Olivier Leflaive Bourgogne Blanc ‘Les Setilles’ ($26.99): A subtle but not invisible touch of wood sets off the pretty and fresh aromas of various orchard fruits, and in particular white peach and pear. There is fine volume for a wine at this level to the round and seductively textured flavors where a hint of citrus adds a bit of lift to the acceptably complex and persistent finale.
Hanging Vine Pinot noir ($14.99): This rich, modern-style California Pinot is sourced from 22 parcels from cooler-climate vineyards of California. Deep garnet red in color and featuring cherry fruit with a hint of cedar, clove and spice in a supple, complex style. Medium-full in body, this gem is nicely balanced with a long finish.
Ridge Lytton Springs Red Blend ($39.99): More fresh and elegant than the Geyserville, with a touch more focus, the 2014 Lytton Springs is another beautiful wine from this estate. It boasts fabulous notes of plums, blackberry jam, toasted spice and licorice as well as medium to full-bodied richness, beautiful mid-palate depth and notable tannin.