Parker Station Pinot Noir ($15.99): This medium to full-bodied Pinot Noir displays enticing cherry, plum, and strawberry fruit flavors on the nose and palate, complemented by nuances of spice, clove and herbs with a hint of toasty oak. Round, balanced and eminently drinkable, enjoy a glass tonight!
La Kiuva Arnad Montjovet Valle d’Aosta ($19.99): This light and rustic red from a co-op in Northern Italy begins with bright, wild cherry and racy floral aromas, segues into a light, fresh palate of morello cherry and ripe red fruits of the woods, chased with elusive tracings of garrigue and a tinge of leather. Finishes bright and juicy with just enough structure that it plays nice with food.
Chateau Pesquie Ventoux Terasses Rouge ($16.99): Named for the terraces hewn into the steep hills of the Ventoux region, this blend offers aromas of ripe berries, pepper, and wild herbs. Consistently feted by critics including Parker and Robinson, Terrasses compares worthily with the great wines of the Rhone, and represents a terrific value.