Somm’s Picks for September 2016

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Last month we featured a Rosé Champagne from France. This month we invite you to compare it to Schramsberg Brut Rosé, a leader in California sparkling.

Pick 1: Old World Wine Pickesprit gassier

Espirit Gassier Rosé 2015

Light and fruity with a touch more white fruits and spice than your typical Rosé. This is the perfect wine to end the summer!

If you find roses too tasteless or light, try letting them warm up for 10 minutes out of an ice bucket. The Grenache of the blend will taste richer and fruitier!

– 92pts International Wine Report –

Pick 2: Crowd Pleasing Winestablas creek patelin rouge

Patelin Rouge de Tabalas creek 2013

An easy drinking, dark fruited wine with layers of complexity that unwind as it opens up. The final taste will be incredibly round with balanced fruit and minerality that will have you reaching for the next bottle.

Tablas creek is partially owned by Chateauneuf du Pape producer Ch. Beaucastel. The property has similar soil and weather with identical vines imported from France.

– 91pts Vinous –

Pick 3: The Great Onesallegrini amarone

Allegrini Amarone 2011

Rich with loads of dark cherries, mocha, chocolate, granite, and dried berries this Amarone has all the flavor and weight without sugar. This refined Amarone is one to try for Cab and Amarone drinkers alike!

Allegrini makes Pallazo della torre as well as their Ripasso level for this wine. The Pallazo is the world’s most accoladed wine under $20.

– 93pts Wine Spectator –

Pick 4: Value Spotlightschramsberg brut rose

Schramsberg Brut Rosé 2012

The best of the best in sparkling from California. Schramsberg rose is delicately fruity, with notes of lemon zest, cherries, and strawberry. It’s fine bubbles and beautiful color will have you falling in love.

Schramsberg’s “Tete de cuvee” the J Schram has won in blind tastings over Champagne’s biggest houses like Dom Perignon and Cristal many times.

– 94pts Robert Parker –

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.