Domaine Dupeuble Beaujolais Rose ($14.99): Aged for three months in barrel, this smooth, rounded rosé is both fruity and rich. It has good acidity from the attractive red-currant fruit and an orange tang of zest at the end.
Roger Lassarat Moulin a Vent 4 Terres ($25.99): This Beaujolais shows aromas bright cherry and blackberry. It has good structure and rich concentration of dark fruit melding perfectly with a hint of baking spice. The finish is lingering and pleasing. This is a fine example of the potential complexity of well made Moulin-a-Vent.
Mt. Difficulty ‘Roaring Meg’ Pinot Noir ($25.99): This wine celebrates the potential of Central Otago for producing aromatically intense Pinot Noir. Wild Raspberry and dark Boysenberry overlay sweet brown spice characters. These same berry notes frame the entry to the wine, leading to a textured mid palate. Ripe textural tannins rise gracefully out of the mid-palate to finish the wine.
Tarima Hill Old Vines Monastrell ($18.99): Tarima Hill Monastrell exhibits deep garnet color with flashes of violet and a bouquet of dark red cherries and leather. On the palate the wine achieves its full potential, offering notes of black berries, plums and licorice with an elegant but persistent finish.