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SpOoOoky Surprise in the Glass

 

Coca I Fitó ‘Jaspi Negre, Spain

This blend of Grenache, Carignan, Cabernet and Syrah comes from old vines from vineyards with different mineral compositions in the DO Montsant of Northeast Spain, made by Toni and Miquel Coca I Fitó. Aged for a short time in French and American oak barrels (3 to 4 months) after spending a year in underground cement vats, the wine is full of ripe fruit and spice with smooth, velvety tannins. Pleasant yet powerful, it’s a versatile delight with food.

Agricola Cuvelier Atanea Pinot Noir, Chile

Ask me for my favorite Pinot Noir under $20 and it’s guaranteed to be this Atanea from Chile. Established in 2009, Agricola Cuvelier aims at producing and promoting great natural wines that showcase the terroir rather than cover up faults with sulfites, yeast strands, or excessive oak.

Weingut Lackner-Tinnacher Sauvignon Blanc, Austria

From a family that has been making wine in Austria for 240 years comes this Sauvignon Blanc that is full of ripe gooseberry and smoky spice. It is complex and concentrated with a cutting acidity that balances out a palate of lychee and star fruit that extends over a long finish. Refreshing and exotic. Your new replacement for New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc!

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