Somm’s Picks for January 2017

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This month’s picks are led by #64 wine of 2016, Colomé Autentico Malbec 2014 – one of the purest expressions of Malbec on the market.

Pick 1: Old World Wine Pickgruard-larose

Ch Gruaud Larose 2012

The 2012 Gruaud is a prime example of classic young drinking Bordeaux. With juicy plums and blackberries on the palate wrapped in tones of pencil lead, brioche and toast this is one you don’t have to wait 15 years to enjoy!

The château’s first owner built a tower in 1740 that looked over the nearby vineyards. Flags were flown from the tower to denote the nationality of the most recent customers as a way to boast to the neighbors that he had sold his wine.

– 94pts Wine Enthusiast –

Pick 2: Crowd Pleasing Winescolome-autentico-malbec

Colomé Autentico Malbec 2014

Autentico is just like it is named. One of the purest expressions of Malbec: a palate of blackberries, plum, and cassis, some spice tones, and with tannins that are rich and thick yet supple.

Colome is the oldest functioning winery in Argentina founded in 1831. All their wines are made in a traditional style from vines over 90 years.

– 93pts Robert parker /#64 wine of the Year 2016 –

Pick 3: The Great Ones

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Seasmoke “Southing” Pinot Noir 2014

If you like rich, cherry toned, central coast pinot noir, then Seasmoke is your dream wine. Loads of luscious red and dark fruits, hints of bacon fat and baking spices make this Pinot feel almost like a guilty pleasure.

Despite being one of the most sought after Pinots in California, Seamoke winery is less than 20 years old started in 1999.

– 92pts Cellar Tracker –

Pick 4: Value Spot Lightkj-vintners-rsv-chard

Kendall Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay 2014

This winter is being particularly hot, cool off with a class of one of the classic wines of California: KJ Chard! With troprical tones of pineapple and mango with loads of butter and vanilla and surprising fresh acid you’ll be happy you did.

Kendall Jackson is one of only a handful of wineries in the world that makes its own barrels and is the largest barrel maker in the United States!

– Not Yet Rated Previous Vintage 91pts WE –

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.