Somm’s Picks for May 2016

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Can a wine be “off the beaten path” if it comes from a well-known region? Up until 2005, Chateau La Pointe produced their wine with Cabernet Sauvignon grown in Pomerol. This is unique because Cab grapes are not grown anywhere else in Pomerol. Cheers!

Pick 1: Old World Wine Pickch la pointe

Ch. La Pointe Pomerol 2005

La Pointe is a big rich Pomerol with loads of dark fruit, spice, red fruits, and persistent minerality that is drinking great but will improve with age. This is the best bottle of wine I had while in Bordeaux by leaps and bounds!

Ch. La Pointe is the 3rd largest Chateau in Pomerol with a whopping 2% of region.

– 92pts Wine Enthusiast –


Pick 2: Crowd Pleasing Winesmission st vincent

Mission St Vincent Bordeaux Sauvignon 2013

Fresh, bright, and fruity. Mission St Vincent has all the characteristics of a perfect summer wine that everyone can enjoy

The Martinelli family has been growing grapes in Russian River Valley since 1880 and currently has their fourth generation working in the vineyards!

– Best Buy and 90pts Wine Enthusiast –


Pick 3: The Great Onesfar niente chard

Far Niente Chardonnay 2014

One of the great Chardonnays of California with concentrated tropical and citrus notes layered with oaky spices and mineral undertones. Weighty yet fresh on the palate, this is elegance defined!

Far Niente was one of California’s oldest wineries founded in 1885 but was abandoned during prohibition. It was restored in the 70’s Gil Nickel the current owner.


Pick 4: Value Spot Lightcrios red blend

Crios Red Blend 2015

Balanced easy drinking Malbec red blend from Susana Balbo. The fruity complexity, medium body, and sheer drinkability reminds you how Argentine wine can be such a value.

Crios was named as the second label from Susana Balbo because she wanted to name the wines to reflect their fun and juvenile nature so she named them Crios, the Spanish word for children.

– 90pts James Suckling –

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.