Ipsum Verdejo Rueda ($12.99): From 2 hours northwest of Madrid in central Spain is the region of Rueda. Rueda, located up on the high elevation Castillian Plateau, is know for their aromatic crisp whites made from Verdejo. This example shows pears and melons on the nose, with a crisp citrus palate with mild herbal tones and a mineral finish.
Marechal Bourgogne ‘Gravel’ ($29.99): This little known producer is very highly rated in France. This red burgundy is produced from vines around Pommard and Beaune. The “gravel’ is named such due to the actual gravel in the vineyard sites. Beautifully perfumed with aromas of sweet cherries and floral tones. Great concentration on the palate reveals fresh and supple mouthfeel and plenty of ripe red fruits and a balance of earthy minerality.
Viña Zorzal Graciano ($11.99): Graciano, known more for it’s blending potential in Rioja, shows very well on it’s own in this wine from Navarra. The vines are around 40 years old and produce fantastically concentrated grapes. Mulberries mingle with subtle but floral aromatics. Dark berries, sour cherries, and a touch of black pepper with a vibrant silky texture and a slight oak spice round out the well integrated oak tannins.