Muri Gries Muller Thurgau ($19.99): This functioning Benedictine monastery makes classic Alto Adige wines. This perfect example shows perfumed notes of peach jam and apricots on the particularly floral nose. The Palate is medium-bodied, dry, richly fruity, fresh, well-balanced with racy acidity and a long finish.
Olivares Jumilla Monastrell ‘Altos de la Hoya’ ($12.99): This high elevation wine is made from grapes grown on un-grafted and very old vines. Ripe, powerful scents of red and dark fruits, minerals and spices. Finishes fresh and long, with a repeating dark fruit note. An exceptional combination with red meats and stews.
Roagna Dolcetto d’Alba ($19.99): This is a big, dense and chewy style of Dolcetto from well-respected Barolo producer. It boasts of blackberry, black currant and violet flavors, supported by a firm, muscular backbone, finishing long.
Mas de Brousses Chasseur des Brousses ($14.99): This Languedoc blend of Merlot and Grenache shows scents of cassis and blackberry with hints of black olive. Black fruited at heart, dense and supple and just the correct grip on the finish.