Bernard Defaix Petit Chablis ($17.99): Its pale robe and its vivacity redolent of mineral hints convey the subtlety of the Chardonnay grape grown in this stony soil. The wine is bottled 8 months after the harvest in order to preserve all of its freshness. An attractive advantage of this appellation is its excellent value for money.
Maison L’Envoye Morgon Cote du Py Vieilles Vignes ($19.99): Deep ruby. An intensely perfumed bouquet evokes raspberry and cherry compote, star anise and violet, with slow-building mineraity. Juicy, tightly focused dark fruit flavors are complemented by sexy floral pastille and spicecake qualities that gain power with air. Closes with impressive power, minerality and clarity, leaving a spicy cherry note behind.
Tiefenbruner Pinot Nero ‘Turmhof’ ($29.99): From the Northern most part of Italy, Alto Adige, by the border of Austria, and where two thirds of the population speaks German, this Blauburgunder (Austrian name for Pinot Noir) shows strawberries and violets on the nose. The palate is elegant and silky with red fruit balanced with a smoky minerality. This is a versitile wine that pairs well with grilled white meats, salmon, tuna or your favorite marinara pasta dish.
Montirius Vacqueyras Le Clos ($23.99): Biodynamic since the 1990s, this domaine has been making balanced, terroir-driven wines that truly reflect the Southern Rhone. From a vineyard entirely enclosed by dense forests, the Le Clos shows bright aromas of dark fruit and telltale notes of black pepper and garrigues. A great winter wine.