Somm’s Picks for March 2016

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With temperatures not yet hot enough for whites, we have a red that will keep you warm while knocking your socks off – Zuccardi Concreto malbec. This New World wonder boasts incredible balance and structure, not to mention it received 95 points from Robert Parker. Enjoy!

Pick 1: Old World Wine Pickjuve y camps reserva de la familia

Juve y Camps Reserva de la Familia 2011

An incredibly fresh and juicy cava that goes down smooth with no bitterness. The typical earthiness of Cava is masked by the lemon crème fruit making this one of the best cavas I’ve ever had!

Cava is a style and DO in Spain which can lead to confusion. Most of the Cava is made in Penedes in the Catalonia region but can be produced all over Spain.

– 92pts James Goode –

Pick 2: Crowd Pleasing Winesthe cleaver red blend

The Cleaver Red Blend 2013

The Cleaver red blend is a Prisoner style blend with tons of dark fruit, a rich mouthfeel, and almost sweet tannins. On the palate, the wine goes down smooth, and has a fruity yet elegant finish

Zinfandel has seen a resurgence in the last 10 years since the introduction of Orin Swift’s Prisoner. His use of Zin as the base of a blend has brought the varietal back from its decline.

– 93pts L.A. Wine Competition –

Pick 3: The Great Oneszuccardi concreto malbec

Zuccardi Concreto 2014

A truly unique take on Malbec in a world filled with 100% new oak wines. The unique winemakin

Concrete “eggs” are used to age the wine which allow the wine to oxygenate just like a barrel does; also the shape of the egg causes the lees of the wine to slowly stir giving the wine an additional creaminess.

– 95pts Robert Parker –

Pick 4: Value Spot Lightmitolo jester

Mitolo Jester 2012

With all the richness, dark fruit and added spice, Shiraz is perfect for a cab lover. The Jester is a perfect example of Shiraz’s value with concentrated dark fruits and hints of dark chocolate wrapped around big, but easy drinking tannins.

Mitolo is a family winery. Their first wine they produced, the Mitolo G.A.M., is actually named after Frank Mitolo’s 3 children Gemma, Alex, and Marco.

– 94pts James Halliday –

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.