Somm’s Picks for October 2015

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Fun, fruity and delicious, Barahonda Barrica 2011 headlines October’s picks as it received 92 points from Robert Parker!

Pick 1: Old World Wine Pick El Carajo Deusa Nai Albariño

Deusa Nai Albariño 2013

A wonderfully fruit forward light easy drinking wine form Spain. Deusa Nai is drier than most Albariño’s with amazingly ripe and notes of pears and lychees, combined with hints of citrus wrapped around flower and mineral accents. It is no wonder Albariño has exploded onto the wine scene in the last few years!

Deusa Nai is Galician for ‘mother goddess’ and is the name given to a goddess representing the fertility of the earth in Galician folklore.

– 4/5 Majestic Wine UK –


Pick 2: Crowd Pleasing WinesEl Carajo Tintonegro Malbec

TintoNegro Valle de Uco Reserve Malbec

This full bodied Malbec has loads of dark and blue fruit supported by mineral and oak undertones. This is a beautiful party wine. People will think you’ve spent quite a chunk of change to get the quality of fruit with this complexity.

TintoNegro winery focuses on the darkest wines of Argentina, Malbec. They have multiple single vineyards reflecting the styles and climates of the region’s amazing vineyard sites.

– 91pts Robert Parker –


Pick 3: The Great OnesEl Carajo Beringer Quantum 2012

Beringer Quantum 2012

A layered, aromatic, and complex wine exemplifying Napa Valley. The layers of fruit, ranging from darkest blue fruits to raspberry, are set against silky tannins and depth of earth. This wine should remind everyone that Beringer is a producer who makes some of the best wines of California!

Founded in 1876, Beringer is one of California’s oldest remaining. At the time it was founded, the President was General Ulysses S. Grant.

– 92pts Vinous –


Pick 4: Value Spot LightEl Carajo Barhonda Barrica 2011

Barahonda Barrica 2011

Amazing fruit and body for the price, Barahonda delivers quality with backbone outperforming producers like Juan Gil. Even Robert Parker said Barahonda Barrica is “a super value.”

Although Yecla has been a DO for 40 years, only in recent years have these wines begun to make their entrance to the US market and show amazing promise as a new value region of the world.

– 92pts Robert Parker –



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.