Somm’s Picks for January 2019

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Pick 1: Old World Wine Pick

Chateau La Dominique 2009

This Grand Cru Classé shows why the 2009 vintage was one for the ages. Rich and supple on the palate with loads of red fruits and black fruits intertwined with baking spices hints of vanilla. This wine is just starting to show its greatness and will hold for another 15 years tasting phenomenal.

Ch. La Dominque is named after the Caribbean island Dominique where its founder originally made his fortune in the early 1700’s.

– 95pts Robert Parker –

Pick 2: Crowd Pleasing Wines

Nautilus Sauvignon Blanc 2017

One of the most impactful Sauvingnon blancs I’ve had from New Zealand in a long time. Nautilus is explosive with guava and pineapple flavors layered in with minerality and additional grapefruit. The palate is both smooth and refreshing, its clear why it is one of the best finds all year.

Nautilus vineyards was founded in 1985 and was part of the leading edge of bringing New Zealand Sauvignon blanc to the forefront of the wine world in the decades since.

– 92pts Wine Spectator #32 Wine of the Year 2018 –

Pick 3: The Great Ones 

Cliff Lede Stag’s Leap District Cabernet 2015

Dark and rich in the glass, this wine is intense with incredible depth of black and blue fruit, deeply integrated with oak giving tones of mocha and nutmeg. The tannins are big and firm but the finish is surprisingly sweet and supple.

The original planted vineyard blocks at Cliff Lede were named after Cliff’s favorite songs and albums such as ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ and ‘My Generation’ and are affectionately called his ‘Rock Blocks.’

– 93pts Robert Parker –

Pick 4: Value Spot Light

Hanzell ‘Sebella’ Pinot Noir 2016

Hanzell is known for a Burgundian approach to their pinots and chards. Their Sebella pinot is a triumph of balance with good freshness, richness, and fruit without being jammy or overripe. Black berries, raspberries, and cherries form the first wave of flavor backed up by baking spices and mineral tones.

Hanzell vineyards are named after the founder’s wife, Hana Zellerbach, taking the first syllable of each part. They were pioneers of Pinot Noir in California having started in 1952.

– 4.1 Vivino Top 5% Value for Price –

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.