Somm’s Picks for November 2016

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Explore the magnificence of Yacochuya Malbec 2008 from Argentina. This wine may make you rethink what Malbec is!

Pick 1: Old World Wine Pickmasi-costasera-amarone-della-valpolicella-classico

Masi Amarone Costasera 2011

Masi’s Amarone Costasera is a wine made for food, with notes of mocha, chocolate, and loads of dark fruit wrapped up in dry tannin and a hint of sweetness this wine calls for your dinner table.

Despite often having a touch of sweetness “Amarone” means in Italian “the great bitter” since they used to be famous for Recioto which is made dessert sweet.

– 92pts Wine Enthusiast –

Pick 2: Crowd Pleasing Winesconundrum-red-2014

Conundrum Red 2014

Dark, fruity, chocolaty with hints of spices, Conundrum red is a wine that goes down incredibly easy yet with some weight and layers of fruit.

Conundrum white was released in 1989 in order to “redefine white wine” and tried to do so by using inventive blends. Conundrum red was released in 2011 with the same mission.

– 4.1 Vivino –

Pick 3: The Great Onesyacochuya-nv

Yacochuya Malbec 2008

Yacohuya Malbec isn’t your typical Malbec with red creamy fruit balanced with earth tones and Bordeaux-esque acid and tannin. This may make you rethink what Malbec is!

Owner Michel Rolland is best known as an important consultant and winemaker in Bordeaux working on the top properties such as Angelus, Ausone, Clinet, and Pontet-Canet

– 96pts James Suckling –

Pick 4: Value Spot Lightbouteille-chateau-caronne-sainte-gemme-cru-bourgeois-rouge-2010-haut-medoc

Carrones ste Gemme Haut Medoc 2010

This “Legitimate sleeper of the vintage” in 2010 by Robert Parker is a big Cabernet based blend with dark fruits harmonizing with tobacco, mineral, and black cherries.

Cru Bourgeois was originally created to classify all the Medoc wines not included in the 1855 system. The system is still a mark of great quality despite 3 reclassifications in the last 10 years.

– 92pts 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.