Philippe Gilbert Menetou Salon ($22.99): Neighboring Sancerre, this Sauvignon Blanc offers a bouquet of grapefruit, honeydew, lime, mandarin orange – beautiful with a whiff of white flowers and the crisp refreshing mineraltiy of Sancerre. A must try for Sauv blanc lovers!
De Forville Nebbiolo d’Alba San Rocco ($21.99): This wine comes from the family’s plot in the hills between Barberesco and Barolo. It comes from some of their oldest vines which they have been tending since the 1800’s. The nose here shows classic red and black cherry, strawberries, rose petals and earth. The palate reveals round red fruit with undertones of leather, tar, tobacco finishing long with chewy refined tannins.
Lucien Crochet Sancerre Rouge La Croix du Roy ($29.99): Lucien Crochet has long been a top producer in the Loire. While most of his planting are Sauvignon Blanc, a small parcel of Pinot Noir makes one of the most expressive wines in the region. Rustic in style, with bright red fruit and an appealing herbaceous quality. This is a gem that should be tried by every Pinot Noir lover.
Les Haute des Valcombes Venteaux ($14.99): Red spices, dried flowers, earth and light leather notes add complexity to the black raspberry, plum and pomegranate fruit core along with cracked pepper and red spicy cinnamon. There is a stony and stylish savory side that comes through as well as a lingering blueberry and strawberry on the finish. The whole is a pleasing and easy to love red from one of the most underrated areas of the Rhone.