epidemic that impacted France. Many wine makers from the top chateaus came to Rioja after Phylloxera forever changing Riojan wine making.

– 96pts Robert Parker –

Pick 4: Value Spot Lightgeyser peak walking tree cab 2010

Geyser Peak “Walking Tree” Cabernet 2010

Winemaking in Rioja drastically changed in the late 1800’s due to the Phylloxera epidemic that impacted France. Many wine makers from the top chateaus came to Rioja after Phylloxera forever changing Riojan wine making.

Geyser Peak is one of California’s oldest wineries founded in 1880 and was a pioneer of Alexander Valley in Sonoma.

– 2013 Silver Award Critics Wine Challenge

All of these wines were hand selected by our Somms Richard and Carlos Fonseca. For more information on any of these wines reach out to us on Facebook, or see us in the store.