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.
Lavradores de Feitoria Douro Tinto ($10.95): This field blend from the Douro is made by the great Port producer Nieeport. It is ripe and round with notes of red and blue fruit. It is a prime example of the great value of Portuguese wines.
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
Luca Malbec ($32.99): Robert Parker 93 pts.
The expansive palate has great depth and fruit with very good freshness. A rich and fresh red with dried berry, milk chocolate, spice and walnut. Full body, velvety tannins and a savory finish. From old vines in Consulta.