Kiwi Cuvée Sauvignon Blanc Bin 88 ($9.99): Light scents of lime, white melon rind, green gooseberry and fresh-cut grass dance on the nose of this dainty and elegant, show-stoppingly priced white, followed by lifted and unapologetic flavors of underripe pear, tropical tree fruit and tart currant on the light-weight, ephemeral palate. Fresh and lively, a perfect accompaniment to brunch with friends or just kicking back on a warm spring day.
Domaine Marcel Langoux Pouilly Fumé ($21.99): This Pouilly-Fume shows pale yellow with a pronounced bouquet of white currants and grapefruit zest. It is dry, lively and fresh with well-defined fruit. Grown on the opposite bank from Sancerre, this wine is a little more complex and floral but bright and sleek.
Chateau des Tours Brouilly ($19.99): Ripe, gentle, plush and jammy, this is a soft, rounded wine with rich berry fruits and a simple, yet soulful palate. Fleshier and more complex than a Beaujolais Nouveau, but still simple and quite approachable. The generous texture comes over more vividly than the acidity. Fruity, fresh and ready to drink.
Chateau Peyros Madiran ‘Vielles Vignes’ ($18.99): This inky blend of 80% Tannat and 20% Cabernet Franc is a wine that is both dense and smooth, yet elegant and Old-World. On the generous nose and rich palate, ripe black fruits dominate, with an almost meaty undertone, supported by a dry, solid structure from the Tannat. Ready to pop with some friends tonight, or a worthy addition to the cellar for up to a decade or two.