Somm’s Picks for April 2017

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Indulge this month in Lion Tamer 2014, a Malbec based blend with great balance suitable for all palates.

Pick 1: Old World Wine Pickroyal tokajiRoyal Tokaji 5 Puttonyos 2009

Royal Tokaji 5 Puttonyos 2009

Intensely sweet yet crisp, Royal Tokaji is a fun and delicious dessert wine. The nose is full of tropical fruits, honey, and marmalade, and pairs great with almost anything from fruit tarts to cheeses to cigars!

Tokaji was the world’s most renowned and coveted wine in the 17th and 18th century. Its fall from prominence occurred after WWII, during the communist takeover of Hungary.

– 4.4 Vivino –

Pick 2: Crowd Pleasing Wineslion tamer 2014

Lion Tamer 2014

An amazingly weird yet delicious wine, Lion Tamer is a Malbec based blend with loads of blue fruit and chocolate, underlined with raspberries, earth tones, and chewy tannins that everyone can enjoy.

The Hess winery has an art museum on site. The founder, Donald Hess, was an avid art collector and his collection, which is on display, goes back to the 1960s.

– 93pts Robert Parker –

Pick 3: The Great Oneshourglass merlot 2012

Hourglass Blueline Vineyard Merlot 2012

If you like ripe, juicy, ready to drink California wines, this one is for you! Black cherries, dark fruits, raspberry, and hints of flint ride on a rich, easy mouthfeel that finishes cleanly on the palate.

Hourglass is named after the shape of their original vineyard site.

– 92pts Vinous –

Pick 4: Value Spot Lightcune crianza 2012

Cune Crianza 2012

This is a classic Rioja Crianza from a great year. Cune over delivers with an aroma of coconut and ripe red cherries following through to the taste with added creaminess, black fruits, and hints of toasted cedar.

Cune, actually, is spelled with a “V” instead of an “U” as it is an acronym for Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España.

– 91pts Wine Spectator –

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.