Somm’s Picks for August 2016

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Summer temperatures call for cool drinks. Laurent Perrier Rosé Champagne definitely fits the bill.

Pick 1: Old World Wine Pickcillar de silos

Cillar de Silos Crianza 2012

Rich and full on the palate, with pronounced strawberries and spicy vanilla. Finishes with a lush, velvety texture and smooth tannins.

The winery is now run by three of Amalio Aragon’s children; each managing a different aspect of this sandy-soiled bodega.

Pick 2: Crowd Pleasing Wines

Mount Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2014mt nelson sblanc

Refreshing citrus-like acidity and clean, crisp white fruit layered over a textured mouthfeel.

Marchese Lodovico Antinori, most famous for producing Ornellaia for many years, came to New Zealand to produce what he feels is the true character of Sauv. Blanc, founding Mt. Nelson winery.

Pick 3: The Great Ones

Laurent Perrier Cuvee Rose NVlaurent perrier nv

Bright and offering a basket of fresh berry fruit aromas and flavors, this fine bubbled Champagne shows layered structure and a gentle finish.

LP has always pushed the envelope with both its winemaking and bottle designs. The house produced one of the first non-vintage rose champagne.

– 93pts Tasting Panel –

Pick 4: Value Spotlightcycle gladiator pnoir

Cycles Gladiator Pinot Noir 2013

Succulent cherry, ripe blackberry, and undertones of almost sweet baking spices are wrapped in a velvety mouthfeel that is as easy to drink as it is delicious. Serve with a slight chill on these hot days.

Set in Lodi, one of California’s oldest winemaking regions, Cycles Gladiator joins the “Vineyard-to-Table” movement, which ensures quality and originality.


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.