Somm’s Picks for May 2019

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Pick 1: Old World Wine Pick

Ch. La Rose Montviel Pomerol 2016

This Pomerol is loaded with big black fruit with underpinnings of red fruit and delicate black and purple floral tones all layered over a clean earthy palate. The tannins and richness combine the freshness of Bordeaux with suppleness of a Mendoza Malbec. A truly spectacular Pomerol!

The winemaker for La Rose Montviel is Marcelo Peleritti who has produced 100 point wines for Ch Le Gay in addition to his own wines which consistently rate extremely well.

– 4.4 Vivino – Highest Rated Vintage –

Pick 2: Crowd Pleasing Wines

Viña Ardanza Reserva 2009

Vina Ardanza is always a people pleaser with a full body that’s so balanced and smooth that you don’t feel its tannins and strength. The flavors are ripe dark red cherries with raspberry, loads of vanilla and cedar, with a touch of dill and candied orange rind, and hints of spices and stone underneath.

Despite being classified as a Reserva, the Viña Ardanza 2009 technically qualifies as a Gran Reserva but Bodegas La Rioja Alta saves that designation only for their top wine: the 890 Gran Reserva.

– 96pts James Suckling –

Pick 3: The Great Ones 

Shafer ‘Relenteless’ Red 2015

Deep dark color that looks just as rich as it tastes. The Shafer Relentless is an experience of richness, with red, black, and blue fruits balanced with pepper, spices, and a hint of licorice. The fruit complexity, length of the finish, and richness makes this one of the best and most sought after blends of Napa year after year.

Shafer was once named one of the Top 25 wineries in the world by Robert Parker.

– 95pts Robert Parker –

Pick 4: Value Spot Light

Lagar de Cervera Albariño

Lagar de Cervera’s palate is richer and creamier than the typical Albariño with notes of lemon, apricot, salinity, and a touch of lemongrass. The nice body and crispness of this wine is perfect for the heat of Miami and goes just as well by the pool as it does at the lunch or dinner table with seafood.

A ‘lagar’ is the ancient name of the large wooden presses that were used in wine production centuries ago.

– 93pts 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.