Axel des Vignes Rose ($9.99): A friendly (and budget-friendly) every-day quaffer from Bordeaux featuring Cabernets Franc and Sauvignon as well as Merlot with beautiful aromas of wild berries leading to a lush, user-friendly palate of soft, smooth wild strawberry, citrus zest and a little bit of minerality in the finish to give it structure.
Mussel Bay Sauvignon Blanc ($13.99): 90 Points from Wine & Spirits Magazine! Not bad for an “Under $15” Selection. An intensely pungent gooseberry and asparagus nose, with hints of freshly torn basil leaves. Clean crisp, refreshing palate with ripe tropical fruits and a well balanced acidity. This might become one of your favorites.
Alma de los Andes Malbec 2012 ($15.99): This 91 point Wine Enthusiast Mendoza Malbec features earth and berry aromas. It is full-bodied and intense with notes of ripe blackberries and cassis and a touch of minerality. Dark and deep with a smooth chocolate finish. Great value for a fantastic gem.Molino del Piano Brunello ($36.99): Arguably, this evening’s main attraction, this mid-weight Brunello from an exquisite, ripe vintage starts with a pretty fragrance of wild berries, violet and baking spices. The juicy, full-formed palate delivers opulent red cherry and blackberry accented with sophisticated notes of mint and white pepper alongside supple, lengthy tannins. It’s rather simple for the region and style but at the same time, extremely enjoyable, and a great value. Pairs nicely with grilled or stewed meat or a rich pasta dish.