Evening Land Chardonnay Seven Springs ($48.99): From the beautiful Willamette Valley in Oregon, this gorgeous Chardonnay perfectly balances restraint and intensity. Bright and vibrant, the Evening Land is dazzling in its depth of pear, tangerine cream and pineapple flavors, plus a cascade of mineral aromatics that tumble through the very long finish. This has intensity on a relatively light frame, and then backs off and lets the flavors coast in a lengthy, luxurious finish
Chateau Maris ‘Old School’ Red ($13.99) Now to the South of France, and the world’s “Greenest” winery, Chateau Maris, which actually boasts a negative carbon footprint. Despite their modern forward thinking, they make some “Old School” wines, like this traditional Syrah/Grenache that drinks rich and deep but with a spicy insouciance.
Truchard Pinot Noir ($29.99) Ripe in dense black cherry, this wine has a pleasant juiciness that keeps it balanced in the glass. A firmness of acidity supports the well-integrated tannins and lithe fruit, while the finish brings an enticing swirl of cinnamon-cola and vanilla.