Le Monde Friulano ($16.99): This wine from north-eastern Italy shows pears, peaches, and white flowers on the nose. The palate is medium bodied with citrus and honeydew. The finish is long, mineral and refreshing. A great example of one of Fruili’s great grapes.
Montcy Cheverny Rouge ($19.99): Classic and traditional while remaining light and rustic. Both the varietals contribute bright fruits-du-bois and fleshy red fruit notes on the aroma as well as the palate, which displays a pleasing earthiness and a hint of peppery spice in the medium length finish. Somewhere stylistically between Burgundy and Beaujolais, while rooted firmly in the Loire.
Truchard Pinot Noir ($29.99)
Ripe in dense black cherry, this wine has a pleasant juiciness that keeps it balanced in the glass. A firmness of acidity supports the well-integrated tannins and lithe fruit, while the finish brings an enticing swirl of cinnamon-cola and vanilla.
M. Chapoutier Cotes de Roussillon ($14.99): 91 Pts Robert Parker
A blend of syrah, grenache, and carignan from a master in the Rhone Valley, this full-bodied red offers all the notes of black pepper and raspberry, as well as additional richness from the carignan. A great introduction to the wines of Roussillon.