Somm’s Picks for March 2017

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Looking for your next Napa Cab discovery? Crossbarn by Paul Hobbs will fit the bill with its incredible balance and value – it was also rated 93 points by Robert Parker. Cheers!

Pick 1: Old World Wine Pickvina ardanza

Viña Ardanza Reserva 2007

A consistent value, the Viña Ardanza from Rioja is the classic combo of luscious cherries and coconuts, with savory notes from the oak, balanced out with minerality. The wine is medium bodied and matches with practically everything.

Spain has the most planted vineyards in the world but is only the 3rd largest producer of wine.

– 94pts Robert Parker –

Pick 2: Crowd Pleasing Wines


Paul Hobbs “Crossbarn” Napa Cabernet 2013

Dark, dense, and luscious. This cab is classic Napa with loads of blackberries and refined black currant. A touch of merlot and cab franc add layers of blueberries, red fruits, and create the round mouthfeel.

Paul Hobb’s is best known for creating the Alamos project for Catena in the 90s. His most recent project is a New York Finger Lakes Riesling slated for a 2018-2020 release.

– 93pts Robert Parker –

Pick 3: The Great Onesplumpjack

Plumpack Merlot 2014

If you have stopped drinking Merlot, you are missing out! Plumpjack Merlot is highly refined with big raspberry, black cherry, and gravel aromas plated on a clean, weighty, and silky tannins; making it one of California’s best reds.

Plumpjack winery founded in 1995 was named after a Shakespeare character: Sir John “PlumpJack” Falstaff. His character was a friend of the king in the play Henry the V.

– 93pts Vinous –

Pick 4: Value Spot Lighttorre la moreira

Torre La Moreira Albarino 2015

Classic Albarino perfect for the hot winter we are having. Like most Albarinos it’s refreshing with mineral undertones but it sets itself apart with bigger fruit and a slightly richer body. The Marques de Vizhoja winery is built into a fortress from the 1700s and overlooks the Mino river in Galicia.

– Previous Vintage 90pts WE –

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.