Michel Chapoutier Cotes du Roussillon “Bila-Haut” 2014, France ($15.99): A blend of grenache blanc, grenache gris and macabeo, this fun, medium-bodied white from the famous winemaker in Rhone has notes of citrus, smoke, and a refreshing salinity.
Truchard Roussanne 2014, Carneros ($23.99): Traditionally found in the Rhone Valley, this roussanne ripens late in the cool climate of Carneros. Full-bodied, with aromas of ripe stone fruits, tropical fruits, and honey, the rich palate offers an almond-like nuttiness that pairs best with roast chicken or pork.
Montinore Estate Pinot Noir 2014, Willamette Valley ($19.99): Established in 1982, the Montinore Estate is certified organic and biodynamic, and produces seven varietal wines. This pinot noir from the excellent 2014 vintage in Oregon is complex with aromas of cherry, strawberry, plum and a multitude of baking spices. Best with grilled rack of lamb or mushroom risotto.
Tinto Pesquera Ribera del Duero 2013, Spain ($22.99): Established 1972, Alejandro Fernandez was instrumental in cultivating the reputation of Ribera del Duero as a great winemaking region. 100% Tinto Fino, or Tempranillo, this bold red is darker and richer than its counterparts in Rioja and is aged in both American and French barrels. A benchmark for the region.