Somm’s Picks for September 2019

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Pick 1: Old World Wine Pick

Saintem St. Emilion 2015

Dark in glass with a nose of red clay, dry black fruits and hints of sage. The palate is round, rich, but still has grip. A phenomenal early drinking Bordeaux for the money.

Saintem is a single vineyard estate managed by Denis Durantou and his team who are best known for managing the esteemed Ch. L’Eglise Client who’s 2015 vintage goes for over $200 a bottle.

– 93pts James Suckling –

Pick 2: Crowd Pleasing Wines

Studio by Miraval Rosé 2018

More ripe and round than a typical Cotes de Provence rose, Studio delivers a great balance of white fruits and light red fruit that’s perfect to combat the heat.

Studio comes plots on the French Riviera by the ocean and made by Emile Perrin who is world famous Rhone winemaker in charge of Miraval.

– 89pts Wine Advocate –

Pick 3: The Great Ones 

Ch. Haut Sarpe St. Emilion Grand Cru Classé 2016

A big complex St Emilion with layers of blue and black fruit tightly wound up with mineral tones and hints of coffee and herbs. The wine drinks well now with a little decanting but will hold for many more years (if you can wait!).

Ch. Haut Sarpe is one of the great but obscure Grand Crus of St. Emilion; it’s a tremendous value considering the consulting winemaker is Hubert de Bouard, owner and winemaker for Angelus.

– 93pts Falstaff –

Pick 4: Value Spot Light

La Crema Willamette Pinot Noir 2017

Light with lots of blackberry, blueberry, camphor, and orange rind on the nose which follows through on its balanced fresh palate. A very delicious and easy drinking wine that’s a great example of what Willamette has to offer.

La Crema is a family owned winery that focuses on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from cool regions with this Willamette pinot being their newest production.

– Not Yet Rated, Previous Vintage 93pts Wine Spectator –

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.