When trying to come up with a way to promote the fabulous, unique, and affordable wines in our great little wine shop, we thought we may as well stand back and let owner Mike do what he does best – picking out great wines.
Here are Mike’s pick’s for holiday wines to gift and serve (and drink, of course!) along with Mike’s comments for why he chose them:
2013 Vina Cobos Bramare Rebon Vineyard Malbec, La Consulta, Argentina
“If you’ve never tasted a super premium Paul Hobbs designed Malbec, now’s your chance!” – Mike
On the nose: Dry soil, dark fruits, and black currants
On the palate: medium tannins and a bright finish
Notes are for the 2012
2013 Alpha Omega II Proprietary Red, Napa Valley
“An affordable entry into the Alpha Omega world.” -Mike
On the nose: Paprike, thyme, choclate, curry, macerated strawberry, and hibiscus
On the palate: cherry, currant, cassis, and blackberries come in velvety soft and evolve into lingering blue fruit jam
2014 Neyers Left Bank Red, Napa Valley
“Wine Spectator just gave this 92 points. An excellent red blend out of Napa.” -Mike
On the palate: zesty berry, peppery cola, cherry, touches of graphite
2013 Emeritus Hallberg Ranch Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley
“An excellent example of a Russian River Pinot Noir.” -Mike
On the palate: Cool fruit, oak spice, forest floor
2013 EnRoute Winery Les Brumaire Chardonnay, Russian River Valley
“Another great example of a Russian River Chardonnay” -Mike
On the nose: citrus zest, jasmine, toasted oak, peach blossom, wet stone.
On the palate: citrus and tropical, oily midpalate, mouthwatering finish
2013 Nicora GSM, Paso Robles
“All we can say about this sspectacular Paso Robles wine is WOW!!” -Mike
On the nose: Dark berries, rose petals, and hints of caramel and oak.
On the palate: Fresh red fruit, black pepper, tar, slightly sour blueberry, satisfyingly straighforward, lingering dark fruit and caramel.