Alphonse Mellot Sancerre Blanc La Moussiere ($29.99): With 19 successive generations of winegrowers in the Mellot family, this has always been one of the top estates in Sancerre. This rich yet mouthwatering sauvignon blanc comes from 50 year-old vines that give this wine incredible minerality and intensity of orchard and stone fruits.
La Kiuva Valle d’Aosta Arnad Montjovet ($19.99): This light and rustic red from a co-op in Northern Italy begins with bright, wild cherry and racy floral aromas, segues into a light, fresh palate of morello cherry and ripe red fruits of the woods, chased with elusive tracings of garrigue and a tinge of leather. La Kiuva Arnad Montjovet Finishes bright and juicy with just enough structure that it plays nice with food.
Mt. Difficulty Roaring Meg Pinot Noir ($25.99): This wine celebrates the potential of Central Otago for producing aromatically intense Pinot Noir. Wild Raspberry and dark Boysenberry overlay sweet brown spice characters. These same berry notes frame the entry to the wine, leading to a textured mid palate. Ripe textural tannins rise gracefully out of the mid-palate to finish the wine.