Francois Pinon Vouvray Demi-Sec “Silex Noir” 2014, Loire Valley ($24.99): From 100% chenin blanc, this lightly off-dry white has beautiful aromas of stone fruits, with an elegant acidity and incredible minerality. A perfect pairing for crudo or sushi.
Bernard Baudry Chinon “Les Granges” 2014, Loire Valley ($19.99): 100% cabernet franc, this medium-bodied red is perfect for warm weather. With tell tale notes of cherries, herbs and tobacco, Baudry’s Chinon is a benchmark for the region, and a great introduction to the refreshing reds of the Loire.
Lopez de Heredia Rioja Crianza “Cubillo” 2007, Spain ($28.99): From one of the great traditionalists in Rioja, this Crianza from the 2007 vintage seems more ageing in barrel and bottle than most Gran Reservas. With an average vine age of 40 years, the Cubillo is elegant, medium-bodied, with intense aromas of strawberries and a structure that resembles the great wines of Burgundy!
Domaine Eden Pinot Noir 2012, Santa Cruz Mountains ($39.99): Nestled in the Saratoga Foothills overlooking Silicon Valley, Mount Eden vineyards are planted at approximately 2000 ft above sea level, well aboe the fog line. Combined with the incredible 2012 vintage in Calfornia, the result is an exquisitely delicate, yet silky pinot, with generous red fruits and refreshing green herbs.