Commanderie de Peyrassol Cotes de Provence Rose ($19.99): Pale antique rose color, fragrant nose of citrus blossom and petrichor. Crisply dry with a touch of minerality to offset the luscious, elevated fruitiness of the palate. A great every day quaffer for all seasons.
Bisson Vermentino Vigna Intrigoso ($26.99): This limited production Vermentino comes from the extremly steep slopes in Liguria right on the coast of the Ligurian Sea. It hails from arguably the top vineyard in the region, Trigoso. Full-bodied with citrus and herbs, followed by a long mineral finish.
Le Boncie Cinque Rosso di Toscana ($29.99): While the wine-maker playfully describes this as a cuvee of grapes that “didn’t make the cut” of her first label “La Trame”, the wine is of pre-eminent quality and punches above its paygrade. Dark and luscious with a floral, viny and robust character, the wine stays balanced with a pure earthiness and pleasing tannins as well as a bright juiciness that leaves the lips smacking and the heart yearning for another glass.
Les Hauts de Valcombe Ventoux Rouge ($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.