2. Messias 2007 Quinta do Penedo (Dão); $6. A big dense wine, as tough as the rocks that make up the Dão soil. Its fruit iscertainly there, a welter of black berries and plums. But in this young wine, the tannins are still in charge. This is going to develop, opening up, becoming less mineral, over the next three years. Imported by Luiz’s Grocery And Liquors.
3. Pacific Rim 2008 Organic Riesing (Columbia Valley (WA); $14. Made with organic grapes, this hits just 10.5% alcohol and 3.8% residual sugar. Honey, jasmine and tea notes take the off-dry style to a refined level, with the sweetness perfectly proportionate to the acid.
4. Marlargo 2006 Fingers Crossed Red (South Australia); $15. This unlikely blend of 87% Shiraz and 13% Petit Verdot hits the right notes for a bargain sipper, boasting plenty of weight and an interesting juxtaposition of raspberry fruit with dark chocolate. Earthy notes provide depth, and the finish is surprisingly silky for a wine in this price range. Drink now. Imported by Marlargo Wines.
5. Rietvallei Estate Wine 2008 John B. Sauvignon Blanc-Colombar (Robertson); $9. Fruity, floral and feminine, this cheerful white blends Sauvignon Blanc and Colombar. On the nose—lemon zest, minerals and tropical fruit—and on the palate, fruity but crisp citrus flavors are balanced by fresh acidity. Want a go-to summer white for everything from grilled seafood to Indian cuisine? Check this out. Imported by Confluence Wine Importers.
6. Viña Requingua 2007 Puerto Viejo Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Curicó Valley); $11. A well-done, affordable Cabernet with all the qualities it should have. There are flowery, lavender notes to the black-fruit bouquet, and ripeness, depth and solid tannins in the mouth. The flavor profile of cola, blackberry and chocolate works just fine, and the finish is long and hints at bitter chocolate and tobacco. Imported by Puerto Viejo Wines.
7. Hecht & Bannier 2008 Rosé Syrah (Vin de Pays d’Oc); $10. Lovely lilac florals on the nose along with ripe raspberry and honeydew. Round palate with flavors of cherry and mango lifted by bright pineapple core acidity. Quite the lengthy finish for a rosé. Delicious; a steal for $10. Imported by Frederick Wildman & Sons, Ltd.
8. Segura Viudas NV Brut Reserva (Cava); $10. After a soda-like start that may seem aggressive, this one really settles into a groove. The nose blends citrus and wild greenherb aromas, while the palate has perfectly composed orange and peach flavors. The finish is solid and around every turn it holds the road. Great for the price. Imported by Freixenet USA.
9. Dao Sul 2007 Cabriz Colheita Seleccionada (Dão); $9. Rich, flowery wine that shows the potential for white wines in the Dão region. While it keeps plenty of lemon zest acidity, the apricot and peach flavors combine well with pears. There is spice from wood, but the fruit is the thing with this great food wine. Imported by Aidil Wines & Liquor Inc.
10. Rendition 2007 Petite Sirah (Alexander Valley); $9. Great price for a big, powerful red like this. Tough in tannins now, it shows classic flavors of currants, mocha, anise and pepper, and will develop over time. Classy and impressive.