Somm’s Picks for February 2019

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Pick 1: Old World Wine Pick

Numanthia “Termes” 2015

Inky with superb richness the 2015 Termes is still tightly wound but when its been open for 30 minutes shows fresh cherries, raspberries, and plums with a perfume of crushed granite, cardamom, and vanilla.

Toro is a region in Spain that is known for old vines. The average age of vines for the region is over 30 years old with much of those vineyards being over 100 years old.

– 94pts James Suckling –

Pick 2: Crowd Pleasing Wines

Laurent Perrier Rosé Champagne NV

LP Rosé is THE benchmark in Rosé Champagne. It’s elegant package is perfect for the brilliant harmony of delicate red fruits, fresh acidity, and creamy brioche tones.

Most Rosé chamapagne is aged 3 years in bottle before release where as Laurent Perrier Rosé is aged for at least 5 years.

– 96pts Connoisseurs Guide –

Pick 3: The Great Ones 

La Jota Howell Mountain Cabernet 2014

Rich, concentrated, with large but chewy tannins layered and exquisite with dark fruits, gravely minerality underpinning the symphony. Perfect for a nice dinner or for laying down for 10 years.

Wines from the La Jota vineyards have been winning international recognition since 1899 when they won a metal in the Paris World Competition.

– 95pts Robert Parker –

Pick 4: Value Spot Light

Chateau St. Michelle “Canoe Ridge” Vineyard Merlot 2013

An incredibly drinkable and lush wine with layers of mocha, creamy dark cherry, blueberry cobbler, with undertones of red rock minerality and a nose that’s fragrant like a box of chocolates covered cherries.

The combination of the dessert dryness and the winter freeze means that the vineyards in Canoe Ridge are all on original roots unlike most of the regions in the world.

– 92pts Wine Spectator –

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.