Gonet-Medeville Brut Premier Cru Tradition ($32.99): A firm version, with an airy mousse and a light toast to flavors of black currant, oyster shell, lemon zest and sliced almond, backed by vibrant acidity. Lingers on the creamy finish.
Anne Amie ‘Two Estates’ Willamette Pinot Noir ($25.99): This vintage is already in its prime drinking window, and the 16 months aging in 38% new oak has paid off, with lovely sea salt-caramel chocolate notes. Its ripe Bing cherry fruit is dusted with cinnamon and baking spice, bringing further nuances of cola, coffee and Bourbon barrel on the finish.
Cigar Box Malbec ($11.99): Sourced from a single vineyard and hand-harvested, this fresh malbec has aromas of ripe plums, violets, and creamy vanilla, with a soft silky finish. Should go great with lighter, grilled meats.
Chateau Pesquie Ventoux Terrasses Rouge ($16.99): Named for the terraces hewn into the steep hills of the Ventoux region, this blend offers aromas of ripe berries, pepper, and wild herbs. Consistently feted by critics including Parker and Robinson, Terrasses compares worthily with the great wines of the Rhone, and represents a terrific value.