Somm’s Picks for October 2019

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Pick 1: Old World Wine Pick

Vatan Toro 2015

A weighty Tempranillo that has the nose that balances fresh berries, oak, espresso, and red earth. The palate is big and grippy, yet polished like a delicious iron fist in a velvet glove.

Vatan is 100% dry farmed from vines that average more than 80 years old.

– 92pts Wine Spectator –

Pick 2: Crowd Pleasing Wines

Paraduxx by Duckhorn 2016

Round, balanced, and smooth on the palate with loads of plum, cinnamon, vanilla, ripe black cherries, blackberries, and hints of rose petal. A magnificently drinkable red blend!

Paraduxx is considered a ‘Prisoner-Style’ blend due to its use of Zinfandel despite the fact that its first release 4 years before Prisoner’s debut.

– 92pts Wilford Wong –

Pick 3: The Great Ones 

Gran Enemigo ‘Gualtallary’ 2014

Years from now people will be looking back at Gran Enemigo Gualtallary and kicking themselves for not getting it now. The ’14 is another instant classic that balances its black fruit, floral, mineral, and oaky notes into a harmonious blend that is without equal in Argentina.

Gualtallary is one of the few spots of Mendoza with significant limestone soils giving it a unique minerality and enhanced freshness compared to its peers.

– 98pts Robert Parker –

Pick 4: Value Spot Light

Jackson Estate ‘Outland Ridge’ Pinot Noir 2015

Concentrated flavors of dark cherries, berries, sweet baking spices, all harmoniously balance on a smooth and clean palate. A pinot with these intense concentration and roundness is hard to find especially with a finish that’s fresh.

Outland ridge is located on Anderson Valley’s eastern ridge giving it more sunshine and great freshness due to its cooler temps at higher altitudes.

–4.4 Vivino, Highest Rated Vintage –

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.