Highfield Estate Sauvignon Blanc “Rain” 2014, Marlborough ($16.99): With aromas of citrus and tropical fruits, this fresh sauvignon blanc sees no oak, but has generous depth on the palate due to extended ageing on its lees. The bright finish also has a refreshing touch of herbs and grassiness.
Jean-Baptiste Ponsot Rully 1er Cru “Molesme” 2014, Burgundy ($31.99): A rising star in the Cote Chalonnaise, J.B. Ponsot makes wonderfully delicate and mineral-driven wines that can compete with the best of Puligny- and Chassagne-Montrachet. This Rully has great aromatic intensity of stone and orchard fruits, with a savory salinity that can only be found in Burgundy.
Domaines des Huards Cheverny “Envol” 2014, Loire Valley ($18.99) A blend of pinot noir and gamay that thrive in the region, this light-bodied refreshing red has the complexity of Burgundy, with both varietals contributing aromas of red fruits, bell pepper, black pepper, and baking spices. An incredibly versatile wine that can pair with just about everything.
Chateau Lamartine Cahors 2012, Southwest France ($18.99) From family owned vineyards that have produced wine since the Middle Ages, Chateau Lamartine is the premier estate in Cahors. Made from 100% malbec, this is a dark red that shows the elegant side of malbec, with aromas of red and black fruits, roasted coffee and an earthiness that shows its terroir.