Karine Lauverjat Sancerre ($24.99): This wine is more reminicent of Chablis than most Sancerre. Crisp and dry with a nose full of mango and pear. Crunchy, with lots of gooseberry and thyme notes bouncing around, while flint and fleur de sel accents drive the mouthwatering finish.
Edmunds St John Bone-Jolly Gamay ($24.99): Bright red with highly expressive aromas of raspberry, cherry pit and botanical herbs. Lush and expansive, offering subtly sweet red fruit flavors and notes of licorice and herbs. This could stack up with some serious Beaujolais but the intensity of fruit is all California.
Fronton de Oro Tinto ($17.99): This wine from the Canary Islands shows strong aromas of red fruit (raspberry, strawberry) accompanied by notes of oak from its time spent in barrels. In the mouth, the wine enters softly, evolving with finesse and balance. The finish is smooth with a pleasant bitterness and a long persistence final which emphasizes the varietal characteristics of black tea, lavender, and a touch of smoke.
Vicomte Cabarel ($10.99): 75% Syrah. 25% Cabernet Sauvignon. Sourced from a collective of small farms in the IGT Vicomte d’Aumelas in deep southern France, this is an amazingly ripe, well-crafted winner with ample fruit and dark, juicy character from start to finish. Touches of smoke and dark chocolate make it irresistible.