Nervi Nebbiolo Rosato ($16.99): Pleasantly viscous and mouth-coating, this rosé of 100% Nebbiolo leaps from the palate with flavors of freshly picked strawberries, accented with crushed basil and bright red berry scents. Simultaneously substantive, yet bright and refreshing.
Ciro Picariello Fiano d’Avellino ($24.99): In the region around Naples, where the soil has an abundance of volcanic material from nearby mount Vesuvius, is a small town called Avellino. It is here that Fiano was saved from the brink of extinction. This offering is lively and savory with notes of white peaches and a hint of apple, layered with a crisp balanced minerality from the volcanic soil.
Calea Nero d’Avola ($11.99): An excellent deep, spicy, intriguing red wine from Sicily, the 2016 Nero d’Avolo is a tank-fermented and aged, dark ruby-hued, medium-bodied effort offering vibrant strawberry and cherry notes intermixed with loamy soil/volcanic earthiness and roasted herb characteristics.
Muri Gries Lagrein Rosso ($19.99): Eric Asimov’s 20 under $20
Lagrein is yet another obscure red grape from Italy. Yet this one has so much going for it. Forget the romance of its production site, an ancient Benedictine monastery in the mountainous Alto Adige in the Tyrolean northeast. It is savory and spicy, chunky yet supple with delicious floral and dark fruit flavors. Perfect for when vespers are over. – Eric Asimov NY Times